Manic Ramblings and Delerious Ranting re: The Low Road Posted 02/14/97 Others have covered the plot points, etc, in detail already, so I'll address instead what I see as the big reason this episode fell flat with a lot of TransFans. But first, for those whose VCRs malfunctioned on Monday... Welcome to Rob's custom spoiler space! STEVEN ACEVEDO (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: : I like lowbrow humor on occasion but there has to be moments of : seriousness otherwise the humor doesn't pay off. Actually, it was the moments of seriousness that made this episode a let-down. More specifically, it bothers me when a serious problem is solved in a joking, non-realistic manner. Low Road set up some tense, serious delimas, then resolved them with farsically low humor which conflicted with the original seriousness of the problems. Beast Wars has generally taken itself seriously, which makes it annoying when things like Dinobot "going flat" after hitting a tree, or Tarantulus winding up his legs to run away, occur. Are we to accept these things as actual canon events in the TF universe?? Can a Transformer really have his head fatten and contract (Rhinox when he starts belching)? Can a Transformer flatulation create a hemispheric-sized disturbance? After "The Low Road" and other such episodes, it seems we are to accept such silliness along side BW's otherwise internally-consistent science fiction. Anyone remember the resolution of Naked Gun II? Lesley Neilson disarms the Really Big Bomb that was about to go off, by tripping over the plug and yanking it out of its socket. An appropriately silly ending for a silly movie. Now imagine that sort of ending grafted onto, say, Star Wars - a movie that, though plenty of fun, generally takes itself seriously. It wouldn't work at all; it would leave the audience saying, "What?!? That was... stupid!" "The Low Road" suffers from exactly this type of poor juxtaposition, both within the episode itself, and in relation to the other episodes. I read somewhere around here that this was the "joke episode", that we were warned not to take it seriously. Well, I try to avoid spoilers as much as possible; I didn't see any such warnings. There was nothing at the outset which prepared me for a silly resolution. And what of those who watch the show, but don't read this newsgroup? What indication was there to warn them that this was not going to be the typically serious episode? None, as far as I could tell. Overall, the show changed horses in mid-stream, not a real good idea, IMO.
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