Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Sleeping Planet

The third episode of Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space is called The Sleeping Planet.  That's because, as soon as our heroes land on a planet, they encounter purple gas which puts them (and everyone else) to sleep.

This is a good episode of the show.  Unlike the previous episode, the writing is well-done.  Here are three ways the writing was good.

1. The jokes were funny. The previoius episode had a laugh track.

2. All the different characters had an opportunity to display their unique personalities.  That can be tough to do, when you're writing for a show that has eight or more characters.  Just watch the last season of Full House, if you don't believe me.  Michelle dominates every episode, to the point where characters like Joey are lucky to have any screentime at all.  And when Joey does get screentime, he says generic comments like, "Oh no!  What's wrong?", which could have been said by any cast member, without hurting the quality of the episode.

3.  The episode has a plot!  When something happens at the start of the episode, it becomes important later on in the episode!  The episode also employs dramatic irony, which is what you call it when the audience knows something that the main characters don't.

Don't get me wrong; it's not Shakespeare.  But I'm not going to argue when a script effectively uses literary techniques.  A cohesive plot is much better than a plot that's simply thrown together, all willy-nilly.

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