Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Plant Master

Season: 1
Episode Number: 2
Season Episode Number: 2
Production Number: Unknown
Airdate: Unknown

Writer: George Kashdan
Director: Hal Sutherland

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

Plot: While on his way to a remote island to help set up a research facility, Ray Palmer finds himself aboard a sabotaged airplane! The sabotage is a result of the Plant Master, who doesn't want a research facility built on a island he's using for crime!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): The Plant Master marks the first and only animated appearance of the Plant Master, a villain that first appeared in the pages of Atom #1 in 1962. His character in this episode is quite true to the comics (except there is no mention of him coming from another dimension), he is an evil scientist who knows how to control plant life. (In the comics, he later turns himself into a plant creature and changes his super-villain name to Floronic Man.)

You've got to love these simple villains. No tortured past, no convoluted plots to destroy the world, the Plant Master is just a mad scientist. This is a very common theme in Filmation science-fiction cartoons of the 60s and 70s.

The Atom seems to have quite a bit of strength in this episode. He can jump what would be the equivalent of 50 feet in the air and propel himself into the stomach of his adversary with a force that knocks them over! Not bad for the Tiny Titan!

DVD Releases:
  • DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures

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