This is really just a tapper to round up my own feelings about the show as I've tried to keep an anti-TTGS group from shutting down completely since the founder had some IRL stuff to deal with and couln't run things anymore. I just didn't want the comments and gatherings to be lost, and, well, why not review the episodes there?
SO. The show. Well, I'm not going to lie that I've found some fun in it since it (unintentionally) gave me the RosRae ship and I use every episode and comic it puts out as feed for the ship.
I find making it RosRae centered to be really fun, but other than that, there's little for me to enjoy about the show. I have to headcanon and retcon a lot of things to really get anything out of it. It COULD be a fun show, if some of the nastiness was shifted or it was made REALLY for kids... or if it was successfully funny. And not marked for kids.
I think some of the points, in fact it seems MOST of the points, is "this is so stupid, that's what's supposed to be funny about it." They don't do a very good job of making that happen, but once in a while, yeah, it works.
Some general things I've liked;
--Silkie is REALLY REALLY cute
--Starfire is kinda cute
--as long as she stays in the cloak, Raven is sorta cute
--maybe one or two small jokes per episode I find fun
... that's all I can think of right now. There really isn't much to like, IMO. Robin looks SUPER UBER CREEPY, and Beast Boy is weird looking too, to the point where I cringe when I see them pop up on screen. Somehow, Cyborg looks painful.... not sure how they did that.
I try to watch the show every now and then, but aside from those little moments that are fun, it's like trying to eat hard uncooked macaroni noodles. Rough on the teeth, difficult to chew and hard to swallow. Very dry. I want SO much to like the new show, if ONLY for my RosRae ship, but I have to pretend that most of the show is better than it really is in order to turn it into something fun for me. One thing I can't get over is just how MEAN the characters are to each other. In a kid's show! A YOUNG kid's show! Not like young teens, but seven-year-olds. It really dampens my feelz watching the show when it's all angry or heartless or just plain cruel. It's usually all of the above, somehow.
From the episodes that I've been able to catch, I continually believe that the show isn't something small children should see unless the parents have done a STELLAR job raising their kids. I think I could have handled it as a child, but the world was different back when I was seven. And I had Mr. Rogers to sooth me (you think I'm kidding...?). I also grew up on Ren and Stimpy (though I think I was a bit older by then, I don't fully recall) and I had half the Aliens' movie dialogue (censored for regular cable viewing) memorized before I was nine. I could quote you the ENTIRE beginning conference scene where Ripley is arguing with the corporate execs (minus the cussing that was censored) tone for tone. NINE. YEARS OLD. And I was fine. Granted, I'm eccentric and should not be used as proof that normal kids could have handled that, but still. My mother's generation was a different breed, more responsible (mostly), and the world wasn't so hyper-sensitive about things. I seriously don't think today's general group of seven-year-olds are completely ready for a show like this, with this kind of content. Every year of a child's life is precious because they're forming all the basic foundations of their mind... foundations that are their shields and moderators and toxic waste gear for the crap the world can dish out. Expose them to things they can't handle too soon and yeah, it won't work out so well. You can't learn to multiply until you've learned to add and subtract, and you need ALL THREE to divide, which is a higher level of functioning. It's kinda clear that kids of seven need to be at a higher level of functioning to properly manage the kinds of things that go on in the show. If it was geared more towards twelve-year-olds and up, I think it would be better suited.
For the moment, those are all my general thoughts on the show from the several episodes I've seen. Thanks to RosRae, I'm a "technical fan", but I still don't think it's a good show. Or is even decent. But through all the things I dislike and find inappropriate, I think I could totally overlook it all if they just change the rating on the show to be for older kids, like 12+. I would still not like the show, but at least then it wouldn't be hurting anyone, even potentially. The people who like it can like it all they want, and those who hate it can't have any legit gripe except "don't like it." And we can enjoy mocking it--which is fun whether you like it or hate it. XD
Oh... and, in the name of irony, I had this typed up for a few days, but I had other journals to post in order. XD