Monday, November 14, 2011

Green Lantern: The Animated Series – TV Series Review

In Brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s Light!”

Ok… now let’s see you say that 5 times fast!



No review or article about the Green Lanterns can be any good if it doesn’t start with this Oath! (Writer’s personal opinion).

I know what you are all thinking. Why the hell would the WB along with the CN will go and create an animated TV series about the Green Lantern after the GL movie flopped in the box office?

Well, the answer is pretty simple, it had to be done!
Although I am among a minority that thinks the Green Lantern movie with Ryan Reynolds was a good movie, as much as the next “Captain America” or better than the average “Hulk”, it is still a fact that the rest of the “SaVa Reviews” team along with most of the world did not share my liking towards the Emerald Knight of sector 2814 big screen version.

Thank god then that WB are not a studio that places all its eggs in one basket.

WB went all out with the new “Green Lantern: The Animated Series”, calling back to duty Bruce Timm, the wondrous animation producer behind “Batman: The Animated Series” and its entire dynasty.

Combining Timm’s unique artistic perception regarding the DC universe while transferring his art to CGI for the first time with the ability to create an entire new “piece of the universe” in which Hal Jordan can fulfill his destiny and form a “new” legend of the Green Lantern, this TV series seems to be the cure this franchise needed to stand up again after the Knock Out it received.

"...Timm’s unique artistic perception regarding the DC universe while transferring his art to CGI..."

*** Warning, a few spoilers ahead, be advised to read only after you watched the first 2 episodes ***

As we all waited eagerly here at the “SaVa Reviews” team (Ok, I was the only eager one amongst us) the 2 episodes premiere started and it took no more than a few moments until the entire team was hooked.

In a very none characteristic manner for a “superhero” animated TV series, it started with the murder of a Green Lantern. As a frontier GL was baited to a trap and then killed by 2 members of the Red Lantern Corps (Zilius Zox, the head with arms and legs villain and the young rising villainous star - Razer).

18 months later we find Hal Jordan already a Lantern flying a prototype airplane for Carol Ferris, doing all he can to keep the airplane in one piece, but ultimately causing it to meet the hard side of a cliff while Hal saves a train from falling into a chasm.

"Zilius Zox, the head with arms and legs villain and the young rising villainous star - Razer"

Instead of arguing about the airplane crashing Hal manages to “sweet talk” Carol into dinner when suddenly he is being urgently summoned to Oa (the Guardians home planet).

As Hal arrives to Oa he is been placed on trial for, and I will quote: “The viceroy of Demrak 7 claims that while negotiation took place you punched him in the face… is that true?”
And in what was a perfect take on Hal Jordan’s personality the expected answer did not failed: “No sir! I punched him in the stomach and then I head-butted him in the face. Sir!” 

 “No sir! I punched him in the stomach and then I head-butted him in the face. Sir!”

Suddenly the ring of the Lantern that was killed 18 months ago finally reaches Oa and Hal and Kilowog find themselves in a unique way on their way to the frontier, using a prototype spaceship crafted by the guardians that uses the Green Energy as a power source. Being himself Hal gets friendly with the ships female AI naming it Aya.

From there on the series continues in a none stop action pack sequence after sequence, from spaceships battles through ring power battles to fist fights, all in all forming a solid ground for a new hit series.

If you need one more opinion to get you started with this series, then I will give you this honest opinion of mine:
Think about the Green Lantern’s universe villains and powers combined with the dark, mature and very “to the point” view of “Batman: The animated series” and you will understand how unique this series is, bringing a new light to the darkness that surrounds the Green Lantern franchise, giving a new meaning to the phrase “Green Lantern Light!”

I hope you will enjoy it as much as we have here, and that the franchise will not only survive, but thrive because the Green Lantern universe is one of the richest and most captivating universes in the comic pantheon.


With Much Respect,
SaVa.



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