Part 2

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Jake Roach, Staff Reporter

Last week I wrote to you all about the first three episodes of the third season of Video Game High School. The season is still in full swing and I decided I would weigh in on each episode until the season ends, which is, unfortunately, only two weeks away.

Anyway, I got home Monday and sat down in front of my computer. Eagerly, I jumped to YouTube as fast as I could knowing what waited under the tab labeled “My Subscriptions”. I filtered through every cat video known to man and underneath it all lay episode 4 of season 3. I was so excited for the laughs, gaming reference, and overall to indulge in the world of VGHS.

I didn’t meet the show I was expecting, nothing near it for that matter.

The episode opens with Freddie Wong (Ted’s father in the show) riding his motorcycle through the woods without a helmet. If you’ve seen the show, then you know this is not unfamiliar behavior for Freddie. He is a conceited character who is convinced he is “awesome” in every sense of the word. (Spoiler Alert) Riding a motorcycle recklessly through the woods, he crashes and dies.

While this is happening, Ted shows up to Ki’s house to convince her to come back to VGHS after she cheated in the election. Brian and Jenny (who broke up after the game against Napalm) also show up separately to convince Ki to come back. Clearly this makes for an awkward scene at the home and one that seems familiar to VGHS.

The episode seems predictable, seems like it’s going to be open and shut, but it’s not. Once Ted receives the information of his fathers death, the plot gets thicker than it’s ever gotten.

Ted jumps back and forth between a sense of denial and a melancholy helplessness. The death is hard to face for Ted, knowing his father never loved him the way Ted loved his father.

This episode marks the first episode to be exclusively character building. No action happens whatsoever, only true emotions that have never been explored this deep in the history of the show.

When I got home, I didn’t get the show I was expecting, but that’s not a bad thing. I’ve never felt so connected to the characters and the whole episode just shows how much the show has grown since the first episode. I can’t wait to finish out the season.