When I was a kid I loved SatAM and didn't care for Adventures. Now my opinion is the opposite. SatAM is a pretty good kids' show, but it's not one of those shows that holds up for adult viewing, which a lot of '90s cartoons did well. At the same time SatAM was out, it was competing with other kids' action shows like Batman: The Animated Series, ReBoot, and Beast Wars, which blow it away in terms of action and characters and story. ReBoot and Beast Wars also try to do some comedy, as SatAM does, and again, they're better at it. And I only list these ones because they're shows I've watched relatively recently. SatAM is not an all time great. That said, is it good when compared to more run of the mill early '90s shows like Swat Kats or Captain Planet or Mighty Max? Sure, it's definitely in league with them. And they're pretty good. They're just not all time greats.
Now I think SatAM is boring and a chore to watch, but I can see why kids would like it, especially in an era when they couldn't instantly watch any cartoon ever made. But I find Adventures more entertaining. I used to think SatAM looked better because it looked all crisp and clean, and I do still like how it looks, but SatAM's animation is actually pretty good and helps its comedy. It's no Ren & Stimpy or anything, but it's decent for a comedy cartoon of its era. Again, not an all time great, but it compares well with the average competing show of its time, and its time had better shows than most times.
Because the one thing ArchieSonic was good for was making the best of stupid characters and concepts, at least once Flynn was on it. It's all Flynn is good for, really. It would have been neat to get what probably would have been a loving and respectful, but actually well made (unlike the show) finale to Underground. Underground sucks, but they made a finale, and it would be cool to see it.
As much as I now strongly prefer the games' canon over SatAM and Archie, I do think it would be cool to include the SatAM characters as tertiary characters who guest star every now and then. This is what should have happened after the Super Genesis Wave, instead of keeping them as main characters over more important characters from the games. But if Mighty and Ray can show up every now and then, then it would be cool to have the SatAM characters operating in their own corner of the universe. They shouldn't be main characters, but if they show up to guest star every now and then, and appear in big massive climactic brawls, then that would be cool. But since they were used so badly in the comics for so long, I don't see Sega ever allowing this. And I don't blame them, either.
>Hell, I'd argue the episode about him & Uncle Chuck remains one of the strongest in the entire series
Yeah, because it was one of the few where Sonic was actually the main character and not just a plot device.
All that said, I'm a little conflicted, because the games basically use Sonic as a plot device frequently as well, because he's based on generic shounen heroes like Goku, who are frequently used as plot devices. And the best parts of Dragon Ball Z are when Goku is out of commission and Krillin and Bulma and Gohan are the real main characters, waiting for Goku to show up as a plot device that automatically beats the bad guy. And Sally is not unlike Bulma. Tails is not unlike Gohan. But then I guess it just brings us back to the point that, while SatAM is a good show, it's not an all time great. Dragon Ball Z is. It's not a fair comparison. And if you don't like Dragon Ball Z, then just consider that a more scathing criticism of SatAM, that it has even worse characterization and plotting than Dragon Ball Z.
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