Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, Episode 1 (Part 2)

Let me continue my discussion of Where's Josie?, the first episode of Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space.  Last time, I got a little bit off-topic by complaining about Bleep, the worst character on the show.

I'm having a hard time, figuring out a good way to describe this episode.  The problem is that the plot makes no sense.  The villain kidnaps Josie and replaces her with a robot clone, for absolutely no reason.  It's not like he's seen her or any other humans before.  He just sees her and thinks, "Hey, there are aliens on our planet now. I'm going to steal this one and lock her in a dungeon."

The villain never says anything in the episode, so we never learn why he kidnapped Josie.  We also never learn how he built a perfect robotic duplicate of her, in less than three minutes.  I'm not sure it's possible to build a working android, only five minutes after seeing a human being for the first time.  This villain must be really good with robots.

Fortunately for our heroes, they soon realise that Robot Josie is a fake, when she falls into a river and gets short circuited.  After filing a missing persons report at the local police station, they go to the villain's lair to get Josie back.  There, they find robot duplicates of themselves, and a chase sequence ensues.  Get used to chase sequences in this series; there are a lot of them.

In a poorly-executed plot twist, it is revealed that the police are robot duplicates, as well.  The robot police arrest our heroes, but Josie and the Pussycats quickly break out of jail.  Then, they find a fire hose and use it to kill all the robots.  That quickly brings an end to all the trouble with robot duplicates.

But what about the villain?  Since his plans which made no sense have been foiled, he attempts to escape.  Now, we've established that the villain is a mechanical engineering genius, who can build functional robots in less than ten minutes.  What is his clever escape plan?

Stand in place and hope that people mistake him for a statue.

...No, seriously.  That's what he does, in order to avoid the police.  He pretends to be a statue.

Needless to say, the escape plan fails.  The villain is arrested, and our heroes take off in their spaceship.  Alexandra decides she wants to hear some music on the radio, but she presses the wrong buttons on the computer, and their spaceship gets sent off course. Whoops!  Looks like they won't be going back to Earth any time soon!

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