British actor Jason Isaacs, perhaps best known in America for playing Draco’s dad in the Harry Potter franchise, has signed on to play Starfleet’s newest captain in CBS All Access’ upcoming Star Trek Discovery.
All we know so far about Isaacs’ character is his name: Captain Lorca. Oh, and we know what his chair will look like.
The cast also includes The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green as Lorca’s second in command and 30 Rock’s Maulik Pancholy as a Starfleet medical officer. Other roles include Terry Serpico (Army Wives) as a high-ranking Starfleet admiral, Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as another captain and Mary Wiseman (Baskets) as a cadet who will be assigned to Lorca’s ship, the USS Discovery, after graduation.
the bittersweet feeling when you look up a cutie you think is on our team from a tv show or movie and find out that not only are they queer but also married… then all I can think is “damn, why he’s as gay as I want to be!”
After 223 epic 11 and 22-minute episodes (including several Halloween specials, a couple of Christmas specials, Marvel crossover, a Star Wars crossover and a full-length movie), 450 songs thru all four seasons (and extremely catchy as well), and an endless array of guest stars, Phineas and Ferb has come to a sad but memorable end.
A little bit of a retrospect, when I was struck with a bout of severe depression in early 2012, I considered quitting Deviantart and Fanfiction.net permanently. It wasn’t until I saw the first episodes of Phineas and Ferb from Season 1 and that I saw the live-stage show that got me back on my feet. I became permanently attached emotionally to the engaging characters and, especially, the songs. It was ‘Gitchee-Gitchee-Goo’ from 'Flop Starz’ that got me out of my doldrums and got my muse fired up once more to write stories. Though I hold a very close candle to my heart for Candace for her determination to bust her brothers and, of course, her relationship with Jeremy.
All the characters that we grew up to know and love through these 104 days of their summer vacation has culminated in the series finale 'Last Day of Summer’. I am very well aware that there’s gonna be an OWCA 1-hr. special sometime in the fall, but it’s gonna be stand-alone.
The series has proved through its past that it has delivered a lot of laughs and a sense of humor that is unique to itself. I’d place it in the top four of my favorite cartoons of all my life, along with Kim Possible, Animaniacs, and The Simpsons. (I’m referring to the earlier episodes, not the later ones. Even though there were a few memorable ones from Season 20 onwards, most of them have been forgettable.)
But I digress.
Today, for my reviews, I will be looking at the hour-long series finale of the show that has touched my heart, and the hearts of millions of other viewers, everywhere: Phineas and Ferb.
But before I go through the episode, and point out its strengths and weaknesses, let me state a little warning that there are going to be some spoilers in the review. For my international DA followers, if your country hasn’t aired LDOS yet on your respective Disney Channel, I’d strongly suggest to you to not read this journal.
With that being said, I shall review 'Last Day of Summer’!
Concept: First, the concept of this episode is very intriguing in that Candace wants to do over the last day of her summer to bust the gang with Doof’s Do-Over-Inator after she failed to do so for the first time. It has a Groundhog’s Day-like twist to it. (For those of you who don’t know Groundhog Day, it was a 1993 comedy in which a weatherman, played by the funny Bill Murray, is forced to relive the same events of Feb. 2, over and over again in a continuous time loop. What made the film work was, of course, Murray. I recommend seeing the film). So as a tribute to Groundhog Day, Candace and Doofenshmirtz relive the same day over and over. But…there’s a twist! Every time they live through the day, the time continuum gets shorter and shorter and people begin to forget stuff like spoons and oranges. It just adds fuel to the drama that something is about go terribly wrong. In addition, there were a few callbacks to prior episodes, including the very first time Perry entered into his secret lair, and the Candace/Doof duet, which I will get to later. There’s also a minor sub-plot of Vanessa moving away from her dad, which turns out to be a life-changing moment for the both of them and executed in a compelling way.
Dialogue: The dialogue, once again, is top notch. Every joke and line was on point, particularly from Doofenshmirtz, Phineas, and Candace.
Songs: Where this episodes shines the most lies particularly in the songs. As it was from the very beginning of the show, the songs have always been a staple of Phineas and Ferb. In this episode, we have six.
A) One Last Day of Summer - The opening credit song sung by Phineas described that they have only the 104th day left before school begins, so they go on a hoverboard ride through Danville.
B) No One I’d Rather Go Nowhere with - The song in the second act describes, basically, the contraption with all of their past projects as a tribute to the summer.
C) Tomorrow is this morning again - The song in the third act, sung by Candace and Doofenshmirtz (and by far the only song to feature the two singing) celebrating the effects of the Do-Over-inator, before realizing its potential consequences. This sing is particular because some of the movements from Candy and Doof were similar to the Busted song back in Season 1
D) Gotta Get Back In Time - The song in the fifth act, describes the drama of Phineas and company getting out of the 'void’ Danville and back into the 'real’ Danville through the use of a catapult to escape through a time rift.
The last two songs were really emotional gut-punchers.
E) Curtain Call-Time Spent Together - This song in the final act plays while the group reminisce over all the summer adventures that they had over these 104 days.
F) and probably the most emotional song since the 'Act Your Age’ Phinabella duet is Thank You For Coming Along. This song in particular is emotional and heart-rendering for many Phineas and Ferb fans, particularly through the aftermath of the episode (including myself)
The only weakness that I noted through the episode was a lack of important secondary characters we love the most, particularly Stacy and Jeremy.
So, for my score, I give the episode a 9.1 of 10.
And the above image of Phineas , more than any other, will live in our hearts forever:
So, thank you, Phineas, Ferb, Isabella, Candace, Buford and Baljeet.
Thank you, Stacy and Jeremy!
Thank you, Doofenshmirtz, Norm, Vanessa, Monogram and Carl.
And thank you to our favorite semi-aquatic mammal of action, Perry the Platypus! Thank you all for uplifting all our spirits up high for many a fan of this wonderful show
But, more importantly, thank you for Dan and Swampy for all the moments, all the hard work, and all the sacrifices you made to put this show on the air (and especially for being the voices of Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram, respectively). We’ll see you again in 2017 with Murphy’s Law.
Thank you to Vincent Martella, Thomas Sangster, Ashley Tisdale, Caroline Rhea, Alyson Stoner, Bobby Gaylor, Maulik Pancholy, Olivia Olson, Kelly Hu, Mitchel Musso, Tiffany Espensen,and others for all the time and effort that you put forth into providing the voices for our favorite characters.
Thanks to all the writers of the show for some of the best moments.
Thank you to everyone who were involved in the series for bringing a sense of optimism and determination to millions of people.
Thanks to the songwriters who wrote some of the catchiest songs in all of history that we’ll remember for a long time to come.
But, most vital of all, thanks to the fans who supported this show through the years.
And so, after 22 years, Dan and Swampy’s dream of bringing 104 of the most exciting days of summer vacation has come to an end.
Phineas and Ferb may be gone from the airwaves, but will still be playing inside the TVs of our hearts.