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Big O V1
The first season of The Big O ended in mid-story, with the fate of the characters left hanging; fans will be glad to see the second season make its belated appearance. The familiar characters--Negotiator Roger Smith, his automaton Girl Friday Dorothy, and blonde Angel--are all back, as are the sinister Alex Rosewater, the head of the Paradigm Corporation, and the screechy villain Schwartzwald (although Schwartzwald may actually be dead). Instead of individual stories, the episodes form a single narrative, albeit a jumbled and often incoherent one. In the first installment, an impoverished Roger wanders through a strangely reconstituted Paradigm City, yet in the next three, he's once again his wealthy, suave self. Presumably all these questions will be sorted out as the story progresses, along with source of plague that erased the memories of the citizens of Paradigm City. (Rated 13 and older: violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Big O II picks up where the first season left off, and places the viewer right back in the action. The animation has changed a bit, and the episodic nature of the first season has largely been replaced with a more serial format. While I enjoyed the first season very much, I feel this was a change that needed to come; obviously there was something strange going on in Paradigm, and to tell the story a more complex and interwoven tale was going to have to be told. These first episodes of the second season immediately shake some preconceptions the viewer may have had about the series after season one, and introduce new elements and characters into the story, paving the way for what is to come.
Now to the reason I gave this 2 stars. I own both a Windows PC using a Pioneer DVD drive, and a Toshiba SD-V391 DVD player. The DVD did not work in either device. The disc just spins and is attempted to be read unsuccessfully. Suffice it to say, I'm disappointed. I can survive with my videotaped copies off of Adult Swim, but I was looking forward to being able to view this series at a high visual and sound quality, and be able to pause the episodes to get a closer look at what is going on in each episode. From my own internet investigation, it seems that Bandai has unapologetically been releasing many of its series' DVDs with these defects and not fixing the problem. I am currently attempting to get a replacement, but based on the aforementioned investigation, I have little hope that this replacement is going to work any better. While I'm sure the disc works on some players, I feel compelled to warn potential buyers that the disc may not operate on your player.
This travesty has finally been rectified. A cooperative effort between Cartoon Network, Sunrise, and Bandai has brought us the second season of the Big O. All of the good things about the first season are back, along with a few extras. The plot really picks up in the second season, as Roger and company get closer to the truth of what really happened 40 years ago. The stand alone episodes of the first season are gone; almost every episode from season two ends with "To be continued." Also, the animation is much improved. There is a great deal of computer animation in the second season which seamlessly integrates with the traditional cell animation (which itself seems to have a wonderful digital sheen).
For returning fans: If you enjoyed the first season of the Big O, you will adore the second season. It's everything you could possibly want and more.
For other interested parties: If you liked the Batman animated series (the older episodes, not the new ones with the Justice League or Superman), or you though Cowboy Bebop would have been a lot better with some giant robots, then I can't recommend this show enough. Heck, even if you don't like those things I recommend the Big O. I suggest checking out Volume 1 of the Big O. There's a lot to digest here and you don't want to start in the middle.
The actual depth of storyline has also decreased with the second season. Granted, the first season of the Big O contains some extremely thought provoking episodes, but the second season just cannot compare. All that said, it is great that we were all given some closure (for those of you who don't know, the first season ended in a cliffhanger a few years ago) on the situation in Paradigm City, with all the original Japanese voice talent intact. Those of you who have never seen the Big O before are still in for a treat, and hardened Big O veterans will get enjoyment from seeing their favorite Negotiator back in action.