Re: Favorite episodes?

From: chance <>
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 1996 20:35:13 -0700

> Razor's Edge.
>>A lot of people pick this one, but why? I mean, I know why I'd pick it,
>Tell us!

'Kay. Ever watch a lot of other ac/adv cartoons and try sort out the
motivation of the character from *their* point of view? I can do that
with characters I like - "good" or "bad" - and tend to like the shows
that they live in. Enter "Razor's Edge". Razor does something that
two dimensional ac/adv toons (that'll remain unmentioned. Okay. "X-Men")
might be tempted to dismiss as "weak", or ruining the "image" of a character
that a lot of these writers/networks/studios feel the need to portray as
100% bulletproof, 100% of the time. Razor isn't like that, but is no
less a "hero" by showing that he doesn't turn his conscience off to the
'collateral damage' that can occur - sometimes needlessly - in an
occupation such as his. He thinks, he acts as a result of thinking, has all
the self-doubt, uncertainty and vulnerability that we all do from time to time,
and therefore becomes a three-dimensional character rather than a splotch
of ink on celluloid. "Razor's Edge" is the best example of that in
'Kats' - perhaps with "Mutation City" a close second. You can watch
these characters - especially Razor in this ep - and "get" something from
the character which can't easily be pinned down to words on a page,
some peculiarity of the artwork, an especially interesting part of the
score - he just winds up seeming something greater than the sum of
his parts.

That's what "clicks" in an ensemble cast - like MASH - where "strong"
characters can express strength without bench-pressing large items
of construction equipment.

(Man, it sounds like I'm writing his obituary or something.)

>My favorite character is T-Bone. Don't make me explain. I think Farel would
>be second, Razor would bw third, Felins would be fourth, and so on. My
>favorites would me 1. Cry Turmoil (15.25 B), 2. Razor's Edge (19 A), 3.

Wow. Something different. Cool. Most of us - running about 99%, I'm sure - pick
Razor. I'm hoping that if Tedco revives the thing (y-y-you know, so they can
*make* some money this decade), that they'll see fit to explore the BG of
Chance that we saw a glimpse of with "Bright and Shiny Future". Maybe
meeting Jake for the first time, or a couple-minute sequence of him in
the "old neighbourhood".

>I've been putting this off, but what in the world inspired this signature
>file? Seems almost as weird as one of mine!

What, Baltosig? Heh. It can't be as weird as yours - my spell-checker didn't
need the Heimlich Manoeuvre (heheheheh). The sig below is from the base
of a certain 1925 statue of a sled-dog in New York's Central Park. Check out
the video for more info, or e-mail or somethin'. I only bite if you're standing
in my dish.

"Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed
 antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters,
 through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in
 the winter of 1925. Endurance, Fidelity, Intelligence." -- "Balto"

Received on Tue Apr 23 1996 - 00:34:44 PDT

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