Super Dinosaur

  • Title: Super Dinosaur – The Labyrinth of the Leviathans
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Super Dinosaur - The Labyrinth of the Leviathans television review

Distressed by an artifact shown to him by Derek (Valin Shinyei) and Super Dinosaur (Mac Heywood), Squidious (Brian Drummond) breaks out of Earthcore and returns to the oceans. Concerned with what he may be up to, SD and Derek head after him to discover Squidious is working to prevent a catastrophic event caused by the greed of Minimus (Sean Thomas) whose actions may have awakened a giant sea creature. Despite confusion over Squidious’ actions, SD and Derek find the truth inside the large undersea labyrinth that the Hammerhead Sharkmen wish to awaken. “The Labyrinth of the Leviathans” not only solidifies the alliance between Squidious and Earthcore but it also introduces the idea of dangers Minimus may be releasing on the world without ever knowing it. The pre-credit sequence does show Derek and SD getting in trouble by rushing into action yet again (a trait apparently not fixed by Derek learning his lesson in the previous episode).

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Super Dinosaur – Multi-Player

by Alan Rapp on October 27, 2020

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  • Title: Super Dinosaur – Multi-Player
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Super Dinosaur - Multi-Player television review

Derek‘s (Valin Shinyei) recklessness gets him into trouble when he rewires the training simulator to allow them to play their favorite video game (which has been referenced several times on the show so far) virtually as the perfect birthday gift for his best friend. Disabling the safety protocols, Derek traps himself, Super Dinosaur (Mac Heywood), and Erica (Shannon Chan-Kent) inside the game. “Multi-Player” has some fun with the video game construct, allowing for the players to fight in the virtual environment while also showing the audience what the game looks like from the outside which we see from Bruce (Brian Dobson) and Sarah’s (Kathleen Barr) perspective when they take over the kids’ avatars to help them through the dangerous final level. While a bit unintentional, the game works well as a team building exercise and teaches Derek the importance of thinking through possible consequences to his sometimes risky plans.

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  • Title: Super Dinosaur – The Floor Door Shuffle
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Super Dinosaur - The Floor Door Shuffle television review

The night after returning from a mission with Derek (Valin Shinyei), Super Dinosaur (Mac Heywood) disappears. Waking up in one of the locations of their previous missions, SD then finds himself pulled through another floor door and then another, each taking him back to a location in the system’s memory. While Derek hits the field to help with the trouble SD finds in each location, Dexter (Alessandro Juliani) and Erica (Shannon Chan-Kent) work on a solution before the stored locations run out and the malfunctioning floor door has nowhere left to send their friend. Although it doesn’t offer clips from previous episodes, SD returning to various locations acts not unlike a clip show reminding viewers of previous episodes. The episode is also notable for allowing SD’s stuffed animal Mr. Swimington to tag along for the ride and return to the running theme that penguins are jerks.

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Super Dinosaur – Out of Our Depth

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2020

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  • Title: Super Dinosaur – Out of Our Depth
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Super Dinosaur - Out of Our Depth television review

“Out of Our Depth” brings the return of Squidious (Brian Drummond) who Minimus (Sean Thomas) overthrows by turning the Sharkmen against their leader. After being captured by Earthcore, Squidious agrees to help Derek (Valin Shinyei) and Super Dinosaur (Mac Heywood) to prevent Minimus from doing more harm to the world’s oceans by using Dynore to transform the Lair Leviathan and punch through the ocean’s crust to get to Inner Earth. That means the former adversary working with the pair and helping them enter the Lair Leviathan.

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  • Title: Super Dinosaur – Storming the Castle
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Super Dinosaur - Storming the Castle television review

Dexter (Alessandro Juliani) takes in on himself to infiltrate Castle Maximus for clues to his missing wife, but when he runs into to trouble Derek (Valin Shinyei) and Super Dinosaur (Mac Heywood) show up to help out. “Storming the Castle” offers, by far, the most field time we’ve seen for Dexter’s father so far in the series (while also alluding to a past of such adventures). However, Dexter is outsmarted by Max Maximus (Marco Soriano) who spikes the drive Derek and his father make off with an attempt to free his own father from Earthcore. The episode also features a backstory on Erica (Shannon Chan-Kent) attempting to discover more about the secret project her parents have been working on only to be surprised when it turns out to be a gift for her.

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