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High Score Episodes 4 to 6

Episode 4 “This is War”
Covers the “console wars” of Sega’s aggressive push to outsell Nintendo in the United States via the Sega Genesis with Sonic the Hedgehog and John Madden Football. Featured interviews include Tom Kalinske, CEO of Sega of America; Hirokazu Yasuhara, gameplay designer of Sonic; Naoto Ohshima, character artist for Sonic. Trip Hawkins, founder of Electronic Arts; Joe Ybarra, producer of John Madden Football; and Gordon Bellamy, developer for the Madden NFL series.

Episode 5 “Fight!”
Covers the creation of fighting games including Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat. It covers the controversy that Mortal Kombat and Night Trap generated that led to the 1993 Congressional hearings that pushed for the creation of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB).

Interviews include Akira Nishitani and Akira Yasuda, designers of Street Fighter II; John Tobias, co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series. Jim Riley, creator of Night Trap.

Episode 6 “Level Up”
Covers the transition from 2D to 3D computer graphics in 1993 by both Nintendo on consoles with Star Fox, and Doom by id Software.
Interviews include John Romero, creator of Doom; Dylan Cuthbert and Giles Goddard, who helped to create Star Fox; and a final retrospective by Nolan Bushnell on the development of Pong from Spacewar!

Nolan Bushnell – Atari Founder

 

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High Score is a Netflix documentary series created by France Costrel covering the computer games industry.


Episode 1 – Boon & Bust
Covers the early growth of arcade games and home video game consoles in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

It includes Pong, Space Invaders and Pac-Man. Also interviews with Nolan Bushnell, of Atari and Howard Scott Warshaw, the developer of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, reputedly one of the worst games of all time.

Episode 2 “Comeback Kid”

Covers the introduction of Nintendo into America after the 1983 crash through the arcade game Donkey Kong and the Nintendo

Featured interviews include Hirokazu Tanaka, music composer for several Nintendo games.  Gail Tilden, Nintendo of America marketing director that helped to market the NES and Nintendo Power. John Kirby, the lawyer who represented Nintendo in Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Nintendo Co., Ltd.


Episode 3 “Role Players”
By far the most interesting of the series. This covers the creation of adventure and role-playing games from their primarily computer-based roots with text-adventures like Colossal Cave Adventure, to graphical adventures like Mystery House and the Ultima series.
Featured interviews include Roberta and Ken Williams Richard Garriott,

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Big Hero 6 Episodes 1.8 to 1.11

1.8 “Failure Mode”
Hiro is assigned a project by Granville that involves creating a structure that could withstand an earthquake, but fails and is humiliated. Globby returns with the intent of stealing a painting called “City Rises”. The Big Hero 6 stop him at every turn, until Globby accidentally discovers that he can transform himself into any matter. It’s beginning to look like Globby is the nemesis of the series that needs to be defeated.

1.9 “Aunt Cass Goes Out”
Hiro, concerned about Cass finding out about his place in Big Hero 6, decides to set her up on a date with no success. Krei and Cass end up meeting and decide to go out, much to Hiro’s consternation.

1.10 “The Impatient Patient”
The high octane black ops group, the Mad Jacks, attempt to steal a chip recently bought by Krei. Hiro and Baymax arrive to rescue him, but Hiro suddenly becomes sick.

1.11 “Mr. Sparkles Loses His Sparkle”
Cass teaches Mochi to slow clap which quickly goes viral upsetting game show host Mr. Sparkles who quickly begins losing his audience. Meanwhile, Hiro tries to invent a new system for Big Hero 6 that will deliver their suits by air.


At this point I lost interest. There is little of a long plot threat and each episode just resets the characters to their default settings. And it always seems that flying Robot Baymax is there to get characters out of no-win situations. It just seems to be more aimed at candy coated children.

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Big Hero 6 Episodes 1.4 to 1.7

1.4 “Big Roommates 2”
A criminal named Dibs steals Honey’s chem-purse. He soon discovers Hiro’s microbot neurotransmitter, and tries to steal it too. An accident with both devices transforms him into a glob monster, later dubbed Globby, and he begins to upset San Fransokyo.

1.5 “Fred’s Bro-Tillion”
Fred is worried about his upcoming Bro-Tillion due to past mishaps involving his mother and billionaire rival Beverly Samantha “Binky” Mole whom Mrs. Frederickson keeps trying to impress.

1.6 “Food Fight”
Cass finds herself at an underground cooking competition against her mean idol Bolton Gramercy and wins, taking his knives in the process, becoming addicted to the competition.

1.7 “Muirahara Woods”
Go Go heads off for some alone time which bothers Hiro, so he, Fred and Baymax decide to follow her. They discover that she goes to the Muirahara Woods to go bird watching, but they end up getting lost when all their technology begins to malfunction.

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The Shorts:
The first six shorts star Baymax interacting with a different character in every episode. Every short starts with Baymax saying “Hello, I am Baymax” with some variables such as his outfit.

The second series of shorts, titled “Baymax Dreams”, features a cat getting up to mischief.

These are quick (less than 2 minutes) with a single idea. Without the context of the film or TV series they don’t amount to much.

1.1-2 “Baymax Returns”
This follows the events of Big Hero 6, but backtracks slightly to re-tell the story of Hiro discovering Baymax’s personality chip and re-building his skeleton. The team is established, and in these two episodes a (possibly) new villain is established.

1.3 “Issue 188”
Professor Granville sets Hiro up with Karmi, a student studying biology. Karmi despises Hiro for replacing her as the youngest student to join SFIT, yet ironically, she has a crush on Hiro’s alter ego which she somehow cannot seem to recognize. Big Hero 6 take on Barb and Juniper, known the duo High Voltage.

 

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Tangled Final 3 Episodes

3.19-21 – “Plus Est En Vous”

Rapunzel rallies all of Corona together to take back the kingdom. Varian learns that Demanitus made a machine that trapped Zhan Tiri in another world. Rapunzel, Eugene, Pascal, Varian, Lance, Angry and Red venture to Demanitus’ tomb to get the plans.

Rapunzel faces off with Cassandra, but with the impending eclipse, Rapunzel’s powers begin to wane.

The Coronans successfully build the machine, but Hamuel accidentally activates it, sucking everyone in, except Eugene and Edmund.

With the eclipse in full effect, Zhan Tiri steals both the Sundrop and the Moonstone, rendering both Rapunzel and Cassandra powerless and transforming herself into a giant demon while destroying the machine.

While the Coronans alongside Adira, Hector and King Edmund battle against Zhan Tiri, Rapunzel and Cassandra make up.

They battle Zhan Tiri and force her to merge the Sundrop and Moonstone gems together at the cost of Rapunzel cutting her brown hair short again.

Zhan Tiri is finally destroyed as the black rocks disappear while the Sundrop and Moonstone become one.

They all live happily ever after.

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Tangled Episodes 3.15 to 3.18

3.15 “Race to the Spire”
Cassandra returns to the Spire to steal the Mind Trap from Calliope. Calliope sends a letter to Rapunzel for help and she and Eugene set out by hot air balloon.

3.16 “A Tale of Two Sisters”
Two kids visit Gothel’s old house where they are seemingly attacked by her ghost. Rapunzel, learning of this, travels to the house, only to encounter Cassandra.

3.17 “Flynnpostor”
The Captain of the Royal Guard steps down from his position and hands his title over to Eugene. Eugene is unsure about being chosen as the new captain, but is distracted by the news that there is a new thief who bares a remarkable resemblance to Eugene, also going by the name Flynn Rider, who has stolen the crown again.

3.18 “Once a Handmaiden”
Eugene and Varian create a new weapon they call “Project Obsidian”, a bazooka that shoots weaponized amber crystals to combat an impending attack from Cassandra, which Rapunzel reluctantly authorizes as a last resort. Meanwhile, Cassandra discovers the missing shard from the mirror and realizes the Enchanted Girl’s manipulation, who she finally discovers to be Zhan Tiri.

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Tangled Episodes 3.11 to 3.14

3.11 “Pascal’s Dragon”
Pascal discovers a pearl that later turns out to be a dragon’s egg. The egg hatches and the dragon immediately takes to Pascal.

3.12 “Islands Apart”
Rapunzel and Eugene board a hot-air balloon and return to Tirapi Island, where the Lorbs dwell, in the hope of finding Cassandra. However, they instead meet up with the Captain of the Royal Guards who has been looking for Rapunzel for months but decided to remain on the island with the Lorbs.

3.13-14 “Cassandra’s Revenge”
Finally Cassandra turns up to fulfill her destiny. This ends in a big battle between Rapunzel and Cassandra. The clash of energies ends with Cassandra knocked off a crumbling tower.

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Tangled Episodes 3.7 to 3.10

3.07 “Beginnings”
Rapunzel is having trouble picking a new lady-in-waiting. Eugene believes that it is because she still has not gotten over Cassandra, but she stubbornly denies this. Cue major flashback for most of the episode. Most of this is redundant, while it shows the beginning of Cassandra and Rapunzel’s relationship, it’s nothing we don’t know.
And when Cassandra eventually accepts Rapunzel as a friend, it does feel forced as it’s Cassandra that is the one changing to fit into the predetermined plot. So far, my least liked episode.

3.08 “The King and Queen of Hearts”
Rapunzel continues to try and restore the memories of her parents, King Frederic and Queen Arianna, and hopes to use the journal of Herz Der Sonne to remind them. Rapunzel recruits her friends to try and set up the perfect date for them.King Trevor arrives with the intent to woo Arianna using an ocean crystal he found. Trevor uses his “navy seal team” (of Seals).

3.09 “Day of the Animals”
Rapunzel, Varian, Angry and Red are returning stolen loot. Max, Pascal, Ruddiger and Hamuel cannot stop quarreling with each other. While messing with a sea shell pendant, it magically transports the humans into it, leaving the animals to fight over it. This looks like multiple references to Alice in Wonderland. Some great animation of the animals.

3.10 “Be Very Afraid!”
Cassandra can create red rock spikes that cause fear and freeze their victims. Varian teams up with Rapunzel to use his amber solution on them. Eugene and Lance decide to throw a talent show to distract everyone from their fears. Lance proves (as if we didn’t know) that he can sing.

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Tangled Episodes 3.03 to 3.06

3.03 “Return of the King”
King Edmund arrives in Corona to see his long-lost son, Eugene, and to give him the royal sash of their bloodline. Eugene wants nothing to do with him, but Rapunzel invites him to stay.

3.04 “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?”
Rapunzel begins to notice strange footprints around the area, as well as the livestock becoming more unruly and fearful. The group comes across a monster hunter named Creighton, who explains to the group that the area is being stalked by a werewolf, who possessed one of Corona’s citizens.

3.05 “The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Sonne”
Rapunzel tasks the kingdom with refurbishing the throne room.
While breaking down a wall, they find a map to the Lost Treasure of Herz Der Sonne and Rapunzel decides to set up a race to the location. This fun episode is a homage to wacky races.

Penelope Pitstop from Wacky Races

 

3.06 “No Time Like the Past”
Rapunzel finds a box with a mysterious hourglass. As she examines it, she accidentally drops and smashes it and she and Pascal find themselves sent back into the past. They run into a teenage Eugene and Lance.