UNNATURAL HISTORY “Curse of the Rolling Stone” Review

UNNATURAL HISTORY (Cartoon Network) Curse of the Rolling Stone

The eighth episode of UNNATURAL HISTORY, “Curse of the Rolling Stone,” saw Henry and the gang trying to prevent evil grown ups snatching a 5000 year old stone (I know, I thought it was the band too) which brought misfortune and ruin to all who possessed it-and the list includes Alexander the Great, Marie Antoinette and Julius Caesar. Not a great company to be in if you’re looking for happy endings.

This episode inexplicably aired out of date. It was the perfect episode after the pilot; it substantiated Henry’s alienation from the hi-tech generation of students, it strengthened the bond between the trio as they faced football bullies and café deficits and it established that Maggie actually can take care of herself, which would have been nice to see prior to seven episodes of her playing third wheel to Henry and Jasper’s Batman and Robin.

Regardless, it was another exciting episode. There were even more tidbits of knowledge thrown in than usual (which I love), with Henry quoting Nelson Mandela, Napoleon and Confucius whilst using a hollow pipe as a battering ram, to a quick Who’s Who on supposed ancient mythical curses-hello King Midas. And you would be hard pressed to find Hannah Montana trying to decipher an ancient text of Sanskrit (or, for that matter, the rat-attracting Jonas Brothers. Heh!)

In this episode Maggie is very excited to see the solar eclipse. She even has her own special pair of glasses. Jasper is very excited to see Maggie. He even sits on a goth (Jasper: Whoa! Sorry, Gretta… eh… accident. Goth: Not according to Freud.)

We see some comic tension between jealous Jasper and innocent Henry over an oblivious Maggie. I especially loved the text Maggie sent Henry. It was written in text talk which Henry thought meant his phone was broken. Jasper deciphers it, and tells him she wants to meet in the boiler room. Jasper looks ill, “because it’s private, because it’s dark, because that’s where teenagers go to…” His phone beeps. “Never mind I got the same text!” He says joyously.

Overcoming crazy teachers and nefarious security guards is all in a day’s work for this trio. The dialogue was as funny as ever, though some of the plotting-Cafe? Banana peel? Lasso?-stepped into eye rolling territory.

Ignoring continuity, it was great to see Henry talking with his parents (aw!) and tying up his hammock. I suspect had I seen Maggie’s awesome “Not every girl needs saving!” moment I would have been more accepting of the brainy-sidekick aid she’s provided Henry and Jasper throughout the series. All in all, the Curse of the Rolling Stone was another engaging and entertaining episode of Unnatural History.

What did you think? Were you surprised by the outcome of this episode? Are you hoping for more Jasper-Maggie action? Or were you just excited to see more action, with Henry’s awesome pipe-fight? Leave your comments below!