Last week, Wikia announced a partnership with the Rotten Tomatoes website. Rotten Tomatoes collects and analyzies reviews of movies, and recently expanded that to include TV shows. The RT website now retrieves descriptions of TV episodes directly from Wikia's wiki.
That means that everyone who helps build a wiki has a chance to see what they write on a well-respected website. The catch is that it is only for scripted TV shows. Since Phineas and Ferb uses the old-school method of storyboard first, script later, it's not included on Rotten Tomatoes. But other cartoons you like might be there.
Back when we started this newsletter in 2009, I used to make PDF versions available so that you could print them out. You can do kind of the same thing by printing the web page of the newsletter, but depending on which web browser you use, it may or may not print correctly.
While it's probably a mistake for me to ask this since it would mean an extra task for myself and I haven't been great on keeping up lately, but I do need to ask. Does anyone actually want PDF versions of each newsletter so you can print them? If not, I'll remove them from the list of issues. If you do, then do you want the color backgrounds, such as the gold in the "Current forum discussions" section, or would you just rather have the backgrounds be white and use color just for the headers?
If you want to see how one of the issues looks that has the color backgrounds, check Issue 5.
Odds 'n' Ends
The Windows version of Disney Infinity has not been released yet, so this may turn out to be a console-only video game.
Did you know? Not only does Perry the Platypus fight evil scientists, he has a unique way of fending off telemarketers! Nope, I don't understand how he believed that, either.
Hello everyone, and welcome to The Numbers Game! For those of you just joining us, this is the newsletter section that breaks down the numbers of our favorite show, and what better time for these two years-long traditions to combine than the historic 100th issue of the Tri-State Gazette?
Back in the dark days before "Mission Marvel", "One Good Turn" hit the new airwaves on Friday, August 9. 3.309 million viewers didn't have to do this, a 17 percent increase from the previous week. The household rating was up a tick to 1.9. The improvement was good enough to check in at No. 23 on the Cable Top 25, which was 4th among Disney Channel programming for the week - behind a Teen Beach Movie encore (No. 17), Jessie (No. 19) and Ratatouille (No. 20).
The news was also strong among the show's target age groups. Surprisingly, the new episode did strongest among Tweens 9-14, where a 5.4 rating saw Phineas and Ferb check in at No. 3. Among Kids 2-11, viewership improved by 11 percent to a 4.8 and took the No. 4 spot on the chart. The traditionally strong 6-11 age group saw only a 3 percent increase to 6.3, while the show's ranking actually dropped to No. 6. Finally, viewership among Adults 18-49 jumped by a robust 31 percent to a 0.5 mark.
Next issue, we'll have the numbers for last Friday's "Thanks But No Thanks" (which could have better) and this Friday's "Troy Story" (which hopefully will be). If you've got comments, they oughta go down there (points down at the Gazette's comment section). Until next time, remember...that the numbers never lie.
I picked out two episodes at random to review, and one of them turns out to be related to the day this is being published on: the begining of fall. It's a happy coincidence that it happened this way.
After Linda offers a choice of two different ways of having the same meal to the boys at the begining of "Mom's in the House", she heads to the grocery store. Phineas realizes that Perry's missing again and that they really should build a substitute, for "just such an emergency", as a famous rooster might say. Fortunately, Ferb already has the plans drawn up for a "Perrytronic" robotic version of Perry, which can do much more than the real Perry can and comes with its own self-explanatory theme song.
Nearby, Candace reveals the "madness to [her] method" to Stacy, which is that if she can keep the boys working on their Big Idea, it won't have a chance to disappear. Stacy really doesn't understand it and leaves. But just as Candace is about to put her theory to the test when her mom comes back, she can't figure out how she keeps missing her mom inside the house. Turns out mom wasn't really at home.
But before that, Perry had started his day under orders to keep circling Doofenshimrtz Evil Incorporated so he can be there quicker for when Dr. Doofenshmirtz actually does start doing something evil. Which isn't long because Doofenshmirtz has rebuilt an old Inator to make the phrase "two heads are better than one" reality. It's not long, however, before there's extra copies of his head and Perry's arms and tail fighting each other, and it's not long before the built-in time limit from the Inator comes into play and they disappear. And this helps the Perrytronic Perry to disappear as well.
Sitting up in the branches of their backyard tree, the kid realize that summer is almost over. Baljeet's happy about going back to school but he quickly realizes what they meant. They realize that one of the most enjoyable parts of fall is jumping into piles of leaves, so they want to do it in a big way: make a giant pile of leaves. Buford first tries to help out by cutting down the tree to get the leaves, but they've already come up with a machine that grows and ages leaves very rapidly, and soon they have enough to make a 100-foot tall pile. Buford then providing gourd helmets for safety.
Meanwhile, Major Monogram's son, Monty, is visiting the O.W.C.A. and is the namesake of the episode "Minor Monogram". He learns why his dad is so interested in acrobatics, and even though he isn't interested, Carl's willing to learn if it means some extra attention.
Once again, Agent P gets sent over to D.E.I. with the barest amount of directions and finds out that Dr. Doofenshmirtz is mentoring someone who shortly reveals he has greater ambitions than Doofenshmirtz does. He's so good at it that Agent P has to call for help and Monty is the only one who's available.
As his father watches via Agent P's wrist communicator, Monty combines crime-fighting with acrobatics and captures Rodrigo. Rodrigo had been making a play for Vanessa, but she realizes she's over her "bad boy" phase and realizes she's interested in Monty. Agent P suddenly realizes what the implications of this are, just as the episode ends.
Between the two episodes, I like "Minor Monogram" a bit better, mostly for the relationships it introduces: Monty and his dad, Carl and Major Monogram, and the new relationship between Vanessa and Monty.
For Monty and Francis, it's the classic cliche of a parent making their child live out their own missed dream. For Carl, we see what he is willing to do for some extra attention, which would be continued in an episode earlier this month. And as we know, the relationship between Monty and Vanessa has been the focus of a few more episodes this year.
But there's also new aspects to the relationship between Vanessa and her father. Doof still doesn't understand his daughter and thinks she's going for a "vampire pilgrim scuba diver" look, but he does understand her enough to know when she's trying again to get permission to get a tattoo.
In "Mom's in the House", I noticed that test flight of the Perrytronic Perry was drawn with scan lines in it so that it would look like it came off of an old TV. I'm pretty sure that's meant to duplicate an old TV show like Astro Boy or something like that, but I'm not familiar enough with it to pinpoint it exactly. If anyone knows, leave a comment identifying it.