Meeting Date: 5/1/2021
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Samantha Ferreira: Hi there, and Happy Saturday. It’s time to return to the Herald Anime Club. I’m Samantha, and I’m here with Anthony this week.
Anthony Simpson: Evening
Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re heading back to the University Satellite once again for Battle Athletes ReSTART! Episode 4: “Well, THAT escalated quickly.”
Anthony Simpson: Those poor BTTF Deloreans are getting blown up again. Also why was there a ripoff of the Beverly Hills Cop theme song in the bar scene?
I was almost expecting Eddie Murphy to bust the scene at any moment.
Samantha Ferreira: I kind of loved that, because it came out of nowhere. Like… “Wait, did they actually… oh my god they did.”
I mean, I love that they’re embracing the camp now, at the very least.
Anthony Simpson: Yeah, I like that given the nature of what we have seen so far.
But yea things are getting serious now. Especially now with an assassination plot.
Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. Plus. Yana’s friend just being straight-up “burn everything down”
Anthony Simpson: So, I can’t say it was completely unexpected that it be someone from the moon being the bombings.
Samantha Ferreira: Yeah… they were leaning heavily into that from the get-go. I do like the swerve they’re taking, though – the misdirection for Eva was well-done, overall.
Anthony Simpson: I liked the misdirection as well.
Samantha Ferreira: Seriously, though, there’s a lot that can be said for the new character, too – Yana is straight-up nuts and I’m here for it.
Anthony Simpson: She even threw in a SHAFT style head tilt for good measure.
Samantha Ferreira: Right? She was just extra the whole way.
And it was amazing – like, that was the face of a person with nothing to lose.
Anthony Simpson: Given what we seen of the war on Luna I would say its like a lot of people have nothing to lose there.
Samantha Ferreira: Definitely. Like we saw with Paglia, I really appreciate that they aren’t pulling punches about this stuff.
Anthony Simpson: Same.
Samantha Ferreira: You know, I’m kind of surprised, to be honest.
If we were judging this on the first two episodes, I’d have said it was a missed opportunity. However, it’s had a fantastic turnaround.
Anthony Simpson: Agreed. I mean we had the scummy bad guys again and well the Dr. was a being a creep again this episode.
Samantha Ferreira: Yeeeah. But it seems like the writers reined them in just enough this week to make it tolerable. Like, they didn’t linger and leer anywhere near as much.
Anthony Simpson: True.
Samantha Ferreira: They didn’t, like, go that extra mile like have them kicking a puppy or something like that.
Anthony Simpson: I mean the guy with the banana was a bit over the top.
Samantha Ferreira: True. He’s… very extra. That said, I’m really curious to see how things develop now – it seems like all the elements are in play, finally.
Anthony Simpson: Same.
Samantha Ferreira: Especially now that we have Yana apparently being pressured to murder her roommate… which we both know probably won’t happen.
Anthony Simpson: I don’t see that happening either. I mean if it does I will give the show credit for going there with it.
Samantha Ferreira: Likewise. I mean, that’d be super gutsy.
Also, before I forget, props to the kangaroo, who is always delightful.
Anthony Simpson: I love the kangaroo.
Samantha Ferreira: He’s been just delightful.
Any final thoughts this week?
Anthony Simpson: Nope just curious to see what next week brings.
Samantha Ferreira: Same. So, I guess this is a good time to end things! ‘til next time, remember: trucks don’t belong inside.
Have a great night!
Anthony Simpson: Goodnight