18 January 2014

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Metal Men: Happy Birthday

While I believe the Metal Men have potential, I am glad we got the introductions out of the way. As was the case with the Sword of the Atom shorts, this intro felt awfully redundant for a fan of Batman: The Brave and the Bold where the Metal Men had a couple of great spotlights. By the way, with Platinum in the line up, shouldn't it really be Metal People?

DC Nation Short Count: 0082

17 January 2014

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Darkseid Deception

While "Hotshot" Steve Trevor had made a cameo last season, he was set for his first full scale appearance in this episode where he would be replaced by Darkseid in another attempt to woo Wonder "Angel" into marriage. The guy just doesn't give up. Honestly, its getting ridiculous and a little tiring that the most threatening villain on the show spends so much time trying to get married. I would think a villain would be fine with bachelorhood. More importantly, Darkseid is losing a bit of his threat level with all this failed romance. On the plus side, at least Wondy has gotten some extra screen time.

16 January 2014

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Bizarro Super-Powers Team

Back to Bazarowurld.And while the Bizarro episodes have been decent, I wasn't that excited to see old cube face at first, that is until Mr. Mxyzptlk appeared. That villainous combo, along with bizarified Guardians  training for duty in Metropolis turned out to be a fair enough formula. This one may not be a classic, but it was a bit of harmless fun. The real highlight was the Bizarro Mxyzptlk AKA Kltpzyxm - kind of a clever idea. I mean its no Zibarro, but for 1985 it will do. 

15 January 2014

Super History of Superman: Tales of Metropolis (2013)

Superman would remain in the background for tales featuring other citizens of Metropolis. After 3 shorts, the real star of the Tales of Metropolis has to be Bizarro, I mean, not-Bizarro. Starring in the first short, Bizarro proved his backwards antics could still prove heroic. not-Bizarro returned in the third short as well for a comedic cameo.

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Ghost Ship

Its clear that the Super Friends franchise was beginning to mature. Along with ditching the "Super Friends" name for something cooler on the schoolyard, Galactic Guardians, even the look of the series had adapted a less cartoony look. Galactic Guardians deserves some credit for paving the way for superhero cartoons aimed at older age groups such as Batman: The Animated Series. The inclusion of Darkseid last season was a huge step and the parademons are something that would likely never have been considered in earlier seasons. Having gone off on that tangent, this episode was a bit of a bomb.

14 January 2014

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Seeds of Doom

 After single handedly taking down a robot spider piloted by Lex Luthor, Cyborg the teenage tin man got invited to join the Super "Powers" team. Turns out that Cyborg missed being a normal guy but when he was called upon to defend the world against Darkseid, he decided being a member of the team wasn't so bad. At least it was better than living in Apokolips.

13 January 2014

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians

In 1985, the team was back for one last run of 10 episodes, most running 20 minutes with a couple of half length tales.This time the Super Friends were redubbed the Galactic Guardians, a bit edgier of a title, and once again the forumla was going to be remixed.