A poor execution of trying to do a quick episode by recylcing locations, with a few poor new locations and with some honestly pathetic soundtrack compared to what Jared has done before in the Sam and Max series (although the underground train station score was quite good). Covered by overuse of cutscenes, with highly stupid puzzles that instead of displaying difficulty, just contain loads of badly constructed logic, that make you think it's hard.
Night of the Raving Dead was the last good episode with some feeling, it even used past locations, but didn't overuse them to the point of mad scientist obsession.
Chariots of the Dogs is bland, illogical and smothered in cut scenes, and the amount of "modified"/re-use of old locations just seems like a cut and paste nightmare. Then come the marachis - worst plot twist ever! They're freaking annoying (yes worse than the soda poppers), the idea that a spaceship is piloted by them, just pisses me off. And yes I get that it was meant to point out that they might be "illegal aliens" in terms of being immigrants, but I don't care. The mystical score in that episode, what the hell was that!? The only thing I would recommend this episode for is the humor, but if you want a logical, plot-driven, fun episode with feeling look elsewhere.
What's New Beezlebub? was a similar episode, with better ideas, better believability (I didn't really mind the Poppers were the masters of all the bad guys after that terrible marachi twist) and better execution. The score was also better, the plot was so scrambled though it made Chariots of the Dogs look like a masterpiece, but this episode got away with that, because it dealt with the Sam and Max Universe, not some idiotic time-travel thing. Humour was there in a way, but the illogical-ness was at a high, I mean paper clips to get a stupid game cartridge - why? Swopping a shopping list for a swear list was incredibly stupid, why wouldn't Bliss notice they had changed, why does whatever is in that spot, allow it to be the official swear list - that just pissed me off big time.
Overall, I do enjoy all the Sam and Max games, and have many that I love, and I'm not saying I hate these ones, for there are far worse episodes. But they had so much things wrong with them and they felt so bland and like a hack-job, that I forgot to love the good parts of the episodeS.
So, does anyone else feel like that these two just don't go well with the series, or is it just me??? :(