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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Aquaman Episode 29 - The Undersea Trojan Horse

Aquaman Episode 29 - "The Undersea Trojan Horse" by Bob Haney

The villainous--and pruny--Dr. Lamprey is piloting his ship and depositing a strange device at the bottom of the ocean floor. Moments later, Aquaman and Aqualad are attacked by robot swordfish, which Lamprey is using as a distraction while he attacks Atlantis!
Aqualad climbs aboard one of the robots and forces it into a sea wall, causing it to explode. Meanwhile, outside Atlantis, Mera comes across a very strange item, a giant bejeweled swordfish. She can't help but touch it (because she's just a dumb girl), which activates a switch inside, causing a small army of metal fish to swim out, heading for Atlantis!

Aquaman and Aqualad arrives just in time, with the Sea King commanding some finny friends to deal with the robot invaders. He then spies Dr. Lamprey's craft, and calls some electric eels to attack it. Even though the ship is disabled, more robots attack, which confuses Aquaman--then he realizes the controller must be somewhere else.
Tusky finds the controller inside a giant clam, grabbing it with his mouth and smashing it to bits. This causes the robot attackers to blow up, thus ending the threat from Dr. Dried Apple Head. The only thing left to do is chuckle at Mera for trying to bring down the giant swordfish, because as we all know, it's funny when girls try and do stuff. The End!

I was pretty hard on this episode, with its sexual politics right out of Mad Men, but I guess I'm not really being fair: this cartoon is a product of its time, and I'm sure the writers and producers had no malice intended. In fact, I'm happy they included Mera at all, since she shows up so infrequently in this show.

The action scene with Aquaman and Aqualad smashing the robot fish is pretty exciting, with lots of quick cuts of our heroes flying across (and sometimes at) the screen.

1 comment:

Earth 2 Chris said...

Is it just me, or do all these Filmation-created bad guys look alike? This guy could easily be the Brain's cousin.

I think HB had better villain designs. At least more variety, if nothing else...once they got past well-meaning scientists who were only trying to help the world, blah, blah, blah.