Mike's Delayed Reaction Review-#409 (4-48), "Mart of Darkness"

MDRR #409 (4-48) - Thisíll be short and sweet

Contrivance #1 - That would be Daria not wearing her boots. If she had them on, Quinn would have never been able to take her bootlace and there wouldn't be any need to go get a new one.

I Wish I Never Met Them - I'll agree with Miss Barch and say that I didn't really like the Thompsons either. They seemed a little dumb and very petty. And it's not hard to see how Kevin decided that football is his top priority. Actually, it's a wonder he's turned out as good as he has - at least he seems pleasant.

Contrivance #2 - That would be the lack of barbecue sauce. If they had some, Kevin would have never been sent to get it and he and Brittany would have never gotten lost while looking for it.

The Honeymoon is Over - It seems that Jane and Tom are way past the part of the relationship where they can't ever get mad at each other (TMI: which is only theoretical in my world). It seems that all they've been doing lately is fighting but it either one of them to blame? Jane seems to like having conflict, and sometimes goes out of her way to create some of it. She's not doing anything big to start fights with Tom, they're more like "sins of omission" (like the gummy-bears here and Jane-cam in Psycho Therapy).

Contrivance #3 - That would be Jesse and Trent, who just happened to be going to PayDay, giving Tom the opportunity to tag along.

He Fell Off the Cheese Log into the Grease River - Mr. DeMartino has gone so insane that Miss Li won't even let him eat anything in front of anyone. It's justified, considering that he couldn't stay away from those cheese logs. As for the cheese logs, the lady at that free sample stand didn't mind lying to people to get them to try one. Finally, as for Mr. DeMartino and Mrs. Johansen's little competition, well, I can't think about what happened there, not right now.

Contrivance #4 - That would be Quinn running out of sunscreen, which made the Fashion Club go to out (not so) favorite megastore.

Chase of the Bigger Outcast - I think Daria and Jane possibly found a new ally in Andrea. The comment I'd like to make about this new found lessening of hostilities, is that the three of them finally looked past any preconceived notions they had about each other. Daria and Jane saw Andrea as a planet further out in the high school solar system - the Pluto to their Neptune. Where Andrea saw Daria and Jane as the pseudo-outcasts who complain a lot but don't really have it that bad. Now, they seem to be closer to being on the same page.

Contrivance #5 - That would be Mr. DeMartino's final act of insanity that caused the power to go out and, in effect, trap all the people in the store that were brought there by all of the other contrivances.

This episode was kind of like one of those bulk stores - there are a lot of oversized, debatably under priced products that aren't that interesting or even useful. There were so many things going on that it was hard to get settled in with any one of them. Also it felt like whomever was driving this vehicle needed a roadmap, nothing really had any direction and everything was going around in circles.

Grade: B-

Daria as a Whole #1, Alter-Ego of the Week - Iíll go with Speed Skater Quinn

Daria as a Whole #2, It Starting to Get to Me - The problems with this episode are endemic of the problems with the whole season. There was too many "Daria Cliches," like Stacy not showing any backbone, Kevin and Brittany being dumb (and overexposed), etc. Also, there have been far too many gratuitous reference to and appearances by very peripheral characters (Mrs. Johansen has been in two episodes in a row). So far, the good in each episode has far outshined these problems (thus the relatively high grades), but if these things keep showing up, and thereís nothing to suggest that they wonít, the episodes better be good, very good, otherwise.

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