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So, I figured I would try and clear up a few things… and maybe start August with something of a bang.
First off, what I’m going to do with some of my reviews of Red Dwarf and Gravity Falls. This is something I’ve been planning for a few weeks.
Look, these last few reviews of Red Dwarf have gotten me down a bit. During episodes like “Krytie TV” and “Pete”, I wondered why I would consider a show that put out those train wrecks one of my all time favorites. It was incredible: these episodes were so bad, so cheap, so… lifeless.
That last word describes Series VIII perfectly. It was just made, not out of love, but because everybody saw syndication quid and thought “eh, an extra two series couldn’t hurt. Screw quality control!”
Yet, as bad as Series VIII was, I also thought back. Thought back to the early days of this blog. I loved reviewing every other series. With one or two exceptions, every time I watched an episode from those golden years, I left enlightened or laughing. It was a show so brilliant, so perfect, even its missteps were minor. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
At the same time, I took a quick look back at my reviews from the first year of my blog (which was, conveniently enough, last year). I’ll put it this way: with one or two exceptions, they’re all underdone. It wasn’t until about the beginning of this year where I really began to expand on my reviews. I did delve into deeper analysis from time to time in 2013 (like in my “Justice” and “Time Travellers Pig” reviews, but even then, they still seem relatively… simple. Early installment weirdness? Certainly!
So, what to do?
I might redo them. Not only does it give me an excuse to watch the classics again to see how they hold up, but they give me a chance to take a deeper look at those great episodes.
What I’m doing is that I plan to redo my reviews of the first 24 episodes (four series) of Red Dwarf and around the first 12 or 13 episodes of Gravity Falls. I want to see if my opinions changed on the episodes, but more importantly, I want to try and give a deeper analysis of the episodes.
However, this might not happen for a long time. I need a brief break from reviewing Red Dwarf. Another hiatus, if you will. Consider the Red Dwarf reviews on hiatus until at least the end of September.
Second off, I will be doing reviews for season 2 of Gravity Falls as they air. I haven’t done reviews of episodes that have just aired, so I apologize if the first ones are a bit weak. Based on recently leaked material, I think this series will hold up.
Now, as the title implies, this August, I am also going to try using something of a schedule. Yes. A schedule. This will probably fall by the wayside by September, as I start school again, but here’s my intent: post Gravity Falls reviews by Wednesday Night, post Scullyfied Simpsons episodes by Friday Night, and maybe do something else during the week if I have the time. The schedule is only on a trial basis, and I will probably abandon it and reduce the number of reviews I do starting this September.