11 May 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - New Teen Titans: Titanimal Kingdom

This short debuted during a dark period for DC Nation. The block was unceremoniously removed from Saturday mornings and after substantial fan grumbling, New Teen Titans shorts were given weekly online releases with the hope of holding fans over until the block returned. That put a lot of pressure on the fab 5 to deliver.

10 May 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Count Graffiti Meets Plastic Man

With a name like Count Graffiti I set my expectations low. Baron Von Graffiti would have started me with slightly higher expectations. In either case,the final product exceeded my expectations. Turns out the Count was a little bald guy with a cape and monocle, that rode around on giant chalk hands that he drew and also had a redheaded assistant (the little mermaid?) to give him needed boosts - this guy is a serious threat. 

09 May 2013

Surprise, Marvel Sets Another Movie for 2014 with Big Hero 6

As if Marvel has not already claimed dominance at the box office, an computer animated adaptation of Big Hero 6 has been confirmed for November 2014. Big Hero 6 joins the line-up of films including Marvel Studios' Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy as well as Marvel based movies The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Meanwhile crickets from DC. But the real thing to get excited about is this first look at the fictional city of San Fransokyo. If it were real, I would be moving there tomorrow. This looks amazing, I can't hardly wait!

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Thunderman

Now Thunderman is a villain I can get behind. Not only could he control weather, but he could make "thundernados," super powerful tornadoes - and he dressed with style. I may have misunderstood, but it sounded like Thunderman was from Czarnia, which just so happens to be the name of Lobo's planet. Pretty sure there is no relation, but even still, thats another reason to fear the Man of Thunder... Actually, I guess Thunderman hails from Zarina, so never mind.  Thunderman used his thundernado to steal New York which he then put up for auction. What would the winning bidder do with a whole city anyways? I have to admit, this was a fun one in the vein of earlier episodes - ridiculously absurd, but entertaining. Misty is also a clever name for Thunderman's sidekick... get it? Misty? Har har.

Episode Count: 0365
Series Count: (28 of 35)

08 May 2013

Super History of Superman: Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987)

You know how I said that Superman III deserved props for trying? Superman IV: The Quest For Peace deserves no such benefit.

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Dr. Duplicator Strikes Again

Among the things I learned this episode are that gravity beams only work on metal, not plastic. Also, if you want to make a duplicate of someone, you need a giant Venus flytrap (and a photograph no less) - which if memory serves was also a plot point in a Poison Ivy themed episode of Batman: The Animated Series - but done here first.  Doc Duplicator also commanded moss men. I am not sure why this guy who looks more like Mr. Freeze has such a command over plant life. As for "Bad Luck" Hula, I think the guy is more an idiot than anything. It has nothing to do with luck. I do like doppelgangers, but this one lands somewhere in the middle of the road.

Episode Count: 0364
Series Count: (27 of 35)

07 May 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Joggernaut

He's the Joggernaut B!*$% , oh wait, that's the Juggernaut. This guy is a wannabe Tarzan that lives in a the Swiss Family Robinson's tree house - and he also really likes to exercise. Joggernaut was a really lame villain and this episode was a real dud with a nonsensical plot about turning Amazon mud into endless energy, a perfect way to rob the city of gold... ?

Episode Count: 0363
Series Count: (26 of 35)

06 May 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Terrible 5 + 1

When I realized what was happening, that a team of supervillains was forming, I got pretty excited. Its probably not the team I would have chosen, but at least they brought back the Clam. The other returning villains were the Weed, Half-Ape, Computerhead, and Disco Mummy. Apparently my viewing order is wrong because the Disco Mummy episode is later on, and boy am I in for a treat. Solex, a new baddie, was also along as the ringleader. But when the other villains refused to cooperate, Solex busted their crimes forcing them to team with Plastic Man... don't worry, it doesn't really make sense. I have to give high praise to the series for finally bringing back a villain, and extra praise for the team-up I have been clamoring for. Those aspects made this a standout episode in a series that is growing awfully stale.

Episode Count: 0362
Series Count: (25 of 35)