Thursday, September 17, 2009

And Lo...A Pilot Shall Come!

Season: 1
Episode Number: 1
Season Episode Number: 1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: September 13, 2009

Writer: Matt Wayne
Director: Michael R. Gerard

Voices: Tom Kenny (Iron Man, Captain America), Travis Willingham (Hulk), Dave Boat (Thor), Alimi Ballard (Falcon), Steve Blum (Wolverine, Abomination), Mikey Kelley (Silver Sufer), Cree Summer (Storm), Grey DeLisle (Ms. Marvel), Stan Lee (Mayor), Charlie Adler (Doctor Doom), Ted Biaselli (Mole Man).

Plot: The Squad must defend Super Hero City from a trio of deadly monsters sent from the depth of the Earth by the Mole Man!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): This is the first episode of the "highly controversial" animated series by Marvel Animation and Film Roman. I say "highly controversial" because there are many who seem to this this is a monstrosity and an abomination of everything good about the Marvel Universe.

Well, they may be on to something. This show is unlike anything you have ever seen before. The characters are cute and the plots are simple and quite a few changes have been made to their personalities (Cap is lazy and Surfer is way knarly). But an abomination? That may be taking it a little too far.

In order to enjoy this show to its fullest, you need to set aside everything you know about the Marvel Universe and take it all it as if you are meeting these characters for the first time. Only then will be able to enjoy this show. And granted, Super Hero Squad may not be your taste, but it doesn't mean it's a bad show. I think that it has tons of potential.

In this episode we are introduced to Super Hero City and the Mayor (voiced by Stan "The Man" Lee) who has just erected a giant wall that separates them from the denizens of Villianville. In Super Hero City we discover that SHIELD and Iron Man's Super Hero Squad are the two major superhero teams but they don't always get along.

Iron Man and the Squad head underground to prevent the Mole Man from retrieving a 'fractal' that is buried at the Earth's core. It seems like this plot line will serve as the basis of the 26-episode season as Doom sends second-tier villains to gather fractals in order to put together the Infinity Sword that he mentions in the show's theme song. Oh, and the fractals give the one in possession of the glowing shard special abilities. The Mole Man gains super speed by way of very muscular legs in this episode and it was hilarious!

The main focus of this series seems to be the humour. There is an object lesson in there somewhere but it doesn't seem to matter as much as the fart jokes and visual slapstick. Some are saying that this series is catering to a preschool crowd, but I have to disagree. The show moves at such a rapid rate that preschoolers would be hard-pressed to keep up.

Rather, I think that fans of Batman: The Brave and the Bold will enjoy this series. Yes, the characters are different and the visuals are totally strange, but give it a few episodes and I bet the show will find its footing and take off.

Aside from the main cast (Iron Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Falcon, Thor and Silver Surfer), we also meet Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Storm and the Mayor. On the villain side, we are introduced to Doctor Doom (the show's Big Bad), the Mole Man, Fin Fang Foom and three of the Mole Man's giant creatures (Trichephalus, Manoo and Megataur). Cameo appearances include Abomination, Colossus, Cage, the Fantastic Four, Kitty Pryde and the Moleoids.

Give this show a chance. It may take a few episode to warm up to it. I had the same feelings about the first few episodes of Batman: the Brave and the Bold, Wolverine and the X-Men, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Teen Titans and X-Men: Evolution and they all turned out great!

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1 comment:

Orphen said...

I found this episode entertaining, the voices kidified is kind of a wierd concept, but I'll definitly watch this show. I found some things in the show made me crack up a bit, especially hulks character and how others interact with him is pretty funny at times. In my opinion this could be one of the very few times you actually get to see all these heroes together in animated form.