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Tenshinhan

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  1. Tenshinhan

    Angel

    That's interesting because it was Strega's recaps that first brought me to TWoP back in the day. I never got the impression that she hated the show. I felt there was a healthy amount of snark for a show that could be so silly.
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    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Somehow I doubt many of them even pick up on any of it in the first place. But if any of them do, the "it's a job" excuse might be what keeps things going.
  3. Tenshinhan

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Interesting that Joss's friend Trina is Black now. I guess the writers thought a race swap was easier than creating a new character.
  4. Tenshinhan

    Dragon Ball Super

    The close-up on the eyes thing was something that was done in the actual series, which may be where Abridged got it from.
  5. Tenshinhan

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Why do they write Kristina like she's a teenager? If I didn't watch the show I would never guess she's in her mid-twenties.
  6. Tenshinhan

    Dragon Ball Super

    Goku's line to Gohan during the Cell Games was about him becoming a scholar, at least in the original version. That's always been the profession that Gohan and the other characters talked about since the beginning of the series. Once DBZ starts, Chichi's character is written to reflect the stereotype of the education-obsessed Asian mother, so that's part of the reason why Gohan is pushed in the "scholarly" direction. Gohan is also written in many ways to be an "anti-Goku". His language and speaking patterns are noticeably much more formal and polite (in the original) than Goku's, his intellect broader, and he's first introduced as a "sheltered crybaby" as opposed to the untamed and fearless Goku. Additionally, Chichi and Ox-King are both portrayed as being "country bumpkin" types themselves, even more so than Goku. So maybe part of Chichi's motivation for Gohan's education stems from her own background and desire for Gohan to not have to face that kind of social stigma, etc. This was in the third DB movie, Mystical Adventure. It takes place in an alternate reality and is not canon to the series in any way.
  7. Tenshinhan

    Dragon Ball Super

    Possessing a "third eye" is a symbol of spiritual awakening and enlightenment in Asian mythology/religions; it's a common character trait in Wuxia fiction. While there's no in-story explanation for it, there is a section in one of the official guidebooks that suggests that Tien/Tenshinhan is a descendant of the "Three-Eyed Clan", a race of Earthlings descended from aliens. This was probably only written as an attempt to retroactively explain the character's unusual abilities, and doesn't come from the author himself. Chiaotzu is just another Earthling, however his appearance is based off of a jiangshi, a Chinese vampire that feeds on Ki/Chi. It's a creature very common in East Asian horror and pop culture.
  8. Tenshinhan

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Yeah, I couldn't help but think how White that church was for a Black couple's wedding. Although I did notice they stuck a few Black extras in the back row, I guess to acknowledge that the couple must at least have some Black relatives/friends. Plus that one Black cop who's always at the front desk in the station was there, but now I'm not sure if it was because it was the Commissioner's wedding or because he's Black.
  9. Tenshinhan

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Gotta say I think Dominic Zamprogna does much better with this darker version of Dante than with the real one. They really wasted his acting talents on this show.
  10. Tenshinhan

    DragonBall Z

    In the original episode, after he dies Goku's body vanishes to everyone's surprise. Piccolo then explains that it was God/Kami's doing. The plan was for Goku to keep his body in order to train with Kaiou in the afterlife.
  11. Tenshinhan

    Dragon Ball Super

    I didn't like how weak it made Goku look, with Gohan sensing his father's Ki vanish. Goku as a Super Saiyan is too strong for that. It was also too far away for Gohan to have flown all the way back from the ship in such a short time. It just seemed like they were padding out the episode in the most nonsensical ways they could.
  12. Tenshinhan

    Dragon Ball Super

    I usually kept the VCR going during that time slot just in case anything distracted me. That Gohan episode was probably my least favorite piece of filler during that fight.
  13. Tenshinhan

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    I agree about Sonny's words, but if there is any retcon, then it was already made months ago. By the time Sonny started talking about the gun, and then Joe's consigliere "Al", and then avoiding murder charges, I thought that it was clear that the writers were implying that Sonny had done the deed. Which is why Sonny's statement today didn't surprise me. Isn't that *exactly* why Sonny would be flipping out? Because of a murder charge? Also, I don't remember any quote like that where he ever mentioned Scully.
  14. Tenshinhan

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    There hasn't been any retcon. Sonny has never said that Scully or anyone else killed Marino. It was Scully who gave Sonny the order, told him to "take care of it", and bury the body in Croton. They were certainly somewhat vague about it initially, and may have even planned to go in a different direction. But along the way, they gradually began to imply that Sonny had indeed "made his bones" that night and done the job himself. Today was just the first time it was explicitly stated. My guess is that maybe they didn't want to portray Sonny in too much of a negative light, fearing the audience would lose their attraction to the "heroic and noble" version of the character. Who knows though.
  15. In addition to Lois & Clark, Metallo appeared in the live-action Superboy series in syndication.
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