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        OscarCP
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        I am starting this thread because (1) I liked to say something about a new (old) animation show in Netflix and several other Netflix originals same as this one that I would like to recommend to anyone who is going to spend his or her coming days and weeks most of the time “self-isolated” at home and would like to to clear up the mental cobwebs accumulated while reading from Book I through Book IV (with a couple more still to go) of Buffon’s “The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, fascinating, hard-to-put-down page-turner this great classic is.

        So here I am letting you know of alternatives to starting right away, for a change, on the great cycle of tragedies by Sophocles generally known as the “Oresteia”:

        (1) “Shaun the Sheep” is now a Netflix show, although it is still being created by the geniuses of stop-motion animation of Aardman in Bristol, UK. Famous for “Chicken Run” and the various “Wallace and Gromit”, both short and feature-length movies. Season 1, all ten episodes, is now available for solace in a time of mostly reading Buffon, Sophocles or watching the walls as a sort of ad-hoc meditation exercise.

        Other animation shows in Netflix I think bear being watched by anyone ages 5 through 112:

        (2) “Dragons Race to the Edge”,  by the creators of the three movies in the “How to Train Your Dragon” series. The 3-D animation is unbelievably good, as well as the characterization of the main protagonists,  as is the dialog and the absurd stories about dragon-flying Vikings that take time to discuss psychology and evolution supposedly in the Dark Ages. Worth to help pass the time while subconsciously digesting Buffon’s masterwork many implications relevant to our own age. The show runs for six series of thirteen 24-minute episodes each.

        (3) “The Dragon Prince.” Dragons again, a  true high-fantasy heroic quest across a magical land, with interesting and agreeable heroes and at least one very interesting villain that turns evil while trying to do good, precisely because was trying to do good. A very nuanced story indeed, with beautiful imagery and imaginative writing. Three seasons, so far, of nine episodes each.

        (4) She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” A hybrid of Science Fiction and Fantasy that, for reasons that escape me, is considered an LGTB-themed series. I think that some people are trying too hard, frankly: more two little ones of these days usual Hollywood quick tips of the hat to the LGBT people: there is a bit of rainbow-colored imagery, one character has “two dads”, we get to see them in one episode and… that’s all. Besides, these are just animated cartoon figures from a kid’s show that may appeal adults as well, and do not show any indication of their deepest feelings for each other, besides “friends” or “foes”. So I would just watch it for what it is explicitly there and ignore the overblown scuttlebutt. Oh, there is also in this series a very interesting villain, or rather villainess (is that a word?)

        (5) “Carmen Sandiego” Netflix’s remake of the old geography-teaching series and games. It is impressively done and a favorite of mine, except that only has, so far, two series of ten episodes each, which is far too few, I say.

        (6) “The Dark Crystal: Age of  Resistance” By the Jim Henson Company, of “Muppets” fame comes this one season (so far) series that is a “prequel” to the events in the classic movie “The Dark Chrystal”, created back in the early  eighties by the late Henson and his group of amazing puppeteers.

        (7) “Trollhunters” I won’t say more about this animated series, other than it has three seasons of 52 episodes in all, with the both amusingly and beautifully drawn animation of stories produced by the most ingenious mind of Guillermo del Toro, stories that only a privileged mind like his can come up with. It is followed by a second series (*Three Below”), and a third one (“Wizards”) is in the works, the whole trilogy, still in progress, is called “Tales of Arcadia” (after the name of the imaginary Californian city where — and below which —  the events take place.)

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        I was first introduced to the work of the brilliant Nick Park by a series of TV ads for the electric companies. (We have a long history of excellent ads here in the UK; shame they keep getting interrupted by programmes.) This led me to discover Creature Comforts.

        After that, Wallace & Gromit was a done deal. With Shaun the Sheep, I was lucky; I was working strange hours at the time, I happened across some Children’s TV (as you do) and I was immediately hooked.

        One of the things I like about Park’s work is the attention to detail; there’s a lot going on in the background, especially in the later stuff. You can see it developing as his work progresses; little at first, then lots later. It’s all blink-and-you-miss-it stuff, and you can watch it all again and see more each time.

        Shame everyone thinks it’s for kids…

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        Now there is a new, full feature movie with Shaun and his pals in Netflix. It is pretty good, if more sedated than the first Shaun the Sheep movie, also from Aardman. Netflix plans a theatrical run later on, to qualify for the 2021 Oscar for Best Animated Film.

        https://www.indiewire.com/2019/11/netflix-aardman-a-shaun-the-sheep-farmageddon-to-animation-slate-exclusive-1202191017/

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        qualify for the 2021 Oscar for Best Animated Film

        Not bad for a 2019 release.

        cheers, Paul

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          Paul_T: You are right. That is not how I read the “indiwire” article:

          Co-directed by Aardman animators Richard Phelan and Will Becher, and revolving around a martian toddler, “Farmageddon” (from StudioCanal) will stream in early 2020; Netflix will support an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run next season.

          But now that you brought this obvious point to my attention, I have noticed that the article is dated November 2019, so the theatrical run must have happened already, in a few theaters (certainly not in my neighborhood), just enough of them  to qualify for this year’s (2020) Oscars.

          About the other shows I mentioned in my original comment starting this thread: Season 5 of “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” is scheduled for 15 May. This is also going to be the last season of this animation series. In fact, the way the overall arch of the story has developed, it is a natural thing for this to be the last season.

          As to “The Dragon Prince”: still no release date for a 4th season, or whether there will be one. The series, in fact, could have ended already in the last episode where most things got satisfactorily resolved (other than the origins and backstory of the mysterious Aravos, a rather minor point). Only a brief final scene in the last episode opened the possibility of a continuation. In principle, there should be six seasons, one for each of the six magical power-giving “primal elements”: sky, moon, sun, stars, ocean, earth, after one of which, in succession, each season is named. There have been just three, so far: “Sky”, “Moon”, “Sun.”

          No news about a next season of Netflix’s very stylish “Carmen Sandiego”, the animation series. A live-action Netflix movie by the same name is being made with the main voice actress, Gina Rodriguez, in the lead role.

          If you want to watch a most remarkable, well made and extremely funny movie on DVD: “Missing Link” from the regularly critically-acclaimed (but financially troubled) stop-animation movie-maker Laika Studio. This movie was a nominee for the Oscar for “Best Animation Film” this year, that “Toy Story 4” won. Before the Oscars, this movie had already won the “Golden Globe” for best feature-length animation movie. And if you have never seen any of Laika’s movies, a good one to start with is the remarkable “Coraline.”

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        I saw most of the Shaun the Sheep movie when I had Hulu Live (I now have Sling TV). I missed the first part of it and need to stream the full movie. I enjoyed what I saw.

        I loved the Wallace and Gromit series as well. Chicken Run was funny too. I had the Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run characters when I was little.

        My favorite cartoons are classic Looney Tunes (I love watching Daffy Duck and still have a very old plush Daffy). I have some Daffy Duck cartoons and Duck Dodgers cartoons on iTunes. The remake of the Looney Tunes cartoons coming up sound stupid with not giving Elmer Fudd a gun, but giving him a sickle to chase Daffy and Bugs with (wouldn’t that be more violent?).

        I also enjoyed Thomas the Tank Engine (and when it used to air with Shining Time Station), Theodore Tugboat, and Bob the Builder over the years. I have a closet full of those figures I wish I had extra room to setup.

        Lately I’ve been enjoying Fraggle Rock on Apple TV+. I enjoyed the mini series they ran due to COVID19, and I signed up to watch the classic series. I forgot just how funny they were, and they’ve been providing me with weekend entertainment.

        I’m trying to think of what other cartoons and shows I enjoyed over the years. I’ll have to ponder it more. Plenty of excellent programming to refresh oneself from all of the sadness going on!

        Nathan Parker

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        Nathan: Fraggle Rock is one example of how good the Henson company has always been at putting out very funny and unforgettable movies as well as series of short TV episodes such as this one. The Muppet movies are some of the comedies memorable enough to always make me smile whenever I remember them. And the “actors” are puppets, not even human!

        I must add to a previous entry that the last season of “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” was released, as expected then, in May of this year, so it is now available for streaming from Netflix. It ends the show in a high note, being (at least to my taste) the best of the four seasons. Although all of them are quite good.

        I should also note here some visual quotations of Miyazaki’s “Princess Mononoke” in  scenes taking place in the fantastic heart of the Whispering Woods and the sightings of the magical animals that live there. Also in a scene where Adora comes back from absorbing the magical power of their world, Etheria, as a blindingly radiant She-Ra that, every time she sets a foot on it, makes the ground burst into green grass and full-grown plants, just as the changeling God of Life and Death and the keeper of the Sacred Forest in “Mononoke”; then she uses her sword to transform an enemy space station into a huge leafy tree floating in space, very reminiscent of the last scene in “Castle in the Sky.”

        This show has run nominally for five seasons, although seasons two and three were quite short and only equal to any one of the others in the number of episodes when put together, so this series is really four seasons long with one broken up in two.

        This last season ends with all the plots satisfactorily resolved. Except for the poor immortal Queen Angella of Bright Moon, that I thought they were going to find some way to get out of her otherwise eternal prison inside a shut down wormhole as a result of her desperate act of heroism to save the world in season three. But it was not to be! (Or the people behind the show forgot about her…) Of course, if rescued, she would have become the Queen Mother. because her feisty daughter, Glimmer, was already crowned Queen after her  mother “went away” in this strange and frightful way… But enough of commentary from me: go now and, I hope, enjoy this little big-hearted jewel of charming and imaginative animation.

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        The Muppet Movie (and the other movies) are good too. They did a great job with making them memorable and the characters life like. Kermit and Miss Piggy make a great team.

        Nathan Parker

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        This just in: From this year (2020 ) on, anyone can stream all the movies from Studio Ghibli, where such great animation works as”Spirited Away”, “Princess Mononoke”, “Kiki Delivery Service” and “Whisper of the Heart” were created over several decades. Those living in the USA can do it from HBO and those outside the USA from Netflix:

        https://www.polygon.com/21272242/how-to-watch-studio-ghibli-movies-hbo-max-netflix-hulu-stream

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        I now realize that I forgot to put in the (incomplete) list of memorable and truly inspiring Ghibli movies worth watching while self-isolating, or at any time, for that matter, the perhaps greatest of them all: Isao Takahata’s “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”, a poetic re-imagining of on an old Japanese fairy tale, “The Cane-Cutter’s Daughter”, that is similar to many other stories of adopted children with magical powers and the not very appropriate reactions of those very close to them to their extraordinary situation, and also those stories of a beautiful but cruel princess that puts the fulfillment of one or more very dangerous and difficult tasks as the precondition of marrying anyone who aspired to her beautiful hand. This is, in my opinion, shared by many noted critics (and by some good old friends of mine in Japan, for what that is worth) a true work of art: a very moving, extraordinary film, beautiful both in content as it is in its poetic and, at some points, very dramatic images. Takahata completed this film, his last one, when already in his eighties, after a number of years working on and off on it, and died in April of 2018, a few short years after its premiere in Japan, in 2013.

        For those with both strong stomachs and of serious anti-war views, his first full-length animated movie, “The Grave of the Fireflies” based on a novel about the fate of two orphans adrift in war-torn Japan at the end of WWII, is something they should consider watching, probably just once, as a repeat might be too much for most but a very few of us, particularly the indescribably sad end. If I were to compare it to anything in Western film-making, it would be the Italian post-war Neorealism movie “Bicycle Thieves”, for that kind of hopeless sadness. But any of is movies, all made with Studio Ghibli, of which he was the co-founder with Hayao Miyazaki, is worth having a look. Not all are tragic, some are, in fact, comedies and one is a love story with a deliberately ambiguous ending.

        Needless to say, these are movies for grown-ups. Or smart children.

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        Some three years ago some former artists and a producer that had been working for Studio Ghibli, after it closed down as far as producing new full-feature animated movies goes, following the retirement of its big money spinner the great Hayao Miyazaki and the death of Isao Takahata, started a new studio they called “Ponoc”, dedicated to continue producing films in the style of the ones they had work for years to make at Ghibli:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studio_Ponoc

        The first one was “Mary and the Witches’ Flower”, followed by a series of three short stories (so far) that plays over some 52 minutes.

        Now all of this is available on Netflix for streaming.

        They share the gorgeous imagery and subtle storytelling of the best Ghibli movies. “Mary”, in particular, is a delight both visually and as a story to watch as it unfolds. As far as I am concerned, all I can say is: “Long live “Studio Ponoc”, I wish it great success and a long life!”

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        The great, late and lamented Roger Ebert, movie critic, cinema scholar and teacher, wrote this in one of his critics:

        “I go to the movies for many reasons. Here is one of them. I want to see wondrous sights not available in the real world, in stories where myth and dreams are set free to play. Animation opens that possibility, because it is freed from gravity and the chains of the possible. Realistic films show the physical world; animation shows its essence.

        Animated films are not copies of “real movies,” are not shadows of reality, but create a new existence in their own right. True, a lot of animation is insipid, and insulting even to the children it is made for. But great animation can make the mind sing.”

        He was commenting on Hayao Miazaski’s “Princess Mononoke”, one of the great works of Japanese and, for that matter, world cinematography. No more, no less.

        When I first saw it, in a hotel room in the Ginza district of Tokyo, where I was visiting colleagues at the Japan Hydrographic Institute that were involved in a project that they had invited me to join in, I was watching TV one night, too tired to go out, when searching for some show to see I came across something like I never had seen before. After a while I realized this was the famous “Princess Mononoke”. And I was hooked for life as an admirer of great Japanese animation in general and of Miyazaki in particular.

        But over the last few days I have been having a second viewing at a series of three movies that, singly and together, remind me of Ebert’s words, because I believe they apply equally well to these: “How to Train your Dragon” I, II and III.

        First of all, the quality of the images is realistic and life-like to an incredible degree, using all the advanced techniques available today to animators. There is a lot of flying around on dragons and doing aerobatics with them. The land, the sea and the clouds are rendered with amazing realism. The characters are not only engaging and quirky and interesting in themselves, but the way they they are animated is utterly realistic, even if they are, to some extent, caricatures of real humans. The dragons are impressive both in the way they are animated, so they seem to be actual living beings, but also in the flights of fantasy that created them: in how they look, move and behave, each with its own personality. They do not speak, but can make themselves understood well enough. Above all, the stories and the dialogs are worth the price of the tickets, or of the DVDs, as in my case: there is comedy, there is drama, there is plenty of action and some romance. And each of these elements make it totally worthwhile watching the movies.

        In between the events in movies I and II, the story was continued with a succession of eight series, four now on DVD followed by another six on Netflix, from where they can be streamed. All the eight series were made by the same team behind the movies, including the voice actors, while keeping to nearly the same high standards of imagery, character development, story-telling and dialog as for the movies. There are some discrepancies between these intermediate shows and movies I and II: for example the romance between the two main characters, Hiccup and Astrid, does not start to flourish until the last of the eight series, when it was already going strong at the end of the first movie. And three important characters in the eight series are nowhere to seen in the movies. But these are minor glitches.

        If one wants to watch family friendly series of shows and movies with a big heart and spanning a long series of events, with characters that develop and grow up while also growing on the watchers’ affection as they watch them and with considerably dramatic  depth and great action, then one could do a lot worse than watching some (or all) of these remarkable examples of present day animation and cinematographic storytelling.

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        The celebrated Irish animation director Tomm Moore’s  “Cartoon Saloon” studio has produced several full-feature animation movies, of which the two best known and much praised by critics are “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea.” Both have to do with old Celtic myths and folklore and of these two, the second one, “Song of the Sea” is available on Netflix for streaming(The “Kells” one can be obtained on DVD for those who subscribe to Netflix DVDs.)

        “Song of the Sea” begins with a mother and her son and daughter, where the mother is a full-blood selkie (a being that can change from human form to that of a seal with magical powers in both forms.) The daughter, having her for mother and the human keeper of a lighthouse where they live for father, is half and half, and her existence “entangles both the human and the other world”, a situation from where the rest of the story follows.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Jxc7WkC674

        This is a gorgeously illustrated and very nicely told tale of the quest of the young daughter and her by a few years older brother, along with their nice and very large faithful dog, to find their way back home, where their old maternal grandmother comes to take them to her house in a big city. The reason is that, as she sees it, an isolated lighthouse, without a mother (she disappeared in the sea the night of giving birth to her daughter) and with a father that has obvious difficulties copying with it all, is no proper place for children to live. They beg to differ, run away and, along their return trek, they meet mythical figures of ancient folklore, both good and bad.

        Netflix has the English sound track; the Irish one is optional in the DVD,

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        News about Netflix’s renewal of “The Dragon Prince” and of the last season of “Tales of Arcadia”:

        The “Dragon Prince” has gained a very large fan base after three seasons, but its renewal was in doubt until the last ComeCon, last month, where, at a panel discussion, those in charge of it revealed its extension for another four seasons.

        https://screenrant.com/dragon-prince-renewed-season-4-5-6-7-netflix/

        According to Wikipedia, this series has gained an Emmi this year as “Outstanding Children’s Animated Series” (*) and, as mentioned above, it has been renewed for another four seasons, with the already expected fourth season already in production (and now with another three to follow), although the date of its release is not yet known:

        The series was first announced on July 10, 2018. It was co-created by Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond. Ehasz was the head writer and co-executive producer of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, and a longtime writer and story editor for Futurama [and also head writer for “Game of Thrones”], while Richmond co-directed the video game Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Giancarlo Volpe, a former director for Avatar, is an executive producer.

        As to the last series (“Wizards”) of the “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy (“Troll Hunters”, “Three Below”, created by Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (director and head writer of such movies as “Pan’s Labyrinth”, “Hell Boy” I and II, “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark”, “The Book of Life”, and many more), this series will be released, complete, this Friday August 7th.

        (*) Although it is more like a YA series and, given its plot subtleties and well rounded, complex characters, it also has enough to earn and keep adults’ keen interest.

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        The third part of the animated trilogy of series that started with “Trollhunters” has been released and, same a the previous two parts, is worth watching. But, surprise, surprise, it is not the end of this magic-saturated story: according to its creator, movies director Guillermo del Toro (twice winner of the Oscar statuette) now, it turns out, the real, final, cross-my-heart-and-wish-I-die end is going to come in a full-length animated movie to be released for streaming by Netflix next year. The end of “Wizards” itself leaves some issues dangling unresolved, suggesting that this cannot be the planned end of the main story (its many moving parts nicely put together with Swiss-watch precision by its creators). Something also made clear in the very last scene, when a supposedly defeated foe is seen, for a few seconds, ominously gazing down on the city of Arcadia from a perch on top of a building. More on “Wizards” here (where this review was written before the announcement of the full-length movie next year was widely announced, hence the grumbling commentary at the end):

        https://collider.com/wizards-review-trollhunters-3below-netflix/

        There is mention, in several early reviews of this third installment, of the influence that Miyazaky’s great films may have had in some scenes — and that is fair enough: Miyazaki is a legendary master to those who work on animation. What never ceases to intrigue me, though, is why nowhere I have been reading about this show, now and in the past, there has been a single mention to the obvious overall resemblance between the story in this trilogy and that of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” In both there is a group of high school teenagers that follows a “Chosen One” with superhero powers (who is a teenage girl in “Buffy” and a teenage boy here); there is a lot of action around and at their school, that in this last installment, as ( twice!) in Buffy, is utterly destroyed; there is a whole world of magical creatures that were all evil in “Buffy” and are mostly good here, but living in a place that also contains a leaky portal to a world of blackest evil that repeatedly lets in creatures that become the “Big Bad” of each successive series. These supernatural beings are thriving quite unknown to the humans living just above them in the town where the High School is located: “Sunnyvale” in “Buffy,” “Arcadia” here and both spposedly in sunny California. In both there are also supernatural friends and foes of the “Chosen One” and hers/his human friends. The only significant differences are: (1) Buffy did not have much luck with her three successive boyfriends, while Jim Lake has had a steady girlfriend since the second half of the first series of the trilogy; (2) Wheedon’s “Buffy” is live-action while del Toro’s trilogy is animation. But, in my opinion, they have this in common: both have broken the mold of their respective small-screen cinematic forms, so as there was a “before” and an “after” “Buffy”, there is going to be now a “before” and an “after” this trilogy. Let’s hope the announced full-feature movie that is supposed to be released next year for streaming from Netflix, as the intended capstone of this intricate edifice of delightful stories, does materialize and really gives the shining ending to the “Arcadia” cycle that it truly deserves.

        So, self-isolators: you could do a lot worse than to watch this series — as well as the first and second ones.  Best if watched in their original order: first “Trollhunters”, then “3 Below” and last “Wizards.”

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        More, in this IndieWire article, published today, on the “Tales of Arcadia” follow-on, made-for-streaming movie just announced by Netflix and to be released sometime next year:

        Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans’ Animated Film to Premiere on Netflix in 2021

        Excerpted from this article, a statement by Guillermo del Toro on the ideas behind this show and on its group of creators’ goals:

        Team Trollhunters committed, about a decade ago, to try and push the boundaries of 3D CGI animation made for TV. We made decisions from the get-go regarding every asset and every audiovisual decision. We outlined a vast trilogy of interconnecting mythology and characters that we always hoped could culminate with a massive ‘all-stars’ reunion,” del Toro said in a statement. “Fortunately for us, DreamWorks Animation and Netflix both shared the very ambitious notion of doing the three series, interwoven, and then finishing off with a bigger, epic-sized feature film to top it all off. We wanted the feature to improve and expand, but to also deliver more scope, more spectacle- more emotion too. We are very proud of the ‘Tales of Arcadia’ and extremely eager to deliver this spectacular finale for the audience.

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        “Carmen Sandiego”, reimagined as an stylishly drawn animated series on Netflix, is back with the storied globe-trotting thief and her new and clever thieving “capers” (always in a good cause, of course.) The much awaited third series is set to begin Friday October 1st, just five more days as I write this. I’ve enjoyed watching, including a very special to me couple of episodes, in the first two seasons, that take place in Australia, with voice actors that can only be true-blue Aussies, because no one could do it as well otherwise: the right accents and mannerisms, depending on whether they are working class or professionals, of european or aboriginal stock.

        This series has been mentioned earlier in this thread. More about this, in this article:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Sandiego_(TV_series)

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        And now “Carmen” Season 3 is in and looking as great as ever and with the quick and witty dialog and funny/scary situations one has come to expect of this show. One problem though: only five episodes instead the usual ten! Another regrettable casualty of the coronavirus restrictions?

        The arc of this season has been about Carmen looking for the mother she never knew, which takes her to Argentina, Mexico and… all the way to Venice. With the usual geography mini lessons. VILE moves to new, cold and windy headquarters in Scotland. Clever Agent Argent departs ACME to take a position she has been offered at “a major university.” So bumbling but relentless Carmen-pursuer Agent Devineaux, who first turns another sophisticated and expensive ACME car into a submarine by splashing in it right in the middle of a swamp infected with some very large and hungry crocodiles, gets assigned a new “partner” in a “partnership” where he is no longer the leading officer but the side-kick. Carmen and Carmen’s now close partner, Ninja Extraordinaire Shadow San, punk the new and appropriately evil new VILE Crime Academy Faculty member (Shadow San’s replacement after his defection) and British Intelligence big cheese, with Shadow San staging a real if running-the-clock fight of umbrella-handle sword vs. the handy rebar just lying around he fights back with, while bluffs within bluffs and traps within traps come and go in dizzyingly quick succession.

        This is supposedly a kids’ show; yeah, they could have fooled me.

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