Super Friends! “The Giants of Doom” (part 1 of 5)
We return to the world of crappy renditions of legendary superheroes with this entry from the Challenge of the Super Friends iteration of the Super Friends! series. Having already suffered through a first season episode, I wanted to tackle an episode that was not only shorter, but would also hopefully not make me want to bash my face in with a shovel.
Challenge of the Super Friends was the first time the creators of the show actually got it right… Well, kind of. Gone were the annoying sidekicks from the first season, as well as the faceless nobodies they usually employed as villains. In their place is the Legion of Doom, a conglomeration of famous and not-so-famous villains from the DC universe. As we’re about see, this only makes for a marginal improvement.
The Super Friends still have Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, but they’re joined by more superheroes, including three new characters created in a desperate attempts to add diversity to the show. They are: Black Vulcan, Samurai, and Apache Chief. And if you can’t guess the ethnicity of each of those three, this might just be the show for you.
Without further ado, let’s get to the starting lineups!
First up, we get a rundown of the new, beefed up Justice League. In addition to the Big Four, we have:
Green Lantern: A pretty cool hero, though this is minimized a great deal by the cartoon’s budget, not to mention the writing.
The Flash: The fastest man in the world, who can also occasionally fly whenever the writers forget what his actual superpower is.
Hawkman: Um, yeah. Basically, all he can do is fly, which makes him as redundant as a freezer in an igloo.
Apache Chief: Of the three new heroes, this dude is the only memorable one, if only for that episode of Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law that featured him.
Black Vulcan: Okay, now you guys are stretching things.
Samurai: Screw you.