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well.. since the Hiatus rumours were confirmed last weekend... i guess we can make a "review" or analize the best and stronger momments and episodes from this series; and the worse if you feel like it, from the 26 episodes until now.....

 

and also as a way to dealing with the first summer Hiatus...:D heheh

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at least for me... i'm gonna talk about some of the Best facts about this series so far.... in my opinion.. ^_^

those facts i guess the series showed its sthreght...in general..

 

if you wish, you can talk about certain episodes and to be more specific by yourself..

 

 

first:

Sonic and Tails brotherhood!

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in various oportunities we just noticed Sonic and Tails interacting together like bros once more, apart from AOSTH or SatAM and in some Sonic games (like Colors)

but its been a while since we don't see a brotherly hug between them!

 

and just since the first episode! "Sidekick"

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when i first saw this....it remnided me a certain fan film related to Sonic and Tails' first met..:lol:

https://youtu.be/9C1ryUfXnR4?t=1513  remember?

 

 

maybe because it was the first episode.. so it needed to catch the atention.. but still this really made to catch my attention and my wish to see more..(even if the next first episodes weren't as good as the first one)

 

though not only on this ep we can see Sonic and Tails' friendship.. but this one as the first one was pretty nice...just as an example..

 

Secondly:

Sonic's faces and reactions..

 

i'm one of those people who loves this Sonic's multiple expressions.. all those cute and hilarious faces.. are one of the things i really enjoy from this Series.. even when its a bad episode.. like "Don't Judge me" .. only Sonic's reactions worth it..

here a little show off about what i'm talking about

WAIT!

put this music first  XD

https://youtu.be/4Diu2N8TGKA?t=41

 now go on :D

 

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well i'll admit it. not only on this episode.. there is a bunch  where Sonic's faces are priceless :D

 

 

Thirdly didly:

and the beeeeeeest from the best moments! are for

 

the EGGMAN! (he's got a maaaster plan~)

 

absolutely.. some of the very best momments are dedicated to Eggman!

at this show,  this character.. has shown a charismatic attitude and very funny scenes for his own..

specially with Sonic..

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ohh and also he has shown to be an exelent cook...

 

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but well... specially with Sonic.. because who would even though these two can act like frienemies in the canon media?..(apart from some scenes on Sonic X :P ) their scenes have been so cute and enjoyable the most of the times..

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hehe such a good moments.. :lol: hehehe

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but.. at least for me.. one of the best moments its in "Sole Power" when Eggman says

 "Just because I"m your sworn enemy doesn't mean that we can't be friends!"

 

 

hehe that's a few of good facts and talking personally very in general...

that's why i think i'm missing some of them...

 

so..

i invite you to discuss what was the Best and the Worse, the strong and the weak...facts and episodes

from these 26 episodes so far.. ^_^

 

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Pros:

 

* Boom Tails is awesome. Since SA1 I've generally considered Tails to be one of the dullest of the cast. Boom makes Tails' technogeek persona fun. He's a bungling inventor, he over specialises and obsesses over his gadgets and is adorably naive and childlike in how he sets it out. He's like a kid whose found his talent and won't stop showing the older kids how good he is at it. He also makes a great foil to Sonic's more reckless but simplistic approach in this regard, which only strengthens their developed relationship in this continuity.

 

* At this point the cast seems to be pretty evenly handed out. Yeah Sonic and Eggman get main focus, but unlike most shows, there isn't really one or two characters that are either getting phased out or completely eclipsing the entire limelight. Every character has had some spotlight episodes too, even Orbot and Cubot.

 

* The CGI is at a TV budget, but otherwise pretty lush and expressive. Also while the redesigns are controversial, I do admit most of the character designs do well animated and in complimenting their personalities. The original characters look fairly loyal to the games style without being generic Sonic clones.

 

* Good voice acting, in particular some great vocal evolution from Amy's voice actress. Definitely a far cry to some of flatness we had with the previous voice casts in the games and Sonic X.

 

Cons:

 

* First of all, I should add I don't mind a new depiction of Knuckles in terms of personality. Being the loveable ditz isn't a bad thing on paper. The problem is they've taken it to the point that he is pretty much completely incompetent and almost a straw loser for the others. All the other characters have huge defects, but have had occasions they show hidden depths, have proven their worth or shown how their quirks can be beneficial (which likely counts as another pro). For Knuckles, the others think he's dumb and useless....and they're right. Even in terms of dumb muscle he's usually only fighting off minor baddies in the background. He's starting to feel like the most one dimensional and repetitive of the group.

 

* Similarly, I add on that Eggman is a great source of charm and humour to the story, but I kinda wish they'd let him break from the friendly enemy routine a few odd times to try some more versatile plans. This version has proven he can be deceptively formidable and even manipulative, but the problem is his plans rarely exceed sparring with Sonic. He's made one earnest world domination attempt ONCE. I'd like to see him take notes from AoSth Robotnik, who was also a buffoon, but expansive enough to try conquering new realms and people where Sonic wasn't around.

 

* As mentioned by many before, some episodes seem to struggle to fit into a ten minute timeslot. They end abruptly, don't setup right, or feel like they're missing key gags or scenes.

 

* Again as mentioned by many, the sitcom gimmick is hit and miss. For nearly every great gag there is usually a cringeworthy one. Some running gags tend to be dug into the ground as well, Sticks and Knuckles for example.

 

 

 

 

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Best aspects of Sonic Boom

 

It's sense of humor

 

For the most part, the humor tends to hit the mark. It's not insultingly juvenile but it's not risque and uncharacteristic of the franchise. Personally, I'm not really a big fan of the sort comedy that comes from the dumb stuff Knuckles comes out with or Sticks but otherwise the series is quite funny and the humor is very often character-driven which is a plus.

 

The visual quality

 

It seems to be pretty good by CGI tv series standards. I think the only real times where it fails is when it comes to the animation of liquids. Character animation isn't often jerky at all and their expressions are well-rendered.

 

The characterization

 

Tails' characteriation is leagues ahead of whatever the hell that is in the games at the moment and whilst I feel that Sonic is often too deadpan snarky in Boom and too frequently has an expression that he'd rather be doing anything but be in a lot of the situations he finds himself in, he's still pretty much on the mark and is quite entertaining to watch. Amy's portrayal came as a shocker to me given how much her character was changed with asinine reasoning on part of BRB and is as far as I'm concerned, a good change not a bad one. Not a big fan of Knuckles. And like Sonic, Dr Eggman is also highly entertaining to watch :D

 

The SonAmy'ish hints

 

Shush!

 

I like how it is handled in a manner that respects both characters and doesn't derail them for slushy romantic nonsense a 'la pre-reboot Archie with Sonally. It's very cute and doesn't get shoved in your face relentlessly.

 

The worst aspects of Boom

 

Abrupt episode endings

 

Lost count of the amount of times when I've felt that an episode has an abrupt ending that doesn't feel "final" for the episode or it wrapping up it's main plot point too quickly. Pacing issues?

 

Knuckles isn't funny

 

But then I've never liked how much Knuckles' character has been degenerated into generic dumb muscle in this continuity when echoing his main series iteration's character and playing his awkward tendencies for laughs would've been a far, far better premise for his Boom incarnation.

 

Sticks isn't funny

 

Paranoid nutbar who spouts non-sequitur silliness isn't really my idea of funny.

 

Eggman ought to be taken a little more seriously

 

Whilst I won't deny that Boom!Eggman has an absolute ton of charm, I also won't deny that the series feels like it's going a little too far in absolving him of a lot of his menace. Giving the doc a stronger,more pronounced sense of villainy wouldn't go amiss.

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This is great time for me to give all my thoughts about Sonic Boom so far. Gonna start with the negatives first. > :)

 

Cons

 

> The inconsistency of animation quality:  There are times when it looks really good is some episodes and other times you can tell they're on a tight budget. Sometimes the lighting isn't lit correctly ( you can see this alot in episode 6, "fortress of squalitude"), sometimes the characters move really stiff and sometimes Amy's/ Stick's eyelashes disappear. It's not the worse I've seen in T.V animation but you can tell the differences between some episodes and it can really be distracting at times. Especially to me, considering I'm studying animation myself. 

 

> Eleven minute episodes: (This is isn't really exclusive to Sonic Boom. Other shows, good and bad, do fall in this category as well.) I feel like Sonic Boom would be better if it was a little bit longer. It feels rushed at times. I swear, some of the plots don't fit in the 11 minute time space. Which sucks too because there are good episodes in this show that probably would be way better if they added some extra minutes in it. 

 

>  Sticks the Badger: She's not really funny and sometimes I can't understand what she's saying. Her voice is so... ugh. Not putting blame on the voice actress but someone should have requested a much better voice. The character does get funny lines here and there but in comparison to the rest of the cast, she's pretty flat. 

 

Pros

 

> Great character interaction and voice acting: This is probably the best I've seen/ heard in the Sonic franchise so far. 

 

> Knuckles: Yes, alot of the people don't him being even more stupid than before. Honestly, I think he's one the funniest characters in the show next to Eggman. I think he has a much better personally in this show than the games. ( pulls out shield)

 

> Amy Rose: This show actually actually made me like Amy Rose. Her personally is way much better than her main series counter-part. 

 

> Sonic Boom is a funny, simple show: Not saying it's the best animated comedy show on T.V ( I would watch South Park over Sonic Boom) but I think it's one the funniest shows on Cartoon Network right now. It's sitcom style humor actually fits perfectly for Sonic. 

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Best aspects of Sonic Boom

 

It's sense of humor

 

For the most part, the humor tends to hit the mark. It's not insultingly juvenile but it's not risque and uncharacteristic of the franchise. Personally, I'm not really a big fan of the sort comedy that comes from the dumb stuff Knuckles comes out with or Sticks but otherwise the series is quite funny and the humor is very often character-driven which is a plus.

 

The visual quality

 

It seems to be pretty good by CGI tv series standards. I think the only real times where it fails is when it comes to the animation of liquids. Character animation isn't often jerky at all and their expressions are well-rendered.

 

The characterization

 

Tails' characteriation is leagues ahead of whatever the hell that is in the games at the moment and whilst I feel that Sonic is often too deadpan snarky in Boom and too frequently has an expression that he'd rather be doing anything but be in a lot of the situations he finds himself in, he's still pretty much on the mark and is quite entertaining to watch. Amy's portrayal came as a shocker to me given how much her character was changed with asinine reasoning on part of BRB and is as far as I'm concerned, a good change not a bad one. Not a big fan of Knuckles. And like Sonic, Dr Eggman is also highly entertaining to watch :D

 

The SonAmy'ish hints

 

Shush!

 

I like how it is handled in a manner that respects both characters and doesn't derail them for slushy romantic nonsense a 'la pre-reboot Archie with Sonally. It's very cute and doesn't get shoved in your face relentlessly.

 

The worst aspects of Boom

 

Abrupt episode endings

 

Lost count of the amount of times when I've felt that an episode has an abrupt ending that doesn't feel "final" for the episode or it wrapping up it's main plot point too quickly. Pacing issues?

 

Knuckles isn't funny

 

But then I've never liked how much Knuckles' character has been degenerated into generic dumb muscle in this continuity when echoing his main series iteration's character and playing his awkward tendencies for laughs would've been a far, far better premise for his Boom incarnation.

 

Sticks isn't funny

 

Paranoid nutbar who spouts non-sequitur silliness isn't really my idea of funny.

 

Eggman ought to be taken a little more seriously

 

Whilst I won't deny that Boom!Eggman has an absolute ton of charm, I also won't deny that the series feels like it's going a little too far in absolving him of a lot of his menace. Giving the doc a stronger,more pronounced sense of villainy wouldn't go amiss.

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Oh. Nice thread

I'll say the best part is pros. And worst part is cons

Pros.

Tv show is not terrible unlike Sonic Boom ROL and SC

Fortunately TV show is not boring for me. The reason is below on this line

1-1 characters' various expression(especially Sonic)

Generally, all characters have plenty of expressions comapred to game and previous tv show. Especially, Sonic's expression is so cute that my mental is healed by it.

1-2. Eggman, Orbot and Cubot.

No explanation required. Eggman is funniest character in TV show and reaction, expression, and voice of Orbot and Cubot is funny and pathatic for me in that they considered slave of eggman. In addition. I think whole eggman family (Eggman,orbot and cubot) is pitiful too because they always lose aganist Sonic. When I think financial loss about battle with Sonic...... oh. poor eggman T.T

1-3. knuckles

Actually when I saw boom knuckles first, I was shocked and blamed Sega and their parent company a lot. And in ROL he is just laughable character because of glitch. However. At least his attitude is fun if he interact with friends.

Now. Cons of this show

1. No special features.

DefinItely, worst part of this show. Does this show have any unique features?. Seriously, I think this shows rating is composed by Name value. And awareness of Sonic. For example, Characters role(especially knuckles) is stacked to other general TV shows and some strcuture of episode is already done on other shows etc.... I assure that this show won't survive long unless they make unique good episodes

2. What Sticks is in charge on this show?

Title is content.... I can't find her role on this show...

3. 11 minutes episode

Yeah. This cause unclear ending. That's all. Of course if this show left lingering imagery cutting the ending as many literature or games, It's fine but Sonic boom doesn't left lingering imagery. So. It makes people annoying.

2.2~5.0/10

Sonic Boom is just plain mediocre TV show which depends on awareness of franchise. if this show doesn't air good unique episode. No hope for Sonic Boom TV show.

P.s it's not strange that CN doesn't support Sonic Boom a lot considering Sonic Boom TV show's quality however. considering the ratings It's strange.....

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I thought this sort of topic would be discussed in the original Boom TV series thread, but eh.

 

Let's begin with the positives:

 

  • The Voice acting: Everyone's really good with the voice acting, including Amy, who has improved the most in that part. The Meteor is one good example of this as well as Evil Genius and other episodes you can think of.
  • The Dialogue: You wanna know why this show is good IMO? It's not because of the Slapsticks (which is also funny) but the dialogue here is creative! Here's one example:

 

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The main strong point of the show is that the humor is often quite funny. They also occasionally have some episodes that are quite good and funny with strong plotlines, such as The Sidekick, the Meteor, and Hedgehog Day. And the characters are generally fun and enjoyable. Amy in particular is quite improved over her main series counterpart (for the most part - I agree with Amomynous that she's not super consistent, but she's still pretty enjoyable).

 

But...yeah...while it's not a bad show, I find it pretty mediocre. I don't dislike it, I just don't really like it either. The way I'd describe it is this: Before watching Sonic Boom, I think, "This show is pretty lame." During the show, I think, "Ha ha! Funny!" After watching, I think, "This show is pretty lame." I know it sounds weird, but that's honestly the way I feel. It's enjoyable enough, but it doesn't pull me in and it's not very satisfying. (I haven't even watched all the episodes yet because I just find the show so underwhelming, but I have watched most of them, so I feel I can talk about it.)

 

I have to agree with Blooob in thinking the show's ratings are mainly due to it being about Sonic, because it's just...not compelling enough. I know definitely wouldn't be watching this show for any other reason.

 

Some of my main problems are as follows:

 

- Dr. Eggman is funny, sure - at times one of the major humor highlights - but at the same time, a lot about the way he's depicted makes the show weak and the characters not compelling. I mean, think about it: fighting Eggman is what Sonic & friends do. It sort of seems like their main occupation, the main "story goal" if this show can even be said to have one. But Eggman doesn't really seem that threatening - not only because he's such a failure at whatever he tries, but because he rarely goes after anyone but Sonic & co. As a result, "our heroes" don't seem very heroic because they're mostly just fighting just because they're being attacked, not to protect others - and on top of that, Eggman just doesn't seem like much of a threat, despite his vast resources and occasional good plans. And considering that's the main "thing they do", it makes them seem...kind of lame, to be honest.

 

- The plotlines are usually pretty underwhelming.

 

- Strongly connected to the two points above: the characters, as depicted here, just don't seem compelling enough. They're reasonably enjoyable, but they don't really draw me in the way the main series versions do. Probably a lot of this has to do with the point above, i.e. they aren't facing anything particularly threatening, or any particularly interesting problems, or doing anything particularly cool or impressive.

 

- Their Knuckles is...just not a good character at all in my opinion. I wanted to like him, really, but his stupidity seems to overtake his personality completely. And he's not even stupid in a very funny or interesting way. People talk about Boom!Knuckles being cute or lovable or friendly, but all these things seem to be overwhelmed by him being as stupid as he possibly can. 

 

I pretty strongly agree with what both things that have been said about him before:

 

* First of all, I should add I don't mind a new depiction of Knuckles in terms of personality. Being the loveable ditz isn't a bad thing on paper. The problem is they've taken it to the point that he is pretty much completely incompetent and almost a straw loser for the others. All the other characters have huge defects, but have had occasions they show hidden depths, have proven their worth or shown how their quirks can be beneficial (which likely counts as another pro). For Knuckles, the others think he's dumb and useless....and they're right. Even in terms of dumb muscle he's usually only fighting off minor baddies in the background. He's starting to feel like the most one dimensional and repetitive of the group.

 

 

Knuckles isn't funny

 

But then I've never liked how much Knuckles' character has been degenerated into generic dumb muscle in this continuity when echoing his main series iteration's character and playing his awkward tendencies for laughs would've been a far, far better premise for his Boom incarnation.

 

While the character of Knuckles has certainly been mishandled often, he's always been my favorite, and he's always been something of a multifaceted character: loyal, powerful, rough-and-tough but also reserved and solitary, hotheaded, naive, immature, and a lot more. Not only could he be an interesting character, he also had ample humor potential. To see all that thrown away for a fairly dull character archetype that's not even portrayed in an interesting way just seems like a waste.  

 

- At first I kind of liked Sticks, but meh...like Knuckles, she tends to be very one-dimensional, which greatly decreases how much I can enjoy her.

 

Those are the main things, I guess. I don't want to be too negative, it's just an underwhelming show...

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Concerning the Gogobas, yeah they kinda irritate. They're like a bad attempt at the cast sociopaths you see in adult cartoons, always being a self serving wild card that gets away with manipulating and screwing the rest of the cast over (sort of like Barker without any of the karma). They're thankfully not prominent enough to be an overwhelming downside to the show, but they are a character you wanna see get smacked around just once.

 

Barker himself is a good addition though. As are the Lightning Bolts. Some funny sub villains to keep things fresh. What's up with Barker's design though? The model's so much more basic than the others.

 

Concerning the animation, I will admit the action scenes are a bit stiff. I could argue this is maybe why they decided to stick with verbal humour and expressions, since the animation is much more equipped for it. If the show continues, I hope it refines the animation to better handled toon physics and squash and stretch.

 

I don't really have much of a problem with Amy. Maybe it's because she has this whole pretentious madam personality to her that streams it together. You get the feeling she's a lot more bumbling and weak willed than she wants to let on, so when she snaps from the straight man to the idiot of the group it actually seems a valid transition. Think like Rebecca Cunningham or Peggy Hill.

 

 

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Yeah, I've noticed the animation can be a little stiff, and I don't like it either. And maybe it's just me, but while there are some really classic and amazing facial expressions sometimes, the faces can be very stiff and unexpressive as well - not so much the main cast, but any supporting/background characters.

 

You've got a good point about Amy tho', Psi.

 

...Am I the only one who actually like the Gogobas? I find them funny...

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Maybe it's just because I tend not to like Karma Houdinis, I like comeuppances. Especially for abusing low blows like guilt tripping.

 

I like the concept of someone exploiting Sonic's goodwill, a weasel who feels entitled to be protected by him and manipulating him into doing so. Just I tend to see Sonic being sly enough to find a loophole to get them back in the end. I don't see Sonic being the bitch to a Roger Smith wannabe.

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I think it's a great show, and is without a doubt the only Sonic show I like the most. I wish I could say I like Sonic X, but I hated most of the episodes from that show, because of all the focus on the non video game Sonic characters. The fans came to watch Sonic and friends, not a whiny kid named Chris, who always shouts out Sonic's name, or keeps saying "Sonic..." in his head over and over... Back to Sonic Boom, it's humorous, clever, witty, fun, and unlike most tv shows, it's written, and it doesn't rely on toilet humor. Although plenty of episodes have had recycled or similar episode plots from other shows, Sonic Boom always manages to make something unique in their episodes, compared to what other shows have done with a similar set up. 

 

Here are the things that I liked the most about Sonic Boom.

1. The character animation and quality is very good for TV standards, even with all the minor graphical errors that pop up occasionally. They're not distracting enough to ruin the episodes though, and most of them are barely noticeable, unless you're pause framing through an episode. One of the shows best visual details, are the textures and lighting/shading. Some of the lighting on the show is very detailed, like in the episode "Eggman Unplugged", the lighting from the scene where Eggman is churning butter in a dark little shed looked really well, and contrasted greatly with the dark surrounding. 

 

2. It focuses on the main characters from the video games. When I heard there were going to be a bunch of new characters on this show, I was worried. It made me fear it would end up like Sonic X, where they would make episodes that mostly ignore the characters of the video games, in favor of completely made up characters for a tv spin off. Luckily, that's not the case, all but one of the new characters are completely minor, and are mostly just served as background details to make it look like there are people who live on the island, instead of making it look like Sonic and the others are the only ones there at all. It gives a more natural feel to have all these minor citizens in the background, so they can respond to the crazy adventures Sonic and his friends get to, or see them get worried when Eggman causes trouble. I'm glad that they only have one new character used as a main, and that's Sticks. Sticks is a cute, and funny character, and I honestly wish Sega would make her an official character in the video games, even if it's just for minor appearances. I think Sticks serves as a better best friend for Amy, than Cream the Rabbit. Cream honestly seems to sweet and simple to be labeled as Amy's best friend. Amy is more adventurous, determined, and not afraid to stand up against threats to her, or her friends. Sticks is a better match for Amy's best friend, since she has more similar interests as Amy, except to the extreme. Sticks is wild, paranoid, and likes to get dirty, but as crazy as she seems, she's really a wise, and caring character. She also gets paranoid for good reasons. She doesn't seem to be a bad type of paranoid character, there are some characters who get so paranoid, that they do anything to just look out for themselves, Sticks on the other hand seems to get more paranoid over the safety of others. She tries protecting her friends, more than she tries protecting herself, and that's what makes Sticks an awesome character. She may seem stubborn at times, but she is a true friend, and wants to keep people safe, as much as Sonic and his friends do the same. 

 

3. The voice acting and expressions stand the most  triumphant over any of the voice acting from any past video game, or tv adaption of Sonic. The voice actors add some emotion and depth in their voice acting, instead of trying to sound cartoony and slow paced in their dialogue, like every other Sonic cartoon. In this, the characters can show a wide array of a change in voice tones, but make the viewers feel like the characters are talking naturally. One minute, Sonic can sound cocky and ready to mess with Eggman, then he can witness Tails is in trouble, and quickly drop his playful attitude and get serious. We can really tell how the characters are feeling through the great combinations of their expressions, and voice tones.

 

4. The humor and writing are very good, especially for a tv show aimed at family appropriate audiences. Most TV shows rely on gross out humor, and characters farting and laughing about it, which is really sad to see. Sonic Boom on the other hand stands out as a show that manages to entertain, and make many viewers laugh, or have fun, without resorting to toilet humor. The writing is overall consistent, and has each character act as themselves for most every episode, with the occasion of one out of character moment every rare once and a while. The best part of the show's writing, is how the characters interact with each other. I always thought the games had a great group of characters, and it was sad to never see Sega try and make fun and engaging stories out of these characters. It's great to finally be able to see an idea of how Sonic would spend time with his pals, when Egggman isn't attacking them. Overall, most of the characters have had improved characteristics.

 

5.One of the best character changes/improvements on this show is Amy. She has changed for the better in so many ways. First off, Cindy Robinson must have heard about the fans complaints on making Amy sound to squeaky voiced, like Minnie Mouse, and she must have dug deeper through her vocal talent, to find a better voice. I'll never forget when I saw the 2nd trailer for Rise Of Lyric, and I was shocked to realize that new Amy voice, was actually the same voice of Amy since 2010. I was impressed, the voice has really improved, I'll even admit I'm liking it more than Lisa Ortiz's voice as Amy from Sonic X, which was the only voice of Amy I liked at the time. Amy has her own identity now, instead of being the girl who was driven as the one with a massive crush on Sonic. While Sonic is the leader of the group, Amy is the hardest working of the group, and she appears to be the one that keeps them all together. She's like the caregiver of the group. When danger comes, she's not afraid to rush in at the enemies, in order to protect her friends. She's compassionate, and she loves to make things for her friends. She's one who likes to make the guys meals, snacks, or drinks, and she doesn't expect anything in return, other than to see her friends happy. Her interaction with Sonic has really improved as well. It's nice to see she still loves Sonic, but in a more secret kind of way, instead of being a stalker who shouts to the world how much she loves Sonic. It's also cute to see Sonic has some interest in her as well. The way they casually hang out, playfully mess with each other, and work together is really fun to watch. Heck, even when they argue, it's still kind of cute, they sound like a married couple sometimes. I honestly wish Sega would replace the portrayal of Amy from the video games, with the personality of Boom Amy. Sega can still keep Amy's design from the Sonic Adventure game, but I just want her personality to change. 

 

6.Although most seem to dislike Knuckles being an idiot, I honestly think the new Knuckles has more personality though, and seems more relatable to someone we would know from our lives. A lot of people probably have a friend, relative, or know someone who's big, kind of slow minded, but is always funny, and fun to be around. In the old games, Knuckles was too complicated most of the time. One minute he claims he doesn't like Sonic, and he's got a responsibility back at Angel Island, then the next thing you know is he's hanging out with Sonic and acting more like a friend, instead of a competitive rival. Especially with the inclusion of Shadow, it makes Knuckles have less character, since Shadow basically took over Knuckles's role as Sonic's rival.  In Sonic Boom, we get to see more of the side that fans like about Knuckles, and that's him teaming up with Sonic, or hanging out with Sonic. Even with being a bit dumber, Knuckles is still the toughest one on the team. I don't get why some claim Knuckles is the most useless to the group, he's helped the gang out in the show. He was the one who destroyed Eggman's Mega Robot, towards the end of "Translate This" Knuckles is also very useful for keeping the enemies busy, while the others come up with different approaches to defeat whatever threats they encounter. Knuckles is far from useless, people just aren't trying hard enough to see that. 

 

7. Eggman, Orbot, and Cubot are such a funny trio of antagonists. Eggman may not be constantly evil all the time, but it doesnt' bother me, since it's actually funny to see him as a struggling villain, who never gives up. It's interesting to see Eggman still has his diabolical side. We've seen his darker evil side in episodes like the climax of episode 2, Double Doomsday, Sole Power, and Eggman's Tomato Sauce. Even the episode Buster had Eggman on a more diabolical side, if it weren't for Sonic, Eggman would have had his evil fireman robot drop a baby walrus into a buring building! In my opinion, the most  evil moment from Eggman on the show was in Curse Of Buddy Buddy Temple. Right when Eggman thought he and Sonic found their way out of the temple, Eggman backstabs Sonic, and traps Sonic into the chamber with the spiked walls closing in on Sonic. Eggman seriously left Sonic behind, without a care of how slowly and painfully Sonic could have died. He just walked away whistling. He didn't save Sonic because he changed his mind, or felt bad for trying to kill him, he only did it, because he realized he still needed a partner to team up with, and escape. Orbot and Cubot are a great comedic pair. They're such lovable minions, and I can't help but feel sorry for them. It's clear that they are more into wanting to be friends with others, than be evil, but they were programmed by Dr Eggman, which conflicts them on what they want to do in life. It's like they want their creator to like them, but they are programmed to take orders from him, which really gets in the way of their friendlier sides. It's also interesting to see how Sonic and the gang don't see them as big threats. It's funny to see Orbot and Cubot run up to Sonic and beg for help, and see Sonic actually interact with them, instead of ignore them. It's like even Sonic and his friends pity Orbot and Cubot, and know that they're only doing bad things, because Eggman programmed them to. Even though Orbot and Cubot wish they could leave Eggman, it's funny how the episode Curse Of Buddy Buddy Temple revealed that Orbot and Cubot would be lost without Eggman. They're so used to doing the same things over and over, that doing whatever they want is too overwhelming. Orbot and Cubot are such great companions, and are always there for eachother, they have a brotherly bond, just like Sonic and Tails. They barely even fight either, the only time they fought was in "Let's Play Musical Friends", but that was more like friends arguing about who gets to go first, instead of fighting over annoyance with each other. Out of the two, I like Cubot the most, his voice and lines are always the funniest. Orbot has had his humorous highlights as well.

 

Well, long list, but that sums up what I like about the show.  I have more to like in the show, than to dislike. The only things I dislike from this show are the abrupt endings. I hope season 2 will allow the writers to come up with 22-25 minute episodes. Not all future episodes have to be full length though, but for the ideas that are too big for 11 minutes, it would give the writers more freedom to fit in all the jokes and action they may have intended, without the pressure of deciding what stays, and what should be cut from the episode length. That's really no big deal though, but this last one is. The one thing I hate the most of this show, is how America/Cartoon Network is running it. This show is being treated terribly, and it does not deserve to be neglected, especially with how popular it is with the viewers and ratings. CN bothers advertising all their other shows, yet never have they aired a single commercial, besides the one they showed during the first 3 weeks of the show, yet those were only shown before and after the shows airing, yet no other time of the week. How does Cartoon Network expect to get newcomers to watch the show, if they don't even promote it? The only people who were familiar with the show, were the Sonic fans that actually look up news on Sonic the Hedgehog, online! Not to mention, it's on at one of the worst times possible, whether you're a kid or adult! 6:00 Am is terribly too early, especially for a show that isn't properly advertised. The rerun hours for Sunday are even worse, by being shown at 5:30! The only thing worse than the lack of commercials and show times, are it's management. CN is doing a terrible job at keeping the show going! We started out getting the episodes a few days before France, but 4 weeks later, they decided to stop showing a full new episode pairing, and stuck with a half a new episode bundle/rerun instead. To make it worse, they lazily announced a winter hiatus 2 weeks after that. Then when the show returned, they resumed the 1 episode per week rubbish. Meanwhile, France still airs full episode airings, and hasnt' taken a single seasonal break, and are still going with new episodes weekly! Now CN pulled another hiatus, and they didn't even warn us this time, nor do they have a good excuse for why they did it. The sad thing is how the show is probably better off on CN in America, because other stations wouldn't treat it any better. All family/kid tv channels have gone down hill now in days, thanks to our corrupted economy, and greedy businesses that don't care about viewer satisfaction anymore. It makes me wish America could see how France handles TV, so they could take some notes. TV was never this bad when I was a kid, ever since the mid 2000s, it's been declining. Now TV channel declines have affected more than just kid/family networks, and now even affects channels about history, sports, weather, and other tv stations. TV has gone so down hill, and it's mostly nothing but crappy reality shows with horrible and degrading acting, that gives our country a bad name, or it's nothing but lazy animations, and toilet humor cartoons, and cheesy/unfunny sitcoms. There's a reason why Sonic Boom is the only show I bother tuning into, and that's because it has a charm. It's not like the other repetitive junk on TV that you keep getting more of year after year. I'll even confess that I'm having more fun Watching Sonic Boom, than I did watching shows from my childhood. I'm not kidding, in my opinion, shows like The Rugratz, Dexter's Lab, and Fairly Odd Parents are junk, in comparison to Sonic Boom. Those other shows got old very fast, to the point where I got sick of them, even as a kid. Sonic Boom on the other hand is a show that recaptures the fun I had from watching the shows I did like as a kid, like Looney Tunes, Mickey Mouse, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, and the first few seasons of Spongebob. Sonic Boom does what other shows doesn't, and it does it well, so it's sad to see Cartoon Network being so blind to how well the show is doing for their ratings. 

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In hindsight, I will admit Sticks at least has potential to be a more well rounded foil for Amy, due to the whole 'rugged girl vs prissy girl' setup. As said Cream is too overly nice and reserved, many go so far to complain her sweet girl shtick was what led to Amy to be flanderized into manic tempered brat in the games. For Sticks it's far more two way. My Fair Sticksy and Into The Wilderness show how the two opposites foil and even out the other.

 

I could add this as something I like about the show too. There's no sort of 'always right' hierarchy in the cast. Each character takes a turn having a flaw based on personality and circumstance and another befitting it foils it, making them feel three dimensional. Sonic isn't the one dimensionally perfect ace he was in Sonic X but neither is he the constantly reckless idiot male he was in Satam. The only exception tends to be Knuckles who as mentioned is usually in the moronic 'always wrong' category, though even he has subtle points he seems aware another is acting like an idiot (eg. trying to stop Sticks' hissy fit in Translate This).

 

Another note about the voice acting, I like how it sometimes adds in little vocal challenges for the cast. We've now had two episodes of Eggman and the heroes having to pretend they're each other for example.

 

 

 

 

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Concerning the Gogobas, yeah they kinda irritate. They're like a bad attempt at the cast sociopaths you see in adult cartoons, always being a self serving wild card that gets away with manipulating and screwing the rest of the cast over (sort of like Barker without any of the karma). They're thankfully not prominent enough to be an overwhelming downside to the show, but they are a character you wanna see get smacked around just once.

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About the secondary Villains in this show (Eggman Orbot and Cubot are the main baddies), the closest to being a villain was T.W.Barker IMO.

 

Well, he caged Team Sonic, (sans Tails), and they couldn't escape until Tails foiled his plans. Granted the downside was he pathetically called for them to come back after being trapped in the Sphere of Fear, but he was good as lawyer to Eggman too.

 

The second closest was Nominatus. (I'm guessing he was voiced by Kirk Thorton) He took over Eggman's technology, so that's a start. Too bad he blew up from errors, I wanted to see him later episodes. :(

 

Dave alone was good, in Double Doomsday, but the Lightning Bolt Society is kinda low at the moment for me.

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You know regarding how Eggman doesn't seem to be all about world domination in this iteration, I can't help but feel that's only because there doesn't seem much of a world outside Bygone Island so far. Unless later seasons show actual locations and the gang get to on some world tour stopping Eggman or whatever, I'm going to assume any world domination schemes he makes are purely just to take over Bygone Island until then.

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He could at least try to take over THAT particular place. He's only tried it once. Otherwise he just goes after Sonic and his friends.

 

Concerning Nominatus, my problem was how damn bland he was compared to the other villains. He said and did little except make a generic evil laugh, not even that was played over the top or anything, he was just THAT flat. Ironically the best display of personality he had was how he died.

 

The Lightning Bolts might do well if they actually get so far as trying a proper scheme. Like Eggman they haven't really reached that mark yet. Even if it is pathetically bad, it could be amusing to see how they set it out.

 

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Think I'll do a Pros and Cons, and add a neutral for things I'm split on. So:

 

Pros:

 

1. I like Tails. I think he manages to be pretty decent. I still think his character has plenty of untapped potential, and I think that sometimes he recedes back into his boring games self, but Tails in general I think is decent.

2. The animation is decent. There's lots of personality. It can be inconsistent at times, but overall for a CGI show they do a pretty decent job. Definitely one of the better animated in terms of Sonic cartoons.

3. Cindy Robinson's performance is DRASTICALLY improved over her performances in the games. Good Lord, her Minie Mouse voice was incredibly unfitting for the character. While I still don't think that she's a perfect fit, I much prefer Lisa Ortiz, it's definitely an improvement.

 

Neutral:

 

1. Sonic himself. I'm kinda split here. I like that Sonic's more protective and older sibling attributes come out at times, but at the rest of the times... He feels incredibly detached, lazy, and apathetic. It's a direction with the character they took since Colors, and I really don't like it. It just feels contradictory to the sort of things I liked when it came to Sonic's earlier incarnations. Like, whether it was the DiC shows or the Adventure games, Sonic was someone who was invested in the world around him. He always got amped up about certain things.

2. Also likewise... Sticks. I just can't be bothered to feel anything strongly about her. She's just there to me. It's like when I'm reading someone's fanfiction, and they have this super amazing OC they want to shove in my face, and I can't be bothered to care. I don't watch a Sonic TV show to have your recolors in my face, I watch it for the characters that I actually care about.

3. ... The humor. I was tempted to put this as a con, but then I thought over it, and decided that I didn't actually hate it that much. I mean, I get a couple laughs here and there, and I just kinda shrug off the rest. I think the reason why I get frustrated thinking of it, is that the show's producers acted like this was super brilliant and amazingly intelligent comedy... When it really isn't. My two big things are this.

A. The jokes feel more gag-based than character-based. Most of the time, it never feels like a lot of the humor comes naturally from the characters. Eggman's the worst about it, I'll never get why "evil ham" is apparently funny. It isn't. Like, of the times where it is character-based, I think of stuff like, Sonic and Tails sharing a giant sandwich. Or the time when Sonic shuts off UT.

B. The humor feels mostly mean-spirited. Like it's centered around hurting certain characters and making them feel miserable. This is fine every once in a while, but after awhile it gets draining.

 

Negatives.

 

1. Knuckles... Man, Knuckles just completely exemplifies everything about the Boom initiative, doesn't he? I mean, how many years has it been since fans of the character have been complaining that the characters been relegated to being dumb muscle? So what do they do? Make him even more dumb and muscular. Where the hell did they get the focus groups from? Because they sure as hell weren't Sonic fans. I think in the end, Knuckles is the victim of SEGA's odd desire to shoehorn in scenarios where he just doesn't belong in, because they think it pleases the fans. News flash: It really doesn't.

2. I HATE Boom's incarnation of Amy. I really do. She's obnoxiously stuck up, bossy, inconsistent, and irritable. She's like Sally Acorn AT HER WORST. I can definitively say this is my least favorite interpretation of the character, even more so than some of SEGA's more malicious handlings of the character.

 

I think part of the reason too why I hate Boom Amy is that they completely threw out who the original character was, and acted like what was before was terrible, and that they "fixed" Amy. No. No you didn't. Don't even dare to pretend that you did. You know who fixed Amy? Ian Flynn. Ian Flynn fixed Amy. There's a lot of things I could and DO give Ian shit for, but the way Ian's been writing the character since the reboot is easily what I consider to be, BY FAR, the best incarnation of the character. Period.

3. The soundtrack. Christ, you know, I really didn't mind Rise of Lyric's soundtrack THAT much. There's a couple good ambiance pieces there that are nice to listen to in the background. I'm saying this, because I find the TV show's musical cues to be FAR more offensive. I don't know who the hell decided that SHRIEKING VIOLINS was a good musical cue. I really do not get the music that would be acceptable in... Oh, I don't know, Spy Kids

4. The color palate. Why is everything so bright? Seriously. It hurts my eyes. You know, if it's one thing that I really wish was taken from Sonic Colors, it's the game's sense of... Well, colors. It's a fantastically eye-pleasing game to look at because of its color composition.

5. The Gogobas, the Lightning Dolt Society, Orbot and Cubot (sue me, I never cared for them), most of the villagers... All of them annoying. Make them go away.

6. Eggman. Man, Eggman just makes me sad. Eggman used to be all sorts of badass, but man... I can't recall an official appearance outside of Archie in the past... Almost 15 years now where I've been happy at his appearance. I honestly kind of trouble what people see in him any more. Is it Mike Pollock? I mean, Mike's a great guy and all, but I still find myself missing Bristow, and I certainly don't find his performance worth the major downgrades to his character.

7. For a show that's supposed to be an ADVENTURE COMEDY there's fuck-all in the ADVENTURE department. I mean, really, come on. All the show has amounted to being is Eggman dicking around at our heroes homes, pissing them off, and getting his ass wooped. And that's it. I guess they're limited by the format they're going for, but... I mean, they could at least admit it.

8. ... We're 26 episodes, and where the fuck does this even take place in? I mean... There's five crucial bits of information that provide context: who, what, when, where, and why. And we're MISSING one. That's mystifying. Mind-boggling. How in the wild-ever-loving-corkscrewing-sidewding-bellysliding fuck did this even get past people? I mean, no other Sonic TV show has even FAILED in this regard. This absolutely blows my mind.

 

Well, this is what I could think of. It sounds like I'm bashing the show, but... I don't know. I really don't know how I feel about it. I mean, I don't think I really hate it, but I certainly don't like it either.

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While I'm mixed whether the characterisation actually fits Amy per se, I actually think it's an improved rendition of Sally's archetype. It's Sally with her negative qualities developed and entertaining. Amy is SUPPOSED to be self righteous and pretentious, they make it a humorous quality. Sally's priggish attitude hasn't been written deliberately as a quirk since the early days of the comic, but it's still definitely there at times. It was rarely developed to fall back on her, and she rarely EVER got called out on it and certainly never ended up the Butt Monkey for it like Amy does. She's bland and insufferable because it's a trait her loving writers don't really want to look into, outside 'she's right and she damn well knows it'.

 

Amy seems more developed about it concerning interaction with her team mates as well, she's not always the Straight Man (she is SOMETIMES but not always) she has a more dual sided relationship with Sonic and the others. She's also more proactive in aspects outside saving the day (eg. her manipulated love for charity). The only time I thought they maybe went too far with Amy was her rather catty rendition in the early points of the Boom comic, which was ironically written by Ian Flynn.

 

 

 

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^You mean like when she got real bitchy towards Knuckles for being...well Knuckles and acted as the team leader with directing them on what to do like a team leader when it was already established Sonic was more of the team leader? 

 

Yeah, that really irked me too. Fortunately it's been toned down since then, but hopefully won't be seen again both comic and show-wise. I mean Circus of Plunder had her get mad at Tails for something that wasn't completely his fault and unlike with Knuckles in the comic, she doesn't apologize to him after he saves them all. So the show hasn't exactly been perfect regarding trying to portray her as a bubbly sweet and compassionate person she should be at times either.

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I don't mind her losing her temper, that's been a recurring trait for Amy since the SA1 days. Not to mention most pompous characters are fun when they blow a fuse. It's only when she got gratuitously nasty about it that it became bothersome. She didn't just get annoyed by Knuckles, she insulted and demeaned him at every turn, some times less out of annoyance and more just for fun, and Knuckles, being the retard he was couldn't really fight back, leaning her more as a bully than a frustrated straight man. In Circus of Plunder she called out Tails but was reasonably upset about it. She scolded him rather than trashing him persistently as a useless idiot.

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I think I'd like to add that, while the show is very funny sometimes, it's not rare for it to miss the mark...some of the jokes they insist on using are just plain unfunny, outdated, overused, etc. And the show has a really stupid habit of repeating jokes, which tends to drain the humor they had originally.

 

For me, the humor is definitely the main draw of the show, so when it falls flat, the entire show falls flat. Maybe if the humor was always spot-on, I'd like the show more, but it fails not infrequently.

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I don't mind her losing her temper, that's been a recurring trait for Amy since the SA1 days. Not to mention most pompous characters are fun when they blow a fuse. 

 

That's the thing, does "pompous" really fit for Amy as a character? I mean, I think her being bratty and bossy at times makes sense, but... Pompous? Think about that word for a moment:

 

pomp·ous
ˈpämpəs/
adjective
 
  1. affectedly and irritatingly grand, solemn, or self-important.
     
     
     

I just don't feel like that should apply to Amy. She's supposed to be bright, cheerful, optimistic, and selfless. Not self-centered and vain.

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That's the thing, does "pompous" really fit for Amy as a character? I mean, I think her being bratty and bossy at times makes sense, but... Pompous? Think about that word for a moment:

 

pomp·ous
ˈpämpəs/
adjective
 
  1. affectedly and irritatingly grand, solemn, or self-important.
     
     
     

I just don't feel like that should apply to Amy. She's supposed to be bright, cheerful, optimistic, and selfless. Not self-centered and vain.

Yeah, that word is more suited to describe Eggman, and in some cases, even Sonic. Eggman will take whatever chance he has, to proclaim that he's always dashing, or brilliant. While Sonic is less selfish than Eggman, he still has his moments where he acts like he's the best thing in the world. Sonic can even get a little mean towards his friends, when he feels threatened that they're better than him at something, as seen in Into The Wilderness. Sonic's self important and cocky behavior can be displayed in a number of episodes, including The Sidekick, Don't Judge Me, Unlucky Knuckles, Sole Power, Late Fees, and especially in Into the Wilderness.

 

Amy does have her moments where she wants a moment to shine, but everyone on the show has had that trait. In most cases, Amy's self appointed moments aren't to make her look important though, she just wants to help make people happy. In Fortress Of Squalitude, Amy wasn't going around claiming she was the best visionary. She was just trying to throw together a nice meal for her best friends, and just wanted a little help pulling it off, only for everyone except Sticks to take Amy's kindness for granted, which made Amy feel unappreciated for all she does for the guys. Even when the gang rescued her later in the episode, Amy didn't act like she was right and they were wrong. She just playfully stated "I was wondering how long it would take for you guys to miss me." Even when Sonic couldn't properly apologize and tell Amy how they appreciate what she does for them, she doesn't get mad. She actually understands what Sonic was trying to say, and that was good enough for her.

 

In the episode Circus of Plunders, her being upset at Tails was kind of understandable, a lot of people have moments in their lives, where someone almost causes an accident to occur, and it's natural for some people to get a little upset over it. Amy just pointed out that Tails almost crushed them, it's not like she said "Way to go you two tailed freak!" If anyone, it was Sticks who treated Tails the worst, she suspected Tails was a spy, and tried pulling his face off, as if someone was wearing a fox mask. Amy even complimented on Tails for turning things around with his machine in the end. I didn't think Amy was being bratty in Curse Of Buddy Buddy Temple, like most people say. Amy was just wanting to get Sonic back, but since Sonic was their leader, and he was missing, they needed a leader in the meantime. Amy volunteered, but Knuckles was being to stubborn, and decided to pointlessly argue with Amy, despite the fact he had no idea what they were talking about. Amy wasn't the only one who kept shouting "no!" at Tails, so why does everyone think Amy was being rude in that episode. She was just trying to help the gang get Sonic back, and Knuckles kept interfering, and making things worse. 

 

There's only one episode where Amy felt rude throughout most of it, and that was Sole Power, but practically everyone was rude in that episode, so it didn't make Amy seem that bad. After all, it was Sticks that tied Sonic to his volleyball net, not Amy. My point is, each character in this show has their same even amount of flaws, so it's unfair for many to consider Amy the worst offender, when she's actually the kindest and most caring on the show. She has her bad mood moments, but so does everyone else on the show. Even Tails has his moments of getting annoyed with his friends. 

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