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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Season 43

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    If it gets kids excited about music then it is fine by me I love hearing my little 3 year old sing. Think about it this way SS is always changing and EW has been on the show for what 15 years next to the Street stories that is the longest thing that has not changed on the show. It was time for a change and this is a change in the right direction.
  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Er, has noone reported that woman to FB? Clearly, it's a case of trolling and sock-puppet multiple accounts. *Shrugs, walks out of thread to wait for today's episode and give Season 43 a chance.
  3. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    The episode for Tuesday September 25 is...

    4302: The Good Sport

    After losing to Abby in several games of hot potato, Elmo turns to Telly for help in becoming better. He becomes so good that, the next time he plays Abby, he repeatedly wins; and then his newfound skill goes to his head, causing him to show off.

  4. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Oh, so this'll have the Eye of the Potato (Rocky Theme) parody. Excellent.
    *Can't hear that intro music without lapsing into The Rye or The Keiser by Weird Al instead.
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Oops, I checked Muppet Wiki and it's actually episode 4301. Don't know why I thought it was 4334, but I thought I'd "known" that for a few weeks. But it is cool that the 43rd season is one digit off from starting the 4300 episode numbers.
  6. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    First off, I'm :grouchy: because the TV signal's buzzing with a potential storm/flood warning without any news of such.

    Episode 4302: The Good Sport.

    Word on the Street: Champion.
    Commercial Sponsors.

    Street Story:
    Elmo and Abby keep playing with a regular, then a big, then a small potato.
    They try playing faster... Elmo gets frustrated. And of course it's the potato's fault.

    Then Telly comes in and we get the Rocky song parody.
    So we launch into what South Park taught us, that when you need to get really good at something in a really short time, you need a montage.
    The song was too short for my taste though. Still can't hear that song without singing The Rye or The Keiser.

    Apparently hanging out with all those sports stars has influenced Elmo's skills at both Hot Potato and trash talking.
    Telly: I created a monster.
    Elmo: I was already a monster.
    Telly: I created a monster monster.

    Forgot how the "boyee" can get really annoying really fast.
    Trust the grown-up, Leela, to insert the moral lesson of sportsmanship back into the story.

    Me am impressed with the song "Elmo Didn't Mean To", that's the kind of depth that makes the character genuine likeable.
    Which leads to the kids playing another round of Hot Potato.

    BTW: Anybody besides me remember the game show of the same name?


    Inserts/Segments:
    1 Word of the Day: Abby and Blake Griffin explain "champion".
    This seems much more organic than past seasons' inserts. Especially since Abby pits a hen versus a griffin in a chicken-calling competition.
    2 The Plontsters? Thought we'd gotten rid of those bits.
    Why do I feel Sesame "borrowed" them from Eureeka's Castle.
    3 Murray and Ovejita present the letter R with a radio, rock, and rabbit.
    4 Animated: R is for roar, river, row, race, run, rope, rain forest, roar, rain, rainbow.
    Meh, another plotless letter segment. We need to get back to segments that show some thought and fun rather than just list a bunch of items starting with the featured letter.
    5 Abby's Flying Fairy School: Choice Time with Super Fairy, repeat.
    Super Fairy's diva act makes me laugh, it reminds me of attention-starved celebrities.
    Surprised Mrs. Sparklenose is also a fan of hers.
    6 Obligatory Alphabet Song, bleh.
    7 Murray and Ovejita present the number 11 with eleven flowers after Murray pushes the button.
    7 Kids count eleven butterflies.
    Again, can we please get something interesting like the Lonely Eleven song/segment?
    *Grumbles as to why we don't get the Count TV added to the lineup, Jerry's Count for the single digits and expand it to Matt taking over the character for the double digits.
    8 Bert & Ernie's Great Adventures: The Bird Games, repeat.
    Now this is a segment I've missed watching. Sure, it may be claymation versions of the characters, but at least it's something entertaining.
    9 Murray and Ovejita play a game of match-up with sports balls and their helmets.
    10 Muppets: Grover gets Mr. Johnson a cup of coffee, along with a lesson on how coffee is harvested and made.
    And of course, he has to make fresh sugar from sugar cane... And fresh milk from his old friend, the Sesame Street cow.
    *Laughs at the cow getting excitable after she drank Mr. Johnson's cup.
    11 Elmo: The Musical: Athlete, The Musical.
    I already like Velvet much more than Shade, especially if she's going to be Elmo's coach.
    Enormous Athlete: What shoes?
    Me: The ones you endorse.
    Elmo wants to win the golden shoes?
    Event #1: The Long Jump. The event that made Carl Lewis famous.
    Event #2: The Shotput.
    Enormous Athlete won these and has four total points.
    Event #3: The Hurdles, worth five points, can you guess who'll win?
    Now we know this is a fictitious competition because Elmo stops to help Enormous Athlete when a real race would keep running. Either the downed racer would get back up or in worst case he'd get medical attention from onsite trainers.
    Gotta agree with Drtooth, this is far more enjoyable than Elmo's World.

    Murray recaps the sponsors and we're done.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm probably the only one to say this, but I actually loved seeing Elmo act like a jerk. We rarely get to see that side of him, and almost never without the aid of Rocko. Making Elmo a completely infallible character does no service to anyone. Even he should have his bad side. It really sold the Abby/Elmo pairing in a way that it rarely does. I told yah they needed some comedic tension.

    The bittersweetness of this being the last Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson Grover and Mr. Johnson sketch is outweighed by how great it was. They did the "where something comes from" angle before, where Grover gives him corn when he wanted eggs or something... but this took it to eleven with dizzying levels of frustration. The Cow drinking the coffee while it was being milked was just genius.

    And Elmo the musical, as cliched as that ending is, managed to surpass its expectations once again. I LOVE the character design for Enormous Athlete. Sort of like Lord Zostig, but not quite. I hope to see that monster in the background and used in monster sketches.

    And the only complaint I have is that I really dislike that Tilly and the Wall alphabet.
  8. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    Is the theme for ETM catchy?
  9. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Heck yeah it is! I've already got it on my iPod
  10. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    Do you have a mup3 of it yet?
  11. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I don't know about anyone else but I loved when Elmo kept saying boyzzzz with that eye trick that he now does I want to hear him do that more very funny.
    This has been what I have been trying to say for some time. Elmo can be such a well rounded monster and not always be so happy and loving. He showed three diffrent emotions and played them all very well. the song was wonderful and agin I almost got a little teary eyes watching.
    Now I have to say Frank and Jerry did a wonderful job on that last Grover and Mr. Johnson insert. They both sounded great and it was a whole lot of fun to watch.
    Elmo the musical again was very good and ended in a very sweet little story that I really liked.
    All in all that is two for two and we are doing pretty good.
    My only complaint is Abby's flying fairy school, I really hope we don't have to wait 15 years or more before that gets changed.
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    This was a great episode. I really liked how Elmo went from being a bad loser to being a bad winner, and saw it coming before it happened. The Flying Fairy School segment was great, with Super-Fairy being so egotistical (almost like a female Darkwing Duck). The Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures segment is one of the best, too bad they didn't put Big Bird into the bird olympics, and today's Elmo the Musical is a lot better than yesterdays.
  13. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Active Member

    Despite it being an Elmo/Abby-type episode, this one was rather pretty good. Not only was I laughing at Telly's "Eye of the Potato" method, but I was really cracking up whenever Elmo bragged about winning (so far that was the best bad winner behavior I've ever seen in any children's TV show; especially the "boyeezz" expression he kept letting out, and then Leela mocking it), although I didn't think his bragging would hurt both Abby AND Telly's feelings.

    As for the rest of the episode, I enjoyed the Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures segment (although it was a repeat), the Grover and Mr. Johnson coffee shop skit (does anyone else think this could have been a parody of Starbucks that they were trying to have Grover work at? Of course we do know that this is probably Jerry Nelson's final performance as Mr. Johnson. Like dwayne1115 pointed out, Frank and Jerry did an awesome job performing it), and the Elmo: The Musical segment (it did go rather well with the plot we saw earlier in the episode).
  14. hehehe

    hehehe Member

    Muppetlover, if you go to this page
    (http://www.sesamestreet.org/games)
    the first game to come up should be a game version of the Pizza episode of Elmo the Musical...and the game begins with the full theme song! :)
  15. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I wish the parents on Facebook would stop complaining. They should know they're kids are too young to be watching TV anyway. I see videos all the time of 2 and younger ones dancing to songs from the show, but they have no idea what's going on. The message probably doesn't even sink in for them.
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  16. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    I liked today's street story. The Eye of the Tiger parody was the highlight. I also liked Elmo's "BOI" thing. The word of the day bit was okay. Gonna have to get used to that Abby puppet. The new Murray tune-in was pretty good. The Grover and Mr. Johnson bit was hilarious! Elmo the Musical was awesome! Stephanie D'Abruzzo, John Tartagila, and Leslie's performances as the cheerleaders were funny.
  17. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    ...however, I do draw the line at calling them idiots, as one person did. I don't AGREE with the parents, but I wouldn't go so far to flat-out insult them like that.
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't call them idiots either, but it's the same thing I said about amazon reviews. Misguided is the word. They feel that Sesame Street is a baby show, and SW wants to break free of that. The proof is getting rid of Elmo's World. And as I've been saying, that's a segment that works for younger audiences that shouldn't watch television anyway.

    However, I'd be afraid that they'd abandon the superior Elmo the Musical format because of the relentless whining. Look what happened to the Katy Perry segment. ETM has to have tested well enough for SW to explore that segment.
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  19. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Even in the NY Times article about the bit, Carol-Lynn said they wanted to replace EW, but they knew it was so popular, so finding something worth the money replacing it was a hard decision. And it says this about the testing:

  20. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    So I watched the Cookie Monster episode today.
    Street Story-Brilliant. Cookie Monster trying to change himself, and I loved how Commander Chip starts acting like him after Cookie changed.
    Word of the Day-Halle Berry's reaction to the chick and fish gulping their food was hilarious.
    Cartoon with the little girl-Alright, but is it just me or is it weird how she calls her siblings "Brother" and "Sister". This isn't Bernsatin Bears folks.
    Murrary Tune In Letter-Alright it's good to see them using new ideas for the Letter f the day.
    Abby's Flying Fairy School-Good as usual. Blogg was very funny in this one. He wouldn't listen to Abby and Gonnigan!
    Count Song-Sadly I brushed my teeth during it. :sigh:
    Super Grover 2.0-Repeat but a good one!
    Elmo the Musical-I had to miss it because I had to get ready for school. (mutters- Darn school. Can't you start 1/2 hour later?"


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