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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben Ten Ultimate Alien: “Andreas’ Fault” (Season 1, Episode 7)

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Sorry to be so late on this review. I was getting snacks during the first commercial break of this episode last night, and spilled grape juice all over the stairs. I had to clean that up, and missed the rest of the episode.

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Argit, the weird, conniving little Porcupine/Rat/Weasel alien boy thing that occasionally runs scams with Kevin, is now running a protection racket: If the Forever Knights will give him $100,000/month, he’ll see to it that their castles don’t fall down. They refuse to pay, and, of course the castles do fall.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Generator Rex: "Leader of the Pack" (Episode 7)

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Van Kleis turns up in New York, claiming diplomatic immunity for himself and his "Ambasadors" (The Pack), as he's the leader of the nation of Abysus, a principlality somewhere in Europe, presumably very near The Netherlands, given his name.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Generator Rex: “Frostbite” (Season 1, Episode 6)

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I think this is my new favorite cartoon. There’s just a lot to like here. The voice acting is good, the music is generally above average, Six is cool, and there’s just a really neat visual style that has a signature different from any other Warners show on the air.

We start out with the normal teaser dustup with an evo, but *not* our normal voiceover from Rex explaining the premise of the show. Doc Holiday warns Rex that he’s overloaded with Nanites, and can’t take any more on, but he does it anyway, and basically metal bits start growing out of him as he collapses in pain.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Too Hot To Handle” (Season 1, Episode 6)

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P’andor, the Russian-accented alien from last week’s episode, is permanently sealed in armor. (What they would have called an “Encounter Suit” on Babylon 5) Now slumming on earth, he’s none to happy about this, and is paying various safecrackers and hoods to try and break him out of it. Kevin, in his occasional hood mode, decides to help out.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: "Escape from Agreggor" (Season 1, Episode 5)

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I'm having trouble concentrating tonight, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, a cartoon that no one but me remembers, keeps flooding through my head for some reason. In light of this, I took a lot of notes while watching the show. Normally I don't do this, normally I just trust my memory and my amazing powers of seeing stuff that probably isn't there, which might be subtext and clues, or it might just not be there.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Generator Rex: “Lockdown” (Episode 4)

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Our Friday of unimpressive fare continues - or so I thought it did - with a paint-by-the-numbers episode of Generator Rex that started off all-too-simple, but ended up surprising me. I really, really needed surprising tonight, so I’m pretty grateful. They ended up going in directions I hadn’t foreseen, and it ratchets up the complexity of the series quite a bit.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Computer Games” (Season 1, Episode 4)

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Maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m in a bad mood tonight, maybe I’m just accentuating the negative, but all the shows we cover this evening have felt kinda’ sub-par to me for some reason. Witness this episode, which really makes no sense: Ben gets approached by a videogame designer to do a game with him as the star. He puts on a Motion Capture leotard, and transforms for a few hours, then is sent on his way. Later on, a big spider-bot - and by the way, I am so totally sick of spiderbots - attacks him really effectively, countering all of his attacks, then runs off.

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Timeline Problems in the Ben 10 Universe

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Much as I like Ben 10 - and I do - the continuity of the show has always been problematic. Some of that is the unavoidable result of time compression in the show. The original series ran from December of 2005 to May of 2008, yet it took place entirely within the space of 90 days, one summer. The sequel series ran from April of ‘08 to March of this year (2010 for all of you folks reading this in the future. How are those flying cars and starships working out for ya’ up there?), and was set over the course of one school year.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Generator Rex: “Beyond the Sea” (Season 1, Episode 3)

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After the standard voice-over introduction (Different every week, but covering the same ground), Rex hears tell of an increase in Evo activity in the northern equatorial regions. Upon learning of a spring break paradise called “Cabo Luna” (My Spanish is rusty, but I think that means “Moon Taxi”), he and Bobo run away for a vacation, and take Noah along, still not realizing that he’s actually one of Rex’s handlers.

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