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Whelp, as of yesterday, the new episode of Defenders of Berk is out. And you all know what that means right? 8D

 

Fair warning, there are a few spoilers for this episode up ahead!

 

Screaming Death. Officially one bad-donkey of dragon. Reminds me of the Red Death in the sense that the other dragons follow it around, feed it, and obey it. The lack in numbers of the Whispering Deaths in comparison to the eggs makes me worry they've eaten off the rest of their siblings to survive, sort of how like hyenas and some species of sharks.

 

And I've noticed something after re-watching a few episodes and seeing this new one:

 

There are no opening/closing monologues of Hiccup's and the beginning/ending of each episode. It's rather bothersome to me since it's one of those little things I've come to love in the series. I'm sincerely hoping they bring them back in the coming episodes.

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ur right

yea ur totally right i didnt noticed

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I noticed that too. I knew

I noticed that too. I knew something was different from the first episode.

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Still have to watch it. Hope

Still have to watch it. Hope someone put it up online today as I don't have cable. Been excited ever since the trailers to see the Screaming Death.

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Hm...

I'm in the same boat as you, but I can tell you it is online. I just don't know about posting outsite links and what-not here.

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That episode was EPIC! The

That episode was EPIC! The best one yet of the season! Non-stop action! SO COOL!

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I just watched it online a few minutes ago. It. Was. AWESOME. I LOVE the Screaming Death so much! It is like the Red/Green Death (I keep saying red/green because while officially it was supposed to be the Red Death, I think, it was green in the movie and I believe there was a Green Death in the books? I haven't really read them...)

 

Anyways, it's like the Red/Green Death, but slimmer, faster, smarter, way more bad-donkey, it can actually fly and make sense that it flies, it's ALBINO (love albino critters cause they're different), and it's just... so..soo epic. 8,D

 

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SCREAMING DEATH

You sound like Tuffnut. XD

 

I really like the Screaming Death too. I felt my heart racing when it reared its ugly head up out of the ground with Hiccup just standing there looking up at it.

 

I'm also glad they kept the Whispering/Screaming Death(s) as not-fully-grown. It would seem a bit bizarre if they were suddenly adults.

 

And it's interesting to know that Whispering Deaths always return to their place of birth. Not gonna ask how Hiccup knows that, but that's a bit scary given that we can get them from the hatchery in the school. Suddenly a bit worried about Sharksneeze. O.o;;

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*points to signature* I

*points to signature*

 

I loved it. This season keeps getting better; I worry it'll reach the point where it'll give me a breakdown... xD It has better plots, better animation, better themes, better characterization (especially of Tuff/Ruff), better everything. And I did enjoy Riders of Berk.

The battle against the Screaming Death was beyond epic (I giffed it whole... A stellar example of What Nerds Do On Their Days Off). Also I think either Hiccup's head is rock hard, or he's already suffering of severe brain damage, after all the falling he did! xD I'm so glad he didn't lose another limb (although the screaming death isn't dead yet, so the last word wasn't spoken yet).

Wishful thinking: I hope this new threat forces Hiccup and Dagur together to kill it. Mainly, Hiccup would have to work through a teeny flaw of his... His tendency to get much too snarky, almost cruel, when he's got the upper hand - exactly what he did to Dagur. The guy is, well, deranged, and overall dangerous, but he actually seemed to care for Hiccup in his crazy, dragon-killing-pal way. And what did Hiccup do? Insult and offend him as soon as he got Toothless back with him. I can't help but think he really didn't have to openly admit to deceiving him and call him a fool. In a pragmatic sense, because he just about made Berk another dangerous enemy, and Thor knows Alvin is a handful already. In the other sense... Dagur actually seemed pained by it.

I love that Hiccup is so well characterized as to display such flaws and I hope he'll aknowledge it and try to improve himself. This new archenemy would be a nice way to bring him and Dagur together - Hiccup would learn to drop  some of his hurtful talk, Dagur to respect dragons, or at least to stop killing them.

 

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Hm...

Oh Thor.... That gif is absolutely AMAZING! O.O

 

I adored Riders of Berk as well, but Defenders of Berk is giving it a run for it's money! If Defenders of Berk can top Breakneck Bog and What Flies Beneath, I might just explode! I do love the way Ruffnut/Tuffnut are continued to being portrayed as well as keeping everyone else realistic to their personalities.

 

That entire battle was awesome and very reminiscent of the Battle with the Red Death at times. Hiccup's always had a thick skull if you asked me. He had to have inherited something from Stoick other than just being stubborn! Toothless SLAMMED HIM into a rock shortly after Hiccup set him free in the film for one. The poor kid's been smacked by Tooth's tail/ear a few times, slapped around like someone's piñata, dropped down a well (without even getting winded), electrocuted, hit dead-on by a charging Meatlug (Gift of the Night Fury), tackled by Meatlug, and Thor knows what else that I can't think of off the top of my head! About the only one that's done any sort of damage to him was the incident with the Red Death, and we all know how that one turned out.

 

I don't know. I'm not really a fan of the idea of the two of them teaming up unless it's against Alvin or something similar. Hiccup did say a few unkind things to Dagur, but the kid's been known to stand up and protect Toothless from anyone (even his own father). So I don't really find it odd the things he said and did in order to save his best friend from Dagur's maniacal thirst for Night Fury blood. Then again, I could just be biased in that I don't like Dagur. I do like that they've subtly hinted that, while he's bat-crap crazy, he's still human in the way he reacted to Hiccup's "betrayal".

 

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Yeah, I mean... we've all

Yeah, I mean... we've all heard Stoic's story about how his father told him to hit a rock with his head when he was only a boy, and the rock split in two. So...yeah, must be genetics. Also...aside from an early awkwardness, Hiccup doesn't seem to really mind losing his foot.

 

I kinda support Hiccup-Dagur Alliance, but I don't think it will happen. Not after the way they ended things in 2.3.

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That's is true as well. So

That's is true as well. So genetics it is! I wasn't meaning it in a negative way, so sorry if it came across as that. I just didn't see the point in rehashing the end of the film when everybody here has already seen it. But yeah, Hiccup doesn't seem to mind too much about his lack of a limb. Outside of that one time in Defiant One, Hiccup doesn't even seem to care too much for Snotlout's remarks about it. Then again, one could argue that's also because he's preoccupied at the time and Astrid's always jumping the gun for him over it.

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I almost peed myself, the Screaming Death is TERRIFYING ;_;

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I'd say I'd be surprised if nobody in Berk wet themselves over this incident, but they're Vikings. Sometimes I wonder if they know they should be scared (outside of Fishlegs that is).

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Oh man, the Screaming Death

Oh man, the Screaming Death was so awesome! I just love how it can instill so much fear to me just by watching it.  It's fire power/shots was also unbelievably amazing. 

 

Man, wouldn't it be cool if Hiccup and his gang was able to tame it? That'd teach Alvin a thing or two, haha. 

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Holy smokes...

Without doing too much rehashing of what's already been said (most of which I agree with), I think this is without a doubt the best DoB episode thus far. 

 

And the Screaming Death is, without a doubt, one BAD mofo... I mean, the thing has a built-in flamethrower machine gun! O.O (Side note: anyone else notice its mouth and jaw shape is very reminiscent of the Red Death from the movie? It's way too different to be just some mutant Whispering Death, so I'm guessing it's a new species. Then again, it was mixed in with the WD eggs... but that's a pretty significant mutation, to lose the rotating rings of teeth.) When I saw that thing pop out of the ground and start causing mayhem, I was just like...

 

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As my dad would say, he(?) probably has some, uh, irregularity in his background.

And I don't think this is a tameable villain-dragon... Yes, it'd be so expletively epic if they did tame it, but I don't think they will. Hey, maybe Alvin will try to control it, and it'll turn its White Fury (what?) on the Outcasts! Problem solved. XD

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Amazing

Seen it right now. Awesome, really! Not only because of action, but also some gags are hilarious at top level. The most hilarious thing, however, is the fact that even Berk has water well problems, and so I am able to finally figure out what is the issue with mine (not working since september): I have a nasty nest of Whispering Deaths under my farm. I should have known it: mess all around, chickens vanishing, game freezing in fear...

Only a criticism: it's most unlikely that the Screaming Death can fly. And when it comes out right in front of Hiccup, its fluttering is too slow to allow such a little wingspan to fly a huge monster like that. 

 

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It is my favorite DoB and

It is my favorite DoB and probably RoB episode yet! <3

I still wonder how they grew so fast, and I was kind of starting to understand why Shark could not control his fire (in- y'know, that RP thingie!). About the other Whispering Death babies getting eaten (o.O)- I think they stayed to... spy? xD

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Screaming Death was

Screaming Death was terrifying, can't wait to see more of it. 

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Also...

I know it's all about the Screaming Death and Whispering Deaths and such, but... I also really enjoyed watching the riders' dragons too! They're really well-acted by the animators, and have just as much intelligence and personality as their riders. I especially got a kick out of Hookfang, partially because I've been RPing with a Monstrous Nightmare recently and partially because his expressions and behavior are just completely hilarious! XD