So, it all comes down to this. What was it exactly that made season two end so miserably?
Well, I shall tell you...
...Right after I make one final statement
The Cryptids in season two, are not that well thought out, don't have much of an original look of their own, and don't follow much to their following descriptions
The Thunderbird was alright, except for the fact that they made it WAY to freaking huge! It pretty much slaps the theory of the Hand of Tsul Kalu being that of a Thunderbird's claw, seeing as how they have its claws as a human's body! Plus, they gave it a second set of wings, but not bird wings, oh no. They made the Thunderbird's second set of wings, a pair of BAT wings...WHY??? I know it's a cryptid, but, even for a CRYPTID, that's just unnatural!
The Ahuizotl looked like an extra hairy, and hispanic version, of Aipom from Pokemon. I could look a this thing all I want, but I for one can never really tell if this is really suppose to be the beast with a thousand eyes. Where do all the eyes go anyway?
And lastly, the Bunyips. They are pretty cute in the show, but, that's not a Bunyip. Bunyips are these HUGE carnivorous beasts that can fit a child into their jaws. But, I guess the Bunyips they showed us were perhaps just Bunyip CUBS...But seeing as how there were literally HUNDREDS of them in War of the Cryptids, I highly doubt it, unless there really ARE that many Bunyip parents as there are with that many cubs. ANd on a side note, they're not funny, they're annoying. I mean, they jump onto Doc's face, make faces at people, hit people with wrenches, trash kitchens, make inappropriate in your face childish remarks, ride tractors, and even surf, I could really care less for these fur balls when they get all scared at Zak in episode thirty.
And on a side note, from what I've read about them, Bunyips practically live in SWAMPS on Australia, not deserts or abandoned farms and land mines...And since when do swamp cryptids have a taste for electronics and technology? Is the second season mistaking the Bunyips for the GREMLINS??? Plus, the Bunyips look like Tasmanian Devil from Looney Toons, except with orange fur...
Now then! Onto my final argument, as to why this season did not do as good as it should have...
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I: The Final Episode!
Out of everything else throughout season two, this episode somehow manages to do almost EVERYTHING wrong!
I'll save you most of the rambling and ranting, and just move onto the five main problems in this episode
I. The Past of V.V. Argost
After the events of Kur Rising, we pretty much had our suspicion that Argost was wearing a mask for a face, and in episode thirty, Baron Finster reveals that Argost actually IS in fact wearing a mask, which shocks both Van Rook and Doyle...Although, I don't get why Doyle was shocked, seeing as how he got a very good glimpse of Argost with his face all cracked before retreating, Doyle should've already known that Argost was wearing a mask.;..Again, I always figured that Doyle was more fanservice than an intellectual, but...Oh forget it, I don't care
Any who, in episode thirty-five, Argost is revealed to actually be a cryptid himself, the Yeti that was responsible for the 'supposed' tragic past of Drew Saturday and Doyle Blackwell. I did like the idea of digging deep into the dark and cryptic truth of V.V. Argost, and I certainly wanted to know more about how Argost originated from being the Abominable Snowman to Vincent Vladislav Argost...That is until this episode pretty much summed up his whole past, all in about one minute and a half before cutting to the present...Solid -__-
Not only was this very rushed, but it wasn't very thought out properly either
Get this; Argost and the Xing-Xing understood English, and spoke perfectly well in English, all by watching television...That's just stupid. Plus, they live in a cave where the TV can't even be plugged in! Not to mention the fact that it seems to have perfect quality, despite a huge blizzard just right outside of the cave...Where did they even get the TV from, the Blackwell tent?...I guess that would explain where her fixation on destroying televisions came from
Doc: Why would you throw a TV?
Drew: I'm sorry, I just, I get in the zone
To this day, I don't buy that average sized and scrawny looking Argost, was this huge bulk cryptid that could hold a human being in the palm of his hand. Sure that was perhaps some years ago before Argost even got involved with the Kur Stone and perhaps lost all of his fitness during the years, but, I still don't buy it. I certainly don't buy how they say Argost hides his true size by hunching over the whole time. Even for a cryptid, wouldn't he have serious back problems from doing that?
And the whole backstory of Argost giving Baron Finster a design for a robotic lower body in the form of a scorpion, in exchange for the funding to launch Weird World? I know Argost is an intelligent cryptid, but, seriously, he's still a cryptid. How would a cryptid even know how to make robot designs that work perfectly? And why a robotic scorpion lower body? I know Baron Finster can't walk and everything...But a simple pair of robotic legs would've been more simpler to ask for...And why hasn't anyone else already done that yet before Argost could, seeing as how there's practically more advanced tench around?
I would count this as another one of those answers to our questions that are not explained very well at all
II. Flute of Gilgamesh Recording
After some very rushed and unrealistic action choreography between Zak, Argost, and the cryptids, Beeman suddenly comes along in his space craft vehicle with his ultimate weapon; flute music. But not just any ordinary flute music, but flute music from the Flute of Gilgamesh that Beeman claims to have recorded back in India
..Now obviously this is referring to the events of episode thirty-one where Gokul uses the Flute of Gilgamesh to drive Kur out of Zak, which would kill him.
But, as far as I know, Gokul didn't even play the Flute of Gilgamesh, all he did was throw it into the air between statues with glowing eyes, and BOOM, Flute of Gilgamesh activated. Meaning, there shouldn't even be a recording of the flute music seeing as how there practically was no flute music playing in the presence of the secret scientists! And even if there was some flute music playing very quietly in the background, it still wouldn't count, seeing as how the music Beeman is playing is from the previous episode where ARGOST actually played the Flute of Gilgamesh.
Plus, how could Beeman not know for sure that the recording of the flute music would kill both Argost and Zak? Back in episode thirty-one, the nagas said so right in his presence that Zak would not survive from the flute's music. So unless Beeman actually knew what he was doing and was risking to go against the six month truce the Saturdays and the secret scientists made in the previous episode, I'd say Beeman has lost his mind
Remember how in Part one of my review, that I would reveal the absolute unrealistic mistake of season two, and how in Part two of my review that I'd get back to Van Rook taking a bullet for Drew? Well, here it is? Here's what it comes down to
III. The Death of Van Rook
At one point in the episode, after our heroes EASILY break into Weird World to fight a group of nagas in a frenzy, that Zak apparently can take our without any problem, Rani Nagi takes away Drew's fire sword, and fires a small fire blast right at her, to which Van Rook jumps in and endures the fire blast for Drew.
Afterwards, everyone, who were just fighting off a group of nagas, gather around Van Rook as he dies, rather poorly if you ask me.
Just how in the hell is this all even possible? Van Rook has been through MUCH worse than a fire bast to the chest! And all the fire blast did was make a dent in the chest of his armor, that's it, it didn't go through it. And I'm not much of an expert on blasts of fire, but I'm pretty sure that it wouldn't even have made a dent in armor, not unless if it was an explosion, and it's not. The fire blast isn't even a blast of fire at all, it's a blast of lightening! I'm serious, check it out yourself! There's a blast in the shape of lightening, there are little electrical looking sparks within the blast itself, and it even makes a shocking sound!
Also, when everyone gathers around Van Rook, his jet pack suddenly vanishes! And lastly, if I recall correctly, his hands were already face flat onto the ground before that whole dramatic shot of Van Rook's passing right in front of Zak.
Remember how in the very first episode of the series when Drew fired a whole wave of fire at Doyle, and he was alright even when he wasn't wearing any armor? That was a huge fire blast none the less, and Van Rook can't even survive a none fire like blast from the fire sword? That's a bunch of crap. I mean, this is the same character that was attacked by Amaroks, crashed through an ancient ruin when his jetpack went on the frits, landed on top of a police car after falling from at least twenty feet in the air, and got hit with a fire blast to which he falls from a bridge and hits a few big rocks before falling into a lake, but just shoves it all off and keeps on coming back. NOW he suddenly stays down from a tiny blast of lightening that seems somewhat like how Doc was electrocuted??? That's pretty weak.
What's even more unbelievable, is that Drew actual has some little feelings for Van Rook left, and buys his corny line about how he liked her more than money. Ugh XP I wonder if Doc and Drew ever had a talk about that later on in the episode. Oh well.
And everyone who keeps on saying that's all Abbey's fault for Van Rook's death? No disrespect, but open your freaking eyes! Abbey was NOWHERE to be seen in the damn episode! It was Rani Nagi that killed Van Rook! RANI NAGI, NOT ABBEY!!! Van Rook's death was horribly done and completely unnecessary anyways, so why do you even care who killed him?...Why should I even care as well?
And on an additional note, it was writer Brandon Sawyer's intension to redeem and kill off Van Rook from the start of season two. Why? Because he likes Van Rook's character than any other character in the show.....Where do I even begin?
First off, this was the same guy who blew up and vandalized Saturday HQ, left Zak and Fiskerton to be eaten by Amaroks, broke into Saturday HQ to have Doc beaten and thrown off of the roof, capture and cage cryptids so he can force them to fight one another for money, got arrested, broke out of prison, aided in the kidnapping of Fiskerton, and lastly, talked and hired Abbey into becoming his new apprentice just so he could corrupt her and have Abbey carry out HIS job of leaving the Saturdays for dead, thus ultimately ruining her relationship with Doyle, ruining her loyalty to the Saturdays, and ruining her own sister's trust in her. My point is, this guy has done way too much criminal activity to even be considered redeemable. And he really does in season two is still act like a cheap skate, be lazy, get picked on, and complain like a sissy, was his really suppose to redeem his character up until the point where he takes a fire blast for Drew? I'm actually glad, no, HAPPY, that he's dead.
Secondly, out of everyone else, like Doc the loyal husband, or Fiskerton the momma's boy, or even freakin Doyle Blackwell the long lost younger brother, it's the guy who's been sexually harassing her throughout the whole series to save the day...That's pretty shameful and sound the least bit heroic. And really, what exactly was the whole point of Van Rook dying? It literally comes out of nowhere, there's really no point to it.
And lastly, Van Rook's death gets in the way of the rest of the actual story and brings everyone out of character. Drew actually having last minute feelings for Van Rook as he dies is one thing, but, the whole family, including Wadi, Ulraj, Miranda Grey, and Paul Cheechoo acting all sad and everything that he's gone at his funeral? I'm sorry, but, that is alot to buy! Wadi, Ulraj, Miranda, and Paul didn't even KNOW the damn guy!
IV: Battle of the Kurs?
I know it would seem rather predictable, but I'm pretty certain everyone was hoping to see the actual big showdown between both Kurs. I on the other hand was hoping to see both Kurs, and the Kur Guardian, to fight. Why include Kur Guardian? Well for one thing, Kur Guardian has 'Kur' in it. And second, both Zak and Fiskerton could've faced Argost together like they almost always did in season one, Zak would prove himself to be the good Kur, and Fiskerton would fulfill his duty as Kur Guardian, win win situation. But no, we get the less predictable route, which it UNBELIEVABLY stupid!
Remember in episode thirty-five how Argost wanted to kill Zak since there was one Kur too many, and that Zak would get in Argost's way of world domination? Well apparently Argost got tired of the idea and decides to steal Zak's power so he can become the most powerful Kur.
Out of literally nowhere, this shatter and sound proof device comes and protects Argost from the Flute of Gilgamesh recording, that Argost took with him earlier in the episode from Beeman's space craft vehicle, while Zak is left to suffer. And afterwards when Zak is weak enough, Argost takes this as the opportunity to take Zak's powers away, but later, bites him in the ass, seeing as how matter and anti-matter don't mix, and Argost dies by exploding to bits and destroying both Kurs for good
I know they were trying to sum everything up and get rid of Argost and Kur for good, but, this is literally pushing it!
First of all, as Argost pointed out in the previous episode, he read the file on Zak Monday. Zak Monday's file should've said SOMETHING about matter and Anti-matter going nuts when together. Hell, Zak Monday practically mentions it out loud in front of Argost, so Argost should've known SOMETHING about how matter makes everything go crazy when mixed with anti-matter, especially how he actually witnessed some of that as Zak Monday was having his fun with Zak Saturday!
As I recall from earlier, when Miranda fired a portal, OUTSIDE of Beeman's craft somehow, so that the fire from Drew's fire sword would come and destroy Beeman's machine, the controls, AND the actual recording of the flute music itself. Think about it, that part of Beeman's device that Argost took with him, was just a speaker ATTACHED to Beeman's actual recording of the flute music, meaning the speaker is completely useless, therefore, shouldn't be able to even play the music from the Flute of Gilgamesh!
And lastly, why would Argost even want Zak's power? Yes Zak's power is somewhat powerful than Argost's powers, even though Argost chose Zak Monday's powers because of how more dark and supposedly powerful they were, and that Argost is always one that keeps on taking things. But all of Argost's trouble would've been easily taken care of if he just went and killed Zak instead so he wouldn't have to worry about losing to Zak anymore!
You know, now that I think about it, why would Argost intentionally choose Zak Monday's powers over Zak Saturday's powers, despite the fact that he helped Zak Saturday learn how to control his powers better throughout the season? If anything, Argost could've just taken Zak Saturday's powers from the start seeing as how his powers actually are more powerful than Zak Monday's powers, thanks to Argost's own doing. Plus, if anything, they probably could've thought of something for Zak Saturday to be saved by taking in Zak Monday's powers...But that's just me.
Even when six months have passed, Argost didn't think his cleverly plan all the way through
Well, it all comes down to this, this is where it all ends
V: The Ending
After the death of Argost, and both Kur's wiped from the face of the Earth, everything is summed up very quickly. Although, I could argue that's actually a GOOD thing, I don't think I could've sat through another minute of this series finale. Anyways, with both Kurs gone, all the cryptids stop what they are doing and return to their natural habitats, Munya is possibly dead, Zak is revived to which he finds out that he is no longer Kur, and the Saturdays hold up a funeral for Van Rook during news report about how a band of unsung heroes stopped the cryptids that attacked everyone earlier because of growing climate change...Even though earlier in the episode, Argost clearly stated on the news that he was controlling them!!!
Never in my entire life did I think I'd live to see a series on Cartoon Network, end with a funeral. That's just...I don't even know WHAT that is! >_<
What I don't get is that everything just seems totally fine, despite how the humans were just attacked by cryptids. Not one single human says, "Hey, we just got attacked by cryptids, and now they're getting away, shouldn't we start a riot and get back at them for what they did or try to do to our world?". If you think about it, Kur would no longer be the Saturday's problem, but then they would face a new threat to the cryptids, HUMANS!
My main problem with this episode, is that it's the conclusion of the whole series. If this episode were to have been a lot better, the entire second season would've been more tolerable.
Not only is this episode a poor conclusion, but it really is the end when there is still material left out; Munya's past before becoming Argost's manservant, Henry Cheveyo's well being, love interest for Fiskerton so his race won't go extinct, you get the idea.
Well, that about sums up my entire review on Secret Saturdays, season two. It wasn't that good of a season, and it could've been better.
Before we come to the conclusion of this review itself, I'd like to make a final statement.
After two years since War of the Cryptids, even to this day, fans of the show keep on talking about, god forbid, a third season.
I don't mean any disrespect, but there is NOTHING for a third season! Zak has no powers anymore! Argost is dead! Both Kur's are gone forever! And all the cryptids around the globe, INCLUDING the nagas, possibly, have all returned to their natural habitats where they can no longer be a bother to human society!!! Leave the Secret Saturdays be! The show does not need to be toyed with anymore!
Matter of fact, War of the Cryptids WAS the third season. Yeah, that's right, they summed up all of what they had planned for season three into a single episode.
What do I mean by this? Well, during production, when the creators received an order for twenty-six episodes, they knew right away to have a huge twist at the end of every thirteenth episode; The ending of Cryptid vs Cryptid where there is a wall carving of Fiskerton from Kur's tomb, implying that he has something to do with Kur, and the ending of Kur Rising where Zak is revealed to be Kur. While they were waiting for their order for a number of episodes for season two, production assumed that they would get an additional thirteen episodes to make, thirteen, not ten. And by the time they were told to only make two episodes, they already finished episode thirty-four, Life in the Underground. And not only that, but they had to wrap up the rest of the whole series into two remaining episodes left, when they originally planned to end season two with Argost revealed to be the Yeti after obtaining Zak Monday's powers, and have a complete third season focus on the whole war of the cryptids between Argost and the Saturdays.
It makes sense, seeing as how they've been working through up to this whole epic war of the cryptids between the main protagonists and antagonists, that alone could fill in a season. They also were going to make Zak more of a threat to his family, as they hinted throughout season two, AND give Fiskerton a bigger role to play with his Kur Guardian destiny. My guess is Zak would lose it, but then Fisk saves Zak from losing control to his inner Kur or something, AND, stand by Zak one last time and defeat Argost, the Anti-Kur. You know, now that I think about it, that would give Fiskerton's Kur Guardian title a double meaning; Protecting the good Kur, and protecting the world from evil Kur...Odd...How can that just be random? I think I just stepped into the Twilight Zone or feel the universe unraveling just THINKING about that.....Very strange.
But because of only having to sum of what was left for season two, and an entire third season, into two episodes, you can see why the season ended so horribly. Matter of fact, they had to tone down a WHOLE lot of written material that sadly well never be able to see. For example, they never really do explain what actually HAPPENED to Drew and Doyle's parents, for all we know, they could still be alive. Why did it come to this? Because Cartoon Network eventually got tired of Secret Saturdays with the results of its second season, and just wanted to end it...Such quiters, the show could've been done better if they actually tried and actually supported the show enough.
*takes a breather* Well, THAT'S it for this review. I am finally done, I got everything out of my system, and I feel much better now. I'll always be a fan of season one, and the show itself, for god knows how long. Season two on the other hand...Not so much.
Thank you again for reading my review~