You got it! I've always run out of steam whenever I've tried to rewatch 02, but this should help me stay focused.
I put my thoughts on Confession in the thread (which I get the impression tends to be dominated by those two guys arguing ad nauseum about canon minutiae...). Definitely my favorite of the Tri movies so far. What'd you think?
This episode has literal puppy-kicking, and I would deduct points for a lack of subtlety if it didn't segue nicely to the scene with Ken's one-spectator-animal-cruelty-coliseum (speaking purely from a stadium-design-geek standpoint, it's an interesting contrast to have a coliseum that's designed to please the emperor rather than placate the masses). I remember thinking that Nefertimon and Pegasmon were way less cool than Angewomon and Angemon, and I remembered correctly--heck, they pale in comparison to Fladramon and their attacks are visually uninspired IMO.
The main point I think where 02 suffers in comparison to Adventure is the relative lack of suspense and uncertainty, as it becomes clear in episode 2 that at the end of the day the kids are going to be safe at home as opposed to stranded in a mysterious world full of things trying to kill them. Also, no kid today would use a D-Terminal because they're so big and bulky (much closer in size to a Game Gear than to a smartphone) and when I noticed this I felt really old--thanks, Digimon.
Well, you asked for it, so I'm now rewatching Digimon Adventure 02 and am going to VM you with a two-sentence review of each episode until I'm done, until I get bored, or until you ask me to shut up. :D Just so we're on the same page, I'll be using PositronCannon's subs. I've actually seen only about half of the Japanese version of the show, so I'm interested to see how it differs from the dub in the second half.
Away we go!
It's weird how matter-of-fact the show is about big changes since Adventure, like those PDA-things that hold the digimentals and the gates in the computers. I'd forgotten that from the beginning they portray Ken like a kid who's taking a misanthropic approach to a video game--I recall the dub portrayed him more as a cackling-cartoon-madman until they saw where the script was going.
I'm spoiled--almost everything shows up in northern Virginia or at least the wider DC area, at least since I was in high school. The furthest I went was to a University of Maryland auditorium where they were showing Evangelion 1.0 before the dub was put out on disc. They accidentally started the film projector instead of the digital one and we got the first 15 minutes of Food Inc. before they fixed it. I was the one who convinced my friends to go and nearly died of embarrassment.
Huh, that turned into a bit of a tangent. Anyway I'm seriously surprised at how wide a release this thing's getting. They couldn't possibly make their money back, could they?