Thursday, January 29, 2009

Doomed




Season: 1
Episode Number: 2
Season Episode Number: 2
Production Number: 104
Airdate: September 9, 2006

Writer: Rob Loos & George Taweel
Director: Franck Michel

Voices: Hiro Kanagawa (Mr. Fantastic), Lara Gilchrist (Invisible Woman), Brian Dobson (The Thing), Christopher Jacot (Human Torch), Paul Dobson (Dr. Doom), Sam Vincent (H.E.R.B.I.E.), Laura Drummond (Courtney Bonner-Davis).

Plot: Dr. Doom creates a device that allows him to switch bodies with Mr. Fantastic. With his new body, Doom plans on destroying the Fantastic Four!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Doomed serves as the series introduction to the Fantastic Four's greatest foe, which is odd because we don't really get to see Doom as Doom since he borrows Reed's body for most of the episode.

If you look at the production numbers, this was the fourth episode produced and another episode, Doomsday, is actually the first episode produced as well as the first episode with Dr. Doom.

Choosing this episode as the second episode to air wouldn't be my choice. We only just met Reed in the previous episode and are only meeting Doom for the first time. We don't know enough about their personalities to know that they are acting differently when they switch bodies. Instead, we have to rely on the testimony of Sue, Ben and Johnny, which is no fun for the viewer. Luckily, us comic book geeks already know Reed and Doom inside out.

Doomed is loosely based on Fantastic Four #10, however in that issue, Doom's plan is to switch bodies with Reed so that he could get close enough to use his shrinking ray to shrink the Fantastic Four out of existence.

Since I'm a fan of the Fantastic Four, I know that Doom has a big ego. So when he reveals that he is going to blow up Reed and several city blocks, it seems out of character for him because Reed won't be around after the explosion for Doom to gloat at. Hopefully, Doom will be more like Doom in future episodes.

The animation for this series is by Moonscoop who is probably best known for their work on Code Lyoko. Following the pseudo-anime style of the show, and probably to cut back on costs, there is very limited animation in this show. It is not the slick fluid animation that we have been spoiled with on shows like Justice League and X-Men: Evolution.

While the drawings are nice and shiny, most shots only contain lip movements or some sort of cycle. Other movements are slight and a lot of the action takes place off camera. There are a lot of pans to indicate movement or to make up for the lack of movement.

While this could be considered cheap, Moonscoop uses it to their advantage and it turns out to be very tasteful. But where this is a problem is in the action and battle scenes when we need to see more movement from the characters. Pans are never an excuse for showing a body flying across the room!

DVD Releases:
  • Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes - The Complete First Season
  • Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes - Volume One

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    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    The Doom from this series is superior than the one from the other shows I've seen. Just look at what they have done to him in "Marvel: Superhero Squad." I prefer this deadly Victor Von Doom.