Monday, May 25, 2009

Field Trip

Season: 1
Episode Number: 8
Season Episode Number: 8
Production Number: 108
Airdate: May 17, 2009

Writer: Len Uhley
Director: Stéphane Juffé and Philippe Guyenne

Voices: Adrian Petriw (Iron Man), Daniel Bacon (Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes), Anna Cummer (Pepper Potts), Vincent Tong (Gene Khan), Alistair Abell (Happy Hogan), Mackenzie Gray (Obadiah Stane), Kristie Marsden (Whitney Stane), Unknown (O'Brian), Rebecca Shoicet (Tricia), Unknown (Principal), Ron Halder (Professor Abraham Klein), Lisa Ann Beley (Iron Man Onboard Computer).

Plot: Tony's trial run of his new stealth armour backfires when his armour is drained of its power leaving him trapped inside Stark Enterprises. Forced to leave his armour hidden inside the building, it is up to Tony, Rhodey and Pepper to arrange a class field trip to Stark Enterprises to retrieve the armour without arousing Obadiah Stane's suspicions!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): We knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. Tony Stark loses his armour and has to spend the whole episode as Tony. This is a great chance to explore the world of teenage Tony, find out a little more about his personality and how he deals with stressful situations.

The writing for this story is top notch, bringing us a compelling plot that will make you think "Ocean's Eleven for kids". The elaborate plan that Pepper concocts not only serves as an engaging story, but also establishes how well this trio will work together throughout the course of the season.

Also used well are the supporting cast members, who all get to play a role in Pepper's plan. It's nice to see Happy have another side to him, and the exchange between Gene and Rhodey shows Gene's potential, should he ever be let into the "Scooby Gang".

I really like Gene. He is the most interesting character in the show. I only hope the he and Tony become good friends for a little while, sort of how Clark and Lex are friends in the first few seasons of Smallville.

This episode introduces us to Whitney Stane, the daughter of Obadiah Stane. In the comics, Stane has no daughter, but Tony has an "on again, off again" girlfriend named Whitney Frost, the daughter of Count Nefaria, who also shares an "on again, off again" superhero relationship with Iron Man as the villain called Madam Masque. Is this Whitney one and the same? Only time will tell. My only complaint about Whitney is that instead of having only one annoying female character (Pepper), it looks like we might have two annoying female characters in this show.

As usual, I will end my review stating that the animation in this show doesn't show off the characters' emotions as well as it could. And nowhere is it more evident than in this episode where none off the characters have armour to hide behind.

That being said, I still enjoyed the episode because of its writing and can look past the animation to enjoy its finer points.

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

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