Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Enter: Dormammu!

Season: 1
Episode Number: 5
Season Episode Number: 5
Production Number: 105
Airdate: October 10, 2009

Writer: Charlotte Fullerton
Director: Patty Shinagawa

Voices: Tom Kenny (Iron Man, Captain America, Juggernaut), Dave Boat (Thor), Travis Willingham (Hulk, Human Torch), Alimi Ballard (Falcon), Mikey Kelley (Silver Surfer), Steve Blum (Wolverine), Roger Rose (Dr. Strange), Jennifer Morrison (Wasp), Charlie Adler (Dr. Doom, Sabretooth), Robert Englund (Dormammu).

Plot: Super Hero City is super wacky today, which causes Doctor Strange, who is acting more strange than usual, to open a portal to the Dark Dimension. Who should emerge? The Dread Dormammu!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): I am a bit amused at some of the characters chosen for this show. Since the show is targeted at a younger age group, I figure that they would stick to the 'suitable for all ages' characters, villains especially, since they seem to be quite a bit less moral than the heroes.

The star villain in this episode is Dormammu, a villain that is a complete manifestation of pure evil magic. There are few characters that get more evil than Dormammu.

However, to go along with the 'suitable for all ages' angle, Dormammu has been turned into a prankster. All he does in this episode is turn the other characters into funny objects. He is a mere annoyance, not a threat or evil or anything.

That being said, it works for this cartoon and I really like his character design. I just wish they could have made him a bit more interesting. Dormammu's voice is none other than Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund.

The major guest star in this episode is Doctor Strange, with Wasp and Human Torch being minor co-stars. Juggernaut and Sabretooth make their SHS debut, and look for Wong and Thing who make non-speaking cameos!

Doctor Strange is a character that usually bores me. There never seems to be enough substance to his character. His past animation cameos have been less than stellar, as was his DVD feature film.

This version of the Doc doesn't do anything to make him more interesting, probably due to the superficial nature of this show. But he is funny, which cuts down on the boring factor. In fact, once Strange is 'cured' of his weirdness, he goes back to being quite dull!

Overall, there are some funny moments in this episode but I found the writing to be different. It seemed like all the dialog depended on snappy one-liners and running gags (Dude, your head is ON FIRE!) which didn't seem to do anything for me.

There is a balance between too much spoken humour and too much physical humour and this episode leans toward the spoken humour a bit too much. But I'm sure this didn't matter to the seven-year-olds the show is written for.

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