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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man: Armored Adventures: “Man and Iron Man” (Episode 14)

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Hey. Sorry for the late review on this episode, but we’re having some update problems this weekend. Anyway, we put it to a vote, as you’ll recall, about whether or not I should continue to review the show, and a whopping two and a half votes poured in (Don’t even ask about the half one, it was weird.) The final count showed 1.5 votes in favor, 1 against, so it would appear I’m going to be reviewing this show for another season or cycle of 13 episodes, or however it is they’re organizing this thing. Not exactly an overwhelming mandate, but the very tiny masses have spoken, and I obey.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man:Armored Adventures: “Hide and Seek” (Episode 13)

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Tonight we have what may or may not be the season finale of Iron Man. I’m frankly unclear about it. Some sources say it is, some sources say it isn’t, or that it’s the end of a production cycle and not a season, or whatever. So we’ll just ignore whether it’s intended to be a capstone or just another day in the life, and get on with the review, shall we?

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Treasure Planet” (2002)

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Widely derided and almost deliberately overlooked during its initial release in 2002, no one ever bothers to mention that Treasure Planet is the last Disney movie - ever - to actually provoke an honest emotional response out of its audience that wasn’t cloying or filled with treacle. (Not counting Pixar, of course.) While the movie unquestionably has its problems, it manages to offset these by hitting some sporadic highs that are better than anything The Mouse had attempted in thirty years or more.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man Armored Adventures: “Seeing Red” (Episode 12)

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Six episodes back we had the absolute worst episode of the entire series thus far, “Iron Man Vs. The Crimson Dynamo.” It was basically a pointless and more-or-less illogical WWF smackdown with mighty fighty robots. Tonight we’ve got a direct sequel to that episode, and - whoda’ thunk it - it’s actually pretty good.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man: Armored Adventures: “Masquerade” (Episode 11)

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You know, it was better this week. Predictable as heck from the get-go, but not too awful because of that. The story was more about character interaction than the mystery itself, and it worked well.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man: Armored Adventures: “Ready, A.I.M., Fire” (Episode 10)

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It’s day five of Science Fiction Hell Week, and after a hiatus of seven weeks, Iron Man returns with relatively little fanfare, making me wonder how it’s doing in the ratings. Sure they signed on for two seasons up front, but is it pulling in the viewers they want? Is it a successful show? Do they still believe in it? Are they willing to support it, or are they just burning off the episodes prior to ditching it.

Who knows. I strongly suspect the latter, but I honestly have no information about it.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man:Armored Adventures: “Ancient History 101” (Episode 9)

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Iron man’s unexpected winning streak continues with what is unquestionably my favorite episode of the series so far. I initially decided to start reviewing this series on a lark, since Marvel is woefully underrepresented on our site (Owing mostly to the fact that I don’t really like it, and the guys on here who do like it don’t wanna’ write about it), but Iron Man is really the only Marvel Hero who works for me (I think mainly because Rocket Red was so woefully under-used in the DC universe).

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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man:Armored Adventures: “Field Trip” (Episode 8)

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Sorry it took me a week to get this review up, but life got in the way. The good news, however, is that it was worth the wait and that with “Meltdown” two weeks ago, this one, and tonight’s new episode, this turkey of a show has finally hit some kind of a stride and is becoming worth watching. It’s not all the way there yet, but they seem to have finally hit on the idea that they need (A) stories and (B) to make use of their characters.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man: Armored Adventures: "Whiplash" (Episode 5)

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Pepper's dad - an FBI investigator - gets jumped by someone and ends up in the hospital while Tony and Rhody are borderline-ignoring her because she's annoying. They wonder where people like Magic Happy Unicorn Princess from a couple weeks ago are getting their exo-suits from. Once they find out Pepper's dad has been badly injured, they feel bad about it and decide to help her out, but of course she's petulent and mad at them, and uses her dad's computer to track down who was responsible.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross Zero: “Jungle” (Episode 4, 2004)

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Since we've been away such a long time, here's a really good FMV I found to get us all back in the mood. Watch this and then we'll get to the review:

Freakin' beautiful, isn't it?

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