Episode Number: 3
Season Episode Number: 3
Production Number: 101
Airdate: September 16, 2009
Writer: Christopher Yost
Director: Franck Michel
Voices: Hiro Kanagawa (Mr. Fantastic), Lara Gilchrist (Invisible Woman), Brian Dobson (The Thing), Christopher Jacot (Human Torch), Paul Dobson (Dr. Doom), Sunita Prasad (Alicia Masters), Laura Drummond (Courtney Bonner-Davis).
Plot: Dr. Doom forges a paper Reed wrote years ago about cosmic radiation in order to lead Ben, Sue and Johnny to believe that Reed took them into space with the intent to expose them to cosmic radiation. With the team torn apart, Doom is now free to destroy the Fantastic Four...and the world!
Review (Warning! Spoilers!): We are three episodes in and we get another episode with Dr. Doom. I'm not a fan of two episodes in a row with the same featured villain. There are so many other villains in the Fantastic Four rogues gallery, that we shouldn't need to have the same villain pop up twice in a row. The only way I would accept seeing the same bad guy twice in a row would be if it was a two-part episode or if the villain was a mainstay for the season, such as Lex Luthor in Superman or Kingpin in Spider-Man.
However, if you look at the production number of this episode, you will see that this is actually the first episode and Cartoon Network has aired them out of order. So the correct viewing in order of production number would solve this problem.
And speaking of the first episode produced, Doomsday would have made a great season premiere episode (as it was probably intended). It gives a bit of a backstory on their origin, it shows a terrific display of their powers, and it introduces us to the conflict between the Four and Doom.
The origin of the Fantastic Four borrows a little bit from the movie origin. Most notably, Doom is on the spacecraft with the four and gets exposed to cosmic rays as well. But what are his powers? We don't really know yet. Another thing borrowed from the movie is Alicia's skin colour. She is represented here as an Africa-American as she is in the movie.
This episode also introduces us the Negative Zone. Other dimensions will obviously play an important role in this series because they have been mentioned in all three episodes so far.
All in all, this series is off to a good start with good visuals, good characters, good voice acting and good retelling of classic stories. This certainly isn't an X-Men or Justice League, but it's still a good effort.