Friday, 19 September 2008

Chocolate Underground - Episode 9

Chocolate Underground provides us with another proverbial finger of fudge (no sniggering at the back), but is it enough to keep me sated until something more filling comes along?

Well, yes and no. This wasn't such a terrible episode, but as usual things have to develop far too quickly due to the short episode running time, and thus the whole thing feels more like highlights than an actual episode. Inevitably, the Chocolate Police find the underground layer in the bookstore (thanks to noticing a displaced floor tile in the first instance, which didn't make much sense), and arrest many of those involved including Smudger, although bizarrely those who escape (including the bookstore owner, whose guilt is pretty obvious) get to stand around and watch while the police do nothing to try and round them up. As a totalitarian quasi-miltary force, I think it's fair to say that they suck.

There isn't a lot to say about this episode aside from that synopsis, as that's basically all that happened - No real character development (and what we did get was clumsy), just those basics laid out in front of us with no pomp or ceremony. Still, the preview for episode ten looks intriguing, so there might be a little more to talk about there if it can rise above the disadvantages of that dreaded short episode running time.

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