DuckTales Season 2 and Star vs The Forces of Evil Reviews: NOW-stalgia on Disney+

Review by Joshua Jordan
NOW-stalgia on Disney+ is all about reviewing modern animated shows that you can find on the Disney+ streaming service.

DuckTales: Season 2 (2018)

Scrooge McDuck is the richest Duck in the world and a world famous treasure hunter. Along with some of his family Donald, Huey, Dewey, Louie, his maid Mrs. Beakley and her niece Webby, there is no treasure too hard to find or an ancient city too hidden to find.

I grew up with the original DuckTales and I was amazed how great season one of the reboot was. Season two continues this trend with great episodes and a great season story arc that comes to a satisfying end. I love both the legacy characters brought back with a slight twist and the new characters they introduce. Everything about this show is so much better than it should be. You can tell the writers have a love for the original while putting a new spin and update to the rebooted cannon. I can’t wait till next season where according to reports is going to add a plethora of characters from the original Disney Afternoon characters like Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers and Goofy from Goof Troop. Let’s hope that the great story telling continues with all of these new characters.

Review grade for season two: A+

Star vs The Forces of Evil: Entire Series (2015)

Star Butterfly is a Princess from another dimension known as the Kingdom of Mewni. After turning 14 she is given the royal magic wand which she immediately shows She is not entirely ready to use responsibility. So her parents do the only sensible thing and dump her on Earth to learn how to use her powers. There she meets Marco, a guy who likes to keep his life clear of any danger, orderly, and without too much excitement. Once Star comes into his life though everything is turned upside down. Through their adventures they encounter different dimensions, different foes to fight, and uncover the dark past of the Butterfly royal line.

At first glance this show is weird and trippy similar to Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. It even has a similar progression as the show goes on the world gets bigger as you uncover more secrets. More than anything however Star is a love letter to what is known as the Magical Girl sub-genre of anime that include shows like Sailor Moon or Cardcaptor Sakura. You can definitely see the influence all over the show’s design and even story structure. I feel that Star’s biggest strength is in its main cast. They really make you feel for every character and give a lot of them interesting character arcs. My only problem with the show is near the end where it seemed to have stretched the story out too far and I lost some of my interest till the very end. Finally, I am aware that a lot of fans were not pleased with the series’ end but in my opinion (without spoiling it) I feel it was both wacky and heartfelt. To summarize Star vs The Forces of Evil is a wacky and interesting series with interesting characters and story arcs that can delight a lot of people but not please everyone and is perfect for binging.

Review grade for the entire series: B

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Clone Wars Season 7 Episode 7 review: NOW-stalgia on Disney+

Review by Joshua Jordan

(Warning: slight spoilers for the episode as well as the series if you haven’t finish it)

“Who you were does not have to define who you are. “

Ahsoka and Martez Sisters are in the Pike Syndicate’s prison. While in the cell Ahsoka and Rafa are blaming each other for their current situation. After Rafa accuses Ahsoka of sounding like a Jedi it prompts Ahsoka to ask why they hate the Jedi so much and Rafa tells her about their past. Not long after Rafa’s story ends The Pikes start torturing the girls to tell them were the spice is. When Trace is lead to the torture chamber she is able to trick the guards and escape. Meanwhile Ahsoka decides to use The Force and escape. Once reunited they try to find a way off the planet. Will our Ahsoka and friends find their way off planet or will the Pikes capture them again?

The last episode didn’t have any action but this episode very much made up for it while still giving a bit more background on the Martez Sisters and why they don’t trust anyone especially the Jedi. I liked how their back story, which I won’t spoil here, connects to events that happened earlier in The Clone Wars series and showed that there are consequences for every decision. I also liked how this episode started setting up for what I believe will be the next and last arc of the series. My only let down for this episode was the ending which almost makes the adventure fruitless if not for the great action and character growth. I feel that a lot of people had very different expectations for this arc and because of those expectations a lot of people are not liking it. However I feel that I can’t fully judge it until all the pieces are in place. So we’ll see how this arc ends next week.

Episode Review Score: A

Coming Soon- RayGunn Plays…

Hey Arcaders!

As I sit in the Archives bunker of isolation, I watched UberNerds play through of Luigi’s Mansion 3 on Facebook live… and it was good. It took me back to the Gamesters videos (you dudes NEED to bring the Gamesters back!!!!). So good in fact, I got my old gears turning. Maybe I give this play through stuff a go- and put a RayGunn spin on it!

So, in the next few weeks, I will start playing the classic arcade games you remember… or maybe you don’t. I will play the ports too, giving you my spin on these games and the time in my life when they came out!

Now for the surprise- the intro video I’ll use! What do you think? let me know in the comments!

Keep Playin Like It’s 1981!

Raygunn

Clone Wars Season 7 Episode 6 Review: NOW-stalgia on Disney+

Review by Joshua Jordan

“Mistakes are valuable lessons often learned too late.”

(Warning: minor spoilers for the episode)

Last week introduced the Martez Sisters Trace and Rafa whom Ahsoka helped them out of a jam. Now Rafa decides to hire Trace for a big transporting job with her ship The Silver Angel. Ahsoka wants to keep an eye on her new friends so she also decides to tag along. It turns out that the big job is transporting spice from the planet of Kessel. This worries Ahsoka because nothing good can come from transporting spice and more importantly it seems her friend Trace is really ignorant to the wider Galaxy. Will they end up transporting the spice safely? Or are the Martez Sisters in over their heads?

This episode was a pretty interesting as it was one of the very few that didn’t have any action or fighting in it because it was more of a character driven story. While I would have liked it to focus more on Ahsoka herself it mainly focuses on the Martez Sisters and who they are. I feel that the sisters are interesting characters and show us the viewer a little of the part of the Star Wars Galaxy that we very rarely see, the everyday people. This has given these last two episodes a kind of unique feel to it. I also want to mention Anakin’s cameo that he has in this episode as it is definitely one of my favorite scenes. This scene is kind of call back to a scene from Return of The Jedi which I won’t spoil here if your reading this before you watch the episode but if you’re a Star Wars fan you’ll know what I am talking about. Third thing I liked about the episode, I really liked seeing the planet Kessel again which was last seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Since Solo is one of my favorite Star Wars movies any shout out to it makes me happy plus we get to see a whole different side of the planet too.

While I thought the pacing of the episode was kind of slow and there wasn’t any action or fighting. I understand that these are only because this episode is character driven and not every episode has to have fighting in it. Regardless this episode did keep me engaged and interested.  

Episode Review Score: A

Raygunn’s Video Review- The Pac- Man Fever book By Jerry Buckner!

Hey Arcaders!

Raygunn here, and do I have a treat for you today! One of the gifts I received form my lovely wife- was the book “Pac- Man Fever”. So, while I’m in self isolation in the Archives Bunker, I thought I would do a Video Review of it!

Let’s just say… I liked it. A lot. Don’t believe me? Well, check out the video yourself. and see how many times I say “amazing”. Check it out! And if you want a copy for yourself (or your Kindle) Check out the Amazon page for more info! https://www.amazon.com/Pac-Man-Fever-Unlikely-Defined-Worldwide-ebook/dp/B0812CSQM7

On with the video!

…And thank you, Mr. Bucker, for all the awesome memories!!!

Clone Wars Season 7 Episode 5 Review: NOW-stalgia on Disney+

Review by Joshua Jordan

(Warning: slight spoilers for the episode as well as the series if you haven’t finish it)

“If there is no path before you, create your own. “

Ahsoka is back! This episode starts the beginning of a new arc staring everyone’s favorite ex-padawan. Not long after leaving the Jedi Order, Ahsoka is still trying to find her place in the world. While pondering this her speeder glitches and causes her to clash land near a repair shop owned by a younger girl named Trace and her older sister Rafa. While fixing her speeder Trace and Ahsoka become friends and Ahsoka learns that the pair have dealings with some of the more unsavory characters in the area. Rafa gets a job to fix some droids for a client and tasks Trace and Ahsoka with it. It turns out they are very dangerous load lifting droids and once one gets loose it’s up to Trace and Ahsoka to try to stop the crazed droid. Can the pair stop it before it wrecks everything?

Ahsoka is one of my favorite characters in Star Wars and I was really glad to see her back. This episode was a little slower than the previous ones as it was more of a character driven story and an introduction to some new characters, Trace and Rafa,

that will be with us for the next few episodes. I like the new characters and they interests me enough to see where this arc is going to go. This episode also sported some great action as well, from Ahsoka trying not to die while landing her speeder to the chase with the dangerous load lifting droid, it was all done with beautiful animation. This was another great beginning to another arc with one of my favorite characters and I can’t wait for next week.

Episode Review Score: A