Pac-Man and The Ghostly Adventures Series Review: A Pac-Man Month Special

Reviewed by Joshua Jordan

Pacopolis is under constant attack by an army of ghost from the Netherworld and there’s only on yellow hero who can stop them, Pac-Man! Along with his friends Spiral and Cylindria and a slew of other allies Pac will have to face off against Lord Betrayus and his underlings to save the city and quite possibly all of PacWorld from certain doom.

Pac-Man and The Ghostly Adventures is a very interesting example in how to have a good foundation of a story but not use that foundation to an advantage. On the positive side this animated series looked pretty good. It had imaginative world that looked both colorful and bright but also used iconography from the real Pac-Man games as intricate designs for everything from the streets to the buildings. Another thing I enjoyed about the show is Pac-Man’s powers. I like how he eats different berries to gain different abilities and I also liked that his friends could eat them too but the berries effected them differently than Pac-Man. All of Pac-Man’s transformations look pretty cool even if they kind of looked like another round video game character named Kirby. One of the more unique aspects of show was a really good set up for the characters with compelling backstories that took a lot of great liberties that could have led to attention grabbing storytelling.

The negative side of Ghostly adventures is a lot of wasted potential. Something that could have been great but turned out not so much. The biggest problem I have with the show is that it never reaches its full potential story wise. Instead of building on the wonderful foundation that the creators of the show made with compelling backstories that could had led to potentially fascinating episodes. They almost completely ignore it and only refer to it occasionally. Another example is the humor. There is a lot of good jokes in this show that made me laugh. My problem is when they start focusing heavily on burp and fart jokes that over stay their welcome. Another good example of wasted potential is the animation. While the animation looks good at times the lip sync isn’t right and most of the time breaks the illusion. Finally, and I know this might seem like a minor gripe but the theme song isn’t good. A lot of shows have great theme songs that either set up the premise of the show or are such a great ear worm that you can consistently hum it to yourself. However Ghostly Adventures doesn’t have one, in fact, it seems like the theme was either thrown together quickly or edited so poorly that it just doesn’t work. So much so that I just tried to skip the theme song every time so I didn’t have to hear it. The Pac-Man games all have a wealth of amazing music and it would have been so much better if they’d just used one iconic tracks and just gave it a remix. As you can see Ghostly Adventures has a ton of wasted potential that stops it from being great.

Is Pac-Man and The Ghostly Adventures worth watching? If you’re a very young kid like five or six years old, the answer is yes. The colorful world and characters are enough to grab any young kid’s attention. For older kids and adults however I can’t really recommend it. Which is sad because of the potential you can see in the show. A potential that could have reached a wider audience with its story and characters. If you want to check it for yourself out the easiest way is to stream it on Netflix or watch it the reruns on Discovery Kids. There are better shows out there that masterfully bridge that gap between kids and adults but Pac-Man and The Ghostly Adventures isn’t one of them.

Series Review Score: C+

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Season One Quick Review

Age of Resistance season one is a marvelous blend of CGI and master puppet work but more than that it’s a great story and prequel to the original 1982 movie that fills in some information that the film never had time to address. I feel that Jim Henson would have been proud of how this show ended up.

The story starts years before the original movie. We find out that The Skeksis are tasked by Mother Aurgra to protect The Crystal of Truth while she goes on a journey through the stars. The Skeksis trick Aurgra into thinking that they will do so but they only use the crystal to prolong their life. Once the crystal stops giving them this power The Skeksis find a new way to accomplish this goal and start putting a plan into action. Meanwhile, The Gelflings are all split into different clans and serve the Skeksis as Lords of the Crystal. Once the main cast of Gelflings find out about the Skeksis secret they try to rally the clans to fight back.

Though I will admit the beginning of the season is a little slow and some what confusing with several different and seemingly unconnected story lines. However once the storylines connect the series finally gets real interesting. I also certainly can’t wait till season two as the ending of the first season left more questions unanswered as well as more connections to the original movie unexplained. Here’s hoping I won’t have to wait long.

Voltron Season 8 Trailer

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In 2016 an animated series came out on Netflix that was a reboot of a beloved animated classic from the 1980s.  However, as audiences watched the episodes it became clear very quickly that this series was more than just a reboot.  And the fact that the producers had worked on “Avatar: The Last Airbender” as well as “Legend of Korra” only meant that the storytelling was going to be high-quality.  Plus putting the series on Netflix only makes it more accessible given the nature of binge-watching these days.

And now as we reach the end of the year the trailer for the eighth and final season has arrived. While Seasons 6 and 7 were very emotional, I have a feeling we haven’t seen anything yet!

 

Episode 11: Wakanda Forever – Beyond the Start Button Podcast Season 2

Ready to go beyond? Then welcome to the Beyond the Start Button Podcast Each month Danny the Ultra-Sonic Player and Joshua the Ubernerd take a look at Nerd Life through what they are passionate about from TV, Movies, Comics,  to Anime and Manga, and of course video games. This month @ultrasonic9 and @ubernerd527 Review the newest Marvel Movie The Black Panther first with a spoiler free review than at the end filled with spoilers so be warned. We also talk trailers for Kingdom Hearts 3, Solo: a Star Wars Story, and Voltron season 5, plus more on RWBY Chibi season 5. So strap in and get ready to go “BEYOND THE START BUTTON” season 2!

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Episode 10: RWBY vs Voltron – Beyond the Start Button Podcast Season 2

Ready to go beyond? Then welcome to the Beyond the Start Button Podcast Each month Danny the Ultra-Sonic Player and Joshua the Ubernerd take a look at Nerd Life through what they are passionate about from TV, Movies, Comics,  to Anime and Manga, and of course video games. This month @ultrasonic9 and @ubernerd527  swap their favorite shows RWBY and Voltron Legendary Defender and give you a first impressions review of each. Also we Celebrate our one year anniversary, talk about the Nintendo Switch’s upcoming releases, give our impressions of the Nintendo Labo, and Review the brand new RWBY manga from Viz Media. So strap in and get ready to go “BEYOND THE START BUTTON” season 2!

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Episode 7: We’re Back- Beyond the Start Button Podcast Season 2

Ready to go beyond? Then welcome to the Beyond the Start Button Podcast Each month Danny the Ultra-Sonic Player and Joshua the Ubernerd take a look at Nerd Life through what they are passionate about from TV, Movies, Comics,  to Anime and Manga, and of course video games. This month @ultrasonic9 and @ubernerd527  talk about the reason for being gone so long, the new Star Wars The Last Jedi trailer, the first episode of RWBY Volume 5, Voltron the Legendary Defenders, and much more. So strap in and get ready to go “BEYOND THE START BUTTON” season 2!

 

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Cartoon Connoisseur Theater Podcast – RWBY

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CCTP RWBY LOGO

We got some special guests for this one Pink Justice Cosplay and Dakota from Geekritique