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Byron Brewer

TV Review: Green Lantern: The Animated Series (Episode 8, Fear Itself)


1531 No, Marvel has not licensed Green Lantern (although I wish --), and yes, this week’s episode of this wonderful Cartoon Network Animated Series is indeed titled -- “Fear Itself.”

And just as it was in the Marvel “event,” fear is at the root of all evil here (although if there were any Yellow Lanterns about, I did not see them).

On the outer fringes of Guardian-protected space, our four heroes (if you include Aya, which I do) are running low on supplies (even Green Lanterns apparently do not run on batteries alone).

Enter the obligatory uncharted planet. On terra firma, Hal Jordan and Kilowog search among the forests of trees resembling land jelly fish and discover themselves stranded on different sides of two warring species.

In Kilowog’s case, the people he is with bare a striking resemblance to the ol’ drill sergeant himself. As for Hal -- well, his ring seems to be on the fritz (what else is new?) and the fruit of those trees (which seem to be mobile monsters) seems to be impossible to eat.

Thought of future starvation vanishes as Hal and Kilowog involve themselves in a planetary civil war, and against one another! Who wins and who loses, or is there a winner when both GLs battle it out?

Meanwhile, we have some more classic Razer and Aya time as the rogue Red Lantern worries about his rage calming and his ring going black. These two have really been a treat for me as a viewer and the emotions that are felt here, like in previous episodes, transcend the genre of “kiddy show.” Cool beans!

The writers and producers of this animated fare are creating a GL world unto themselves, and this outer space adventure away from the Guardians of Oa lends itself to bigger and larger action and emotions by our players, something I am for in spades.

“Fear Itself” becomes another episode in a great first season of Green Lantern: the Animated Series.

And if you ain’t watching yet, why not, poozer?!

Green Lantern: The Animated Series airs Saturdays at 10 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network as part of its DC Nation bloc.