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TV Review: Green Lantern: The Animated Series -- "Babel"

Posted By: Wonder Worlock
Sat, 02/09/2013 - 16:44


With some heavy emotions attached to the last few episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, this week’s outing, “Babel,” is a bit lighter in vein.

Oh, it is not Marks Brothers shtick by any stretch of the imagination, but there are some genuinely funny moments in here.

Example: The rings of Hal, Kilowog and Razer are out of power and they cannot understand each other’s native languages (thus the biblical title) and Hal delivers a great inspiration speech before the climax; neither Kilowog nor Razer understood it but the plan went off without a hitch and both act as if they did for Hal’s sake, lol. There are many more.

This time around, the power of Aya/Anti-Monitor has blasted the Interceptor far out of its range of space and onto a planet where the atmosphere is methane. The ship is out of power, the rings are at that point low and the only breathable atmosphere is in a nearby alien fortress.

The trio barely makes it to the fortress, Hal rings the doorbell like a UPSdelivery man, IDs himself as a Lantern and the Oz-like guards at the door yell “Kill them!” Another lighter moment, although not for the Lanterns.

During the battle, there is some sense that the makers of this gem did not want to practice the realism of animation that has pervaded the production. For some reason, the battle with the aliens and Lanterns inside the fortress almost harkens back to the toy store adventures of Gumby and Pokey. There is a little of the fake look about the scenes and some of the perspective is off. I think this may have been intentional and another little jibe … or maybe even a bit of homage.

Just because there are comedic moments, do not get the idea this was not a solid episode. It shows the courage of the trio of heroes, and as Hal said in his non-understood pep talk, “What makes us Lanterns is not here (points at ring) but here (head) and here (heart).” Cool, eh?

Oh, how I am gonna miss this slice of DC Nation