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« on: March 01, 2015, 08:46:50 AM »
Yes, the series is still staged a bit jarring. But this is the first really good episode of the series.

The idea, that the rabbits are looking for Cowslip's Warren AFTER they reached Watership Down maybe a bit odd, but I think, the story writers managed it to make it comprehensible.

Swapping a warren, that has Elil and that's much too small (for the moment) with a big, seemingly safe warren isn't unlogical.

What's also great about this episode is the strange and weird, I would also call it constrained, atmosphere in Cowslip's Warren. The rabbits look like they're on drugs, but why not. That just emphasizes, that the rabbits in Cowslip's Warren aren't living anymore. They're just breathing shells, ignoring their inescapable fate.

And one highlight imo is Silverweed's strange und unnatural story telling.

And even if it wasn't mentioned by the creators, this episode lays the foundation of some great episodes in the third season.


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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2015, 09:32:26 PM »
Another highlight is characters' reactions to Bigwig's "death" by getting caught in the snare, especially Fiver's which is highly emotional. Maybe he is reacting more strongly, because he blames himself for not sensing with his visions that Cowslip's warren is full of snares?

In spite of episode's generally somber tone (at least from the moment Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig and Holly reach the Warren of Shining Wires), there are a few funny scenes like a digging lesson at the beginning. Despite her sincere efforts, Blackberry doesn't have much luck with arousing enthusiasm in her students, who jump on any opportunity to avoid digging. :D

There is a moment in this episode, that doesn't make much sense to me though. When Hawkbit and Dandelion sit in barely-started burrow and get soaked in the rain, I wonder: why can't you just go down to Honeycomb? There should be more than enough room for them and the rain can't get them there. I guess TV-show writers threw out logic there to make a funny scene at the expense of D&H. :p
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2015, 09:41:12 PM »
I agree with the last point. But I still have to say: When Bigwig is caught in the snare, his agony appears a bit strange, because the animators seem to have their problems with the scene and because of the missing blood, it simply doesn't seem to be so dangerous. To me, it even looks a bit like Bigwig is sleeping. When I think at the same scene in the movie, that looked impressive.

But what looked great was his panicky glimpse and his widened eyes.

Also his "I'm alive" sounded a bit contrived.

But those are trifles. Maybe still only one thing: His "fight" against Cowslip could also have been done a bit better. But what was really great was Cowslip's madness and his laughing.

And Hazel's reaction: "Run! Stay in the open!"


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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2015, 10:13:04 PM »
Great episode, it really showed that the series was going to be a lot more than your standard, cheesy cartoon. Strawberry himself was a highlight of the First Season.

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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2015, 10:16:19 PM »
"All we have is time. All the time in the world..."

Yes, Strawberry was amazing!


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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2015, 03:20:34 PM »
I don't know if this is EXACTLY the idea behind these topics but... they really made me want to re-watch the entire series (heck, I have already watched a few episodes).

Good job, ya night critter.

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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2015, 03:28:20 PM »
The intention is to bring more life into this forum. But when you re-watch now the series and have the desire to discuss the episodes afterwards, the idea worked better than expected :)


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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2015, 04:05:40 PM »
Quote from: Darkling Nocturnal on Mar 1 2015, 03:46:50 AM
What's also great about this episode is the strange and weird, I would also call it constrained, atmosphere in Cowslip's Warren. The rabbits look like they're on drugs, but why not. That just emphasizes, that the rabbits in Cowslip's Warren aren't living anymore. They're just breathing shells, ignoring their inescapable fate.

And one highlight imo is Silverweed's strange und unnatural story telling.

And even if it wasn't mentioned by the creators, this episode lays the foundation of some great episodes in the third season.
:spit     Hahahaha rabbits drugs, something consume grass (?)


Certainly this is one of the best episodes of the season thanks to how well adapted the book and situations. Rabbits are very rare with a blank stare and fear in the hearts. Holly is a big rabbit who never leave anyone behind why burrow again Cowslip to recover Pimpernel. Hawkbit was a doe in another life, so it is good digging hehehehe. In this episode the best rabbit universe, the incomparable, adorable and perfect Silverweed appears telling a poem which in the end means death. I'm sure Cowslip raised him to be a manipulator rabbit with this psychic power. Only Fiver could see the truth in that den full of death and leaves. Bigwik nearly died in bright wire, but thanks to its excellent friends Hazel and Fiver is safe.
Very good episode, but one thing that bothers me in this series .... WHY did not survive PIMPERNEL ???? !!!! It is THE MOST FUNNY BUNNY IN THE UNIVERSE !. with bugs bunny,buster and El-ahrairah .  :hazel
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2015, 04:29:32 PM »
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And Hazel's reaction: "Run! Stay in the open!"

And they run straight into the bushes. :p

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I don't know if this is EXACTLY the idea behind these topics but... they really made me want to re-watch the entire series (heck, I have already watched a few episodes).

Making people watch tv-series again is certainly a great bonus of those topics. ;)

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. WHY did not survive PIMPERNEL ???? !!!! It is THE MOST FUNNY BUNNY IN THE UNIVERSE !. with bugs bunny,buster and El-ahrairah . :hazel

Don't you mean Bluebell? I thought he was the jokester amongst the rabbits.
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2015, 04:48:14 PM »
So... Pimpernel died on the snares and that's it? That's kind of lame, actually.

It would have been very awesome if they had the guts to show the group finding his (or hers, I don't know) corpse on the shining wire. It also wouldn't hurt if they told the audience who Pimpernel was, just in case -and chances are- they didn't watch the movie nor read the books.

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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2015, 05:05:15 PM »
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It also wouldn't hurt if they told the audience who Pimpernel was, just in case -and chances are- they didn't watch the movie nor read the books.

That's another good reason to start the series in Sandleford. If they did that, they would have been able to show us who Pimpernel is and makes us care about his eventual fate.
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2015, 09:23:32 PM »
Quote from: Myrkin on Mar 4 2015, 11:29:32 AM
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. WHY did not survive PIMPERNEL ???? !!!! It is THE MOST FUNNY BUNNY IN THE UNIVERSE !. with bugs bunny,buster and El-ahrairah . :hazel

Don't you mean Bluebell? I thought he was the jokester amongst the rabbits.
OH NOOOO always confused with Pimpernel with Bluebell, Frith help me. I mean the only survivor next to Captain Holly, "Bluebell". This rabbit had to be in is super comic book in the series, always talk with jokes and anecdotes Super funny. It is a pity that then appears in the series. Pimpernel dies in the hutch Cowslip in two ways, one by the book and another by the series. It's sad ...   :(

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Bluebell: The only rabbit besides Holly to survive destruction of the Sandleford Warren and reach Watership Down. Bluebell is a compulsive joker whose chattering has often kept the others running, for good or for ill, when physical exertion takes its toll. Holly notes that, after barely surviving the destruction of the Sandleford Warren, he could not have completed his journey to rejoin Hazel's group without Bluebell's constant joking, and is quite attached to Bluebell. When Holly tells the tale of their escape, it is Bluebell who provides the account describing the terrifying effects of the gas on the rabbits underground, and of how he and Pimpernel aided one another to escape. He is the only rabbit in the book apart from Dandelion to tell a story of El-ahrairah     :unsure
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2015, 01:54:51 PM »
Yes, it's a pity they didn't put him in tv-series. Imagine the contrast between his optimistic, joking attitude and Hawkbit's pessimistic sarcasm. ;)
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