Iron Man The Animated Series
And The Sea Shall Give Up It's Dead
I wanted to review Iron Man - the Complete 1994 Animated Series DVD set back when it was first released, but I just couldn't bring myself to watch it over a weekend...more or less even watch it. The first season is just terrible. So I thought, why not do it now and spread it over a few weeks or maybe even months. It's really just season one that is nearly unwatchable. Alright, so now that I've pumped all of you up for what's in store, let's dig in.
The pilot episode of Iron Man is so undeniably lame. Similar to a lot of the cartoons of the '80s, the basic premise of each Iron Man episode is as follows: Mandarin comes up with some crazy-ass scheme and Iron Man stops it. That's about it. And just like that, this episode begins with the Mandarin turning a group of Russian Sailors into an army of radioactive zombies. We are introduced to the man in red and yellow and his team of super heroes - Force Works (War Machine, Spider Woman, Century and Scarlet Witch). From there we are also introduced to the Mandarin's super villains; Dreadknight, Modok, Whirlwind, Blizzard, Backlash (aka Whiplash), and Hypnotia. Once all the main characters are introduced they get on with the episode and defeat the evil horde of zombie sailors.
It's a real shame the production company didn't use the same template as X-Men the Animated Series and just go full force with a kick ass story. The first episode and really the whole first season is such a wasted opportunity. I think the recent Iron Man movie clearly shows that Iron Man can be a really cool and interesting character. Unfortunately, he is not in this cartoon adaptation. The only cool thing about this first episode is seeing all of those Force Works characters animated and come to life. Unfortunately, we don't find out a blasted thing about any of them. They are really just there as eye candy. This is definitely an episode I highly recommend you skip.