Episode Number: 6
Season Episode Number: 6
Production Number: 106
Airdate: May 10, 2009
Writer: Brandon Aumen
Director: Stéphane Juffé and Philippe Guyenne
Voices: Adrian Petriw (Iron Man), Daniel Bacon (Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes), Anna Cummer (Pepper Potts), Catherine Haggquist (Roberta Rhodes), Mark Oliver (Crimson Dynamo), Unknown (Harchov), Unknown (Reporter), Unknown (Isabel Vanko), Unknown (Anton Vanko's Son), Lisa Ann Beley (Iron Man Onboard Computer).
Plot: The Crimson Dynamo, a robotic super suit carrying an Russian astronaut, returns to Earth. Only problem is everyone thought he was dead! Now the Crimson Dynamo only has one thing on his mind: Destruction of those who left him in space to die!
Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Iron Man vs the Crimson Dynamo features one of the best battles this series has seen yet. And it's only episode six! I find that the censors haven't been at this show nearly as much as I thought they would have. In the last episode we saw a teen being shot at by a machine gun. And not a laser machine gun, a real, honest-to-goodness machine gun! I haven't seen one of those in a cartoon since Batman: the Animated Series!
In this episode, Iron Man is beaten, squished, exploded and hit with a tanker truck, and even though the censors have pretty strict rules about kids in peril, slap a suit of armor on him and you're good to go!
The animation, timing and staging during the long battle is really thought out and well done. This is the show's strengths, especially since the animation can convey emotion through body language better than it can through facial expressions.
It might have been just me, but it looked like some of the scenes were not put through the same filter that gives the show that flat look as the rest of the episode appear to have done. Take a look at the picture to the right for an example.
This episode deals with one of Iron Man's oldest enemies, the Crimson Dynamo. Many people have embodied the Crimson Dynamo suit over the years, but this episode focuses on the original wearer of the suit, Anton Vanko. Just like they did with Blizzard, Crimson Dynamo's original origin has been scrapped and replaced with the out-for-revenge-because-the-world-has-turned-his-back-on-him origin. Effective with Mr. Freeze in Batman: the Animated Series? Yes. Effective with the Crimson Dynamo? No.
The main difference is that Mr. Freeze was a sympathetic character. You could feel his hurt even though he claimed to have no emotions. Anton Vanko is simply full of rage and is an unstoppable force. Not much there for me to connect to.
Not much on plot, not much of villain, this episode really only had an explosive street brawl to keep me interested. However, the hidden gem is the little bit of character development we got from Pepper. I bet she will become a great character.