Episode Number: 10
Season Episode Number: 10
Production Number: 110
Airdate: May 25, 2009
Writer: Kevin Burke, Chris "Doc" Wyatt
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), Kristie Marsden (Whitney Stane), Michael Kopsa (Controller), Unknown (A.I.M. Supreme Leader), Unknown (Principal Nara), Lisa Ann Beley (Iron Man Onboard Computer).
Plot: While at the school's job fair, Tony Stark is approached by a company called A.I.M. who want to hire him because of his great genius. But Tony has second thoughts when A.I.M. starts controlling the minds of his friends.
Review (Warning! Spoilers!): In this episode we are introduced to an organization that has deep roots in Marvel history. A.I.M. (Advanced Ideas Mechanics) usually butts heads with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America, but seeing as how those guys never get their own cartoon I guess Iron Man is the next logical show to make a guest appearance. After all, who better to rival a tech-savvy genius like Tony Stark than an advanced technology organization.
The episode plays out really well and takes many cues from horror and zombie movies. The whole "bee" thing (which is true to the comics, I kid you not) added an element of creepiness that helped amplify the creepiness once Tony's gang started attacking him.
Out of all of the villains in this show, the Controller has had the biggest makeover. Losing his armoured exoskeleton and out-of-control rage, this version of Basil Sandhurst is mearly an underling for A.I.M. and its purposes. He still has his slave discs which are a focal point of this episode, but other than that he is completely reworked.
Briefly mentioned in this episode is A.I.M.'s greatest creation, M.O.D.O.C., whom we will meet in a later episode.
I guess I really shouldn't have been surprised, but Whitney Stane enrolls in the Tomorrow Academy and joins the gang as they solve crimes Scooby-Doo style.
All in all, this is an enjoyable episode, and as we get further into the season I find myself enjoying the time Tony spends outside of his armour more than when he is in it.