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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Season 43

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yep. That's what I was going for. They show the occasional thing that isn't in HD, but it's becoming rarer and rarer that they do. We did see the Claymation Cavemen (Clavemen?) and that's not HD... but in the 5 episodes that aired thus far, that was also the only thing that wasn't HD/WS. It's like they said "we need as much new HD/WS material as possible in every episode... but Elmo's World is something that can't be helped." Especially since they've taken to showing segments twice a season as mentioned.

    Also, I forgot to mumble about this, but anyone else not liking the "look what's in the garden today" segments, especially since they're showing them one after another? That's a real lack of variety.
  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Dude, didn't you read my reviews from last week's episodes? These garden clips are making me change the channel back to the Mike & Mike repeat on ESPN News I watch at the same time for just that one moment.

    They could have used the Lonely Eleven, 17 Rap, and/or Eightteen songs instead.
    And why can't we get the Count TV segments?

    *Grumble grumble grumble.
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking Count TV never happened. I think they produced a pilot, much like Munchin' Impossible and Elmo's Backyard. I guess they either didn't get enough funding to make more, possibly waiting for an international market to buy the series to fund it.

    Still... there are genuinely good sketches for numbers past 12. Sad thing is, there's so few of them.
  4. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    My mistake, the new episode is Friday.
  5. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Oh, okay, thanks for the Mupdate. :news:
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's strange... the SW website lists it as Thursday, and my local PBS website says the same thing (at the moment). So, to be safe, check out both days in case something changed.
  7. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Well, I had checked MW for the date; maybe that's wrong instead.
  8. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Episode 4306: The Letter G Song.

    Word of the Day: Grimace.

    Street Story.
    The episode starts off with Elmo and Rosita singing the J-Friends song with a Muppet Letter J...
    Until a Muppet Letter G comes by saying it can make the same "j" sound but he doesn't have a song of his own. So Rosita comes up with a G-worded version of the J-Friends song.
    And then Super Grover shows up to help.
    SG: "Do you know C Is For Cookie?"
    Yes, Super Grover with a G!
    And then Oscar shows up complaining about the kids singing around his trashcan, making up a G song of his own.
    We get a Spanish lesson in this episode too? I'm glad that Rosita's got an episode to shine this season.
    Apparently, the people behind Elmo: The Musical were absent because Elmo comes up with a typical Elmo's World-styled G-song where it's just the one letter sung over.

    In all of these songs they focused on the strong "g" sound, forgetting about why the G showed up that it could make the "j" sound.
    And in all their efforts of trying to find a classic G-song... You already have one! "Two G Sounds" sung by Grover and George!

    1 Muppet/Celebrity: Elmo and Ed Helmes demonstrate "grimace" with the help of a giant chicken grimace expert voiced by Joey.
    2 Murray calls in Dr. Ovejita for a check-up, diagnosing his gaseousness, galloping, and giggling.
    Murray: Looks like got a case of athlete's G", that's funny.
    3 Kids find G-things like a gaggle of geese and goofy glasses or maybe guitars.
    4 Muppets: The G-Club.
    That was actually a good sketch.
    5 Abby's Flying Fairy School: Music Class with Morty the Musical Muse, repeat.
    6 Chefs Murray and Ovejita make a 3 using three frankfurters.
    Why am I thinking of Frankenfurterstein created by Bunsen and Beaker?
    7 What can you see that there are 3?
    8 Animation: Three animals keep changing positions from first to second to third.
    9 Super Grover 2.0: See-Saw Ship-Shape.
    Super Grover helps an elephant and a sheep who've caused their boat to be off-balance.
    Yes, of course the solution to make the elephant lighter is to have him take off his hat.
    Super Grover then keeps bringing in more sheep to balance the boat, insisting the sheep are "going on a lovely boat ride".
    Aw, the pay-off was comedy gold.
    10 Murray's Cubby, another game-type set up where you match food utensils with foods you use them for.
    11 Muppets/Celebrity: "Lever Lover".
    Glad to finally see the one song from Season 42 that I've been hearing so often on MCR.
    12 Elmo: The Musical, Guacamole: The Musical.
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  9. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Today's street story was good. The best part was the J-Friends song at the beginning. I didn't expect that. The Word of the Day was okay. The new Murray tune-ins were good. I laughed at the way Murray said, "Where's my little lamb?"
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm not really going to complain about reused segments, as I said... that's basically par now. But did they even make any new Super Grover 2.0 segments this year? I understand if, budget wise, ETM came first. It's just disappointing if they didn't. And if they did, I'm surprised they didn't at least put one on the first episode, or even the first week.

    AH... Mythology Gag! Singing the J Friends song as a throwaway bit. Did they ever do a cover that one? Seriously... first the two song by Abby and Elmo and now this. I hope we have more classic songs referenced/covered in the season.

    Grover and Oscar's bits were classic. I LOVE Super Grover's new anthem. And the fact that the G is the same G from the Glee parody asking for his own song was itself hilarious in hindsight... and then cue the Glee parody several sketches later.

    Ed Helms was his Office best with the Grimace explanation. Heh! Good thing McD's doesn't sponsor anymore, or someone would shout conspiracy theory.

    And since everything else but the Murray bits was either unremarkable or a rerun, I'm done.

    Though there were two letter and number skits today. That's something of note.
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  11. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    I agree completely. In fact, I was hoping they'd play that one, but unfortunately you know how they don't play classic segments like that anymore. Instead we get the 'Letter G Gegonials" from last season. I agree that it doesn't make sense to play something more than once per season when they have plenty of other material they can use.

    I like Drtooth's post as well. I had that character in mind too.
  12. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    There's at least two: one with a tundra lemonade stand (as seen in a YT preview clip) and the press kit features an image of SG 2.0 on a farm with a sheep and a magnet. The press release mentions new segments, so hopefully they're just saving them for a few more episodes.
  13. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Was checking through the list of Words of the Day for Season 43 at MW to know if today's will be a repeat or a new episode.
    In doing so, I noticed there are four episodes missing from the list, both as to what word and which celebrity will be involved in the additional explanatory segment following the corresponding street story: 4312, 4320, 4323, and 4326.

    *Waits another hour to find out if 4307 will air today or not. :wisdom:
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I checked the list for you on the celebrity air dates. Those are the episodes with repeat street stories and words of the day. The next episode isn't due for the 12th, Next Friday.
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  15. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Huh, a full week of repeats until getting the next new episode of the season? *Shrugs. Thanks for the Mupdate Drtooth.
  16. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    There's a season highlight reel on PBS Kids.org, only showing mostly stuff from the first half of the season. But it has a brief clip from the Upsidedownton Abby sketch and it also has Frank in it!
  17. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Do you know why they split the production of the season in half? I would say it's because of ETM, but they didn't start writing the segment until after season 42 wrapped production and the shows airing now were taped then.
  18. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I don't want to triple post, but this ep. was filmed during season 42, so it was before they started work on ETM. I actually think it's not that bad; the music is funky and the lyrics are repetitive, but it's not as much as an EW Song.

    And for anyone who cares, thanks to Phillip sharing the eps with me, I may have a complete song album! Huzzah!
  19. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    That's cool!! :)
  20. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    With that Muppetized J appearing (and getting his own classic song revamped, yet) I was almost expecting both letters to get Thing of the Day credit: after all, the producers allowed it back in Season 37 when the premiere had a street story teaching two letters (F and L). Hearing a new generation of Muppets singing a classic letter song was fun--especially when the J actually got a phone call from "Joan" during that verse. :sing:

    It's a shame that Grover didn't show up out of costume with a new incarnation of George, to perform a remake of "Two G Sounds": thousands of fans remember that song, and some even play it for their own children. That oversight is especially ironic since most of the new songs emphasized the hard-G sound, not the soft one that made that Muppet G feel left out. (Yes, Super Grover might have mentioned "giraffe" in that hero anthem, but that's the only soft-G example I recall being buried among "I am the guardian of galaxies...my muscles are gargantuan" and so on.)

    Still, you've got to love Oscar's and Rosita's attempts at composing new songs for the letter. Hearing Oscar praise a list of so many grouch examples was hilarious, and learning a few new Spanish words from Rosita was fun (especially with the lively melody she chose; sorry, G, I thought it had plenty of "go"!). Besides, it doesn't hurt to show kids that the same alphabet can be used to write different languages! :wisdom:

    I'm glad I wasn't the only one who recognized the G Muppet in that street story, as being identical to the G Muppet in last season's "Glee" send-up. That one taught the "two sounds" lesson fairly well, and the Muppet character kept his same touchy attitude in this season. Whoever wrote this plot, keep of the good work!

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