Sunday, October 25, 2009

To Err is Superhuman!

Season: 1
Episode Number: 4
Season Episode Number: 4
Production Number: 104
Airdate: September 14, 2009

Writer: Jim Krieg
Director: Michael R. Gerard

Voices: Antony Del Rio (Reptil), Travis Willingham (Hulk, Piledriver), Mikey Kelley (Silver Surfer), Tom Kenny (Iron Man, Captain America, M.O.D.O.K.), Dave Boat (Thor), Steve Blum (Wolverine, Abomination), Alimi Ballard (Falcon, Thunderball), Charlie Adler (Doctor Doom, Wrecker), Roger Rose (Bulldozer), Adrian Pasdar (Hawkeye).

Plot: The Squad accepts a new member, Reptil, who is young and brash and thinks he doesn't need any training thanks to his awesome super powers. But going up against the Wrecking Crew proves more challenging than he thought!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Joining the ranks of Firestar, H.E.R.B.I.E and X-23, is another hero created specifically for a cartoon series: Reptil, a young Latin American hero who can take on the form of any dinosaur he calls out thanks to a magical amulet he wears around his neck.

The purpose of Reptil seems clear: His Latin American roots add that extra cultural diversity to the team, a shout out to a large portion of the show's viewers, and his age reaches out to the actual target demographic. Plus, little boys love dinosaurs! It is a recipe for success, isn't it?

Reptil's dino powers look great in animation, but I have to question the writer's knowledge of dinosaurs. I'm pretty sure I learned in Jurassic Park that the T-Rex has terrible eye sight and that if you stay completely still they won't see you. In this episode, Reptil changes his head into a T-Rex head so that he can see better.

Anyway, let's talk about the actual episode. To Err is Superhuman delivers a strong story that follows the same "Doom-sends-minions-to-gather-fractals" plotline.

While introducing a new character who has to overcome his insecurities about playing with the big boys, the episode also features a Wolverine storyarc when he is paired with the young, immature new teammate. Their relationship is realized when they work together to bring down the wrecking crew in an ice skating scene similar to that one in Batman & Robin (although the cheese factor works in this show).

This episode's guest star is Hawkeye, voiced by Heroes star Adrian Pasdar. Unlike the guest stars in previous episodes, Hawkeye doesn't really serve a purpose, except to constantly insult the other teammates. He joins the fight at the end of the episode but could easily be removed and no one would be the wiser. My hope is that he would be written a better role, should he be in a future episode.

All in all, this is another fun episode. Despite the numerous characters in every episode, the writers have a good idea who they are focusing on and are simply using the villains as thugs and foils for the heroes. This shallow treatment of the villains wouldn't work for Batman: the Animated Series where they rely on the colourful villains to make the show interesting, but it sure works fine for The Super Hero Squad Show!

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1 comment:

Orphen said...

I thought he turned into a Velociraptor which have extremely good eye sight but I could be mistaken. When they are in shrunken form they do look similar a T-Rex head and a raptors. Anyway it was a decent episode. Unlike most people who do not like this show I enjoy it. I laugh if not just chuckle at some of the stuff and it is still entertains me.