Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Terror of the Toadmen

Season: 1
Episode Number: 2a
Season Episode Number: 2a
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Voices: Paul Soles (Bruce Banner, Rick Jones), Max Ferguson (Hulk), Peg Dixon (Betty Ross), Paul Kligman (General "Thunderbolt" Ross), Bernard Cowan (Narrator), (Man), (Woman), (Toad Man 1), (Toad Man 2).

Plot: Toadmen from outer space come to Earth looking for brilliant minds. They find Bruce Banner and take him aboard their ship. But what they don't realize is that they have taken the Hulk aboard as well!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): In the review of the last episode, I noted that they didn't say anything about Bruce changing into the Hulk at night, even though the original comic that they used to form the episode did include that information. Well, in this episode, Bruce puts two and two together and realizes that Hulk transforms just as a werewolf does.

Bruce's solution to the problem is obvious. Build a giant underground cavern and lock himself in there at night, and have his teenage buddy unlock the door every morning. Don't Rick's parents want to know where he goes every morning and evening?

There are certain impossibilities that I am willing to accept (such as the existence of the the Hulk), but how on earth is it possible that Bruce and Rick carved out that room and built the giant locking mechanism, just the two of them, before nightfall? And how is it that Bruce could see that Rick made it back to Earth safely from the spaceship? That's some great eyesight!

Signs of an extremely limited budget show themselves as it is only episode two but we already see scenes from the first episode reused here. In fact, they don't even try to make them fit in properly. There is a very obvious example of this in the third chapter of this episode.

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