Defenders of Berk: Cast Out (Both Parts)

I’m a little sad.  DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk is over.  No more new Toothless cuteness for awhile.  But “Cast Out” was excellent and a great way to bow out.

The citizens of Berk come under attack from both the Screaming Death (the most frightful dragon the series has produced) and Dagur the Deranged.  I guess we should be thankful that Alvin the Treacherous died at mid-season, or he’d be adding to the chaos.

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Tuffnut prepares to take over Snotlout's stall at the Dragon Academy.

Tuffnut prepares to redecorate Snotlout’s stall.

During a training exercise, Snotlout disobeys orders (again), knocking Astrid unconscious and nearly killing her.  Hiccup grounds him.  Not one to take orders, Snotlout flies off with his dragon Hookfang to a small deserted isle—which he immediately names Snotland.

But is it deserted?  Snotlout spies a wrecked Outcast ship.  (I wish I knew how to capture screen shots, because there’s a lovely shot of Snotlout and Hookfang checking out the wreckage, with the sun low in the sky, highlighting the billowy clouds.  There’s a reason this series won an Emmy for animation!)

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Bing! Bam! Lloyd! Er, Darren?

Part 1 of the two-part DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk season finale airs next week.  In preparation, we got a hilarious, silly, and (yes) touching episode in “Bing! Bam! Boom!”

Three young dragons are found on a sea stack.

Cute, colorful, and, in this case, cacophonous.

Hiccup and Stoick discover three young Thunderdrum dragons stranded on top of a sea stacks.  (Don’t know what a sea stack is?  Check out Google images.)  Ok, stranded might not be the right word, because the trio follow the Vikings back to Berk.

If you’ve not seen the short The Gift of the Night Fury (which aired at Christmas on Fox and is available on Netflix), baby dragons are quite colorful, and these are no exception.  Even Stoick calls them “cute.”  However, as the Dragon Manual tells us, the Thunderdrum  produces a “concussive sound that can kill a man at close range.”  Although the roar of these three young ‘uns isn’t fatal, it’s loud enough to wreak havoc on the island.

The twins enjoy the noise of the young dragons while everyone else covers their ears.

Thunderdrums roar, the twins revel, and normal people cover their ears.

Stoick allows Hiccup and the Dragon Academy to try to train the young Thunderdrums, but it turns out to be quite a difficult task.  The first step in training a dragon is to name it, and the twins promptly christen Bing, Bam, and… Lloyd.  That’s Tuffnut for you.  When the others tell him he’s got it wrong, he goes with… Darin.  (T.J. Miller as Tuffnut is especially amusing in this episode.)

In case you don’t remember (or have never watched—shame on you!), last season Stoick bonded with a Thunderdrum which he trained to ride and named Thornado.  Thornado takes quite a shine to the young dragons, and they to him.  In fact, Thornado seems to be the only authority Bing, Bam, and Boom recognize.

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The Best Little Show You’re Not Watching

(and the other “D” show)

Terrible Terrors come in all colors.

Terrible Terrors come in all sorts of colors.

That best little show would be DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk.  The “other D” is Dracula.  Let’s dispense with the latter first.

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Where Was I?

Ok, the Doctor Who-athon is over.  Now I’m just waiting for the Christmas special.  What with that and getting ready for the holidays, I’ve neglected the site and the shows.  What have I missed?

Almost Human:  Only two episodes, “The Bends,” and “Blood Brothers.”  And one contained full-frontal nudity!  (Funny how that’s the main thing I remember.)

Sleepy Hollow:   Oh good, just “The Golem.”  That’s not too bad.

Agents of SHIELD:  Again, only one, “The Bridge.”  It’s nice when a series gets a week off.  Thank you, ABC.

Supernatural:  I’m up to date!  But then, “Holy Terror” was so incredible, it had to be discussed immediately.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland:  Whoa!  I’ve really been neglectful here.  “Heart of Stone” received only a small Quick Take.  I still have “Who’s Alice,” “Bad Blood,” and “Home” to go.

And let’s not forget Defenders of Berk!  I’m even further behind with it than with Once … in Wonderland But then, I kind of planned that.

Guess I better get crackin’!  The winter hiatus doesn’t last forever.

So Many Shows, So Little Electricity

Mulch and Bucket return to Defenders of Berk after a long absence.

Mulch & Bucket return after a too-long absence.

Thursday is my big night for television.  First there’s DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk, then Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.  Next is Project Runway All Stars, followed by Elementary.  (Granted, the last two aren’t SciFi Chicks-worthy, but they nicely round out an evening of enjoyable television.)  Last Thursday was extra special, as Defenders of Berk was featuring a two-parter, with the return of Mulch and Bucket.

At around 5:00 pm, the lights flickered a couple times, then went totally dark.  Fortunately, my What-a-Light and Olde Brooklyn lanterns provided enough light to work on Christmas cards.  When the electricity still hadn’t returned by 8:00, I went out for dinner, figuring the lights would be back on when I returned at 9:00.  They weren’t.  So I continued with the Christmas cards.  Of course, the lights finally came back on at 11:00, just after every show had aired.

OnDemand has allowed me to catch up, but I seem to prefer making Christmas cards to reviewing the shows.  (You heard me right—making Christmas cards!  Pretty impressive for someone who hasn’t sent out Christmas cards in many years.)  It’s actually quite addictive.  I shall try to catch-up during the hiatus.

Speaking of Christmas, and our first snow of the season, you’ll notice SciFi Chicks has gotten into the spirit with falling snow.  It’s the kind of snow I like, the kind you don’t have to shovel.

It’s Going to Be a Long Weekend of Post Writing

David Tennant poses with the TARDIS and sonic screwdrivier.

The 10th Doctor, TARDIS & sonic screwdriver, but you knew that already.

Sorry, no recaps for this week—yet.  I’ve been on a Doctor Who kick.  OnDemand has been featuring old episodes of the new Doctors.  Once I started watching, I just couldn’t pull myself away until last night.

However, for all my fascination with the program, I apparently have not reached Whovian status.  Why?  Because I wasn’t totally thrilled with “The Day of the Doctor,” the 50th anniversary episode.  It was good, but it didn’t move me as much as it did true fans.  Perhaps it’s because I haven’t watched the episodes in order, or spent seven years experiencing the Doctor’s regret and guilt over the destruction of his own people.  Or maybe it’s because Billy Piper was in it and I’m not a big fan of Rose.

The 11th Doctor and companion Amy Pond step out of the TARDIS.

The 11th Doctor, Amy Pond (one of my favorites). And the TARDIS of course.

Since last weekend, I have watched some of the Matt Smith episodes, and have enjoyed them quite a bit.  But I’ve had a fascination with David Tennant for awhile now, so naturally those with the 10th Doctor are my favorites (notwithstanding the Rose year).

And in case you didn’t know, David Tennant has a long association with the How to Train Your Dragon universe.  He’s read all the books for audio editions except the first one, and he had a teeny-tiny part in the movie.  He’s not listed in the credits for How to Train Your Dragon 2, but he has voiced the character of Spitelout, Snotlout’s father (movie and television versions) in two episodes of DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk (season 1) and Defenders of Berk (season 2).  How awesome is that?!?

Thoughts on Almost Human (good), Supernatural (not so good), Sleepy Hollow (which I haven’t fully watched), and Agents of SHIELD (which I haven’t watched at all), will be forthcoming after tomorrow.

Because tomorrow is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, which will debut a new balloon of Toothless the Night Fury!  You think I’m silly for my love of Toothless?  Check this out!  (Of course I’m probably a generation or more older than other fans, but it keeps me young at heart).

And just because I’m filled with Toothless love, here are a few DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk user pics I created for my LiveJournal account.

*Don’t worry, Hiccup returns shortly thereafter.

So Many Shows, So Little Internet Quick Takes

So much has happened in TV-land since my internet modem crashed last week.  I was able to post a couple reviews I’d already started (Agents of SHIELD and Supernatural—and a reply to Natalie) during interludes of access, but that’s it. Now that things appear to be stable, here’s a super-duper brief roundup.

Yep, all these shows are discussed (to a limited degree) under the cut.

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