My Little Pony: Somnambula (S02E11-12)
My Little Pony ‘n Friends / 20th October 2020

bat recaps My Little Pony: Somnambula (S02E11-12) – BIG BROTHER (Ponies) ARE BACK, BABY! Where did they go and why? Who cares! But the Ponies’ celebration plans are interrupted by, yet again, another villain. This one has a magic bird! How amazing!

The Baby-Sitters Club (2020): Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (s01e02)
Baby-Sitters Club / 24th July 2020

Summary: The spooky spirit of Halloween sweeps through Stoneybrook. Meanwhile, Claudia explores budding romance and struggles to connect with her parents. This is one of my favourite books in the series, they’re so silly and sweet and spooky all at the same time, and I’m thrilled to see it in this adorable show. Fingers crossed that I love it as much as I do the book.  Also: Claudia narration? CLAUDIA NARRATION!

The Baby-Sitters Club (2020): Kristy’s Great Idea (s01e01)
Baby-Sitters Club / 5th July 2020

Say hello to your friends! But this is not that show, as cheesy and wonderful as it was, so let’s get started with the actual show. Summary: A creative concept comes to life as Kristy starts a club with her best friends — and a new classmate. But is she ready to be a team leader? Uh, that summary sounds terribly boring. I know they tend to be short, but good lord, that is dry as fuck. While we recap the books (the first 9 have been done so far) and we will recap the older tv show and the movie, I will not be recapping this tv show, mostly because it seems like the plots align pretty closely to the books. HOWEVER, I have looked forward to this show so damn much, and since this is where I bring my BSC nostalgia, I am going to share my thoughts. Written in real-time, edited only for spelling, adding information like actor names, and formatting for the site. I AM SO DAMN EXCITED, Y’ALL! IT’S FINALLY HERE! I CANNOT WAIT TO BEGIN. No more waiting. Let’s do this.

Jude’s Guide to Christmas Episode Identification
TV / 23rd December 2019

OH IT’S CHRISTMASTIME AND IT’S CHRISTMASTIME AND IT’S CHRISTMAS-CHRISTMAS-CHRISTMASTIIIIIIIIIME!!!! It’s my favorite time of year again and for Nostalgic Bookshelf I’ve started this article that turned into something a bit different from what I originally planned. The Christmas episode, that one special episode a franchise usually creates in time for the holiday season. Sometimes they may be twice as long as a usual episode which means they don’t normally air in regular syndication, but if they’re normal length the stations won’t care enough to pull them from rotation. You also have commonly retold Christmas stories such as “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “The Nutcracker” whose plots are so specific they tend to simply be re-adapted as their own tales instead of being used as the basis for an episode. Sitcoms and cartoons have plenty of stock plots for easy episodes, “Two Dates At The Same Time,” “Miscommunication = Cheating Partner,” “Character Gets Drunk With Power,” “New Job Causes New Problems,” but none are as predictable as Christmas episodes. It can take a lot of effort to breathe new life into these ideas, and sometimes you have to either be really, REALLY funny or willing to make things…