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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Season 42

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. Phillip Administrator

    Just a reminder that Sesame Street's 42nd season officially begins Monday on PBS stations across the country. Check your local channels for times in your area.

    After you see the new episodes, post here and let us know what you think. When you're the first to post about a new episode please include a description of the street scene or an episode number so that we know which episode you are talking about.

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    http://www.muppetcentral.com/news/2011/080811.shtml
  2. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I only got through the start of Abby's Flying Fairy School. They still have the block format, but there's a few modifications to it and other things. First, "Murray's Science Experiments" are the new form of "tune-ins". He didn't introduce the letter of the day, and instead he just went "Watch this!" and an H film followed (a new one, thankfully). The theme song is the same, but with a different arrangement. The transitions have new sound effects and AFFS' theme has a re-orchestration.
  3. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's nice to see that cartoonish slapstick is back in full force in today's episode...

    The Human Cannonball that got blown up by his own cannon (didn't get burned up, though), and crashing down on the floor multiple times, the food kicking the crap out of everyone in Abby's Fairy School, and of course, Pierre tripping over and knocking over the Dog House and seeing stars. I dunno why, but that seems like it came a long way.

    I've noticed something about AFfS today. The lack of Spot (which, I honestly don't get, and I feel it stops the segment's flow dead), it didn't make the run time of the segment any shorter, but it had a much better flow than it normally does.

    Was that Salty and Pierre new? I don't recall it. If it was, YAY! New Salty and Pierre. it's great to see a new recurring animated number segment. We haven't had one of those in forever.

    I think I laughed harder at the Maternity leave joke in Super Grover 2.0 than all those Star Wars references.

    I like how the Murray tune ins actually do something. But we'll be seeing those rockets quite a bit over the rest of the season. Believe me. But it's great that Ovejita's part of the segment. Murray's a great character, sure... but he's best with a partner.

    And I have to say, I'm disappointed that we still have Elmo's World dead, stuck their at the end of the show. Even though there was a LOT of Elmo, especially with the Beiber parody... I really wish they'd at least attempted to see what putting Elmo's Backyard or Bedtime for Elmo (or a combination of both) would do as a substitute. they haven't made a new one in 2 seasons now.
  4. Muppet dude Active Member

    Mixed opinions. I did enjoy the street story and the Justin Beiber parody. But the rest of the show seemed a little... cramped. They only had a small handful of segments, almost no cartoons either. This was obviously due to the street story, Abby's Flying Fairy School and Elmo's World eating up 45 minutes of the show's running time. (But hey, let's hope we get some more variety with the Abby segments, at least it's not like that MILK film from the first episode in 1969!) I'm also disappointed with the Elmo's World thing, even if we got a decent one today with Super Grover guest-starring.

    I also noticed they now use a NEW stock opening of Murray opening the "Word on the Street," again, but this one's more of an extreme close-up :p And was I the only one who noticed Elmo's eyes looked rather crooked at times?

    And was that Jerry Nelson voicing the Big Bad Wolf again? It sounded a lot like him, sort of like how he was in the "School for Huffing and Puffing" News Flash from the 1980s. But I seem to prefer the Wolf when he's in segments, like the News Flashes or another certain song or sketch (the Wolf Lineup, Monsterpiece Theater's "Dances With Wolves," etc.)
  5. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Tough Pigs posted an article about this...

    Now, I have to ask the question here...

    How come we still call the show "dumbed down" if they're trying to teach more and more complex things to 3-4 year olds? The kids they're teaching can barely read, but they're trying to teach them engineering?! I gotta admit, I dig that they referenced the letter and number of the day in the opening skit, but the one thing about the other Murray tune ins (though I do still find these superior) is the fact they also taught the letter and number. We still only get one short skit for both. The H for Helping is cute and all... but I think Salty and Pierre did a better job with the number 5 (showing the symbol and value) while H did show the symbol, all the way at the end.

    Somehow, I can't help but think about last nights' Cleveland show (cause it was, after all, last night) and how Donna forced 5 year old Rallo into a junior quiz bowl because she seeks the approval of snobby upperclass mothers who spend a fortune tutoring their kids in things way too complicated for their age group. I get the need for science based curricula and all, but much like the healthy food and nature aspects of the past few seasons, I get the feeling this will be forced painfully down kids' throats, while letters and numbers take a back seat.

    it really has an odd contrast against Elmo's World, which spends 15 minutes on a single, simple subject.
  6. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    The H segment did point out that H stands for "helping."
  7. The Count Moderator

    BTW: Muppet Wiki has that Salty & Pierre sketch dated as first appearing in Episode 4203, which would be about two seasons ago I think.
  8. antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    I got an HD TV for my birthday, so now I can enjoy Sesame Street the way it was meant to be seen; in widescreen, complete with bars on the top and bottom of the screen. Anyway, I liked the street story. Matt did a good job with Hubert. I like the Word of the Day bit. And I like the way Ovejita is now with Murray in the tune-ins. The new Abby's School and Super Grover 2.O were funny. Good season premire.
  9. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I'd like to point on the oddness of introducing Elmo the way Murray did. He announces the segment solely as "Elmo", saying he's coming soon, with the following segment involving Elmo heavily. It just seemed really odd.

    And another thing, wouldn't the "Building Things" episode of EW have made more sense to use? Consider the whole "engineering" thing they had going.
  10. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I don't get why they'd say "time for Elmo" when they should have said "Time for Elmo's World," especially since that did make the fact they still have that leach of a segment siphoning off the last 15 minutes of the show. Of course, the helping EW makes sense because of A) the Helping H segment and B) the fact that the street story was all about them helping the Human Cannonball.

    I also noticed the sign off is slightly different. At least they got rid of the lame bit where Murray forgets the letter and number of the day in EVERY episode and rethinks the day. It's much shorter, and there's an alternate "PUH-EACHE!" take. But I;m sure they'll use this one with no variation the duration of the season. And maybe the next one.
  11. Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    Yeah. I thought that sounded like Jerry. I know Joey often voiced the Wolf in recent eps, but I think Joey was voicing Hubert in the same scene, so it very well could have been Jerry voicing the Wolf, of course with someone else puppeteering.
  12. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Jerry was voicing the Wolf. Matt was actually voicing Hubert in the street scene.
  13. Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    Oh, okay. I thought Matt usually did the puppeteering for Jerry's characters, so that leaves the question of who would have been puppeteering the wolf.
  14. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Drtooth, if you look on Muppet Wiki, you'll see that there's 8 new AFFSs this season, so I guess that's a plus. They will get repeated, but still.

    Also, the Murray experiments this season include rockets, bubbles, cars, umbrellas, bridges, racquets, kites, sunglasses, sports, skateboards, fruit, swings, chopsticks, boats, tools, a Rube Goldberg contraption, twirlers and bouncy balls. So, there may not be that much repeating with the new tune-ins.
  15. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Did... uh... Did Zoe say "You're touching Rocko's Butt?" before Elmo recoiled in horror, or did she say foot?

    Anyway, I did like the Rocko is a rock.... that likes to X jokes... but I feel this is going to be a trend. A bunch of episodes that say "How can we make a such and such" and have the rest of the episode about trial and error. Doesn't seem like there's going to be too many, but they really should have spaced this storyline so it didn't seem so much like the previous day's plot line.

    And once again, the street is completely deserted except for 3 characters. :p

    Abby was pretty much the highlight. I like the variety in today's episode... the trouble (as little as it was) being caused by Abby (Blogg or Gonnigan are usually the ones behind it), and it dealt with a more social value than some of the others. I find episodes like that and Colonial Trolliumsberg have a stronger feel to them than stuff about shapes or colors. This show really would work better on its own, though, but it's fine where it is now.

    The J robot was kinda cute, but I think the 12 Chickens one really managed to get the one solitary alphanumeric skit to work. Counting to 12 repeatedly in song makes up for the fact they only show one clip. Unlike something that says such and such a letter starts one word or symbol recognition of a number with no value or count (such as those dreadful, almost 20 year old mural paintings we're bound to see again this year... I'm obligated to reference those once a season starts).

    The Murray stuff is working nicely again. Craig Ferguson was a riot (love the "Check his food for hormones" line. They aren't kittyfooting around this season). I'm glad to see Ernie and Bert's Great Adventure, not so happy its one we've already seen. And The Heaviest Catch I swear I already talked about when it was released online. Great stuff. Like how the CGI squid manages to mingle comfortably with the regular Puppets. That's what I want to see all along.

    I don't want to play a Mr. Noodle's Brother Mr. Noodle's been dead several years now card, but really... I know they're stuck with EW and all... but why not make some new ones? it's... it's just there at this point. I know the kids who are watching this don't really know or care that these things are about 10 years old in cases... but somehow I just want to see if there's some way they can gently ween kids off the stuff and transition to a better Elmo related segment.
  16. antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    She said butt. Blogg also said it in AFFS. The street story was very funny. I like the Craig Furguson bit. The Murray tune-ins were fun. AFFS was hilarous! I laughed at Ms. Sparklenose's goofy laugh. I love that the show is getting back to that adult edge besides the parodys.
  17. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    My god, it's too bad my VCR has ceased to work. 'Cause today's street story would totally have worked in the "Elmo vs. Rocco" video I posted on YouTube. I absolutely loved Elmo and Rocco today.

    It may just be my mentality after watching "Juno" for the first time, but the 12 Chickens song had a definite hipster sound to it. That's not a criticism, I really liked it, it's just an observation by me. Finally, I really hope we get some more inserts into each show. If the EW segments can come from 10 years ago, some other inserts can as well.
  18. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that chicken segment seemed very much like something that was part of the Aniboom contest that was held over until this season (as they already had a 12 segment... we all know what that one was). Seems like, since we have no solid info about it.

    Music definitely had that Juno/Adventure Time type feel to it. I usually decry that stuff, but in the context of a kid's show it works magically. Very cute segment.
  19. Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    Yeah. I was surprised that they used the word 'butt' on Sesame Street and Elmo's reaction was priceless. As for the Elmo vs. Rocco situation, I sort of thought he softened up towards Rocco. I mean, didn't he learn anything from that ep last season when Rocco got lost because he wasn't watching him and Zoe got angry for saying he was just a rock? I guess not. That was an interesting experiment though. I actually never knew you could make a rock float like that.
  20. MuppetsFan4Life Active Member

    The Rocco's Boat episode had me laughing so much!!!

    Elmo: But Rocco's just a rock!
    Zoe: A rock who needs CPR!

    I loved it! I think Elmo is slowly starting to imagine that Rocco is real in Zoe's eyes. As much as he doesn't want to admit it, I think he's having fun with Rocco. But, I love how annoyed he gets. It's so funny! And Zoe overreacting when Rocco sinks is just too much!

    That was the first episode I saw of the new season (since I missed the one on Monday >_< ) but I am excited to see more!

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