Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sirena, Empress of Evil




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

Writer: George Kashdan
Director: Hal Sutherland

Voices: Ted Knight (Narrator, Henchmen), Gerold Mohr (Green Lantern), Paul Frees (Kyro, Tom), Unknown (Queen Sirena).

Plot: Queen Sirena lures Green Lantern to her homeworld in order to steal his power ring!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!):Out of all three of the episodes produced by Filmation for the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure in 1967, this one has got to be the weirdest. I know that this show isn't the pinnacle of quality programming, but there are many questionable plot devices in this episode

First, after Hal loses contact with the rocket ship, he busts into action saying, "No time to recharge my power ring." But all throughout the episode, GL's ring never runs out of juice! Why even bother telling us that the ring isn't at full strength if it doesn't matter at all?

Second, if an electron-magno wave apparatus can only be destroyed by Green Lantern as Queen Sirena claims, shouldn't she have made it out of something yellow? Since she is obviously so knowledgeable about GL, surely she must know that his ring is impervious to the colour yellow.

Next, if the technology on the Planetoid Sarggaso is so advanced as to have an electron-magno wave apparatus as well as a device that can lock in on someone's brainwaves, surely there is something piece of machinery that can immobilize the Green Lantern. But no, the Queen's master plan is to hit him in the head with a bird! That should do the trick!

Also, if I were a super-villain and were able to separate the Lantern and his ring, I would do everything in my power to make sure the ring and the Lantern were as far away as possible! I definitely wouldn't keep the Lantern prisoner in the same room as the ring. And if I did keep the ring in the same room, I wouldn't leave it SITTING ON THE TABLE!

And another thing, why does the bird help them in the end? Did it feel bad for knocking GL in the back of the head? And how is it that Kyro and GL know the bird's name?

Through all of its faults, this episode is pure 60s TV gold. I recommend watching it as a good reminder of how far children's programming has come.

DVD Releases:
  • DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures

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