EPISODE REVIEW: Sym-Bionic Titan: “The Fortress of Deception” (Episode 11)

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What are we, England? We can’t do a full-length season anymore? It’s bad enough that cartoon seasons are so ridiculously short to begin with, but we only get eleven episodes of this show? Sheesh.

PLAY BY PLAY

Lance and Illana are captured in the middle of the night and taken to a mysterious Galactic Guardians facility where Lance is fairly graphically tortured. Illana, meanwhile, befriends another humanoid alien prisoner, while Octus tries to track them down. The torturer threatens to start in on Illana, so Lance breaks free and kills him. The normal higgledy piggaldy ensues, with Lance, Illana, and the new guy, Kane, running away through the ship trying to get their watches and get free. Octus eventually finds them - they’re on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, basically. They form Titan, but get captured when Kane reveals that he is in fact, Solomon, the red-hated leader of the Guardians. The Titan manages to escape, and they head home again, unwisely Lance thinks, to fit back into life and try to get information about the Guardians. Meanwhile, Solomon reports in to a superior who we can’t see.

OBSERVATIONS

IF YOU HAVE YOUNG KIDS *DO NOT* LET THEM WATCH THIS EPISODE! IT IS INAPPROPRIATE FOR YOUNGER VIEWERS.

The Galactic Guardians - whom I’ve generally referred to as “The Men in Red” because I always forget their name - have been around since Episode 1, but have never really been a major presence in the episodes before. Generally they’re shown doing mopping up operations after battles. In this, they’ve been grabbing alien tech and monster bits. They are said to be a non-governmental defense agency intent on defending earth from aliens. They seem to have been watching Team Lance for some time now, but didn’t know Octus existed, so there’s some holes in their recon.

Who are they working for? Best guess: Lance’s Dad.

The scene where Lance gets beat up by a sadistic guard who clearly likes it is too intense for this show. I’m hoping they don’t run it in its normal Saturday Morning slot tomorrow.

Octus kicks a surprising amount of butt.

The detective from “Roar of the White Dragon” turns up again briefly tonight.

Ok, gotta’ go. One more review to write…

WILL CONSERVATIVES LIKE THIS EPIOSODE?

Social Conservatives will find the torture stuff depraved, and I tend to agree. It was excessive. Granted, this show is aimed at teens, I’ve got no beef with the writers or producers, but it’s too intense for younger viewers, and yet it’s being marketed to them in the morning slot. Apart from that caveat, there’s really nothing here a Conservative (Social or generic) would dislike. One *could* I suppose argue the whole Guardians thing is a slam at Halburton, but that seems pretty thin to me, and unlikely.

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