08 March 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Freedom Force Recap

Well, that was interesting, except it wasn't. While not horrible, this was one of the most disposable, forgettable shows I have ever seen. Although I don't understand why only 5 episodes were ordered, I don't think more episodes would have changes that fact that this group of heroes didn't really belong together - and that's not good. Its one thing if you are talking about The Avengers. Its interesting to see Hulk and Cap and Thor and Iron Man all teaming up. Not so much with Merlin and Sinbad. Wait, was Sinbad even in this?

07 March 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Robot

In this, the already final outing, the team was out-heroed by a giant robot who capped an erupting volcano. Would that even work? The robot's pilot, however, demanded a reward. The interesting thing is that he not only revealed himself to be from the 27th century, "in the future," but claimed that the Freedom Force also didn't belong in that time. I am taking this to mean that the show was set in the past, but that the heroes were from different times and were inexplicably living in that time period... strange indeed. I guess that's why the intro refers to a "valley of time." Whatever that means.

06 March 2013

Super History of Superman: The New Adventures of Superman (1966-9)

While attempts to revive a live action Superman failed, The New Adventures of Superman brought an animated and in color Man of Steel to to televisions. The series consisted of 68 short (6 minute) segments packaged together during animation blocks of programming. Since some of the segments combined for double length adventures, there were actually 60 complete tales during the series run. In 1966-7 the segments were aired with segments from The Adventures of Superboy. During 1967-8, the Superman segments aired as part of the Superman / Aquaman Hour of Adventure (which included Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Atom, Teen Titans, Justice League, and Superboy segments). In 1968-9, Supes was packaged with Batman in the Batman / Superman Hour.

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Morgana's Revenge

According to the DVD release of this series this episode is titled Morgana's Revenge not Pegasus' Odyssey as some sources would lead you to believe. So, who is this Morgana that sought revenge? Morgan le Fay is in fact a sorceress from the Arthurian legend that has become a mainstay of DC comics often clashing with Etrigan the Demon and having appeared on later series including Justice League and Batman: The Brave and the Bold along with son Mordred.

05 March 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Plant Soldiers

So far, even though Isis is technically a DC character, this series has very little connection to the greater DC universe, or to any recognizable universe  for that matter. I am not even sure where the Freedom Force are stationed (in space? in the post apocalyptic future? ancient Egypt? who knows). I doubt that in any of my future viewing, any show will have as tenuous of ties to the Crisis of Infinite Episodes quest as this. Nevertheless I must proceed.

04 March 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Scarlet Samurai

The second episode focused on the Super Samurai who used his powers to free and entangles elephant. Jealous of his mad skills, the Samurai's rival made a pact with some sort of Vulcan wizard gaining the power to become the Scarlet (more like Salmon) Samurai. The Sammys fought, but were interrupted by prototypes for the Gamorrean Guards. Isis showed up to summon a tornado and all was well. I think I see why there were just 5 of these made.