Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hail the Tornado Tyrant!

Season: 2
Episode Number: 20
Season Episode Number: 7
Production Number: 120
Airdate: June 5, 2009

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Director: Brandon Vietti

Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman), Corey Burton (Red Tornado), Carl Lumbly (Tornado Champion, Tornado Tyrant), James Arnold Taylor (Green Arrow, Major Disaster) Jeff Bennett (Joker).

Plot: Red Tornado builds himself a son, the Tornado Champion, with a built in sense of human emotions. The problem is, the Tornado Champion suffers from emotion overload, causing him to become the Tornado Tyrant!

Teaser: Batman and Green Arrow race to catch the Joker. Look for the special cameo appearance by Catwoman!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): As with the last episode written by Paul Dini, Hail the Tornado Tyrant employs the use of a veteran superhero writer to craft the touching tale of father and son.

In this episode, Red Tornado continues on his quest to gain a higher understanding of human emotion. He creates a son capable of such emotions and grows quite attached to him.

I wasn't really into the episode until about halfway through when Tornado makes the big decision to activate a fail safe device inside the Tornado Champion that would shut him down. I don't have any experience to draw on, but if anyone has had to make hard decisions about the fate of their loved ones may be quite touched by this moment.

I'm a little surprised that the topic about killing someone who can't be controlled a very interesting move for this show. And the only reason it worked is because it is dealing with robots rather than actual people.

But the subject is still brought up, and rather than trying to reason with and teach the child robot how to understand and control his emotions, Batman jumps to the conclusion that the boy must be destroyed. I find that this contradicts many of the other lessons Batman teaches in other episodes.

However, what came across really well is the emotion that Red Tornado fails to recognize that he has. The final scene is touching and is a satisfying end to a good episode.

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1 comment:

Orphen said...

I enjoyed this episode. I can't say I like the Red Tornado's character typically but I did really enjoy this episode it brought together a pretty cool story.