Review: Avengers: EMH “Live Kree or Die”

The Avengers face off against the Kree Supreme Intelligence and may have to “Live Kree or Die” Hard. Yes i had to make that joke… Moving on.

While this episode picks up where “Operation Galactic Storm” ended it’s only slightly better than it’s predecessor. The story shifts from the Avengers trying to protect earth’s solar system from the Kree incursion to trying to survive on the Kree home world Hala. Along the way simply surviving their stay on a planet where the entire civilization is hostile to them seems to take a back seat.

There are some heavy philosophical themes in this episode. The Avengers see the Kree as a race of militants bent on conquering that need to be shown another way. There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with thinking your way is better than others but essentially forcing an entire species to change based on that fact is way off center if you ask me. I guess since we are all earthlings(maybe) we are supposed to support the Avengers on this one. I had a real hard time trying to get around the subtext on this although i do tend to think to much about this kind of stuff.

The action in this episode gets pretty good at times especially when Thor goes full out on the entire Kree military. It does seem like his power level in this episode is kind of inconsistent to what we have seen before he is basically off the charts. The main villain of the episode would be the Kree Supreme Intelligence also known as Supremor a living computer comprised of the brains of the greatest kree scientists of all time. He’s weird i will say that not threatening in the way most villains are. He is based on logic a lot like Vulcans in Star Trek except to a much higher extreme. In the end however the person this episode is about more than any other is Captain Mar-Vell. It’s his choice that will ultimately shape the future of the Kree people.

There is a bit of a twist carried of from Galactic Storm that was kind of obvious involving a member of the team that appeared to die. Big surprise the rule of comic book deaths not being permanent applies to cartoons too. Otherwise everything else is quite bluntly straight forward. Some real consequences could have saved this episode from mediocrity and set up the team to find a new resolve. That’s just my opinion of course.

Final score for “Live Kree or Die” 3 out of 5.

Review: Avengers: EMH “Operation Galactic Storm”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kree final solution begins in “Operation Galactic Storm”. How a two-part episode like this made it in to the final four episodes of the series is beyond me. The Kree were easily the most forgettable part of the last 2 years. With the secret invasion ending up sub par it makes the decision to go back to the Kree seem completely unnecessary. While there were a few dangling plot threads i personally could have cared less about them. There were many other plots that could have been expanded on or addressed. Instead we get part 1 of 2 “Operation Galactic Storm”.

The Kree have finally decided to get off their butts and do something which is destroy our sun and therefore us. The episode lacks much and with little to make up for it.In fact off of the top of my head i can’t think of thing that really stuck out about it. Part 2 “Live Kree or Die” has  way more action and stronger plot elements.

Having already seen the next 2 episodes after this one i can say that it gets better just not by much which is disappointing.

Final score for “Operation Galactic Storm” 2 out of 5

Review: Avengers: EMH “New Avengers”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The countdown to the end of the series begins with “New Avengers”. It’s almost here folks the moment we as fans all dread the end. Thankfully the writers and staff of earth’s mightiest cartoon are sending us off with a BANG. Kang has escaped imprisonment with the help of one of the loosest plot elements the show has ever utilized and he is back to his conquering ways. This episode breaks us away from the core team in a truly spectacular way and brings us fan boy moments a plenty.

Characters we have yearned for make their debuts while familiar faces join them as the New Avengers bring the pain to Kang to save the world. If there is one thing i wish this episode had more of it would be Wolverine. While we saw James Howlett’s brief cameo at the beginning of the series in WW2 as the recon man of the Howling Commandos here we get the real deal. None of the other members of the team elicit the reaction that Wolverine does. Most of the face time is held by Spider-Man the defacto non leader of the group. Who does his best to reign in the other members of the ragtag team.

The plot of the episode is pretty weak overall a lot of it seems random and half thought through. I also have to again relate how much i dislike Drake Bell as the voice of Spider-Man. He is so high pitched and annoying that it actually seemed to throw the episode of kilter. There were also other characters that could have easily rounded out the roster that weren’t present like the Hulk and the new Ant-Man or hell I will even throw Red Hulk in there. Even with these minor issues “New Avengers” is a spectacle to behold. A mash up worthy of the final four episodes to say the least.

I really wish there were more episodes coming, more crossovers and new heroes to introduce. Avengers was close to being the perfect Marvel cartoon in so many ways. Final Score for “New Avengers” 4 out of 5.

 

Avengers: EMH the Final Four episodes reviews coming soon!

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It’s almost time to bid a Avengers :EMH a fond farewell. I will be updating the site with reviews of the final four episodes starting tomorrow with “New Avengers”. It has been one hell of a ride, it’s replacement Avengers:Assemble has a lot to live up to.

Creator of DC comics icon LOBO injured in hit and run

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This is a really sad story i picked up from bleedingcool.com about the co-creator of Lobo getting injured in a hit and run. Roger Slifer seems to be in bad shape based on what information is relayed. Hopefully they can find the person responsible for the accident and they are held accountable. Lobo was created by Slifer and Keith Giffen and first appeard in Omega Men #3 in June 1983. It was recently anounced that DC and Warner bros. are currently developing a Lobo movie The character also appeared in a recent episode of Young Justice. Please check out this link for more information on the situation.

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/06/25/lobo-creator-roger-slifer-in-intensive-care-after-hit-and-run/

Review: Futurama “A Farewell to Arms”

Bad news everybody… Season 7 gets it’s first strike out. The show has been cursed since it’s renewal with episodes that just don’t meet the quality of the original seasons. They lack the comedic sensibilities and outlandish moments that worked so well back in the day. Easily half of the last 2 seasons have been comprised of these so called episodes and it really sucks to be honest.

“A Farewell to Arms” is so completely weak in every way that i actually understand why they put it after “The Bots and the Bees”. Airing this episode by itself would have basically been a crime against Fans. The few mildly entertaining moments are there and gone before you know it. The plot an unoriginal poke at the 2012 Mayan calendar end of the world scenario. Except its 3012 and the Martian calendar so i guess it’s supposed to be hip or something.

I wish i could get the 2o minutes of my life i wasted watching this episode back. Instead i’m left with the taint of it on the memory of a show that i once considered nearly perfect in every way. I am a Futurama fan at my core i really wanted to like this episode but i just couldn’t.

“A farewell to Arms” scores 2 out of 5 stars.

Review: Futurama “The Bots and the Bees”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good News Everybody! Futurama returns for a 7th season starting with “The Bots and the Bees”.  I have been looking forward to new Futurama for a while now but i actually forgot that it was coming back. I think i was too focused on other shows all of which have ended for the mid season break.

This episode brings back the good old days of the show. Explaining things that make no sense with none sense provided by the Professor of course. How robots make babies is pretty hilarious but its obvious they are really poking fun at how we humans handle the procreation process. This episode has no shortage of laughs or heartfelt moments(although they are robot hearts).

If season 7 can bring more episodes like this i can see it out doing the previous 2 season put together. Of course the slopes are slippery with Futurama since it made it’s return. The quality on episodes is up and down so it gets hard to tell just what we will get.

“The Bots and the Bees” scores 4 out of 5 stars.