Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Evil Is as Evil Does

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

Writer: George Kashdan
Director: Hal Sutherland

Voices: Ted Knight (Narrator), Gerald Mohr (Green Lantern), Paul Frees (Kyro, Guardians, Evil Star).

Plot: Evil Star has returned to Earth to take revenge on Green Lantern! After he defeats GL, his plan is to go after the Guardians of the Universe.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Evil Is as Evil Does is the first of three seven-minute episodes created by Filmation in 1967. The episodes were aired as part of the Aquaman episodes of the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure.

This episode is the first animated appearance of Green Lantern and the world in which he lives. This series focuses on the 'new' Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, who had recently arrived on the scene eight years before the creation of the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure and was getting maximum exposure in the comics at the time this series was being produced.

Fighting alongside GL is Kyro (also known as Kairo or Cairo) who serves as both comic relief as well as a teen sidekick which all superheroes seemed to have at the beginning of the Silver Age. Kyro was created specifically for this show. He is obviously not human but it is unclear where he comes from based on this episode. Veteran voice actor Paul Frees provides his voice.

Many believe that Kyro was created to replace Tom "Pieface" Kalmaku, Hal Jordan's Eskimo sidekick from the comics due to the racial connotations of the nickname "Pieface".

Majority of Filmation's stories revolve around either aliens invading Earth or robots trying to take over Earth. The plot in this episode deals with aliens, and in this case, an alien from the plant Auron, Evil Star!

Evil Star is one of the few comic book villains to make it into the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure. He debuted in the pages of Green Lantern Volume 2 #37 in 1965 and was a hit character, which is why he appears in this show. As with many elements of this show, Evil Star is almost exactly like his comic book counterpart. His costume is the same, his attitude is the same and his powers are the same. Nowadays Evil Star spends his time lock up in intergalactic jail and only breaks out when DC needs to renew the rights to the character.

In case you couldn't tell from this episode, Evil Star draws energy from the stars with a device he wears on his wrist called the Starband. With it he can use the star energy to prolong his lifespan and give him super strength and flight. He can also project light beams, much like Green Lantern can do with his power ring.

Evil Is as Evil Does is quite a shallow episode with not much going for it in the way of plot or animation, but it is an important part of history as it is the first time GL, Oa, the Guardians, the Power Ring, the GL Oath (part of it anyway) appear in the world of animation.

DVD Releases:
  • DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures

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