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OK, "Ben-10" has become annoyingly stupid with the writing in the latest episode "A Change of Face".

Yeah, it's necessary for Ben and his grandfather to be stupid about the suddenly different behavior of Gwen after Ben saw her being hit by some weird spell that HE was trapped in. Yeah, Ben, who is a paranoid little goober, is going to not pay attention to that. Where was the story editor? Or is this the 'second/third-season crapfest' that too many series run into?

Clue to the writers: when the story sounds stupid to an adult because the characters aren't talking, acting, or otherwise behaving in a way consistent with their previous history, then it's absolutely going to sound stupid to a 10 year old. Especially if the 10 year old that they're supposed to identify with, the one who REALLY knows what his cousin acts like, is being stupid in a way that they would not be.

Oh yeah, and the 'Girl's School' riff in the juvenile detention? Was unbelievable in the 1950s. Obviously none of the writers has seen a juvie, ever, outside the Scare Movies. It takes much longer than 5 hours to go from a solitary containment cell to a juvenile detention center, even if Salem HAD such a center for girls. A 'superhuman' who has been seen to be using magic etc. is not going to be allowed to stay in her halloween costume. Jailhouse orange jumpsuit. Magic spell book hidden in sleeves? Confiscated. Butch girl bully making threats in the presence of a guard? Maybe, but most likely butch girl gets to sit in the corner (solitary cell) for a while.

Oh yeah, and you can outrun a speeding car on a Segway (top speed 25 MPH) ... ok, they did it for comic effect, but still.

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dvandom
Dec. 10th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
And, of course, in the Gwen-10 ep she showed a rapid and intuitive grasp of the Omnitrix abilities, rather than bumbling around as in this ep.

Still, I'm more annoyed that CN can't be assed to get Ben10's eps into their online schedule in any form, so that I can tell when ones I missed on SatAM are being rerun.

Oh, and I figured the Segways were magically boosted in speed.
dvandom
Dec. 10th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
Ah, I stand corrected, they finally got sufficient assage together. They still don't have anything past season 1 on their main Ben10 page, but at least the episode titles are up for the "show all showings" link. Monday at 7E/6C is the new ep Merry Christmas, and at 10E/9C is a rerun of Ben10K. Along with taping Change of Face yesterday and catching Midnight Madness by sheer luck last night, that'll catch me up.
foomf
Dec. 11th, 2006 06:22 am (UTC)
I haven't been trying to tape it. Too much hassle for my tiny brane.
invisiblewolf
Dec. 10th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have to agree that this was a craptacular episode. About the only thing it advances is Gwen's continuing exposure to magic, hopefully leading to her eventually becoming the "Lucky Girl" we see in "Ben 10K". And Ben figuring out how to use crystals to create ramps a la Iceman when he's Diamondhead.

But yeah, the writing is just terrible.

-Spiritwolf.
jarodrussell
Dec. 10th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm willing to employ active denial when it comes to anything Ben 10, and say things like...

B3ST EPPYSOAD EVAR!
jarodrussell
Dec. 10th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Joking aside, this episode did have one glaring thing that bugged me. They exchange Ben and Gwen's voices when they're switched, but (as far as I could tell after seeing it twice) they didn't exchange Gwen and Charmcaster's voices. If you're going to use a narrative convention, pick one and go with it.
foomf
Dec. 11th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
Yeah... perhaps it's because Gwen and Charmcaster have the same voice actress, or because girl-voice actresses for TV animation all sound exactly alike.
jarodrussell
Dec. 11th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
I kept meaning to check on that, but never did. Nurtz.
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