The First Part of New Super Hero is a Great Stepping Stone to The Action!

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BoredJedi (youtube.com/user/LazyBlueHaze) gave me an .iso of the “Superhero” Australian DVD from 2008. To finally put the .iso to use, I decided to take all the screenshots in this episode myself. I also watched it using VLC.

Original airdate: August 15, 2005

Story by Magnus Scheving

Written by Noah Zachary, Cole Louie, Magnus Scheving

Directed by Magnus Scheving, Jonathan Judge

Executive producers – Magnus Scheving, Ragnheidur Melsted, Raymond P. Le Gue, Mark Read, Brown Johnson, Kay Wilson Stallings

Starring Magnus Scheving, Stefan Karl Steffanson, Julianna Rose Mauriello

Puppeteers – Ronald Binion, Gudmondor Thor Karason, Jodi Eichelberger, David Matthew Feldman, Julie Westwood, Sarah Burgess

Since Tumblr only lets me add 30 images in one post and New Superhero is double-length, both parts get their own review! Plus, this is the shortest LazyTown episode clocking in at 21 minutes and not the regular 24. Oh, and last note before we start, this episode was directed by Magnus, so I guess he is a movie director.

The episode begins with a new cold open where… Wait, what? A NEW cold open that isn’t recycled? WHATTTTT!!!?? Anyways, the episode begins with Sportacus flipping in the ship, then he opens the door and sees Milford holding a cake, but there’s a skateboard and he is about to walk into it.

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So he gets the same rope he used in Laziest Town, but by the time he jumped down Milford’d have tripped over the skateboard. He places a golf ball in the ground, unties his feet from the rope and he whacks the ball with a golf club. I’d like to see a LazyTown golf episode. Anyways, after bouncing on a few things it finally hits the skateboard.

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I know if this show was a Nickelodeon sitcom with slapstick, it’d hit Milford in the head, he falls down and lands on the cake because comedy. After that entire thingy, Milford is making breakfast and Stephanie is writing in her diary about how Sportacus always helps everyone. She wishes she could do something for him (uh, hello? the entire ‘screw-gifts-me-want-friendship’ thingy last episode..?).

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While he is finishing 200 pushups (That is amazing, I would love to be like this guy!), Stephanie runs out the door until Milford stops her to eat breakfast, and like last episode she has ONE sip of her juice and leaves. Not even a thank you! Anyways, she goes outside to ask to workout with him, and they do with a pretty cool sequence.

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This sequence proves that Stephanie is the kid who takes Sporty’s advice the most, and that while she is not active enough to be exactly like him she is pretty close. The writers wrote everyone perfectly. So, anyways, for the finale, they jump (well, Steph climbs up onto it) onto a wall! But Stephanie falls and Sportacus catches her.

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She asks if he gets tired and he says that he exercises, sleeps well and eats good food. Stephanie tells him she didn’t eat her breakfast today, so Sportacus tells her to go under a tree, close her eyes and hold out her hands. Once she does, Sportacus throws a ball in the air and does an astonishing flying kick.

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The ball hits the tree and Stephanie has an apple in her hands. Before he goes back to the ship (Why didn’t he just exercise there..?) he tells Stephanie to keep practicing. Robbie is watching, annoyed about how Sportacus thinks he’s the best. Which is true. He calls himself a slightly above average superhero, but we know he thinks he is the best hero ever. And he is.

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He pushes the eavesdropper up, but it comes falling down, so he kicks a bucket in anger, and it lands on his head because comedy. Trixie is sitting in a wheelbarrow, sliding down like in Play Day and Sportacus hasn’t even gotten in the airship and the crystal beeps. Sportacus stops the wheelbarrow.

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Meanwhile, Ziggy has thrown a lollipop into a tree which was a terrible idea and even he thinks so. But, we’ll get into that later. Stephanie, Stingy and Trixie are talking about how they got saved (Stingy is mad he didn’t get saved, but I find that good!) and how they wish they could do something for him. Since they can’t get any ideas, they decide to just try their best to not get in trouble. Then Ziggy gets in trouble. (XD! The writing of this show is amazing. So much effort put into a kids show. Dora The Explorer could never.)

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So Sportacus gets a skateboard lying down somewhere, lays down on it and catches Ziggy as he falls. He offers Sportacus a lick of the lollipop (it fell down and he caught it) but Sportacus declines. Meanwhile, Robbie is in the lair, trying to plot something but he has no good disguises.

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Anyways, Ziggy goes up to the kids and tells them about the saving, and Stingy is annoyed he hasn’t gotten a saving yet. While he’s waving his hands in anger, he almost falls off.. and gets a saving. Stephanie asks if he’s exhausted and he says he is never tired when saving people. Robbie mocks him in the lair. A few hours or minutes later, the kids have set up a vacation spot for Sportacus.

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But he doesn’t know how to have a vacation (Magnus: LazyTown is all about balance..). So Stingy demonstrates with Ziggy. Lay back on a chair, exhale, don’t think of anything (Ziggy insults himself by saying he never thinks). By the final step, let everything go, Ziggy is asleep. XD!! Stingy has to whack his stick against the table to get him to wake up. Then Sportacus tells them he has never had a vacation in his entire life. So Stephanie tells him to follow her, and sit down in a blue chair for the whole day. But as expected he doesn’t like the idea.

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So they sing a reprise of ‘Get it Together’ called ’Take a Vacation’ which is ultimately better then it’s predecessor. Now all we need is a ‘Sit Down & Relax’ remix. After the song (which discusses Stephanie being the superhero for a day), Stephanie does the signature move and goes to run somewhere, and Sportacus follows her until she stops him. Then, she asks for the crystal because he won’t need it if he’s on vacation.

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Reluctantly, he gives her the crystal and starts his vacation. After she leaves, Trixie hands him a stack of comic books (that’d keep ME occupied!) and Sportacus advises her not to get into any trouble. Trixie says she won’t (she uses the word trouble in her sentence) and Robbie gets an idea.

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The kids shortly realize that without him, nobody’ll take care of the town (Steph just sang about this!). Then Stephanie offers to do it because she has been practicing with Sportacus, and she can do the splits. Everyone is laughing at her and calling her Sportastephanie. Once she leaves to go back and eat breakfast they start doubting her.

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Milford asks why she’s eating so much and she says that she is gonna be LazyTown’s new superhero. Milford asks about the costume and while she’s gone he finds a toy in the cereal. XD. Stephanie tries out 3 costumes – a clown costume, a tutu, & Sportastephanie!

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If I was a girl I’d be rocking that outfit everyday! Props to whoever makes the Sportacus and Stephanie clothes. Milford asks Stephanie where Sportacus is, and she tells him he’s enjoying his vacation. Meanwhile, he’s cheering on a clock for passing on another minute.

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This is hilarious. Anyways, since nobody can see him, he decides to do some pushups until Stephanie sees him. After that, Stephanie starts doing a workout of her own while Sportacus tries his best to not move every five seconds. Stephanie wants to get an apple to finish her workout. So she throws a ball into the air, but it misses the tree.

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So she decides to use a ladder, but she nearly falls off. (How do you even..) She says that if she gets scared, she won’t be able to save anyone, so she gets the apple. And here comes another bored Sportacus scene, where he works out because nobody sees him until Stephanie sees him.

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The episode ends with a shot of Robbie’s lair.

So while this was a part ONE to the episode, not much sweet events happened. This is kind of a stepping stone to the action, and it’s a pretty good one. But I wish it was a BIT longer.

8/10

 

For the second part’s review, visit sportacritic.blogspot.com and/or lazyrants.tumblr.com

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