Solar Powered: Green Lantern The Animated Series, a Review

Green Lantern The Animated Series

Green Lantern The Animated Series

Hello everyone.  Welcome to SOLAR POWERED.  Over this past week, many amazing things have happened.  Kerbykid graduated from college.  Congrats brother!  AG Rockett also, good job!  We’re all so proud of you both!  I took my kids to Disneyland and spent their college tuition to get into the park – ok, only half of their collective tuitions – and got together with some indie comics publishers and producers.  Also, Green Lantern The Animated Series had its season finale.  For those who may have slept on this show due to fear of tie-in with its movie counterpart, let’s review, and be warned, some spoilers do follow.

Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of Earth, and Kilowogg, the GL that trained him; steal an experimental spacecraft called the Interceptor and fly out into frontier space- the outskirts of guardian-protected space- where they discover the Red Lanterns.  Lead by Atrocitus, the Red Lanterns are warriors with power rings similar to Green Lanterns’, that are powered by hate and who hate and were murdering the frontier GLs, for a, then, unknown reason.  The Green Lanterns confronted the Red Lanterns for the survival of that sector, and the ensuing battle cost the life of a GL comrade as well as led to the destruction of his home world.  Hal and Kilowogg promised to avenge the deaths that came at the hands of the RLs, but to do that they needed aid.  Enter Razer.

Razer is a Red Lantern whose wife was lost while he was fighting in a rebellion on his home world, and the pain of her loss drove him to join the Red Lanterns and their leader, Atrocitus’, crusade for the destruction of the GL corps.  Razer is a tragic character; he is full of rage for the loss of his love, yet he is not inherently evil.  He shows his penchant for justice many times throughout the season, even when he was fully loyal to the RL cause.  When he believed he had murdered innocents, he wished to, first, be killed by Hal, and when that was not an option, he tried to remain imprisoned in a prison where the inmates were, first, tortured and then eaten.  Ultimately, though, Hal decides that, if Razer truly seeks redemption, he can gain it by helping the incredibly outnumbered GLs in their quest.

There is one more player in this, Aya, the Interceptor’s A.I., which uses the green energy from the ship’s power battery to take on a humanoid, female form and joins in on the adventures and plays a very important part in the eventual finale of season 1.

The GLs, along with Razer, go on a nine month quest, meeting new friends, finding new allies, and forging new bonds in an effort to stop the Red Lanterns in their crusade against the guardians and the GL corps.  There are many surprises along the way and many nuggets of GL history added to this show to take it to very interesting places if it continues, as I hope it does.

We get introduced to the Star Sapphires, Lanterns of Love with their violet power rings.  It is through them that Carol Ferris, Hal’s love interest, becomes a Star Sapphire- a retcon from original continuity that saw Carol be possessed by an alien called Star Sapphire- and through the circumstances arising from her acceptance of the violet ring, discovers that Hal is the GL of Earth.  We also get a chance to see what happens when a wielder of a power ring is scorned- or in this case feels scorned.  The power ring throw-down was very entertaining, as are most episodes of this show and their resolutions.

We also meet new GLs, who gain their power rings from the assassinated GLs that drew Hal and Kilowogg out to the rim of Guardian Space.  Hal and company travel to another planet in the outer rim, where they meet Dulock, the GL of the planet Betrassus and the planet’s new-crowned queen,  Iolande.  Iolande becomes the new GL of her sector when her brother, upon overhearing the GLs discuss the choosing of the ring bearers, by the power rings, and, feeling that he will be worthy to be chosen, poisons Dulock.  When her brother is shown to be the assassin, and is not chosen by the ring, Hal believes, correctly, that she must have received the ring.  And, while she does not leave with them, the GL crew gains an ally.

Another new lantern is formed when a sentient planet, called Mogo, gains a power battery and is transformed into an ultra-powerful Lantern.  And while that is an important moment, in both the episode and the overall story arc, Mogo is also, both prison and home, to some other sentient life forms, one of which is a humanoid called Saint Walker.  Saint Walker, who is almost the personification of peace and hope, becomes the first Blue Lantern, the Lantern of hope, and hope empowers will.

Much like the comics upon which this show is based, the characters and story are very complex.  For instance, the Guardians, while very powerful and well-meaning, are almost separate from the universe, their lack of emotional ties causing them to make many costly errors in judgment.  They created the Manhunters, unfeeling robot police officers, long ago in a forgotten past, and the Manhunters, in turn, destroyed the outer rim which led to the main conflict of the season.  Atrocitus, one of the survivors of the destruction wrought by the Manhunters, lives on in hate, and uses it to power his ring, making him almost unstoppable.  Of course, this show is called Green Lantern, not Red Lantern or Atrocitus’ Chronicles, so of course our hero does prevail.  In the final battle, Hal’s will is more potent than even Atrocitus’ rage.

Hal is stronger in will than any will in the universe, making him the strongest of all the GLs.  Kilowogg is gruff and loyal, staying by Hal’s side through hairiest and most hair-brained schemes his friend can muster.  Razer is almost evil in his blunt, no-nonsense way of viewing the world, yet it is his Wolverine-like gruffness that made him my favorite character on the show.  And, as for Aya, she is, almost, the perfect foil for him.  They form a bond that is deeper than friendship.  Razer, using a power possessed by the Star Sapphires, to teleport to one whom the other loves teleports to her side to aid her and Hal in the final battle.

This show is so good and the story so expansive, there is no way I could summarize it with so little time and space, except to say that DC, once again, has shown their mastery of animated story-telling with this show.  If you have not seen, and you are a fan of animation and great stories, give this show a try and let me know how you feel about it.  If you watch the show, like it, love it, or hate it, write me here on the site, and I’ll answer.  Until then, I’m out.

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  1. Posted June 7, 2012 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    great post

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