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well.. its episode time again, and this time i am actually very happy about this episode, from what i hear 203 was written mostly by purcell, and it really shows... the episode has a lot of zaney things that happen in it, espically in the second half of the episode (ill refrain from listing the specifics at this time)
while it can mostly be broken into 2 halves, there are inddeed 3 acts this time, plus a finale... each with a plot toist that makes the story seem like its moving along and not too short by the time it ends
i also like how in this episode some of the puzzles are not very obvious that there is a puzzle at all, and i was scratching my head at multiple points in the game, but once you figure out the puzzles... they all have logical solutions (even if some are far out there) and the cool thing is how you solve some puzzles without knowing what solving them is going to do... walking around without an endgame plan is so much cooler, and adds to the "we're screwed" ambience of the episode
the break down of the episode is 9 puzzles (as usual).. a teaser and 1st act puzzle to get to and into the castle, a second act containing 3 puzzles of cascading difficulites and a 3rd act containing 3 main multistage puzzles and of course a finale puzzle, this finale was kinda on the simple side... but that fact is overruled by just how damn funny and enjoyable playing that act is, which... makes it my favorite act of the entire episode (enough said there, hope i was vague enough for the moment :p)
the difficulty curve is nominal for the most part... the 1st act is much easier than the second 2 acts, but there is not much more difficulty to the third act and finale from the second.. (although i am sure some others may disagree, but thats my opinion at least) but the comedy associated with solving most of the puzzles in the episode guarantees a good laugh (something which cannot be said with most of the other season 2 puzzles, in the others you just solve... and move on to the next one without much of a giggle)
as for funny lines... ah, so many... my favorte laugh was the one time when sam said goodbye to max, and they both grunted at each other like zombies, and also... shooting all the zombies around the game
Sam: where did you file our last case max?
Max: under waste of our lives, comma, a freaking huge
Max: shoot em in the head its the only way they'll stay down!
Sam: Quiet knuckle head, with our aim were lucky to hit them at all
Max: finally enemies we can shoot and it doesnt do anything!
Sam: its like were being tortured by the almighty
(i have a bunch of others... but the lines are spoilery, so i am not going to quote them now)
i only had one peeve with the entire episode... and even though it is a major spoiler, i have to get this out now WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHOOT ZOMBIE MAX!!!!! you guys really missed some comedy gold with that one
anyways... time dig in, what does everyone else think of 203: night of the raving dead?
P.S. if anyone sees nick on this thread... shoot him