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Monday, September 12, 2011

C-A-D: Avengers: EMH - 102

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Episode 102
Thor the Mighty

Similar to the series opener, this episode is composed of four 5-minute episodes strewn together. This time, however, I think it works a little better. 

The episode begins with the Wrecking Crew attempting to steal something from Stark Industries. The Mighty Thor steps in and puts a halt to their plan. I was a little confused as to what Thor's deal was in this episode. Has he been on Earth for a few years now? Has he made any friends? Is his origin the same as Kenneth Branagh's movie origin? Anyways, Thor is then beckoned back to Asgard to find it under seige by Frost Giants. With Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, at his side he is able to stop the Frost Giants from destroying the realm eternal. However, we soon discover that his step-brother Loki was behind the assault and his father, Odin, is none-too-pleased. After giving the boy a scolding, Odin banishes him to the Isle of Silence. There, he reminisces of his scheming ways and we learn why the Wrecking Crew were up to no good in the beginning of the episode. And Thor decides he'd rather go live with the people of Earth than be with his own people... which pisses his Dad off quite a bit! 

Although I liked this episode more than the last, I still feel like the show is 85% fighting and 15% story. Again we are introduced to a ridiculous amount of characters and expected to know everything about each of them. Another thing I was confused about was the writers' decision to introduce Thor as if he had been on Earth for a while, but at the same time, not set up any of his backstory. I really know very little about Thor. My knowledge pretty much only extends to Branagh's movie and they approach this episode as if nothing that happened in the movie ever took place. Instead, they kind of do the whole Frost Giant story in a matter of 2-3 minutes - aka one big ass fight. So why did I like it more than the first episode? Well, for one thing, I felt like the episode flowed a lot better. Also, the voice acting in this episode is top notch. Something I forgot to mention in my last review was Iron Man's voice. Why does he sound like a teenager? 


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