Trying to make math fun
Your teammates, Milli, Geo and Bot (who looks suspiciously similar to the Android operating system mascot), all boast "mighty math powers," which they put to good use to help others. Milli has pattern power, so she can control patterns, including camouflage, while Geo has shape powers, so he can build things from the shapes on his belt. (Bot's main skills are mechanical, most frequently seen in his belly-screen, where he displays intel.) Together, they cover the main bases of math, like identifying shapes, completing patterns and basic counting, with the lessons thinly veiled as steps along the way to success. To an older viewer, the education is pretty obvious, but it's fun enough to make learning about weights and such math matters an enjoyable path to the final celebratory song each episode.
Like many such shows, there's a lot of formula at work, but it's not like a series about math wouldn't have a lot of formula, would it? So each adventure starts and ends the same way, and, to be truthful, the middles feel pretty similar as well, but there's enough variety in the math to keep little ones interested, and the animation and design of the adorable main characters is bright, colorful and cute, keeping eyes on the screen, no matter how many times you identify the squares on-screen.
Though three of the episodes are from the show's first season, the fourth, "The Legend of the Blue Mermaid" is actually the most recent episode, and features a guest appearance by former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who plays the Blue Mermaid, and sings a song. Oddly, if I didn't tell you this, and you weren't aware of her voice, you'd have no idea about it, as it's not mentioned anyway. It's not as though she changes the dynamic of the series and lifts this episode to new heights, but normally when a celebrity of some acclaim makes a guest appearance on a series, especially one who might appeal to a wide swath of parents of young children, you at least mention it. But on the plus side, and which might mark a positive change in tactic, this is the second straight Nick DVD without a theme name, so there's none of that, why is this called that annoyance anymore.
The audio is delivered via Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks that are just what you'd expect, a balanced, right down the middle presentation. Everything sounds nice and clear, but you won't get anything dynamic out of it.
The game is followed by a trio of 30-second music videos, one for each member of the team, which are, in actuality, ads for the series. Nickelodeon sure seems to love re-purposing its commercials as supposed DVD content.
There's another extra that was in the DVD we received, but it may not be in every copy, and that's a free year's subscription to Parents magazine, which is a pretty nice offer.
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