Monday, February 10, 2014

Video Game High School (2013 – Second Season)

Number Rolled: 12
Movie Name/Year: Video Game High School (2013 – Second Season)
Genre: Comedy
Length: 209 minutes (in total)
Rating: NR
Director: Matthew Arnold, Brandon Laatsch, Freddie Wong
Writer: Matthew Arnold, Will Campos, Brian Firenzi, Chris Pappavaselio, Elle Schneider, Sarah Tarkoff, Freddie Wong, Jimmy Wong
Actors: Josh Blaylock, Brian Firenzi, Johanna Braddy, Jimmy Wong, Ellary Porterfield, Hallie Ricardo, Anthony Gioe, Chase Williamson, Brennan Murray, Harley Morenstein, Benji Dolly, Joel Kelley Dauten, Riley Rose Critchlow, Clinton Jones, Will Campos, Joanna Sotomura, Rocky Collins, Freddie Wong, Nicole Wyland, Cynthia Watros, Markell Andrew, Chris Hardwick, Stan Lee

Brian is finally settling into Video Game High School. He’s got great friends and is doing well in his classes and FPS Junior Varsity team. In the wake of The Law’s cheating charges, things are starting to get back to normal. But with the Kart clique threatening his friend Ted’s status with the Drift clique, and his growing romance with fellow FPS teammate, Jenny, how long can things possibly stay that way?

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I don’t tend to write about TV shows in this blog. In fact, I never do. I made an exception for “Video Game High School’s” second season for two reasons. First of all, when I did the first season, a while back, Netflix wasn’t showing it as separate episodes – instead it was on instant play as a long single movie. Second, there are only six episodes (which I watched in one sitting) and if you skip the credits in them, they’re only about 30 minutes each, which is still long – but not too far from the length of a movie.

With that explained, I have to say that I LOVED the second season of “VGHS.”  It was all the same gaming cheese that the first one was, but there was a better plot and the characters became more in depth. Also, the actors were spectacular. Brian Firenzi isn’t my cup of tea, but I really love Josh Blaylock and Johanna Braddy. Both of them are believable as their characters and really helped me get into the story. In the long run, I thought it was better than the first, which is interesting because the first one got a near-perfect score.

Each genre of gaming is represented, with the FPS having a football team kind of status. I haven’t seen the RPGers yet, but assume that’ll come out in season 3. I especially loved the way the Mario Kart clique was portrayed (they are only referred to as the Kart players due to copyrighting, but it’s obvious what they’re meant to be). I’m fairly certain I would wind up as one of them.

Like the first one, this is a must-see for gamers with a sense of humor.

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 4.9/5
Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None

Trust-the-Dice Score5/5

The Random Rating: PG-13 for moderate action violence

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