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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “The Big Story” (Season 2, Episode 4)

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This is the first episode to air since Dwayne McDuffie’s tragic death http://www.republibot.com/content/obituary-dwayne-mcduffie
There wasn’t any mention of it insofar as I could tell. I didn’t see the standard “In loving memory of…” tag on the closing credits, though the credits are barely shown anymore, so it’s hard to tell. Still it made me sad.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Vicktor: The Spoils” (Season 2, Episode 3)

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It’s always nice when episodes have a moral, and what I really took from tonight’s episode was that if Imperial Russia had used Frankenstein’s Monster, and possibly zombies, there’d still be a Czar on the throne today. Also: there really aren’t enough Ruritanian romances anymore. And when was the last time someone worked the Duchy of Strackenz into a story?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Eye of the Beholder” (Season 2, Episode 2)

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Gah. Remember when I used to have live action shows like Terminator 2.5 and Stargate: Universe and Caprica and Dollhouse and Galactica to review on Firday nights? I really miss that. Friday night has become my Saturday Morning, and even though most of these shows are pretty good, I still miss my Friday night.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien : “The Transmogrification of Eunice” (Season 2, Episode 1)

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Welcome to the second season premier of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. I don’t know how accurate this is, but word on the street is that this is to be a loooooong season, thirty-two episodes.

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Team Ben is going camping, much to Kevin’s chagrin. He’d much rather do something fun (I’m right there with ya’, brother: Nature is none of my business), but Ben’s fans swamp him wherever they go, limiting them to hind-end-of-nowhere locations.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Absolute Power” (Episodes 19 and 20)

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This season of Ben 10 has been an odd experiment. Rather than a season-long story or a bunch of standalones, we’ve had three somewhat uneven arcs that feed into each other. In the first, Aggregor is introduced as a new arch nemesis working largely behind the scenes. In the second, Aggregor is in open conflict with Team Ben. He’s defeated, but Kevin goes off the deep end in the process. The third arc - which concludes tonight - is all about Kevin’s fall. The show has gotten dark, at least by Ben 10 standards. So how will it end?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “The Enemy of my Enemy” (Episode 18)

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Gah. It’s just too much. Five shows to review tonight? I’m overstressed. Republiboy went to bed, so I guess it’s just four, really. The Transformers finale will have to wait until tomorrow. Anyway, Ben 10 continues its unexpected slide into darkness tonight with a nice fake out: You think it’s going to be funny, but, no, it’s a heartbreaker.

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REPUBLIBOT AWARD: Best Night of Programming

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After much consideration (which consisted of a conference call between two out of three Republibots), we decided to award our coveted (and recently invented) Best Individual Night of Programming Award to Cartoon Network for the incredible quality of the individual episodes of original programming that they showed on November 19th, 2010.

Seriously, last night's shows were really, really good.  If you missed them,  you should make a real effort to watch them.

To Cartoon Network Programming Execs- please contact us at two@republibot.com to get your congratulatory interview!

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Nor Iron Bars A Cage” (Episode 17)

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Wow! Remember a couple weeks ago when I only grudgingly agreed to continue reviewing this show, saying that I’d gotten bored with it, and my kids had aged out of it? I completely take all that back. After last week and this new one tonight, I’m completely on board again.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “The Forge of Creation” (Episode 16)

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Ok, now *this* one I didn’t see coming. I know I’ve complained about how the show/franchise isn’t really grabbing me anymore, not through any fault of their own, but simply because my kids have aged out of it, and I’ve aged out of it vicariously through them (As openly pathetic as that is), but tonight was a pretty impressive game changer, and it went a long way towards renewing everyone’s interest in the show.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Perplexihedron” (Season 1, Episode 15)

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We pick up exactly where we left off last week, with Team Ben at the mystic portal that Charmcaster just closed. They debate what to do next, and end up in an argument with Azimuth. He tells them where the final piece of the key of infinity is located, and they head off to “The Perplexihedron.” It’s a planet-sized cube made up of smaller cubes.

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