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Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero impressions

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mr3urious, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Even though I'm still looking forward to Star vs. the Forces of Evil more, this is a nice little show to hold me over. It's essentially Quantum Leap or Sliders for kids in which the main character and two of his friends temporarily possess the heroes of other dimensions to fight off the villain and his idiot sidekick (who is also the kids' school principal) who have possessed that dimension's main villains. A lot of guest voices appear like Henry Winkler and even Adam West, too.

    Penn Zero is strictly formula, but I'm hoping they play with it and twist it like Phineas & Ferb does to keep it from getting stale. Plus, the multiple dimension angle offers a lot of creative possibilities for worlds.
     
  2. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I liked how one of the latest episodes was an homage to Dawn of the Dead right down to the title card mimicking the poster with ketchup and mustard replacing the blood. Nice little shout-out to Back to the Future with the mall being called the "Double Pines Mall", too. :)
     
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It was pretty good. I like how his friends are Pizza Steve and Miko. Really... she even looks and acts like Miko.

    The premise reminds me of Walter Melon, but without the parody hook. I really like how the animation turned out. The textures really give the show a pop and a unique look.
     
  4. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I like the little bits of emotional conflict here and there, most notably in the Star Trek parody episode with Sashi and her brother issues.
     
  5. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I must say, I'm really liking the dynamic that the (punch-clock) heroes and villains have with each other, particularly with Penn and Rippen. A more recent episode had Rippen fall in love with a Sigourney Weaver-voiced supervillain in one of the dimensions he was in and Penn taught him how to dance, giving off more of a frenemy vibe between the two sides.
     
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  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I recently got into watching this series, and I have to admit I like it almost as much as Wander, Gravity Falls and Star. I think this is pretty much the lesser respected of the bunch, but it seems that the further this series went in its first season, the better it got. They definitely twisted the formula and pretty early enough in the series. They point the heck out of the main character's flaws quite often, sometimes humbling him.

    I also like instead of doing straight up parodies (unlike Walter Melon), they play with the subject matter. A Noir Detective story becomes about plants and like that. Also like how they've revisited some of the locations and had small time shifts in them. I especially loved the episode where Penn screws up and destroys the least dangerous place in the universe trying to find his parents. I especially like how they managed to patch in that he lives with his uncle and aunt in that one.

    I'll say this though. I can't decide if the show's break out character is Boone or Larry. They're both my favorite. Larry being the completely too affable villainous side kick. That episode where they went to his mansion was delightful. He has his own giftshop. Especially like how it's almost a caricature of Larry Wilmore. Just like a Disneyfied version of him (he is soooo Disney looking) with hair. And short. Man, the voice acting here, like all their other shows, has some great top notch talent.
     
  7. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    They even had an episode where Rippen wasn't the villain for once (but Penn and the others needed him for help). And Paul Reubens voiced said villain in that slightly creepy effeminate voice he used for Bat-Mite.

    The revisiting of universes may be more due to budget, but it works to its advantage as it allows the writers to explore and develop them more.

    I did like how in one episode they showed that even though Larry may be an idiotic sidekick, he's a loyal one, unlike someone such as Starscream who is always trying to overthrow his boss.

    I'd also like to see Phyllis become more involved in the plots. She seems to be the character who has gotten the least amount of exploration.
     
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I wanna see more stories where Phyllis interacts with her evil counterpart. Something tells me the fact they look alike and have the same accent might open up some possibilities.

    Larry's loyalty is the key trait that makes me love the character. He really doesn't seem the evil villain sort, but he's so devoted to Rippen that he's there for support. He knows that Rippen needs a win and wants to desperately get out of that teaching job, and Larry's rooting for him all the way. And what's more, Larry's quite friendly to the good guys too, even when he doesn't need to be. He's much more than the standard dopey sidekick, and that's the hidden magic of the show. The series questions the good and evil paradigm. By all means, the show should have a mustache twiddling villain and a pure hero. But it questions it, and even flips around with the kids vs. teachers cartoon trope. I really love how that cereal episode has Penn, while initially tricking Rippen, going on his word to give him a good referral. It's not so much these are heroes vs villains, they're just rivals with similar goals.
     
  9. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    It took a good long while, but we finally got the proper origin story with yesterday's episode. I figured the producers didn't want to bog us down with exposition during the premiere, so they just gave us bits and pieces of the backstory a la The Powerpuff Girls and 4Kids' TMNT and elaborated on it later.

    Also, I enjoyed the one of the previous ones where Penn's aunt and uncle are tasked with saving the world. It's both a day in the limelight episode and one that takes place in the real world, which I like with this show.
     
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    For those who were worrying, looks like Penn's at least getting a second season.


    Might be on the basis of the writers closing the series on this season ala Gravity Falls.
     
  11. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    That 2nd season was announced a long time ago. I wouldn't mind if it were the final, as I don't know how many new alternate universes the writers can come up with beyond that.
     
  12. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Season 2 just premiered yesterday, and it was a half-hour deal. Seems like we could be seeing Maria the pirate as a recurring character in other dimensions across the Multiverse, going by the way it ended. Also love how Boone, in his disco monkey-induced trance, was still able to come up with a correct solution to one of the riddles.
     
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  13. C to the J

    C to the J Active Member

    Well, all episodes of the second season have been played and a lot of details were covered. One episode even showed Rippen's origin story and how Penn's parents got stuck in the Most Dangerous World Imaginable.

    And yes, the finale (45 minutes long) is as epic, entertaining, and satisfying as you'd expect it to be. A lot of characters from other dimensions appear and they got a decent amount of screen time.

    And wouldn't you know?
    ...but we see Rippen, Larry, their soul mates (Lady Starblaster from the space dimension and the president from the giant monster dimension, respectively), and a few minor characters become permanent residents of the Most Dangerous World Imaginable after closing the portal to it. And they couldn't be happier living there.

    Penn and Sashi get in a romantic relationship. And now that Phyllis and Phil are done with their work in keeping the multiverse in balance, they fuse into a mysterious entity that leaves and prepares for "Phase 2."

    Now that's what I call a series finale!

    Now, if we can just keep supporting a certain show created by Craig McCracken, we should be able to find out how a certain electric skeleton villain came to be and how a certain hairy, orange, planet-trekking do-gooder would be tested.
     
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  14. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I'm very satisfied by the amount of closure the show received. I'm also happy Adam West returned in one of his final roles, giving him a nice send-off in a way.
     
  15. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Also, while the anime dimension had the obvious references to Pokemon and Sailor Moon with a little Naruto sprinkled in, I'm shocked that they had Rippen's gruesome transformation sequence reference Akira, of all things. Also, there's an homage to the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro, which coincidentally enough had an English dub produced by Disney. :)
     
  16. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    What were your favorite images the characters became when they entered those worlds? My favorites are....

    When the heroes became giant monsters who were the good guys.

    Penn becoming a mouse and Rippen becoming a cat and they did a silent Tom and Jerry like skit.

    Rippen and Larry becoming a pair of scissors.

    I thought Sashi looked cute as a soccer ball.

    The one where Boone and Larry became Steampunk scientists and had to build robots of Penn and Rippen. And Sashi becoming a turn crank machine.

    The sitcom episode with Penn being the bald headed Dad and Rippen becoming his bratty little son.

    And that Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde episode when Penn and Rippen had to share a body, Penn playing Jekyll and Rippen playing Hyde.
     


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