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Before I begin, I mentioned in my blog about the premiere date( you can find it here:(https://discover.hubpages.com/entertainment/The-CupHead-Show) that the plot mirrored the game, and I’m sorry for that, as I was off. Way off, but I’ll get to that in due time. For now, I’ll finish my introduction.
Okay, I haven’t played the 2017 video game yet, so this was my formal introduction to CupHead. And I think it was a good introduction to the franchise. And this is despite how it differs from the game, which we’ll get into after discussing the premise. Also this first impression will be focused on the first two episodes. That said let’s get into this.
The Premise of episodes 1 and 2...
The show started with CupHead and his brother MugMan painting a fence, as instructed by Elder Kettle. After CupHead blew up the fence with a cannon, he and MugMan went to buy more paint. This is how they came across a carnival run by the Devil, where CupHead got caught up in a game that cost him his soul. Or it would have had MugMan not retrieved CupHead’s soul. From there CupHead and MugMan escaped the carnival with The Devil hellbent on getting CupHead’s soul.
The second episode is disconnected from the first, as CupHead and MugMan ended up taking care of a baby left on their door step. From there CupHead and MugMan tried their best to care for the baby, as t put them through the ringer with various shenanigans. Things spiraled into disaster after MugMan reprimanded the baby for touching Elder Kettle’s radio.
From there CupHead and MugMan tried to keep their house in one piece during the baby’s rampage. After the baby destroyed their house, and Elder Kettle came back from his errand, the trio passed the baby off to a new person to end the episode.
The negatives are subjective, as the slapstick might not land everyone given how atypical it is. Another is people might find CupHead and MugMan under developed and overly annoying. And given how popular plot driven cartoons like Owl House and Gravity Falls are, the episodic nature of CupHead might not jive with viewers of those other shows.
The positives are also subjective, as fans of the classic rubber hose animation would enjoy the comedy in this. Simply because it’s a throwback to those cartoons. There’s also the chemistry between CupHead and MugMan, as that felt genuine like a natural relationship between two brothers. I also felt the Devil was a standout villain, as he was given a solid introduction. That and the jokes are written in a manner to appeal to kids and adults.
A brief overview of the differences between the game and show's story.
Now the game’s plot was straight forward as CupHead losing his soul in a game of craps to the Devil. From there they make a deal with thee Devil to retrieve the souls of other debtors to him. The CupHead Show meanwhile has CupHead loses a game of ski-ball by accident because MugMan shoved him to get his attention. From there, CupHead loses the game of “soul ball” and has his should sucked out. After CupHead’s soul was retrieved by MugMan, before they escaped the carnival.
And due to the episodic format format, episode 2 had a basic plot of CupHead and MugMan having hi jinx with a baby, which is disconnected with the overarching plot of the devil seeking CupHead’s soul.
In Conclusion The CupHead Show was off to a good start. Now as of writing this I’ve seen up to episode 11, so as far as first impressions go, I’d say it got better as it continued. Time will tell on whether or not my final thoughts match my first impressions.
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