Welcome to part two, of my review, on Secret Saturdays season two...Huh, I'm a poet, and I didn't even know it
Anyways, before I continue, there are at least two big flaws in season one that I'd like to point out
As my DA Sister, Mytokyokitty, has pointed out several times, is how Drew Saturday goes into Weird World with Doc and the Secret Scientists to get back the Kur Stone, despite the fact that she's pregnant with Zak. Sure she's barely showing, but she still pregnant and shouldn't exert herself, especially when she's in a house of macabre that can kill her
I on the other hand, have noticed a continuous flaw throughout the entire series
In episode twenty, The Kur Guardian, Fisk, Zak, and Abbey are introduced by a giant Lemurian head stone that can speak to them telepathically
Abbey: Telepathic communication, of course! It's the only way to be sure that everyone understand its own language - "Kur Guardian"
Now I did a lil research on the Lemurians, and they did in fact have the ability of telepathy, along with teleportation, and astral projection, which I'm pretty sure is what happened to Zak and Fisk in episode twenty-five.
Point being, if the Lemurians could speak to people telepathically, and Fiskerton is a Lemurian, then that explains how the Saturdays are able to understand him. Why's this a problem? Well, it's mainly the fact that the Saturdays can understand him, but we, the fans and audience, can't.
I do like Fiskerton's mumbles and grunts, they're pretty funny and cute, and upon occasions we can understand what he says once in a while if you listen closely. But, why didn't they have Fiskerton use telepathy to speak perfect english throughout the rest of the series, or perhaps the ENTIRE series, while he's in front of the Saturdays?
Well, that takes care of that, back to where I left off on TSS season two
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V: Recurring Characters
Like almost every series, side characters will make the biggest appearance they've ever had compared to their previous roles throughout the beginning of the series, and leave an impact. Season two had it's share of recurring characters, none of them left that much of an impact
I will say that Van Rook switching from bad guy to good guy was sort of a cool idea, but, I think Van Rook does a lot when he works for Argost than for Doyle Blackwell. Seriously, all I can remember Van Rook actually helping Doyle Blackwell, was when they were on the search for V.V. Argost after he was nowhere to be seen at Weird World, that's it! And even then, when Doyle was fighting Munya, Van Rook was lazing around letting him do most of the work! Granted, it is actually refreshing to see Doyle actually DOING something than saying wisecracks and stealing popularity from episodes that are suppose to be dedicated to our main characters, but seeing Van Rook doing absolutely nothing is more annoying!
Van Rook: *panting* So I'm out of shape, all right?! - "Kur: Part Two"
Yes Van Rook always had Doyle do the dirty jobs beginning of the series, but that was intentional for the purpose of being humorous. Seeing Van Rook doing it in season two however is not funny anymore since Doyle's practically the boss of him now. There is a point where Van Rook helps Doyle capture Baron Finster, but come on, he did it because he was paid to do it, he never did it on his own free will. However when he did do things on his own free will, Van Rook, as they say, took a bullet for Drew Saturday, but I'll get to that later
Van Rook: Eh, I'm tired - "Kur: Part Two"
I PREDICTED, that Wadi would make another appearance in the show, just for the sake of more screen time between the supposed ideal romance of the whole series. And what do you know, I was right. Granted, she does actual help take a few cryptids out, but the way she does it is ridiculous. She uses a yo-yo, A YO-YO! And not just an ordinary yo-yo, a yo-yo with the ability to deify the laws of physics. A yo-yo cannot be used as a bolas, it cannot pull a grown man out of a vehicle, and it most certainly CANNOT be used to steal someone's belt! Plus, what is it with Wadi still stealing Zak's belt to reveal his underwear? I know she likes him, but, seriously, it's not funny anymore, matter of fact, it just makes her image look bad. And to all the Zak X Wadi fans, that peck on Zak's cheek, does not count as an actual kiss, it's not the greatest thing in the whole show -__-
These two didn't leave much of anything, but the biggest decision for me was...
I was hoping that at least THIS character would at least leave an impression, especially seeing as how "The Unblinking Eye" was practically the only episode in season two where he'd make an appearance ever again. Well, he did
unfortunately. I'll save my breath and just skip right ahead to the big revelation of Francis, and Agent Epsilon. It turns out that they are not father and son, and are actually clones of some scientist from one hundred years ago, and that when Francis grows up into an Epsilon, he'll have a Francis of his own to teach. Interesting idea, but...THAT! IS ALOT! TO BUY!
I do not believe for one second that they are clones! For one thing, there were NO CLUES throughout the WHOLE SERIES that Epsilon and Francis are not father and son and are something not of this world. Second, clones age WAY faster than humans. Meaning that the Agent Epsilon today that helped the Saturdays get the Kur Stone back when Zak wasn't even born, should be dead already, and the Francis we know that is about Zak's age, should be a new Epsilon by now and ALREADY have a Francis of his own. Plus, who exactly IS this agent that Francis and Epsilon are clones of??? And how would they be able to do clones of this agent in the first place if the agent by now would be absolutely nothing but bones?!?
I know they were trying to have Zak and Francis understand each other for being different and for a brief moment become friends, but seriously, they could've put more thought into this, and actually SUPPORT this backstory. This feels like it literally came out of freaking NOWHERE because, again, there were no single hints that they were clones to begin with!
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IV: Answers to Our Questions
Practically in several shows with a plot, everyday questions we've asked ourselves about this and that throughout the series. Season two had its share of answering our lifelong questions of Secret Saturdays, but were they specific enough, or did they just leave us with more questions that shall never be answered?
In episode thirty-two, "The Return of Tsul' Kalu", it is revealed that Tsul' Kalu, the original owner of Zak's ancient relic bearing the same name, is responsible for both blinding Doc in the eye, AND giving Doc the white steak in his hair. This would actually be some sort of dark and tragic past event, if only they had the decency to put as much thought into the screenplay as they did with the idea itself. Out of freaking nowhere, the Hand of Tsul' Kalu has the power of ELECTRICITY! And not only that, but even though the Hand of Tsul' Kalu was nowhere near Doc's face, and electrocuted his WHOLE BODY, it only seems to damage his eye and hair in less than a few seconds...And even when Doc gets the white streak in his hair, it keeps disappearing and reappearing till the end of the duel!
I looked up the Hand of Tsul Kalu, and it seems to resemble the claw of a thunder bird, a cherokee cryptid of thunder, which would explain how the Hand of Tsul Kalu has the power of electricity. But even so, how is Zak not able to use its electrical power this whole time? How was Tsul Kalu not electrocuted as well when the thread attached to the Hand of Tsul Kalu generated electricity to electrocute Doc? And how did Doc's whole body not receive more physical damage from being electrocuted??? In short terms, it probably would've been more realistic and done way better if Doc's eye and hair were damaged by an electrical facial STRIKE from the Hand of Tsul Kalu
Like most fans, from the beginning of the series, I've always thought of Kur as some sort dragon-like cryptid. Matter of fact, if you take some time to research Kur on the fan wiki site, there happens to be a small hint that Kur actually was a serpent-like dragon, and that the nagas were possibly responsible for Kur. I know it's a wiki site, but wether or not some fan added this in or not, it does make sense, and is in fact a pretty well thought out assumption. But what season two is so poorly trying to convey to us is that Zak was Kur the whole time
I don't get it
I know in the beginning of Kur: Part One, they showed the Kur Stone being dropped, and the energy from the stone making its way into fetus Zak, but, how do we know for sure what that energy really was?
Fans and even creators say how that energy was actually Kur's essence, which is how Zak became Kur when it entered him before he was born. But if it really was Kur inside of the Kur Stone, then, why exactly were there even clues to FIND Kur and Kur's tomb if Kur was already in the stone??? What SENSE does that make??? That's like looking at a map to find lost treasure on an island when the treasure is right in front of you!
Plus, Zak being Kur this whole time, that's sort of a very empty and stupid twist. Think about it, nearly fifty secret scientists died trying to get the Kur Stone back from Argost, Henry Cheveyo nearly died in an explosion, the Saturday's lives were put at risk every time, Ulraj lost his father, Fiskerton was kidnapped, the whole Earth was nearly split in two, and the Saturdays lost their home! All of this happened, just to feed us how Zak was Kur this whole time? This means that the Saturdays, the villains, the allies, and even the minor characters, went through all of this crap for NOTHING!!! If I were any of those characters, I'd strangle the little bastard Zak Saturday's throat so hard till his head fell off!!!
Actually, I always thought that Antarctica Cryptid in episode twenty-six was the original Kur. I know even Jay Stephens says that the Antarctica Cryptid wasn't Kur, but really, just think about it. Fiskerton's Lemurian instincts that can lead him to Kur, so he lead the whole family to Antarctica where this fifty foot tall behemoth, that seems to be like NO OTHER CRYPTID THROUGHOUT THE SHOW, was frozen! And not only that, but this behemoth concealed a huge hand full of cryptids inside of its body, and Zak's powers had no effect on it what-so-ever and couldn't control it. KUR! THAT WAS KUR! WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED?! Plus, when you think about it, what would be a better pay off, Zak being the real Kur the whole time, or Zak BECOMING Kur after defeating him???
Think about it. Instead of that flashback of a Kur's essence entering fetus Zak through Drew, why not just replace it with just a recap of how Zak unleashed that huge wave of energy inside of the Antarctica Cryptid, only to show Kur's actual essence entering Zak while he and Fisk are blinded by the light? Wouldn't THAT make a lot more sense?!?
Oh well, the answers to only a sum of our questions were VERY bothersome and poorly thought through, but there were still more questions that need answering, which unfortunately, we will never truly know.
Who was Van Rook's previous apprentice that Doc mentioned in Kur Stone: Part One? And what on Earth did Doc do to him?
How did the Saturdays come across and keep Komodo before the events of Fiskerton losing his home?
Did Shoji Fuzen really die after the events of episode nineteen?
How did the Secret Scientists and the nagas find out that Zak is Kur?
Where are the citizens from Sanctuary Two holding up after their civilization was destroyed?
How did Epsilon and his agents get a hold of the naga's kur detector when Doyle was last seen carrying it?
Did Doyle ever get into trouble for hiding the naga's kur detector behind the Saturday's back and not trusting in Fiskerton?
What became of Baron Finster's legs that he had to go and get a lower robotic scorpion body in the first place?
And lastly, did Piecemeal ever survive being electrocuted back in the events of Target: Fiskerton? If so, then how come he never makes a final appearance?
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III: The Underplayed
Characters in the series that had a lot more potential to the series, and perhaps could've had very interesting back stories, but are underplayed, and not clearly for the better...Need I say more?
I know I already discussed about this character in part one of my review, but I just HAD to bring him back and talk more about him in another list of characters that deserved more. I'll keep this to a minimum, but from what I've read so far from the Cherokee myths and legends, Tsul Kalu was a great, yet deformed hunter, who impressed the daughter of a widow and took her as the bearer of his child. Why do I bring this up? Well, if I were to come up with a more complex and dark back story for Tsul' Kalu involving the legends about him, I would have him confronting the Thunderbird for the lose of his love and child, taking one of the Thunderbird's claws as a trophy. And instead of some huge rock, have the rockslide Zak caused defile the graves of Tsul' Kalu's only family that he had.
THAT, would give Tsul' Kalu more of a reason to come after Zak. I've always thought of Tsul' Kalu as a hunter with honor. Going after and possibly kill a lil boy over some stupid rock, doesn't seem like a very legit or honorable thing to do.
And DON'T start saying "Oh, he went after Zak because he knew he was Kur". NO HE DID NOT. If Tsul Kalu DID know that lil Zak was Kur, then he wouldn't have given away his Hand of Tsul Kalu for Zak to use if he truly feared that Kur would use his artifact for evil! First he goes after Kur, gets defeated NOT by Kur, and gives away his relic for Kur to use, only to come back some years later to take his artifact back because he never thought until NOW that Kur would possibly use it for evil? THAT MAKES NO SENSE!
I don't know about you, but I for one still love this character, especially how she could've been a lot more, and could have done a lot more. After all, this is the sister of Dr. Miranda Grey I'm talking about. Now, I'm fully aware of how she left the Saturdays to work for Van Rook, but what I am NOT fully aware of, are her motives for doing so. I for one, to this day, still do not buy that Abbey decided to work for Van Rook, simply because of the money involved. If she really did give a damn about something as common as money, she probably would've charged a whole hell of a lot of money for watching over lil boy, a three hundred pound Komodo Dragon, and a seven-foot tall Gorilla-Cat.
I believe she did it because she wanted to make something of herself, seeing as how her profile states that she is not of the Secret Scientists like her older sister. I was hoping Abbey would be confronted by her own older sister as to why she left to work for Van Rook; To which she later openly justifies her actions, and DOES in fact make something of herself, but not in the hopes of being rich, no. But, in the hopes, that both the Saturdays, and her older sister, may forgive her. Despite how we get the predictable route and Doyle gets back at her...Solid -___-...I still stick to how Abbey could've done much more than just being the victim of an ex-boyfriend's payback
These two so far are pretty underplayed for their roles, but the biggest underplayed character from the very beginning of the second season is..
To clarify, I did not put Fiskerton in this list, just because I'm a Fiskerton fan, no, this is bigger than that. Fiskerton, DID in fact, have a bigger part to play throughout the second season. After all, he's the last Kur Guardian, destined to destroy the evils of Kur once and for all! Throughout one fourth of the first season, they give Fiskerton this HUGE important role, only to never be played with ever again in the second. I still don't understand why! Fiskerton destined to destroy Kur, the very powerful being that he ironically trusts, and loves as much as a brother, more than anything! That ALONE could fill up a list of episodes, if they so much as had some actual time to make that a main concern throughout the season, and include Fiskerton's feelings on Zak being Kur, rather than just being focused on Zak throughout all ten episodes! And not only that, but seeing as how Zak is really a good Kur, and Argost actually being the evil Kur, THERE'S Fiskerton's shot to both; Fighting alongside his brother one last time, and fulfilling his destiny of destroying Kur's evil!
Of all characters involved in season two, they underplayed Fiskerton the most, and he really got screwed over. But we know it's really the show's fault, not Fiskerton's fault, and we still love Fisk no matter what, he deserves more love~
Fiskerton: AW~ *gives hug* - "Kur Guardian"
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II: The Story
From the very beginning of the story, I figured season two was going to be awful when they really expected us to buy Zak being Kur the whole time. I know they said this and that about Zak being the real Kur at the end of season one, but, come on, would you ever really think that Zak was Kur the whole damn time throughout the very beginning of the series? No, you would think that Zak just BECAME Kur after defeating Kur, and I'm pretty sure that's what other big fans of the show thought until season two began.
Now, I understand where they were going with this season, after all, when one of the main characters is revealed to be a figure of evil, you can't exactly go back to the whole Johnny Quest scenario entirely. But my god, does the story have to completely revolve around nobody else but Zak? Zak is not the only main character of the whole show!
Now I get that the season is mainly about Zak feeling responsible for everything that has happened because of the whole quest for Kur, and realizes the consequences of being Kur around his family. But as I commented in part one of my review, Zak's character keeps on switching back and forth from completely responsible and serious to cocky and adventurous, which doesn't flow along with the whole plot of the story.
Not to mention the fact that this whole season is shoving both Zak, and all ten episodes, down our throats! Seriously, watching this season makes me sick to my stomach. Plus, most of the stuff that he blames himself for aren't really even his fault for being Kur.
I'll skip ahead a go right to where Zak blames himself for two main things in one episode, the destruction of Saturday HQ, and Doc losing his eye
Zak: If I wasn't Kur, none of this would've happened - "The Return of Tsul Kalu"
I'd have to disagree with him on that. Fiskerton's Lemurian instincts still would've kicked in, gone nuts, take controls of robots, and destroy Saturday HQ to make a Divining Rod, wether Zak was Kur, or if someone else was.
And Tsul' Kalu coming after Zak, but is challenged by Doc, resulting in Doc's damaged eye, isn't even a Kur related incident. It's mostly Doc's fault anyway, what did he expect when he challenges a great hunter of a cryptid that's much taller and more skilled than him??? Again, don't even start with me by saying Tsul Kalu knew Zak was Kur the whole time. As I pointed out, no he did not, and it makes no sense!
Doesn't it ever occur to Zak that ARGOST is perhaps the one responsible for everything??? After all, Argost stole the Kur Stone, killed Ulraj's father, kidnapped Fiskerton, and practically triggered Fiskerton's Lemurian instincts to go nuts. There's a lot more that he did, but you get my point
Whatever happened to the strong brotherly bond Zak shares with Fiskerton??? Not ONCE is there ever a moment where Zak or Fiskerton fear that they may now be enemies than brothers. Actually, I was expecting Fiskerton to just snap and tell Zak off for not listening to him about Argost and constantly abusing him throughout the season BECAUSE of Argost.
What especially bugged me was the pacing of this season, I know it only had a short amount of episodes, but there still has to be some sort of pacing. Let me give you an example; as episode twenty-eight is about to end, we get this whole suspenseful dealing with Zak learning how to control his powers from Argost through 'subtle messages' on Weird World, and Zak accepts. But in the very next episode, Zak's parents already figure out that Zak is supporting V.V. Argost's Weird World and ground him from watching TV ever again, ruining his chances to learn from Argost. Even Miranda Grey somehow managed to figure out Zak was supporting Weird World...So much for those 'subtle messages'. But seriously, they couldn't wait until another episode later to do that? That was way too damn early, and a very huge buzz kill.
And what really threw me off in the second season, was the whole "Six Months Later" in the premiere. Naturally, it would be sufficient to skip some time ahead, like a few days, or a couple of weeks...But six months??? There could've been very important stuff within those six months!!!
Plus, six months is too long, and too much to buy. Everything that happens throughout "Kur: Part One" & "Kur: Part Two" would've already been done WITHIN the six months. For example, wouldn't Zak have already noticed that something was up with his powers, and have learned to control them better by now? Wouldn't Argost have already healed from his wounds by now? And wouldn't Doyle have already gone after Weird World's distributor in England by now? My point is, did ANYONE ever actually DO any of the things in the first two season two episodes that could've already been done within only ONE month or two??? Or is everyone just taking their sweet ass time?!
Lastly, Zak is such a damn whiner and moral speaker in this season. I know he's a kid, and he's feeling responsible for everything. But, where exactly is all of this talk of morality coming from?! Why can't Zak just let the audience take in the messages at the end of the season two episodes on our freaking own? W'ere not stupid! We can't totally get what the messages are suppose to say!!! And secondly, will all of his whining so much as take every Kur related incident back, or even bring the dead back to life? If not, then Zak should learn to shut the hell up, and go represent the younger crowd!!!
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And now, the absolute worst part of season two...
...Shall be revealed in my final part of the review! HA HA!