Friday, December 12, 2008

Operation Rescue

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

Writer: George Kashdan
Director: Hal Sutherland

Voices: Ted Knight (Narrator, Mutant Men, Mr. Carter), Jerry Dexter (Aqualad), Julie Bennett (Wonder Girl), Tommy Cook (Kid Flash), Pat Harrington Jr. (Speedy), (Terry Carter).

Plot: Speedy and Aqualad rescue a young boy from a giant flying monster but end up being captured by a race of Mutant Men. It is up to Kid Flash and Wonder Girl so save the day!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): This third and final episode of Teen Titans is a bit different than the previous two. The sci-fi premise that ran through the other episodes is absent, and in its place is a fantasy story about a lost city of Mutant Men. But the biggest difference between this episode and the previous two is the fact that the Titans actually help a teenager which was their mission statement when they formed the group in 1964.

There are a few notes I'd like to make about the Teen Titans. First, Aqualad actually does something useful in this episode for a change by saving young Terry Carter from drowning. This is very important as his usual super power is getting knocked unconscious.

Second, Kid Flash uses his super speed to vibrate at the speed of light in order to move through a solid brick wall. Fans of the Flash will know that this as one of his most useful abilities, but there is one little note you may not know: Before the Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985, the Flash could run faster then the speed of light. After the Crisis, the writers stripped away some of their powers, putting a speed limit of the speed of sound. The ability to vibrate through walls was also taken away, although he has since relearned how to do it.

Near the end of the episode there is one scene in which Kid Flash and Wonder Girl are holding hands. I was unaware of a relationship between the two and a quick Google search didn't bring forth any results.

These three Teen Titans episodes are essential viewing for any TT fan and any fan of superheroes. The writing, plots, animation, voice acting and music are a perfect reflection of not only the comic books of the time, but also 60s culture. This, along with the rest of the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, is a piece of superhero history.

DVD Releases:
  • DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures

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