Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cold War

Season: 1
Episode Number: 4
Season Episode Number: 4
Production Number: 104
Airdate: April 26, 2009

Writer: Eugene Son
Director: Stéphane Juffé, Philippe Guyenne

Voices: Adrian Petriw (Iron Man), Daniel Bacon (Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes), Anna Cummer (Pepper Potts), Vincent Tong (Gene Khan), Mackenzie Gray (Obadiah Stane), (Happy Hogan), Lisa Ann Beley (Iron Man Onboard Computer), David Orth (Blizzard).

Plot: Iron Man teams up with Blizzard whom he believes has been wronged by Obadiah Stane and is out to bring down his company. The problem is, Blizzard is out for blood and Tony has to decide between stopping Blizzard or saving Stane.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Cold War is the best episode yet. It has excellent character development from Tony and Rhodey, as well as from Blizzard whom we meet in this episode.

This version of Blizzard is Donnie Gill, the second and most well known Blizzard. In the comics, Gill acquires a suit the emits cold blasts, capable of freezing things, not unlike the suit of armour worn by Gill in this episode. Gill's origin is changed for this series, which isn't a major problem since pretty much everything is changed for this series. Gill's story served the purpose of developing Tony's character a bit more.

There was a moment where I thought they were going to pull a Batman: the Animated Series and make Blizzard into a tragic character like Mr. Freeze, but no, that was all a trick! Smart move. No one wants to see a cheap Mr. Freeze knock-off.

While Blizzard usually comes off as an annoyance to Iron Man and other superheroes he battles, this version of Blizzard seems much more threatening and powerful. He will be a good addition to Iron Man: Armored Adventures' rogues gallery.

Putting aside all the issues of this new teen Iron Man and its scrapped history, this episode is well-written. It has a good story, coupled with great action sequences (the slow-mo camera work looked great) and strong interaction between Tony and Rhodey.

The only thing that remains a distraction to me is the animation which seems stiff at times. And I find that the colours used in this series are very soft, which often made it hard to see Blizzard amidst all the ice that surrounded him throughout the episode.

DVD Releases:
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Volume One

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