Director: Johnny Darrell
Writers: Jonathan Callan, Ken Pontac and Guy Toubes
Cast: Sam Vincent, Lee Tockar, Shannon Chan-Kent
Studio: Shout Factory

“Slugterra: Return of the Elementals” is about Junjie joining the team as the expert slugslinger. It probably wasn’t the best thing to watch “Slither” right before watching this movie. There’s many similarities as certain slugs can control people much like the slugs in “Slither”. If I remember correctly, Junjie was in “Ghoul from Beyond”. I think that was the first or second compilation and the slugs that Junjie possessed an important role to save the day.

By now, I’ve watched most of the show that’s available on DVD. I still don’t get it, but I was never part of the generation that watched Pokemon or had collectible card game. Our Japanese influenced shows were Robotech, Thundercats and Silverhawks. That’s a only different thing, as they had action figures and cool toys. “Slugterra” represents the second or third generation of the Pokemon era, as kids are now trained to obsess over animal training and casual gambling. I guess that’s a good thing?

The problem with being an adult reviewing a show obviously made as a commercial fare directed at kids is that age makes you aware of the transparency. This is meant to let kids know how cool the Slugs are and to head out and buy their branded stuff. I still like the lead kid Eli, as he’s way casual about going underground and making monster slugs fight each other. Junjie keeps showing up as the dick kid that’s about to blow a blood vessel if his slugs don’t cover his reputation. The Goon is an evil slug that plays the villain role to cover the dramatic arc.

You know that feeling when you’re trapped on the couch during the Holidays where an elementary school aged relative screams in your ear about everything that is cool in their pop culture world? That’s what the movie was like for me. I could see that something was happening, but I don’t have the mental framework to pin down what made it important. Honestly, Shout could’ve screwed with me and showed me one of the DVDs again. How would I know?


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