Super Friends – The Lost Episodes (DC Comics/Warner DVD)
C+ Sound: C+ Extras:
C- Episodes: C-
superheroes; always have. But, I cannot
sit here and tell you that Super
Friends: The Lost Episodes is the best thing that our comic friends have
ever delivered to audiences. The show by
all means is poorly animated a hokey (like many of the other Super Friends
adventures), but it still has heart. The
history surrounding the The Lost
Episodes is a bit convoluted and to make a long story short it was
essentially a miscommunication between ABC and Hanna Barbera. While ABC was primed to discontinue the Super Friends series, Hanna Barbera
thought it was just a short break and continued to produce episodes; in the end
making 24 “action packed” adventures (8 episodes in total).
previously mentioned, the Super Friends series
was never all too solid from the beginning; often times having weak stories and
even weaker animation. ABC was heavily
pressured by ratings boards and parents’ groups to keep animation clean; which
to them translated as watered down and undaring. Even if the Super Friends were a weak series,
they still had some heart and charisma that kept people (kids) watching; even
today a bit of nostalgia hits me while watching The Lost Episodes.
insanely obnoxious Wonder Twins make themselves well known in these Lost Episodes; using their powers to
transform from superheroes into annoying Public Service Announcements. Seriously, The Lost Episodes took the Wonder Twins to a new level of lame as
they warn kids to stay out of abandoned amusement parks, don’t drag race or
cheat on tests. No longer was the series
an escape from reality into a superhero adventure; it was a downer on the road
ton of superheroes show up in these 24 adventures, but it is just a sad state
of affairs. I am unsure whether Hanna
Barbera lost their minds of they just ran out of material, but by the 1980’s
there was no steam left in that engine.
There is even a nutty storyline about (get this) a paraplegic kid who
the superheroes think is “faking it” and want to trick him into walking
again! Now don’t get me wrong, I am by
no means politically correct, but WTF Superman?!?
in good conscious recommend this set, sure if you are a completist and a fan
buy the set; otherwise stay away as if it were kryptonite.
the fact that the box art makes the series seem a ton more “badass” than it
actually is; the technical features are adequate at best. The picture once again is presented in a
passable but not crystal clear 1.33 X 1 Full Screen that disappoints with its
gritty bland colors, but with so many other issues by the time these adventures
were made this is no surprise. The sound
is again presented in its original Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono that has depth issues
and often times sounds soft, but once again a problem with older super hero
cartoons and most Hanna-Barbera DVD features.
extras include 2 Downloadable Super
Friends Comic Book Adventures from the DC Vault; including The Mindless Immortal and Wendy and Marvin Meet the JLA. Overall the downloadable features are BLAH
and by the time I got to looking at the extras I had no desire to download
there is no more Wonder Twins and I will be happy…
- Michael P. Dougherty II