Monday, May 2, 2016
Legion of Super Heroes S01 E07: Brain Drain
Mission Monitor Board: Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Brainiac 5, Timber Wolf, and young Superman.
Opponents: mutated Zoonian miners, guide-bot, Brainiac 5's body, Zoonian mine-bots
We talked a little last time about my trust issues with Brainiac 5. Much of it comes from the comics, but the problem here is that the showrunners of the "Legion of Super Heroes" animated series have nixed the source material and created a whole new Brainiac 5, as well as a new Colu. It's Alignment time, strap yourselves in...
As Brainy explains The Alignment, I really couldn't help but think of the original "Star Trek" series and the classic episode "Amok Time," where Spock underwent the pon farr. On Colu, every three solar cycles they all upload their intelligences into a hive-mind. Normally it's painless, but because Brainy has separated himself from The Collective, he may become unpredictable, incoherent, aggressive, and irrational, thus the containment chamber to hold him during the process.
When The Alignment is over, Brainy is still acting wacky, though, and he overloads the containment chamber. He's gone wide-eyed nonsense-spewing bye-bye, and according to Computo (who if I'm being honest, I trust even less than Brainy) only exposure to Zuunium radiation will fix him. For that, the Legion has to take him to Zoon.
Timber Wolf's origin confusion. I had always thought Zoon his home planet, yet here in the animated series, the Legion found him on Raal. Anyway, a plan is hatched to have Timber Wolf and young Superman take Brainiac 5 to Zoon, and to use a jump gate so it's quick.
Jump Gates to Zoon aren't the friendliest of places, nor the most customer service oriented. Timber Wolf in a space suit makes it through fine. Superman is powerless on the other side as Zoon has a red sun, apparently the hero's first encounter with such a situation. And just Brainy's head makes it through, but really, that's all they need. What's interesting is that he keeps jabbering, but if you listen, he's making sense. It's just that Supes and Wolf aren't listening.
While Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad try to retrieve Brainiac 5's body from Diaphus-3, Supes and Wolf are besieged by spider-like mine-bots. Superman rifts on Ripley from Aliens and uses a forklift exoskeleton as armor and strength to fight them and get Brainy to the Zuunium. Timber Wolf tears through the majority of the bots like a champ.