Thursday, January 8, 2009

To Catch a Blue Bolt

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

Writer: Bob Haney
Director: Hal Sutherland

Voices: Ted Knight (Narrator), Ray Owens (Flash), Tommy Cook (Kid Flash), (Blue Bolt).

Plot: The Blue Blot returns to Earth to get his revenge on the Flash by destroying famous landmarks all over the world, but Flash and Kid Flash have other ideas.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): This third and final episode of Flash from 1967 is much better than the last two but is still not on par with the other segments from this series. One reason why this episode is better is the inclusion of a super-villain. However, like most episodes in this Filmation series, there must be either an alien or a robot, so this super-villain, the Blue Bolt, is an alien who has returned to Earth after being in exile.

I find it rather odd that we know nothing about the Blue Bolt. He is not a character from the comics and he says he is returning to Earth to get revenge on Flash but we haven't met him before. This makes it hard to understand his motivation for destroying the famous landmarks. Oh well, it is a kid's cartoon from 1967 after all and things often didn't get explained in the manner they are in today's shows.

We get to see Flash and Kid Flash in their civvies in this episode. In particular, we get to see Kid Flash out of costume, which we don't get to see in the Teen Titans episodes. He is also called Wally West for the first time in this series.

While the Flash displays many of his super powers in this episode, probably the funniest moment is when they first get into their costume and run super fast... ten feet to the other side of the room, where they stop suddenly and vibrate through the wall!

Another moment of ridiculousness is at the climax of the episode when Flash sends the Blue Bolt back into outer space by making him run really fast and then placing a large pipe in front of him so he doesn't have time to stop and is forced to run through the pipe, shooting himself into space like a cannonball. It is clearly established that Blue Bolt can fly, so why can't he fly once his sends himself into space? A major hole in the plot, but oh well. It just follows suit with everything else in this episode.

DVD Releases:
  • DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures

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