Hey Drell, just wanted to see what you thought of the latest Casagrandes episodes. Here are my thoughts.
Away Game - Terrible. While I guess it's understandable that Rosa would get jealous over Bobby and Ronnie Anne spending more time with Arturo than her, her reactions are just uncomfortable and cringey to watch, not to mention, her trashing Arturo's apartment was completely cruel. And it's not really fair that she barely got even a slap on the wrist for what she did. Overall, definitely the worst episode of the show so far. - 1/5
Monster Cash - You know, for all the people, including yourself, who talk about how selfish and bratty Carl is, I mean, you're not wrong, but I've always been OK with it since he always gets karma in the end, so it never feels one-sided. That's been a strength of the show to this point, and it's no different here. The build-up was nice, and the episode was weirdly good at keeping you in suspense. I say that because you knew Rosa was El Cucuy, you just didn't know when you'd find out. Not my favorite, but still really good. - 4/5
Trend Game - Easily the best of the week. The bonding between Ronnie Anne and Carlota was nice to see, it was good to see Ronnie Anne's other friends in an actually good episode and for some reason (probably because I laugh at the most random things) the "squat" was pretty funny! At first, I thought the episode suffered a major problem City Slickers had, which was that there was no indication Ronnie Anne had to lie to her friends whatsoever, but I thought about it, and I realized that maybe she was worried they'd want to hang out with Carlota instead of her. Overall, I loved it. - 4.5/5
The Bird Has Flown - Meh. Didn't care for it. It was weird seeing the family so devastated over Sergio's loss, especially since they've been annoyed by him so much, although not entirely out of character. And it was nice to see Bobby and Sergio finally have a good moment at the end of the episode. Overall, though, no opinion whatsoever. - 3/5
So, overall, a pretty mixed couple of weekends for episodes. Truth be told, though, none of these episodes are as good as Brave the Last Dance. I'm not exactly sure what you think about that one, but to me, not only is it the best episode of Season 4, it might be the best Loud House episode of all time. I keep finding myself coming back to it. Even How to Train Your Carl was fantastic, and easily the best Casagrandes episode so far. I think the problem for me is that those episodes set the bar so high, that anything after that will be disappointing in comparison. But that will probably subside after awhile, so it should be all good.
Away Game made me dislike Rosa, because of her jealously. She apologized, but 1 good minute doesn't recompensate 10 bad ones. After how angry she was at Ronnie for trashing her appartment in Friended, doing the same with Arturo's appartment makes her a hypocrite. She only speculated and did nothing to check it on herself.
Monster Cash made me dislike Carl even more. After scaming and leaving Ronnie behind I couldn't feel sorry for him getting scared. Sergio said that he heard his promises of getting better earlier, what means he keeps forgetting his lessons. You know what? I can't like him, because he's too big bratty jerk, even for a kid.
The Bird has Flown - I couldn't blame Bobby for anger, because through the whole series Sergio was so obnoxious like he tried to imitate Bender from Futurama, not in a good way. The episode tries to paint Bobby as a bad guy, but I don't buy it. Also all characters are uncharacteristically stupid, because none but Lalo could recognize drone dresses as Sergio. Also it's stupid that Hector rewarded a bird who doesn't help him at all or a baloon. The worst of this episode is too much of toilet humor.
Trend Game - the bonding between Carlota and Ronnie was too short to even talk about it. I expected more of Carlota. Sid subplot of getting shaved was needless, because he hair cartoonicly regrew very fast. The episode is so similar to City Slickers, because Ronnie lies her friends to make herself look cool. However between CS and TG, I prefer TG, because at least it doesn't have scenes of masochistic Lincoln or Lori's annoying and needless subplot. The episode wasn't funny to me, but interesting enough.
Only Trend Game is a good episode to me from those 4, rest is bad. I started to think Casagrandes get worse due to predictibility, stupidity and grossness. Victor and Valentino gives more info about Mexican culture than the Casagrandes.
By rewatching all eps, I noticed that lot of episodes happen due to poor communication, misunderstandings and jumping into conclusions. If characters just spoke to each other, many episodes wouldn't exist, because all would be avoided. The saddest is perhaps Selfie Improvement, because Lori and Carol wasted years on rivalry, just because they saw each other as superior rivals to defeat.
I didn't expect April Fools Day on the wikia to be taken over by Luan.
Once I imagined 4th April Fools episode as the family going in separate ways, nobody knows where, leaving Luan out of the loop. Luan wakes up at home all alone, so she can't prank anybody. Then she pranks whoever she meets in the city. The family returns and they have to pay for damages Luan caused in the whole town.
It's bad that the show writers never bothered to explain why Luan gets Bart Simpson during this day. So far it only looks like she does this, because it amuses her like Bart.
You know, I'm not complaining about there not being a fourth April Fools episode (at least not yet, knock on wood). While the latter two episodes, I thought, were fine (IRYO on Fool Me Twice), April Fools Rules is such a rotten, reprehensible, and just outright spiteful episode that I fear any new April Fools episode will fall right back into its territory. To say that episode is bad is an insult to bad episodes. Yes, The Loud House does have its fair share of bad episodes, but I can at least see that those episodes are TRYING to have a decent takeaway. With April Fools Rules, what's the takeaway? That it's OK to mock sadists, people who clearly have problems and need help? That it's OK to see the family tortured in ways that are LIFE-THREATENING and that they did nothing to deserve? Honestly, shame on the people behind that episode for ever thinking it was a good idea. I don't give this rating lightly -- an episode has to be so hateful towards its audience, so out of place in all the wrong ways, and not only sending the wrong message, but showing its pride towards such a wrong, twisted message to get this rating -- but April Fools Rules is easily worthy of a 0/5.
I also don't complain about lack of 4th April Fools episode. I consider Pranks for Memories as poor replacement for this.
I also never liked April Fools Rules, not only it's mean-spirited, but also has poor writing like nobody explained how Luan got free or what happened to Leni, Luan winning and not getting proper punishment. This ep is also one of main factors why Lincoln getting hurt is not funny. Parents are incompent pushovers by not disciplining Luan, she's like negavite result of stressless raising. This episode made me hate Luan, next fool episodes only increased it. To feel better, I wrote sequel fanfic years ago https://theloudhouse.fandom.com/wiki/User_blog:FirstDrellSpectre/Fanfiction-_April_Two_Rules
I hope you don't feel offended, but when I read what you wrote, I felt like it wasn't you, because usually you are calm. I'm sorry for triggering this.
Thanks for reading my fanfic. Luan was never my favorite character, ignoring her April Fools episodes, I don't have reasons to like her. She had good bondings with Lincoln and Lucy in Funny Business and Head Poet Anxiety, but rest of her episodes aren't interesting enough.
In No Laughing Matter she was a jerk to her siblings and acted like a big baby, when the siblings had every good reason to complain about her. She just played pity and didn't try to improve herself or anything other than comedy. She acted like an empty shell. I don't see this as insecurity or depression, but having no other personality part than comedy.
I am supposed to respect opinions of others, but I have problem with this, when people say how they love Luan. They give her too much credit, they say she's funny and wants others to make smile, when to me she's annoying with her intentionally bad jokes and she only wants to make herself happy. Some of her jokes were insensitive like joking about Rita's age in No Spoilers.
Stage Plight and Pimple Plan tried to show her as insecure girl, but the former is too slow paced and too much a filler to take it seriously and the latter is boring and predictable. Another thing with those episodes are that her love interest Benny isn't an interesting character to me.
I rewatched CG ep Horror-scope and I noticed how much Rosa pressed Ronnie to find love, because of stupid horoscope. She kept acting like she believed that marrying Lincoln is Ronnie's destiny. This made me imagine that in future all of Ronnie's family keep pressing her and Lincoln to date, they do this so much that the both kids get frustrated. Ronnie calls her family out for meddling in her personal life. She loosens contacts with Lincoln and doesn't want to date him out of spite to her family. It may sound petty, but her reaction would be understandable.
I didn't think about them, when I was doing it. Maybe I'll try to add them.
Originally it was Stella and Lincoln, but then I thought about Tabby and Renee, so I put them with their closest. I made it by recoloring their copied bodies and replacing heads. Some thing such way is lazy, but not every fanart requires lot of work.
Finally Write and Wrong will be released this weekend. Purrfect Gig doesn't sound itriguing to me. I read about future revealed episodes House Flip hasn't interest me since I heard the title, I guess he fakes injury to exploit and mooch on Louds. Tough Cookie is another Clincoln episode and this just sounds too similar to Purrfect Gig. Sister Act is another twin swap story, I knew it would eventually happen. Don't You Fore-get About Me sounds like school and small version of the upcomin life action special about X-mas.
But my news are no longer actual. Release dates keep changing. Now the release date in USA is April 27 again, when in UK it will be released tomorrow. With release dates constantly changing I feel trolled.
Sometimes I think of hypothetical situations in LH. What do you think about them?
1. Lisa calculates, which siblings are quieter and louder, so she would make the house more comfortable to live in. The quieter siblings - Lisa, Lincoln, Lucy and Lana move to the garage or Lisa's bunker, when rest stay as they are. However the quieter siblings still don't have full comfort, so they share again. Before the 3rd sharing all go to conclusion that full comfort is impossible, so they go to square one and stay there.
2. Lisa's experiment explodes, what destroys her and Lincoln's room. Until they are repaired they have to bunk with their sisters. As expected, they don't feel good as 3rd roommates.
3. Lynn and Lucy find feng shui book and try to use this in their house due to their superstitions. However the siblings don't feel comfortable with absurdal changes. To protest they undo the changes and get rid of the book.
4. Luna can't stand that someone doesn't like her at school or she has a hater in internet. She tries to learn why this happens, so she would know how to improve her songs.
I saw your comment about "On thin ice". I expect this episode to be improved version of a bad eps like Power Play is to Green House. I think Lynn's last eps weren't good, because Good Sport is slow and predictable, when Singled Out ended with not changing status quo despite promising premise.
I mean, I liked Singled Out a lot, but I think a better ending would've been Dexter and Lynn hanging out as friends. But I gotta be honest, even though a long break can sometimes be aggravating, I think it was actually a smart choice for there to be a two+ month gap between Brave the Last Dance and Write and Wrong. BTLD was pretty much a flawless episode to me, easily my favorite of the season, and probably even of the entire show (and I never thought I'd say that about a Clyde episode), that I feared any episode that would follow, I wouldn't enjoy, since I didn't think there was any surpassing it. But as the old saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I guess the two-month break allowed me to re-watch BTLD enough to the point where I want something new (I mean, it's still a terrific episode, but you can have too much of even the best of things). Or maybe it's just quarantine making me need to watch something new, who knows?
Due to recycled scripts, many eps are so similar to each other. Despite similarities, some are better due to small differences.
Making the case and fool me twice - both eps are about filming relatives in embarassing situations, but I prefer fmt, because unlike mtc it doesn't have boring first half.
Power Play and Green House - PP for obvious reasons.
Toads & tiaras and a mutt above - both are about changing someone for own benefits and realising own selfishness, I prefer t&t, because bonding between bro and sis is more interesting between pet and owner.
Roadie to nowhere and really loud music - both are about Luna's insecurities, I prefer rtn, because there at least aren't so many songs to distract from thin plot.
Tripped! and Washed up - both are about family getting lost during a trip, I prefer wu, because there isn't so much toilet humor, repetitive jokes and deserted island is more interesting than a road. Additionally prologue reminds me my fanfic lost on the open ocean.
Yesman and homeschooled - in both cases siblings take advantage of the most skilled sibling for own benefits, only the used sibling doesn't get what deserved for sake of irony, siblings fix this after realizing their selfishness. I prefer homeschooled, becuase half of the plot isn't filled with Lincoln's pathetic attempts and parents rejecting his beggings.
City slickers and trend game - Ronnie pretends to be a cool kid to impress her friends only to learn she didn't need to. I prefer tg, because at least there is no needless Lori's subplot or Lincoln's massochism.
For Bros about to rock, Head's Poet Anxiety, Gown and Out - older sibling support the younger one and tells their backstory. All 3 are equally good to me.
Mad Scientist and Garage Banned - one sibling gets tired of loud siblings and decides to move out only to regret it. I prefer gb, because solution is more realistic.
Sleuth or consequences, Crimes of Fashion and Recipe for Disaster - all are about Lincoln and Clyde investigating in style of Ace Savvy. I prefer cof, because it's not mean-spirited as soc or boring as rfd.
2 boys and baby, purrfec gig and breaking dad - all are about babysitting that turned out harder than first thought. I prefer bd, because 2nd half has much more heartwarming story and no toilet humor.
Shell shock and game boys - both are about paranoid friend not trusting another. I prefer ss, because Ronnie is more interesting than Clyde.
Tea Tale Hear and Game off - both are about younger sibling ruining posession of the older sibling despite warnings. I prefer go, because Lola behaved like she forgot her character development and was mean to everyone, when Lana asked kindly for help, also video games are more interesting than dolls.
So, I wanted to ask you about something. When I think about episodes that are near-universally hated by the fandom, even if I personally don't think they're that bad, I kind of feel the hatred for it in the pit of my stomach. What I mean is that episodes like No Such Luck and Kings of the Con, I don't think are nearly as bad as most fans make them out to be, although I find it hard to watch those episodes, since I definitely understand why they hate them. It's probably because, when the episodes' flaws are so overexposed by the fans, they become too hard to ignore. I don't know. Do you ever think about that kind of stuff, or is it just me?
Usually I think like the most fans, so I don't think of this kind of stuff. However the recent hated episode Don't you Fore-get about me is such an example. It's mostly hated because Leni sabotaged Lori's dream. I think Leni did it very poorly, so I don't dislike her so much, I dislike the episode, because I find it too slow, boring and unfunny. Another ep like this is Deep Cuts, it's hated because Luna, Luan and Lori went overboard with protesting, when I dislike it, because protesting is too repetitive and it wasted potential for exploring Sully and Mazzy.
Indeed, when fans talk a lot about worst parts of episodes, then they are too hard too ignore. When something is hated, maybe it's better to understand why it's hated. When fans Ruthless People compared them to NSL, so I skipped it to avoid frustrations.