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Sherlock: The Final Problem (2017)
Season 4, Episode 3
Series Ends on an Excellent Note
15 January 2017
We haven't had anything amazing since series two. I've felt no emotion from the series and it's just felt like Bond. The Reichenbach Fall and A Scandal in Belgravia were some of the best TV I've ever watched, with Reichenbach being my favourite TV episode of all time. Four of the six series one and two episodes were just phenomenal, and since then we've had just 'good'.This changed that. I loved it. Felt like a psychological thriller and was exciting from start to finish. Easily my second or third favourite episode. Just wow, I was blown away. I mean, sure, it didn't wrap everything up as promised, but as it's own episode it was just excellent and I'm glad we didn't end on a disappointing note like the last six episodes. Felt really back to basics, with nothing over the top and flashy.

It's a psychological thriller, so I guess I'm pretty biased as that it's my favourite genre, but I'm happy it all ended on a positive note. The emotion in this episode was on top form, with amazing acting and writing. This was no Reichenbach Fall, but it was definitely up there as a true TV experience.
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Sherlock: The Six Thatchers (2017)
Season 4, Episode 1
A bit convoluted but shows promise
1 January 2017
Warning: Spoilers
Huge spoilers below from the offset!

Alright, where do I begin? I've been watching the show since the beginning, and so I remember the disappointment I felt from The Empty Hearse, as nothing could live up to Reichenbach Fall. With this knowledge, I watched the episode with cautioned anticipation. Is it good? Well, personally I think every Sherlock episode is above standard television, so yes. Does it hold up to the standards of Sherlock? Well, err, no. Honestly, it feels as though the episode was just one big lead up to Mary's death. As if the writers just came up with the rather cliché backstory and wanted to give her a bit of character before they offed her. It didn't work. The story was a bit of a cluttered mess and it seemed like the characters didn't really know what they're doing. Does anyone else miss the chemistry between the original characters from back in the day?

Obviously, it would be unfair to judge the episode solely on the writing, but sadly the rest doesn't really hold up to the first two series either. The transitions and overall editing is clearly done to wow us because of how impressed we all were by how they did it in A Study in Pink and A Scandal in Belgravia, and it is impressive, I'll give it that, but it definitely feels like too much. Did we go a single minute without text flashing across the screen or a weird transition that didn't really do anything for the plot? It felt like they were trying to up the show; impress us by giving us what we want but more of it, which sadly was a little bit too much.

Speaking of which, the tonal shift. Now, I'm happy for a darker Sherlock, as we only get three episodes every other year, so the story must progress, but when will directors, showrunners, DoPs, etc. learn that low key lighting does not mean darker? And that characters being brooding does not mean darker? The Reichenbach Fall was dark, this is pretentious.

Now, while the episode was a bit of a convoluted mess, it was still good. It was still Sherlock. It's probably my least favourite first episode yet, but the last ten minutes showed true promise for the development of the characters and how things are going to go. If they just offed Mary at the end of series three or at the start of this one, that would have been great, because her backstory failed to entice me at all and, unless she has some masterplan still set in motion, her entire character is mainly a plot device to mess up the two protagonists' relationship. They might as well have just called this episode 'Mary'. The promise given at the end of the episode, though, has me excited.

So not the worst of Sherlock, but definitely not the best. I'm hoping we'll start getting those payoffs the writers promised us next episode. If anything, we'll always have the amazing characters and acting that keeps me glued to the screen.
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6/10
Average Neo Noir Thriller
24 September 2016
This film has all the ingredients of a neo noir thriller, with an intriguing plot line and likable, though conventional, characters guiding us along. The tone, characters and dialogue are all things we've seen before, with only the plot being something rather inventive.

As a fan of neo noir crime thrillers, this was right up my street and I enjoyed it, hence the 6/10. The film could be a lot better, but you know what you're getting with this and if you're a fan of the genre you'll probably enjoy it. Some of the dialogue is humorous, too, causing a number of people in my showing of the film to laugh.

The film has a distinct European feeling and tone, as well, if you like that, and some nice Gothic imagery at times. Not everyone's cup of tea, but it is an enjoyable crime thriller for any interested.
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6/10
Script lets it down
22 August 2016
This is a real shame for me. I haven't read the book and went into this blind, but didn't enjoy it all that much. What's saddening about this film is that it's one of those films that gets everything right, from the beautiful cinematography to the amazing directing to the great casting, but with a lacklustre script. Maybe it's true to the source, but it comes off as awkward and fake, with pieces of dialogue not making much sense followed by the previous piece, and characters going from upset to overwhelmingly happy in a split second. It doesn't feel real. This is sad because the script is only one element of a huge project, but a film needs a good script to be great.

Overall, though, I did enjoy it. Not as high as other films released this year, but definitely not one of the worst I've watched. Children probably will enjoy it, as will fans of the novel from what I've read, but I'd recommend something else for others. If you're going for anything, it should be for the beautiful scenes and shots. Love the use of fog.
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7/10
A Lovely Romantic Comedy
22 May 2016
While following many romantic comedy clichés and having a rather predictable plot in terms of how it'll end up, this film offers a lovely romantic tale with some unique humour in the mix.

Despite knowing, for the most part, where the characters would end up, the journey to the conclusion is what mattered, as is the case with most romantic comedies. I found myself grinning throughout most of the film, which is rather rare for me, as Planeta Singli offered numerous laugh- inducing scenarios and lines, while being a sweet, romantic plot at its core. The characters, while not entirely unique, feel three dimensional and there are some nice interactions.

Nothing spectacular or truly unique, but definitely achieved what it was trying to achieve and has a lot of heart involved. The thing most worth noting for me is the humour, as hardly any of the jokes seemed recycled and the cinema broke into laughter a number of times.
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4/10
Formulaic Horror that Tackles Interesting Areas
22 April 2016
I'm rather torn with this film. While it's essentially a run of the mill horror with some cringe-worthy dialogue, it tackles a couple of issues rather well. The film has an interesting premise that's done well at points, but sadly falls short at others due to following conventional horror tropes such as cheap jump scares and some unnecessary teenage drama.

There's nothing notable about the film past its premise. The writing falls short at times, with some naturally flowing dialogue but a lot of unnatural, forced dialogue. Despite the mediocre dialogue, the actors do fine jobs with the material they're given, in my opinion, with at least half of the cast having some potential. Nothing notable about the cinematography.

Where the film does well is the story. While it gets more and more formulaic as the film progresses, we're given a view into social media and how toxic it can be and how it affects people's self worth, with the number of friends you have on social media sites dictating how you feel. This has been addressed before, but I found the way it was done to be interesting.

Overall, this isn't a great film that will be remembered, it isn't even a good film, but it was a fun watch and there's nothing necessarily bad about it past it being formulaic horror. If you were to watch a film currently out in the UK, Eye in the Sky is your best bet as a thriller, with Jungle Book being the most enjoyable family film past Zootopia. If you like horror, this isn't a film to avoid and is at least enjoyable despite its flaws.
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The Take (2016)
6/10
Exciting Thriller
22 April 2016
I'm torn between a 6 and 7 for this film. This has everything a good thriller should have, but nothing notably unique about the film or the way it's done past the protagonists and some of the cinematography.

The film is a spiral into chaos and the characters are very likable, forming an unlikely friendship between a thief and a CIA agent. Idris Elba and Richard Madden show off some great acting that really drives the film, with the dialogue between the two easily being my favourite part of the film. The directing is great, too, with a riveting chase sequence that looks and feels exciting and some lovely cinematography in France.

The premise isn't anything amazing, but throwing a sly, witty pocket thief into the mix of what would be an ordinary every-year thriller is what drives the film and makes it anything worth noting. If you're going to see this film for any reason, it should be for the two leads. Bastille Day is nothing unique, but it's definitely a good film if you're in the mood for a thriller (however I'd recommend Eye in the Sky over this). This is a film for people that are into thrillers and fun character interaction.
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Jessica Jones: AKA Ladies Night (2015)
Season 1, Episode 1
Homage to Classic Noir and Hitchcock
21 November 2015
I have been looking forward to this series for many months and I am not disappointed. While the episode felt slow at times, as the entire series did, it successfully created a dark, noir atmosphere and tone, feeling very similar to the Alias comic series. This pilot was the best piece of psychological thriller I have seen in a long time, picking up more as the episode went on with a good representation of PTSD.

The love triangle sub plot fails to hold me and I failed to care about any characters but Jessica in the pilot, but the series needs breathing room so that can be forgiven. Krysten Ritter gives us an excellent portrayal of Jessica Jones with her delivery of the dry wit and sarcasm. One scene I did like was Jessica viewing the apartments across the street through binoculars, which was a clear homage to 'Rear Window', my favourite Hitchcock film.

I highly recommend you give the series a try; I'd be surprised if the pilot doesn't hook you. Especially the last couple of minutes.
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Jessica Jones: AKA Sin Bin (2015)
Season 1, Episode 9
Favourite Episode of the Season
21 November 2015
This episode is easily my favourite of the season. The discussions between Kilgrave and the different characters is amazing, especially with Jessica. There's a great deal of tension throughout the episode and I couldn't help but be reminded of 'Silence of the Lambs' with Kilgrave being secured in a room. The revelations are unexpected and the final five minutes will cause your heart to pound. Possibly one of my favourite all time TV episodes. The only thing holding it back is the tiresome love triangle that should have been dealt with in a couple of episodes. The cast put on excellent performances, especially with Tennant truly taking Kilgrave as his own.
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Speedy Sanic (2015 Video Game)
10/10
A Superfluous Masterpiece
6 November 2015
Upon finding this game I was shocked that I hadn't heard of it before hand. Truly an inspirational masterpiece that will be seen as one of gaming's heights in the years to come. I found myself invested in Sanic's character and obsessed with collecting as many 'rings' as I could. But I cannot overlook the deep and complex characters of Taels and Knackles either. Where does the developer come up with such unique characters? Another thing to commend would be the music used to coincide with the gameplay. All tracks fit perfectly with the game and leave my heart pounding.

Overall, I've never been this invested in a video game before and I can only hope that the developer will consider making a sequel to this landmark of a title.

Game of the Year 2015?
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Doctor Who: Deep Breath (2014)
Season 8, Episode 1
7/10
The Start of Something New (ever so sorry)
23 August 2014
Warning: Spoilers
Not the best of openers, but does it's job. Introduces Twelve in a unique way. I wasn't too fond of the episode as a whole, as it seemed rather silly at times. The humour was on and off, with some jokes being downright hilarious ("Don't look into that mirror; it's furious!") and some being rather cringeworthy (see: Pasternosta scenes). The episode succeeds in being darker, that's for sure, in both the writing and directing. Above average TV, but not impressive by Doctor Who's standards.

The writing was rather up and down, with many unnecessary scenes and bad dialogue, yet many amazing scenes that make way for a great first series for Capaldi (hopefully I won't look back at this in a few months time and realise just how wrong I was). Apparently Moffat started this episode by thinking of a great first scene, the dinosaur scene, and work from there (he said this in the Q&A after the cinema broadcasts). This was apparent in more than one way. The dinosaur was just unnecessary in my opinion, and I do think that was just the result of Moffat writing the first scene first with no idea on the story. But yeah, up and down writing. Very different from before, but still clearly 'Moffat'

The directing is to be hugely complimented. The episode was very atmospheric and dark. Ben Wheatley never ceases to amaze. It seemed quite cinematic, which makes sense given Doctor Who's huge budget now and the length between series, but the directing deserves applause and certainly helped the episode along. You can't help but be impressed by the scale of things in a mere TV show.

The characters and acting were on and off too. I still fail to see the point in the 'Pasternosta Gang', consisting of Vastra, Jenny and Strax, and don't like them. They're very 'Moffat' characters in that he makes them seem like huge, important characters to the show and the Doctor whereas they're just there for comedic affect, bad advice from Vastra and support for homosexuality (which is great if done well). However, Twelve strikes me as a great character, I just hope he stabilises and becomes himself soon, because he feels all over the place. Maybe that's needed right now. Nonetheless, Capaldi's a great actor. I finally like Clara to a degree. She's still annoying to me, but enjoyable a lot of the time.

Murray Gold never ceases to impress either. The 'I Am The Doctor' variations are gone and it's a completely new, different soundtrack. I tried to pick out Twelve's theme, but I didn't know which it was; or even if this Doctor has one. Somehow Gold's music remains gold even now, working for every scene. It doesn't seem to blast out as much in this episode either, unlike before. Aye, the music is possibly just as impressive as the directing.

Smith's cameo was really appreciated by me. Unlike Tennant and Russell, who had Ten say thing like "I'll die and some new guy goes sauntering away" and "I don't wanna go", making many fans hate Moffat and Smith before they'd even started, Smith and Moffat had the Eleventh Doctor openly welcome Twelve. To me, the scene wasn't just speaking to Clara, but to the audience. "It's alright. Help him become him. He's still me. He's the Doctor". That along with Capaldi saying that he remembers saying that made me realise that they are the same person, not that Eleven had died and Twelve is "sauntering away". I think it was needed for this darker Doctor and is possibly my favourite thing about the episode.

The villain is extremely well done. I didn't like many things about it, such as the way the ending was handled, but it looked very well done and I think that some themes surrounding it, such as the skin balloon, were quite dark by Doctor Who's standards. It's stretching the whole 'children's show' thing is originally had. I rather liked the comparisons with the Clockwork droids back in 2006, but I wish they either took that further or just ignored the comparisons, as it felt unnecessary.

Not a fan of where all of these arcs are going. I was hoping that Moffat had ditched that and was going simpler. The whole 'where did I get this face from', 'promised land' and 'woman in the shop/restaurant' thing doesn't become too big and take up lots of time. I have faith, though, as Moffat seems to recognise his flaws and is trying many new things, such as the much darker episodes with more death and implied scenes.

One thing I was looking forward to was the 'breathing room', something series 7B didn't have. We definitely got that, but if don't think it was put to good use. A lot of silly running around scenes and pointless discussions just for the sake of it. But I loved the scenes like the restaurant scene and the TARDIS scene at the end. Much preferred to 7B's story after story with no character development and rushed plots, though. If it continues like this I'll prefer the show to last year.

Overall, isn't an amazing episode by Doctor Who's standards, but is still worthy of a good 6 or 7 out of 10. I'll be nice and go with 7/10. It's definitely not for everyone and is very different to Smith's era. I found myself enjoying it in a very different way to how I enjoyed Smiths' series. I've found most Doctor openers to be fairly average, if not below or slightly above, and this is really no different. Capaldi has potential and I hope I'm not disappointed in the future.
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DreamWorks Dragons: Cast Out: Part II (2014)
Season 2, Episode 20
10/10
The One Where Everything's Resolved
31 July 2014
Dagur the Deranged is holding Stoick hostage and the Screaming Death is heading straight for Berk. Hiccup leaves the other Riders to defend Berk as he takes Alvin the Treacherous with him to confront Dagur and the Berserkers. Once at Outcast Island, Hiccup finds Mildew and the Screaming Death's mother in a hidden underground cavern that Alvin lead him too. From this, Hiccup forms a plan. Possibly his most dangerous and reckless plan yet, but he believes that it is his only shot.

The finale brings everything together with a bang. I loved it. All plot threads collide and everything is resolved in this episode. Dagur has been dealt with; Alvin has been dealt with; the Screaming Death has been dealt with; and they've all been dealt with satisfyingly. It certainly isn't a disappointment after the last episode, it's the best episode yet in my opinion. I considered giving it a nine, actually, as a couple of things are to my disliking, but I believe it deserves a ten objectively and considering that it's a children's show.
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DreamWorks Dragons: Cast Out, Part I (2014)
Season 2, Episode 19
9/10
The One with the Exciting Build Up
29 July 2014
Snotlout is temporarily expelled from the Academy. This upsets him, and in his upset he flies away on Hookfang to a secluded island, where he finds both the Screaming Death and Alvin the Treacherous, still alive. Alvin saves Snotlout from the Screaming Death and travels back to Berk on Hookfang. Once back, he offers a proposition to Hiccup; work with him to take down the Berserkers and the Outcasts will ally with the Vikings of Berk. While all of this is going on, Dagur and the Berserkers have entered the Academy and have placed Dragon Root down to make the dragons attack each other, causing more chaos and throwing Hiccup a decision.

This is a nigh perfect episode. It is full of excitement and twists, with two good cliff hangers. It also has Alvin, the Screaming Death and Dagur all in the same episode, packing up to make a (hopefully) thrilling conclusion. Every corner of this has something unexpected and exciting. With penultimate being this good, you cannot help but grow excited for the finale. Will this see the end of Dagur and the Berserkers? Will the Outcasts ally themselves with the Vikings of Berk? I'll be watching and reviewing the finale as soon as I can.
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DreamWorks Dragons: Bing! Bam! Boom! (2014)
Season 2, Episode 18
8/10
The One with all the Noise
29 July 2014
Hiccup has created a new device, the 'Thunder Ear', that can hear noises from far off in the sea. When Hiccup tests it with Stoick by his side, they hear unfamiliar dragons which they quickly investigate. It turns out to be three young Thunderdrums, all of which follow them back to Berk. Once back, the Thunderdrums cause chaos, and the only thing that can stop them is Thornado, Stoick's adult Thunderdrum. After Hiccup tries and fails to keep them under control, Stoick orders him to send them away from Berk, but they keep persistently following them back. How will the Riders put an end to the constant noise?

I love the young Thunderdrums in this one. We also get another episode largely centred on Stoick, this time also focusing on his dragon, Thornado, as well. The relationship between the two is very different to the other riders and their dragons, as they are more like allied leaders. We really got to know Thornado in this one, it's a shame we had to say goodbye in the very same episode. It makes me wonder if Stoick will get a new dragon for the finale. Probably not. The parallels between Stoick and Thornado were excellent and I loved them. Easily an eight.
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DreamWorks Dragons: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (2014)
Season 2, Episode 17
7/10
The One with Another Dagur Armada
29 July 2014
Trader Johann has arrived at Berk with more antique goods for sale, including a pile of much needed scrap metal for Gobber. However, chaos ensues when the scrap metal turns out to be from Breakneck Bog, and is in fact a Smokebreath nest. The Smokebreaths take all of Berk's metals to make a new nest, leaving them defenceless against attacks. How can they stop the Berserkers from attacking them while they're still vulnerable?

Another enjoyable episode. The slow unravelling and ideas in the episode make the story well written and thought out, with everything coming together nicely at the end. It was good to see Dagur again, with him full on attacking. I can see him being dealt with in the finale after an attack like this. Other than it being a great plot with a good idea for metal and the return of Dagur, there isn't much to it. But it is enjoyable.
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DreamWorks Dragons: The Eel Effect (2014)
Season 2, Episode 16
8/10
The One Where Toothless is on Drugs
29 July 2014
A flu has spread across Berk, and the Riders have volunteered to get a cure. They venture out and find every ingredient on the list. However, the final ingredient is none other than eels, something dragons are terrified of for some unknown reason. Hiccup sends the others back and travels to 'Eel Island' alone. Once there, Toothless immediately becomes terrified and starts thrashing about, throwing Hiccup into the water. He quickly saves Hiccup, but in doing so swallows an eel, making him too become sick and run off.

I love this episode for a variety of issues. It finally goes into the eel problem for dragons, and we get to know why they're so scared. It has some relatively good humour from the ill Riders on Berk. Toothless is adorable in this episode, especially when he becomes I'll and his pupils widen. But my favourite thing about the episode is that my two favourite rider/dragon combinations are in it; Hiccup and Toothless and Fishlegs and Meatlug. It makes for some great scenes. There's a good story to go with the episode too.
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DreamWorks Dragons: A Tale of Two Dragons (2014)
Season 2, Episode 15
7/10
The One Where Dragons Quarrel
28 July 2014
A Screaming Death drill causes Astrid and Snotlout to argue again over who goes to the Great Hall and the Armoury. Snotlout challenges Astrid to a race to the Great Hall to determine who defends it. This still leads to a fight in the Great Hall, which is quickly wrecked. Stoick is furious that a drill created such havoc, and demands Hiccup to sort out the problem between Astrid and Snotlout. However, the problem doesn't just lie between the two of them, it also lies between their dragons, which could be a much harder task.

A very enjoyable episode, where Astrid and Snotlout finally get along and understand each other's dragons. However, I'm unsure about the Dragon Root story and the dialogue seems quite forced at times in this one. The Astrid and Snotlout story makes up for that, though, and causes it to be quite an enjoyable episode. Although, I'm not quite sure when Astrid didn't get along with Snotlout, as I always believed it to be a one way thing. She just found his flirting annoying. But I'm glad Astrid has been given a flaw, as I've always believed her to be one of those flawless characters.

The Astrid and Snotlout storyline was enjoyable, the introduction to Dragon Root was quite interesting, and Hiccup becoming more of a leader is exciting, but the forced dialogue and unanswered Meatlug immunity idea has brought this episode down from an eight to a seven for me.
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DreamWorks Dragons: Frozen (2014)
Season 2, Episode 14
7/10
The One Where Vikings Evacuate
28 July 2014
Harsh weather has reached Berk, colder than ever seen before. Due to this, Trader Johann has not arrived at Berk, so Hiccup insists that he go look for Johann. Out at sea, he finds that everything has frozen over, explaining why Johann hasn't arrived yet. He finds Johann and travels back to Berk with him. Back at Berk, all Vikings have mysteriously disappeared except Fishlegs, who explains to Hiccup that Speed Stingers, a venomous non-flying group of dragons, have travelled across the frozen sea and attacked Berk, causing the Vikings to evacuate.

This is a fun, unique episode. The Speed Stingers are interesting and the resolution to the episode is satisfying. Nothing so far has caused the Vikings to evacuate Berk, as they usually hold their ground. I think what makes the episode enjoyable is it being a fun little adventure that is completely unique. But there's nothing to it past that, bar the new Speed Stingers. I think a seven fits this episode best.
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DreamWorks Dragons: Free Scauldy (2014)
Season 2, Episode 13
8/10
The One Where Astrid Flirts and Ruffnut Bonds
27 July 2014
Hiccup, Fishlegs and the twins find an injured Scauldron near the ocean on Changewing Island. Hiccup decides that they should save it before the Changewings attack it or it dies from lack of water. Eventually, they discover that rocks are trapping one of its wings, and this preventing it from flying or swimming. Ruffnut manages to create a bond with the Scauldron, naming it Scauldy, and distract it while the other Riders remove the rocks from its wing before the Changewings arrive. Meanwhile, Astrid finally grows tired of Snotlout's constant flirting.

Another highly enjoyable episode. This one focuses a lot on Ruffnut and her bond with Scauldy, the Scauldron they're saving. I never expected to like the twins at all, but the last few episodes have proved me wrong, with one focusing on Tuffnut going undercover and this one focusing on Ruffnut getting a connection with a Scauldron dragon. Ruffnut now understands the bond you can have with a dragon and how amazing it can be. Not only this, but we finally have an episode fully dedicated to a Scauldron, so we learn much about the underwater dragon. The episode has quite a bit to offer, from Astrid finally getting tired of Snotlout's flirting to Ruffnut's connection to Scauldy. Definitely worth an eight.
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DreamWorks Dragons: The Flight Stuff (2014)
Season 2, Episode 12
7/10
The One with Snotlout's Replacement
27 July 2014
Snotlout is dying. Or at least, he thinks he is. He finds a replacement for himself; Gustav, a young boy he befriended a long time back. Hiccup knows that Snotlout isn't dying and that Gustav isn't ready for the Dragon Academy, but Snotlout is being stubborn. Fishlegs thinks the training Gustav and saying that he's a good replacement will bring Snotlout around. However, when Snotlout is brought around, Gustav won't give up on becoming a Rider, leading to complications for the Riders later.

A fairly average episode, that is made better by being about Gustav, a young boy we first met last season. Gustav is a good character, as a small boy who strives to become a dragon rider. He is largely influenced by Snotlout, making him like a small Snotlout, adding humour to the episode. His dragon, Fanghook, is brilliant too and I hope to see the two of them again, given the ending. The story isn't anything spectacular, but the last five minutes weren't bad as they added a bit of action. I was considering a six, but it is a more enjoyable episode than that.
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DreamWorks Dragons: A View to a Skrill Part 2 (2013)
Season 2, Episode 11
8/10
The Second One Where Everyone Wants A Skrill
27 July 2014
Berk is worried about what has happened to the twins and why they haven't returned yet, so Hiccup goes out searching for them, eventually getting the idea that they have been following the Skrill, so he follows the lightning. The lightning brings him to Outcast Island, where he finds the twins spying on Alvin, who now has the Skrill. As he watches, he sees that not only is Mildew with him, but Dagur is there too. Hiccup sends Tuffnut to investigate, as the idea of the Berserkers, the Outcasts and the Skrill attacking Berk scares him.

Another great episode that concludes the last one. It's full of excitement with room for humour, too. There is a twist at one point that I did not expect at all and was shocked, although I bet it didn't really turn out as I thought it did. The final battle was exciting. I loved how Hiccup solved the Skrill problem. The conclusion made sense and left me satisfied. My favourite thing about the episode, however, is Tuffnut being undercover. I'm not a big fan of the twins, so that being my favourite part surprises me. Unlike the last one, I know this episode deserves an eight.
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8/10
The First One Where Everyone Wants A Skrill
27 July 2014
The Riders discover a frozen dragon and transport it back to Berk. Upon reaching Berk, Hiccup and Fishlegs find out that the it is a Skrill, a lightning dragon revered by the Berserkers that could be used to destroy Berk. Once this is discovered, Hiccup, Astrid, Fishlegs and Stoick travel back to the Academy where they find that the dragon is gone due to Snotlout and the twins messing around. Can the Riders find the Skrill before destruction occurs or the Berserkers get their hands on it?

This one is exciting and unique. It was great to see Dagur and the Berserkers again, now against Berk. The new dragon is very good and powerful, with another unique look. This episode had many things going on and some great animation with the flying and fighting. It doesn't feel dragged out into a two parter yet. The resolution is quite a good cliff hanger that I didn't see coming. I'm still unsure on whether this deserves a seven or an eight.
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DreamWorks Dragons: Zippleback Down (2013)
Season 2, Episode 9
7/10
The One Where Torch Returns
27 July 2014
Gobber is teaching the Riders how to get themselves and their dragons out of traps with traps they used to use on dragons so they can go and remove the traps across the island to save wild dragons from getting trapped. Ruffnut and Tuffnut go out searching for traps and Tuffnut gets himself trapped. While trapped, Tuffnut befriends a Typhoomerang. Ruffnut, the Typhoomerang and their Zippleback dragon cannot get him out, not only that but a forest fire is quickly approaching. How will they get out of this one?

A fairly good episode with the twins getting themselves into trouble again and Hiccup saving the day. The episode isn't too amazing. The best thing about it for me was the return of Torch, a Typhoomerang dragon Hiccup raised as a small child for a while. He's grew up vastly and is amazing, with lots of beautiful scenes surrounding him. That's what set this episode above a six and into a seven for me, the return of Torch, who has grew to be an amazing, beautiful dragon.
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8/10
The One with the Sunken Islands
27 July 2014
Hiccup and Astrid discover that dragons are fleeing to Dragon Island and can't understand why. Hiccup decides to contact Fishlegs through 'AirMail', a new way of contacting through Terrible Terrors, and tell him and Snotlout to meet them at Dragon Island. Together, Hiccup, Astrid and Fishlegs discover that islands are disappearing in a straight path towards Dragon Island, where all of the dragons from the destroyed islands are fleeing to. Eventually, Hiccup and Astrid find out that the thing causing the islands to disappear is none other than the enormous Whispering Death called the 'Screaming Death'. How can they stop something so big from destroying everything in its path?

I had low expectations for this episode. Not only is it the lowest rated episode this far, but the description on here made is sound awful. Islands being destroyed? Ridiculous. What logical thing could cause that? What I didn't expect was for the Screaming Death to return and cause the islands to sink, which is actually very logical. To have the Screaming death back, bigger than ever, was good enough for me, but the introduction to 'AirMail' and how everything I thought was illogical turned out to be logical makes the episode much better than expected. I very much enjoyed this great episode.

I wouldn't say it's worth a nine, but it's still hugely enjoyable. I believe many of the people who rated this as a one just read the description, scoffed, and rated it. It's certainly better than a one for its continuity, excitement and new ideas.
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DreamWorks Dragons: Worst in Show (2013)
Season 2, Episode 7
8/10
The One with the Competition
26 July 2014
Hiccup is annoyed because the Riders believe that every training exercise is a competition. Fishlegs and Snotlout grow more and more competitive until Fishlegs decides to make a competition to prove who the best dragon trainer is. The competition involves them all training a Terrible Terror overnight and then seeing who has taught their Terror the best trick. Fishlegs gets so caught up in the competition that he pushes away his dragon, Meatlug, which eventually causes her to be kidnapped.

Many great things in this episode. I love the connection between Fishlegs and Meatlug, it comes second behind Hiccup and Toothless's for me. The plot is quite good and unique as well, with Alvin and Mildew using the tunnels that the Whispering Deaths created a few episodes back to get into the Academy. It also tells children that everything doesn't have to be a competition. The idea of the Riders practising using Terrible Terrors is good too. It doesn't have any overall plot development, but it's still a great episode on its own.
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