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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Season 4 Review

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Once again, just as good as season 1, a very consistent season. This is my favorite season, tied with season 1.

This was the year the show really showed it’s shine. It didn’t always have to be about Ross and Rachel, and it proved it, by showing the most diverse range of stories in their lives yet. Even so that was still their main focus, and watching them trying to date other people was hilarious. Monica was single again after that stupid Pete story line, which means she was back to where she was funniest. Chandler went through basic development, but Phoebe’s story shines here. It was a very selfless act for her to surrogate for her brother, and provided the depth that had been missing from her strange character from the past seasons. As it begins to end, R&R have their best dynamics. This was the breaking point because they had history, and enough of a stubborn streak from both so they wouldn’t admit it. The final in London caught everyone by surprise, it was some hilarious and great writing.

As always, it falls back to cheesiness sometimes. You don’t really notice it after watching enough of it, so it’s no too big a deal. They really improved upon Phoebe’s character. The only one they could have done better with was Chandler, whom didn’t have anything individually special for most of the season.

Overall though, this is the best season. A bit after this though, is when the series began to go downhill, despite the enormous potential this awesome season left over.

Rating: A-

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June 12, 2009 at 12:01 am

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Season 3 Review

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Season Three

Season Three was just as good as season Two.

Stories got better, and characters lived and developed. The high point of this season, which is saying plenty, was as you all know, the “break” up between Ross & Rachel. I thought it was really well done and led to a really promising lead into the rest of the series. The writing builds up the cracks of their relationship very well, and writes the aftermath of it the same. It was still as funny as ever, and even funnier now that there was conflict between R&R. The character writing was consistent with earlier stories. Season three ended with the finale of them all at the beach house. I always enjoy seeing these characters go to new places and adjust. Phoebe’s story of finding her mother was pretty cool, and come on, who doesn’t love Joey’s mermaid boobs?

As for the flaws, I wasn’t a big fan of Monica & Pete.For one, the whole her dating a millionaire gimmick wasn’t very well done, and his character wasn’t really given depth to either. The whole “Ultimate Fighting Championship” thing, was just stupid, as hilarious as it may have been. As always it can bee cheesy.

Overall another very strong season in an already strong series. This is one of the seasons to grab if you just wanna check out the series real fast.

Rating: A-

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June 12, 2009 at 12:00 am

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Season 2 Review

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The second season is about as good as the first.

Ross & Rachel got together soon after the start of it, so it wasn’t dragging out, but it was really cool how it happened. Joey become less of a cardboard character, with the writers giving him more emotional stories. Chandler gets a little kick in the butt to live life, with these sorts of things happening throughout the season. One thing I’ve liked about this, is how it’s not melodramatic, most of the time. If they’ve got you caring, next moment they’ve got you laughing. Most of their stories are better, because everybody was getting more development. The worst part of it was how Ross & Rachel were together, beacuse there wasn’t any conflict. As the writers have said though, it was meant to be build up to the third season break up. Monica & Richard were really the starring roles of this season though. With R&R done for the time being, the main focus was shifted on these two, and they did a really good job portraying an old & young couple, with their sad breakup ending the season on a very high note.

The flaws were smaller than the first season. For one, the writing with the characters was better. Rachel & Joey got more depth to them, and Monica showed her emotional side, as they all continue to live out their everyday lives. Still cheesy sometimes. One thing you begin to notice is how theiir character development is gradually building up over every experience, and it’s a very rewarding one at that. 😀

Rating: A-

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June 11, 2009 at 11:59 pm

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Season 1 Review

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Season 1

I’ve been watching this show for years. Maybe it’s because I grew up preteen watching it, and still do every now and then, but I’ve always loved the show. That said, I personally enjoy the earlier years more, because that’s when they were all single and had problems.

The pilot I thought was a great start to the series. There’s an extended version that wasn’t aired, which is plenty better then the original. The main focus of the first season is how Ross likes Rachel, but never gets the guts at the right time to say it. This is repeated in multiple, often hilarious scenarios that play out across their daily lives. That’s the real charm of the show, it’s just six friends hanging out, living out their daily lives, and often there’s not any particular focus on any stories, at least not until the later seasons. It’s very funny and lighthearted, but it’s just one of those shows you feel like they’re living off somewhere like you are, just living day by day. The ending brought on the whole Ross & Rachel phenomenon, and was human, and well written.

As for the faults, there aren’t very many. Joey wasn’t written deeply enough, we got to know him, but not much more than the surface for the first season. The writers often said that in the beginning, they weren’t sure what to do with him, because him and Monica were supposed to be the shows original romance focus. Rachel’s character could have also used more development. It’s cheesy at times, but that’s just a staplemark that comes with the series.

Great great show. Though cheesy at times, it still provides a lot of laughs, and a look into these peoples’ everyday lives.

Rating: A-

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June 11, 2009 at 11:58 pm

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“Manga for this Week” Reviews [February 13th]

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Bleach

The Sloth

Review: If you don’t know already, I don’t like the story at all right now, because Bleach died a long time ago. Despite that, I still wanna see how it ends, so I read on.

For about a dozen chapters we were treated to pointless battle scenes that screamed “DBZ” to all those reading. They added nothing to the story, with repetitive action that sometimes made no common sense, with most of the characters new and horribly written so. Now the last few chapters showed signs of more focus, with more story, but this chapter might be breaking that pace.

After switching back to Ichigo we’re treated to a new revelation; the Espadas can unleash their full power above the dome, or at least, the top four Espada. I think it’s stupid, I mean why the fourth? Just seemed like loose writing. And that’s all that happened. The only thing worth reading this for anymore, is seeing the artwork, and the pretty decent action.

Rating: D

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Soul Eater

Seize Bab Yaga’s Castle 13

Review: I’ve been loving Soul Eater. Since Bleach died and Naruto is beginning too, it’s nice to have a great, consistent manga series to read.

This week was really good. The battle between Samurai and Black Star is over, and it ended with a very gripping emotional tug. It switches early over to Soul, Maka & Medusa, telling us a revelation that brings everything full circle; Arachne is becoming one with Kishin. Some fans thought Kishin has been gone for too long, I’m not one of them, but I’m sure this made the Baba Yaga Castle story arch satisfying for them. After, we’re treated to what I Call Soul Eater’s “Insanity Scenes”. This scenes show inner battles and conflict in the soul, and it was done perfectly, and drawn perfectly.

Overall this manga is getting better and better, I loved how the Author executed this chapter. It makes the monthly release worth all the wait.

Rating: A-

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Naruto

Banshou Tenin

Review: Naruto is beginning to die. I hate to say it, but it’s been going on for a dozen chapters now. Pain’s attack was way too rushed, not well thought out, and above all; lame.

Picking up right where it left off, it’s mainly a battle of ninja techniques and small little details in battles that surprise you, which is one thing the series has always been good at. Still, they have to be done at the right time, and this whole thing is way too rushed, with not even seeing some of the characters that died, and the ones we do see getting really stupid death scenes. Characters have been talking crap about how they can beat Pain for like a dozen chapters and it was getting pointless and annoying, but they finally found a solution. At least the art is decently good.

Overall this show definite signs of a waning series. Falling to cliches, and rushing things. It’s like the writer is making things happen all at once just so he can be done with it.

Rating: D+

Written by blueherobh

June 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm

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Scrubs: “My Charlie Brown Christmas” Special??

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a special called “My Charlie Brown Christmas” was created by Daniel Russ and Ryan Levin for the Scrubs 2003 Christmas party, it is a re-cut and re-dub of A Charlie Brown Christmas, starring the cast of Scrubs.

Take everyone’s favorite Christmas special, mix in a little wackiness from everyone’s favorite medical sitcom, and what do you get? You get the video that’s after the jump: a ten-minute version of A Charlie Brown Christmas with the voices of the cast of Scrubs dubbed in.

And don’t think that this is just Zach Braff, John C. McGinley and company doing a literal reading of the Charlie Brown script; it’s more like a Scrubs episode, complete with flashbacks, girl names, and penis jokes. Even the characters are the same. Except here, JD looks like Chuck, Dr. Cox looks like Linus, Carla looks like Lucy, etc. (And there’s even a Cox Rant ™ or two in there, in places you wouldn’t expect). I’ll let you be surprised at where the other voices pop up.

The video was made during season three for a cast Christmas party. It’s very funny and definitely worth a look.

Source: http://www.tvsquad.com/2006/12/09/a-charlie-brown-christmas-scrubs-style-video/

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June 11, 2009 at 11:52 pm

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DOODLE FOR GOOGLE

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What I Wish For the World

[Doodle For Google]

… we use plants for electricity

… we make college free for everyone

… we give health insurance to all who need it

… we connect everyone by cell phone or computer

Welcome to Doodle 4 Google, a competition where we invite K-12 students to play around with our homepage logo and see what new designs they come up with. This year we’re inviting U.S. kids to join in the doodling fun, around the intriguing theme “What I Wish for the World.”

These are exciting times and both our country and the world are on the brink of significant change. At Google we believe in thinking big, and dreaming big, and we can’t think of anything more important than encouraging students to do the same.

Registration closes at 11:59:59 PM Pacific time on March 17, 2009 and entries are due by 11:59:59 PM Pacific time on March 31, 2009. Teachers, you’ll find everything you need to get started on the Registration page. Only teachers or school employees should register. Parents or students who are interested should contact their teacher to register them.

What are the prizes for winners?

  • The National Winner will win a $15,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to the Google New York Office for an event on May 20, 2009, a laptop computer, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle. We’ll also award the winner’s school a $25,000 grant towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab. The winning doodle will also be featured on the Google homepage on May 21, 2009.
  • Each of the other 3 National Finalists will win a trip to the Google New York Office, a laptop computer, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle.
  • Each of the other 36 Regional Winners will win a trip to the Google New York Office and a t-shirt printed with their doodle.
  • Each of the other 360 State Finalists will receive a “Doodle 4 Google” certificate.
    Also, this year we’ve added a new District Quality Participation Prize in the amount of $10,000 to the school district that most encourages high-quality participation from its schools.

Design guidelines

  • If you are a parent or student, go ask your teacher to register your school. In the meantime, everything you need to start doodling is below.
  • The doodle should be presented on a white, landscape sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
    You can download the Google logo template: Download PDF file or Download GIF file
    The winning doodle will be displayed on the Google.com homepage, so the Google logo should be clearly visible and recognizable.
  • The doodle can be in pencil, crayons, felt tip or paint, or can be done using computer drawing or design software.
  • Unfortunately, we can’t accept entries which use additional materials to create 3D effects.
  • Please encourage your students to create original designs. Be inspired by Dennis Hwang, our original doodler – but don’t recreate his designs.
  • Promotional Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsvTtKUCNHk

    Doodle for Google Website: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/index.html

    Gallery of Doodles: http://www.thegreatbeyond.it/public/corsomotori/wp-content/plugins/iimage-gallery.php?idpost=123&idg=1&idi=60

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June 11, 2009 at 11:51 pm

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