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Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Aug 10, 2008.
Yay, someone else knows his birthday
LOL. Yeah, and there have been fairy god-whoevers for so many characters. Not to mention Abby, the one who turns people into pumkins!
The Goods on the Cookie Touch:
-NIce plot! This is the most we've seen Cookie all season. I liked the Annie reference and how the Cookie Fairy had an entrance like the good witch in WOZ.
-Nice E&B Adventure. Was the rabbit/genie twitching her nose a reference to Samantha from Bewitched?
-After the plot, the rest of the show was pretty dull. The Word explanation was boring, reused stuff we've seen to death. And don't get me started on the tiger and Fruit songs!
Episode 4185: The Helpobots.
Airdate: November 5, 2008.
Season: Season 39.
Sponsors: Y, 17.
Word on the Street: Robot.
Film/Segment: A kid and a robot share their lunches.
Healthy Food Moment: Carrot Song.
Letter of the Day: The Alphabetabots (Telly, Rosita and Elmo) present the letter Y.
Segment: Kids say their Y's, yawn, yo-yo and yarn, and yes.
Murray Has a Little Lamb: Going to Drumming School.
Number of the Day: The Alphabetabots turn into Numberbots, presenting the number 17.
Segment: Ornate 17's going flying by.
Unknown Segment for the number 17, was this another instance of the mural puzzle like with 16, or was it the one where a bald head gets covered with 17 hats each increasing in size from the previous hat?
Muppets/Celebrity: The Forward/Backward Dance, not sure who the singer was.
Animation about going forward and backward.
Bert & Ernie's Great Adventures: World's Greatest Inventors creating the world's greatest robot.
Anyone notice they named their creation Frankie? *Evil mad scientist laugh.
Film: Doing the Robot Dance. Domo arrigato Mr. Robotto?
Elmo's World: Helping.
Ending: The bots present the sponsors.
The number 17 was 17 cut out French horns coming out of 17 cases and floating around in space.
But how many the heck episodes are we gonna get about the cast reading a story and acting it out or retelling it? We sure had a lot lately, including last year's Lucy the Lazy Lizard (which was reran at least twice during season 39 started). And what was up with the broken Spanish in the book? Did the cast of Mucha Lucha write it?
The robots were pretty cool, though. Especially the design of Rico in Muppet form. And I like how they continued the story into the letter/number of the day. And we got a lot of new stuff today. An odd little number by Miles too.
But the his y and her y was right... Y-y-yawn!
That was no celebrity. That was Miles Robinson! It's good finally seeing him this season and boy can he sing the heck out of some forwards and backwards! I wonder what singing school Gordon and Susan took him to?
Anyway, really love today's episode! And loved the robot theme throughout the whole episode! Also thought the Help Elmo's world was very fitting with the whole Help-O-Bots theme!
That was Miles? He looked different. But maybe that's because we haven't seen him in a while. Actually, today's new ep was the first one I've seen in the past few weeks. Unfortunately, I didn't think there was anything too exciting in today's show. Though I did like Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures with the Frankenstein robot. I'm glad I finally got to see that segment.
Well, he did have more facial hair than he usually does.
The Goods about Rico la roboto:
-A cute plot. Not much like the typical story episodes where they act out the story, but rather Telly, Elmo and Rosita just act like the character.
-Like the E&B Adventure. I had a feeling it would show up in this episode
-Miles' song was okay
-Not to keen on the robot cartoon, as all they did was say "Thanks friend"
-"Her Y, His Y" Y did they make this?
-What was up with that crummy Robot Dance bit?
All and all, I was expecting it to have microchips or oil or whatever the heck robots eat. Robots cannot consume food, after all. it shorts them out.
I'm not really digging these new how to segments they've added in the middle of the last couple episodes myself. The cookie one was cute, but the robot dance and the sushi bit were... well, they looked like they came out of another show.
And I ain't happy about all this focus on Yoga. They're really aiming to Yuppify kids now.
Dang, now I'm thinking about cookie filled sushi
Episode 4186: Baby Bear's New Babysitter.
Airdate: November 7, 2008.
Season: Season 39 Finale.
Word on the Street: Fabulous.
Nice to see Gina and Marco again.
The babysitting storyline... Heh, my sister used to do that for our neighbors.
Baby Bear projecting his misgivings/fears about Gabi being their babysitter... That reminds me of the old MST3k The Movie joke about the movie's projectioner.
Animation/Song: Dancing with my Family, another in the line of weird animation/song segments.
Celebrity Moment: Kim Cattrall explains "fabulous" with Abby, a shiny singing shoe, and a dancing robot.
Animation/Song: Ooh, What a Fabulous Party!
Murray Has a Little Lamb: Going to Gardening School.
Healthy Food Moment: Artichoke Song.
Muppets: "Let's Get to Hooper's Store", Abby, Big Bird, Elmo and Telly go off to have tomato soup for lunch.
Each character uses their own particular form of personal transportation, this is where we get to see Big B roller skating again.
Additional Muppets join them on their way, adding to the song itself.
Animation: Traction Jackson: Snacking on Fruits.
Letter of the Day: Gina shows Marco the letter N to get him to go to sleep.
Segment: N for necklace and neck, the keyboard typist guy.
Animation: Two people share noodles for lunch, filled with N words.
Muppets: Zoe introduces the Lambarena, as performed by Lorena and Lorna Feijoo, before Zoe does her version with a lamb.
Segment: "You Can Dance It", bleh.
Number of the Day: Gina shows Marco the number 18 with 18 teddy bears.
Segment: 18 chairs for 18 bears, similar to the 17 French horns.
Elmo's World: Families.
Wha huh? We just got cheated out of the third and last new Elmo's World, Frogs.
Ending: Gina presents the sponsors checking on Marco one last time.
So another season ends. The few things I'm rully disappointed about are being cheated out of Bert & Ernie's Great Adventures, the Indiana Jones pyramid parody we saw online months back as a preview; Elmo's World: Frogs, as I had a small hope for the special guest; and where did Molly Shannon appear? The other thing is, as much as math was made the focus, it felt more like only the first half of the season was so dedicated; whereas the latter episodes reverted to more general themes and the pushing of the healthy habits holdovers/cold leftovers. And if math was so important this year, how come my namesake was only rully featured in a couple or so episodes? It did make me nostalgic for CTW/SW to bring back Square One Television though. It also seemed they ran out of letter/number segments as the season ended, then again that's almost expected.
Not a bad season... Bit light on parodies. Agree with Drtooth that they should get charicature parody Muppets back instead of the singers themselves singing a parody of their own songs... But that's a change of the times I guess.
Oh well, see you next year for the big 40th anniversary.
I'll do a full recap of the season next time.
So we WERE supposed to see a Frogs Elmo's world?
And Count, Molly Shannon DID appear. I believe she was the Bug adoption agency/pound/pet store proprietor when Slimey got a pet bug.
Anyway, pretty uneventful end for the season. I did like the obsessive compulsive, almost Rainman actions on the part of Baby bear... and then blaming it on her sister, who really didn't seem to care. it almost reminds me of the Arthur episode, except for the fact Baby bear didn't develope a crush on Gabby like Arthur did with his Baby sitter...
And hey, that segment with Telly, Big Bird, Abby and Elmo were what we saw behind the scenes months back/
And the number segment skits were made by the same people. I wonder if that's ever happened before.
Well, I really lived today's episode and good seeing the robot from the episode before too! Thought it was funny how Marco fell asleep as soon he saw the letter and number of the day and loved Gina's comment. "Boy! I wish I could fall asleep that fast... lol!
Well another season is done, and while I have briefly seen the last three shows of SS, I must admit it was an okay season.
I mean sure the Help-o-bot one was like, to me the only showing of Rosita throughout the whole season, but still everyone still played a good part.
I can't wait to see what the company will think of for the 40th season.
And, so we say goodbye to SS to another year. Now that mbmfrog mentions it, I haven't heard much of Rosita in and around the buzz of this year's season. Can't wait for season 40!
But Rosita did appear within the "Help-o-bot" episode.
Yes she did, and that was nice. But I don't think as much as she did in season 38.
My thoughts on the finale and the season.
The Goods: Episode:
-Aw, I liked the plot! Curly Bear was adorable and the Bear song was catchy.
-I didn't watch all of the Help-O-Bots episode, so I hadn't seen the Rico puppet. It looked cool!
-Seeing "What a Fabulous Party" again
-The Abby/Big Bird/Elmo/Telly bit was nice. I liked Grover riding in on Fred.
-Aw, the Gina and Marco bits were cute!
-The Zoe/Ballet dancers skit was cute too
-Various horrible songs like The Family one, the Artichoke and Trackson Jackson
Now, for the season
-There were several plots I loved, particularly the first week. Some (like the Max the Magician one) I didn't really care for though.
-Leela was a great addition to the cast. Her Indian heritage adds to the street's diversity
-We saw some classic skits that haven't been used in awhile, like Grover vs. Pino, the Bones cartoon and Dr. Nancy Einstein.
-I noticed that every main Muppet character (except Ernie) made an appearance in a street scene, which is awesome!
-Murray Has a Little Lamb was a cute new segment. My only gripes with it was a little long and it didn't need to be in every episode. They made enough to be aired every other one.
-Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures were great! There wasn't a single one I hated. Unlike Murray's segment, it was nice that it wasn't in every episode.
-While there weren't many, this season parodies were really great. My favorites being "Pre-School Musical" and "I'm the Letter T".
-Seeing the return of Guy Smiley and Wolfgang
-I wasn't to keen on the fact that there were so many transitions from sketch to sketch instead of just cutting.
-The stunning lack of Cookie Monster. He only appeared in 5 episodes! (Not counting EW) He's one of the main characters for Pete's sake.
-It's a shame that we only saw Ernie and Bert in puppet form a couple of times this season.
In conclusion, this was a very good season! I can't wait for the next one!
The seasons over already? I only saw a few eps. I'll have to keep checking on You Tube or the TV listings for repeats. Seems like I missed quite a bit.
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