Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Trial of the Gods




Season: 1
Episode Number: 4b
Season Episode Number: 4b
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Voices: Chris Wiggins (Thor), Len Carlson (Loki), Peg Dixon (Jane Foster), Bernard Cowan (Narrator, Odin), (Balder), (Executioner), (Man).

Plot: Thor and Loki must undergo a series of trials in order to determine which one of them is telling the truth to Odin. Meanwhile, Loki has sent Enchantress and Executioner to pay a visit to Nurse Jane Foster!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Now that we've gotten past the made-up chapter, this one takes its story from Journey Into Mystery #116. This comic was made quite a few years after the stories told in the earlier episode of this series, which accounts for the change in costumes. Artist Jack Kirby drew Loki, Odin and many other Asgardians in different outfits on a regular basis.

Since this show takes the art directly from the panels, if they use panels from one issue in another story, the costume continuity would be way out of whack. This is painfully obvious in these Mighty Thor episodes and it drives me nuts.

Otherwise, this is a fun episode in which Thor and Loki attempt to overcome great obstacles in the land of Skornheim, including the indestructible Yagg! Loki, of course, cheats using his mystical Nor stone, while Thor has to abandon his cape and helmet trying to get through prickle bushes! Modern Thor doesn't usually make battle with prickle bushes, so this is a real treat!

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