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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Season 42

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I thought I read that there was a new segment with Grover and Mr. Johnson this season, besides Spider-Monster. Has that aired yet?
  2. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Some SW employee commented on the SpiderMonster sneak-peak on YouTube, saying that Frank also came in to tape a second Mr. Johnson bit and a song. There's only one episode left of the season and I doubt those two segments would be in it together, so it could be one or the other or they both may not air until next season.
  3. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Or maybe one or both failed with test audiences and won't air... (but hopefully that's not the case)
  4. Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    Also I could be wrong, but wasn't that Bob in the background? (Referring to the 'Furry Potter' episode.)
  5. cahuenga Active Member

    was Susan in the furry potter episode???
  6. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yes she was. She did only have like a line or two at the beginning where Telly was asking her where Gordon was. Not quite as big an appearance as in the Super Maria episode or the Flood episode... but she was there.
  7. cahuenga Active Member

    and she was on the big bird nest episode too!! wow!!! a lot of Susan this season!!! she is a regular again!!
  8. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Was it said who Frank Oz performed in the song? It could be Grover, or it could be Bert or Cookie Monster, or it could be another one-shot Anything Muppet (I think it'd be a stetch to expect it to be Lefty or Harvey Kneeslapper or somebody like that).

    While we're on the subject of Frank Oz, it seems like back when he did the Mad Men sketch, it was a big deal because it was the first time he performed a one-shot character in years, but then this season he did The Heaviest Catch, and it doesn't seem like it's as big a deal. Maybe it's because it's only his second original character in three years, or perhaps it's because season 42 isn't an anniversary season, or maybe the parody wasn't promoted as much (or it was but no advance announcements were made of Oz's involvement), or maybe the sketch just wasn't as good as Mad Men (that last one's my opinion, though). I would list the option of the show it's spoofing not being that great (I don't think I'd heard of that show before the parody, and have hardly heard anything about it since), but then again I've never watched Mad Men either.
  9. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I noticed the "Furry Potter" ep. didn't have Murray's pre-EW game. Can't say I was disappointed though.
  10. Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    I noticed that too, but I think they do need to get off that and give the show more time for classic Muppet segments. Hopefully that's a sign that they're heading in the right direction.
  11. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Almost 5 months from first episode to last episode... yeah.

    I shoulda just watched the For Later video and all... but I guess it was a cute story considering it was Elmo-centric. I liked the Elmo doesn't wear clothes line... Was the Job Song part of that video too? I'm very impressed by those 3-D paper animations and always love seeing them. Other than that, I found the D for dolphin animation very impressive. Reminded me of those old sand animations accompanied by the banjo.

    Still, it's very disappointing that half the stuff we're going to have to expect in season 43. I kinda wanted to see the child puppeteer prodigy, much more so than Cookie's I gotta be Me song and the Mr. Johnson skit. Really hate that we saw the Justin Beiber parody twice in a 26 episode season and neither of those things once.
  12. antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Today's street story was good. Ever since SW revamped their site, I couldn't watch it. The season over all was pretty good. The Murray tune-ins this year were better than the ones the last two seasons. The AFFS and SG 2.O bits were good. Most of the street stories were good. The Flood episode was the best one. I can't wait for next season.
  13. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I'm thankful the Murray bits weren't as repeated as they have been. I have a feeling next season is going to have some different tune-ins (hopefully featuring that "Monster at the End of This Show" footage we saw) or a different format in general.
  14. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That would be nice, but I can just as easily see them reuse the same Tune Ins from this year. No way they'd pay for that much footage and not show it 3 or 4 times to get their money's worth. I hope they don't, but past instances tell me otherwise.

    But the tune ins were a complete improvement over the first years it was used. Pairing Murray back up with Ovejita gave it the edge that it was missing, making the guessing games kinda fun to watch instead of tedious and time filling. Did anyone like the "I'm under... Now I'm over... now where am I?" bit? Seemed like that's something they'd do on an inferior kid's program. Still, I don't think they need the character to double introduce a segment. To say "Super Grover's coming up soon, but first..." and then to have him say "Super Grover's coming up next" just feels redundant and takes more time away from the show... sure, like a combined 20-30 seconds... but there's so much that can fit in that time period.

    The other major improvement was removing Spot from Abby's Flying Fairy School. I really think the segment is interesting and fun in its own way... but the Spot thing took away from the segment. It takes you out of the moment, it stops the momentum dead in its tracks and abruptly restarts it when it's over. Something about it doesn't mesh. It tries very hard to look and feel random, but it doesn't.
  15. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    We'll probably see some new footage for the tune-ins though, considering there's a new Elmo segment on the way.
  16. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Also, check out the end of this video:

    A piece of footage from an unaired Super Grover 2.0
  17. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's my other major complaint... I love Super Grover 2.0... but there's no reason they should have used the segment that many times in a single season. I really disliked that the Ernie and Bert claymation shorts were ones that have been shown on television before, but they certainly could have cut them better... 13 Ernie and Bert segments, 13 Super Grover 2.0 segments... I really don't like the fact we have to see the same segments 3 times a season in the "New" episodes, and I'm sure the little kids will get bored with them.

    That's why I don't like the block format... there's not enough room for random Muppet segments (even older ones) and they force themselves to put a half season's worth of material on for 26 episodes. And considering they spread those episodes out for about 5 months, I'm wondering why this is the ratings hit it is.
  18. BradFraggle Member

    Does anyone know if child puppeteer Tau Bennett's insert with Kevin Clas was featured in season 42?
  19. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Not as such. I guess using the Justin Beiber parody twice in a single season was more important.
    Dominicboo1 likes this.
  20. muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    What episode number is the Ernie and Bert flooding?

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