Friday, September 26, 2008

The House of Doom

Season: 1
Episode Number: 3
Season Episode Number: 3
Production Number: Unknown
Airdate: Unknown

Writer: George Kashdan
Director: Hal Sutherland

Voices: Pat Harrington, Jr. (Atom), Ted Knight (Narrator).

Plot: While tracking a series of strange atmospheric disturbances, Professor Palmer and company are captured by robots who are under the control of Dr. Rokar! It is revealed that Dr. Rokar plans to destory every missile-launching site on Earth, preparing the way for an alien invasion!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): The House of Doom is the third and final chapter of the Atom's own TV series that aired as a part of the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure in 1967. This is probably my least favourite of the three mainly because nothing really happens and just as the episode gets good it ends!

The story consists of the Atom dismantling robots, dismantling a computer, dismantling the crooks of their weapons, and stowing away in a robot, a car and a pocket. I understand that this is what the Atom does best, but let's change it up a bit to keep it interesting.

And that is exactly what happens at the end of the episode: The Atom finds out that Dr. Rokar is being controlled by an alien bent on destroying the planet! But what happens? The Atom dismisses this claim and gets the police to take away his prisoners and the episode ends.

This could have been a great story but the seven minute time frame didn't allow for the story to be expanded any more. The creators of the show could have made this the first episode and had it continued in the next, but that isn't how they made shows back then.

As fun as these episodes were, I don't think I'd like to see a whole series based on the Atom unless they really change his personality. Even in the comics he is an underused character do to his blandness. Although, his wife, Jean Loring, is much more interesting if you've read the Identity Crisis storyline.

DVD Releases:
  • DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures

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