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Impeach Max. No, seriously. Impeach him. The joke's not funny anymore.

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I posted this in the Penal Zone sticky, but I'm not sure if it's really getting any serious attention anymore at this point, so I thought I'd say it here as well.

Now then, considering the humor for this season of Sam & Max: For the most part, it is top notch. You get more wry and, well, Sam & Max-ish every season and this is no exception. I'm particularly fond of the fact that Max clearly has a conscience this season. One of the things that make Sam & Max so funny (at least to me) is the fact that they joke about doing awful things, but we know they'd never really do them. Well... They'd never do them to people who didn't deserve it. But the past two seasons heavily implied that, if it wasn't for Sam, Max would do absolutely sick and sadistic things to innocent people and that honestly made me dislike him a lot. This season it's more obvious that Max may be willing to brutalize bad people, but he wouldn't really hurt innocent people. We do have to actually LIKE our heroes, after all.

I do have to say, though, that I really wish you guys would try making each season fresh rather than rehashing old jokes and situations, though. It's fun seeing recurring characters like Stinky and Superball (Man, that guy cracks me up!), but some of the recurring jokes and characters are just annoying or feel alienating to new players. The Sybil/Lincoln thing was funny last season, but I was hoping you'd just let it die this year. Same with the references to Girl Stinky's true identity. For people new to the series, you're sort of giving away a lot of the jokes and plot twists for them if they ever want to play the older games. And, in the case of Girl Stinky, I feel it really hurts the Sam & Max humor of finding out something incredibly bizarre, and then never mentioning it again as though it's not really that interesting anyway.

Oh. And impeach Max. Because the President Max joke isn't funny anymore. It was wearing thin during season 2 and I rolled my eyes in disgust when Sam mentioned Max was still president this season. Again, the Sam & Max series works best when it has that sitcom element of a story can end with the weirdest of situations (like a city being destroyed, for example), but the next episode starts up with that thing having never happened. Or possibly being referred to, but no explanation for how things are different now. I don't want to sound so critical, because you guys are REALLY doing a great job. It's just that I feel that your determination to stick so closely to continuity is hurting the series.

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  • I liked it when Leonard was locked up, it was like the black comedy of The League of Gentlemen.

  • I also LIKE having Max as continuing president. And I like Superball and Harry (to some extent - I'd like if his character was a tad less pathetic, actually).

  • @Fury said: I wish Harry would die. His voice actor is horrendous. Does anyone like him?!?

    I like him when he plays Davey Nipperkin from Tales of Monkey Island. I thought he sounded great in that role because he just talks normally, rather than sounding all whiny like he does when voicing Harry Moleman. But, come to think of it, I don't actually mind Moleman's voice, I think it's okay and it suits the character.

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    @Remolay said: I like harry and I am very used to his voice.

    I love the idea of President Max and am wondering why he hasn't destroyed the world yet

    also Brady Culture was my favorite villain of season one and I liked the soda poppers.

    *Grabs popcorn*

    Edit: I'm not joking about any of this

    I like Harry. It's probably because I just enjoy the molemen in Sam & Max in general. :D I really liked Doug, Shuv-Ool, and the intergalactic mole man in Hit the Road too. :)

    I enjoyed Brady Culture a lot. I was quite surprised to find out so many people disliked him. :eek: I liked his character. And his voice fit the "I used to be a celebrity and you adored me. Adore me again!" personality perfectly. :)

    As for the Soda Poppers, I liked the idea of the characters, I just didn't like their voices. I know I would have enjoyed them more if they were in the print comics. I know they were going for a grown up child star still tries to imitate their child voice. But like Screech from Saved by the Bell or Urkel, the grown up voice gets really irritating after a while. The Soda Poppers were annoying but tolerable in Culture Shock because of the joke, but they were really overused and became really annoying towards the end.

    I really love Max being president too. I enjoy hearing the twisted stuff he's unleashed on the citizens. :) And, I don't think it's against his character at all. Even in the comics, you get the feeling Max would go crazy if given power. I really hope this season leads to Max doing something big with his powers. :D

  • @Jennifer said: I enjoyed Brady Culture a lot. I was quite surprised to find out so many people disliked him. :eek: I liked his character. And his voice fit the "I used to be a celebrity and you adored me. Adore me again!" personality perfectly. :)

    That's self delusion on Brady's part, he was NEVER adored, in fact he probably had a realtive on the network board or his show would have canceled after the first episode.

    As for President Max shouldn't his presidency have ended when he became a zombie? I still like the joke but maybe at season 4 he would resign to pursue more violent interests leaving Vice President Stalagmite-that-looks-like-Mr.-Spatula to take office, becoming the greatest president ever.

  • I agree the mention of Max being president is getting old...

    Also kinda wished they would let the Sybil Lincoln thing die after a while too but no biggie..

    I don't mind Harry Moleman I still think he's kinda funny.

  • I say keep max president,
    at least until we go to war.

  • @pwblaine said: I say keep max president,
    at least until we go to war.

    Max's first act as president was to start a war, what are you talking about?

  • Hell no, I like how the stories are continuous and not isolated incidents, something they delve in a lot deeper too this year (with one continuious story instead of seperate stories). I definitely wouldn't want that to change, my most favorite tv-series are those that actually take events of the past into account instead of blank slating each and everytime. What's the point if the characters never 'learn'?

    As such, I really think President Max is funny.

    As for Superball and Harry... I am fine with Superball staying but I agree it would be nice if we got rid of Harry finally...

  • Sam: "Ladies and Gentlemen: The President of the United States."


    That one about killed me, lol.

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