This is a bit belated, since the first season of Lower Decks came out in 2020, but I’ve only just recently gotten around to seeing it. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would like it, between the disappointment that was Discovery’s first and second seasons and my growing distaste for mainstream slapstick/“edgy” cartoon humor. (I never got around to seeing Rick and Morty.)
But it turns out Lower Decks is fun. It’s not unseating Deep Space Nine and Next Generation as my two favorite Treks, but it’s not trying to. It’s just being fun-to-watch, with lots of references to…
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is a cartoon about Adventure and the Power of Friendship set around a war between magical princesses and a group literally called “The Horde” located in “The Fright Zone”. In the middle of all of this is a supposedly normal girl who gains the power to transform into a mythical hero named She-Ra. Sounds like a good, light thing to watch, right?
Ostensibly, Paranoia Agent is a show about a series of attacks from a kid on roller blades wielding a metal bat, with two detectives trying to find the culprit. In practice, Paranoia Agent made me think of the opening line of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina:
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.