Monday, March 14, 2016
Legion of Super Heroes S01 E05: Champions
Mission Monitor Board: Lightning Lad, Phantom Girl, young Superman, and future Legionnaires Jo Nah (Ultra Boy) and Tenzil Kem (Matter-Eater Lad).
Opponents: Mekt Ranzz (not yet Lightning Lord), and Tharok, Mano, Persuader, Validus, and the Emerald Empress, teamed as the Fatal Five.
Live from Olympus 12, welcome to the 343rd Intergalactic Games! It's just like the Olympics, only with space aliens and other folks from Legion mythos who haven't been introduced yet. As the games begin, I can see Garth Ranzz, also known as the Legionnaire Lightning Lad; there's Tenzil Kem of Bismoll and Jo Nah of Rimbor; and isn't that Lightning Lord?? Yep, this episode is full of surprises...
The episode revolves around the Intergalactic Games in which both Lightning Lad and his brother Mekt are competing and are apparently life long rivals. This is before Mekt takes on his Lightning Lord identity and curiously he displays no electrical powers. Here he is more pest, cheater, spoiled brat, and pawn to the Fatal Five than anything close to a super-villain. In other words, Mekt makes the usually unlikable animated Lightning Lad look good for once.
After that, their continuing attacks are handled by Superman and Phantom Girl in such a way as to not panic the attendees. The joke of Phantom Girl cheering Lightning Lad to cover up gets old very quickly. There's a lot of humor in this episode, mostly with the snail-like sports commentators, but my favorite bit was Phantom Girl's hillbilly imitation. It felt out of place in the 31st century but I still laughed out loud.
Next: Fear Factory!