Wed, Jan 20 2010 at 5:32 PM
This has got to be the most twisted episode in the whole series. I LOL'd in some places and WTF'd in others, especially the part where Captain Planet gets a face/mouth full of raw sewage. It's like...geez. I didn't think bondage and scat themes were appropriate for a show aimed at children. Why, Nick Boxer? Why? :(
Tue, Jan 19 2010 at 11:56 PM
It's amazing how many people know about this show even though it hasn't aired much since the mid 90's (it hasn't here, anyway.) As silly as this sounds, I think the corniness, gaping plot holes, impossible science, and general so-bad-it's-good attribute is one of the reasons why Captain Planet has stuck around for so long. Sure, people make fun of it a lot--but that means they still talk about it :P I think Captain Planet could be brought back, if done properly. The story re-done with a darker, futuristic, and somewhat Orwellian setting would work quite well. Combined with a pro-freedom theme (as well as pro-environmental), science that makes sense, and action, you'd have a recipe for asskickery. I think MNN.com is making a mistake by aiming these CP episodes/exclusives at young children and their parents only. My interest in this show has only been rekindled recently and, after searching the Interwebz for a while, noticed that the two main groups of people who still mention Captain Planet are 1) people in their mid/late 20's who used to watch the show as kids, and 2) Internet hooligans. [RANT] I might as well say this now, too: the main thing that annoys me with the Captain Planet series is how it's laced with pro-government propaganda. Then CP turns around and says "The power is YOURS!" ...WTF? If I were to use said power to be eco-friendly and, say put some solar panels on my house to save energy, some government official would come along and I'd get in trouble for not having the proper permits (and if I had the permits, my property tax would go up. Some incentive.) I'd like to see the Planeteers defend the owners of an sustainable house while they're being harassed by government because they didn't have "permission" to build. I'd like to see the Planeteers help a land owner who's about to get bumped off his 1000-acre land because the State wants to build a road there. I'd like to see the Planeteers stick up for some village somewhere that is being occupied by "foreign invaders". Basically, I'd like to see the Planeteers fight for individual freedoms as well as for the environment, because these days it seems that the power is yours only if you're willing to go to jail for using it. I don't believe in this "write to your head of state if you want something changed" garbage. Change the message of the series a bit, and it would teach people about how politics and Leviathan governments fuck everything up, environment included. Want the environment to look nice? Let it be privately owned, so that people who own it have incentive to keep it looking nice. Want more "green" products? Get rid of the BS regulations and licenses so that more upstart companies and innovations can see the light of day. [/RANT] Naturally, if the Planeteers (and their magical powers) went against Big Gov, they'd be labelled as "terrorists". Wouldn't that make an interesting story? :D Oh, and Cap needs to lose the mullet, too. And utter less bad puns. I don't know why I'm still writing. Odds are that not many people will read this. Still, I can dream!
Fri, Jan 15 2010 at 8:09 PM
OMG. I had some of those as a kid! I wonder if I still have them somewhere. I hope so. I had the set where you could make a spaceship--it had those two huge white parts, and some glow-in-the-dark components. I'm pretty sure it had some barrel-like parts, too. Do you remember the ZAKS blocks too? Those were made of win, as well as F'N INDESTRUCTIBLE. I remember ads about some blocks called K'nex (I think) but I never got any of those, so I can't really comment on their durability. I wonder why Construx and ZAKS were discontinued and LEGO lasted? :/ I loved LEGOs as a kid, but they're way too expensive now. It's like they have the monopoly on the building blocks industry. I swear, if Construx or ZAKS ever came back (and were more affordable), I'd go on a shopping spree. An other great thing about building blocks is that messing around with 3D structures (putting them together, seeing them from different angles, making them interact, etc.) as a child is good experience with 3D visualization. This can be a real boon if the kid picks a career path in the sciences, where mentally visualizing things in 3D can be rather important. To hell with Scientist/Engineer Barbie--get building blocks instead *LOL* As for other toys that lasted a long time, some stuffed animals were allright. The amount of cheap-ass dolls/action figures/stuffed animals that move or talk these days makes my blood boil. Not only do they break more easily (and get thrown out because they no longer "work"), they don't even encourage kids to use their imagination.