Episode #41 Powerless
Original Airdate - September 25th, 2012 (Home Video Release)
Loki remains a prisoner of the Midgard Serpent for his crimes against Asgard. He smoulders with hatred for the Avengers, until the Enchantress offers him a chance at revenge. Can the Avengers regain their powers in time?

Written by Man of Action & Danielle Wolff
Directed by Steve Gordon
Review by RoyalRubble
Media by Marvel Animation Age

This episode isn't horrible, but definitely not on the same level as the rest of the show - including some of the more recent less spectacular episodes. "Powerless" seems very rushed; the show's once strong continuity is entirely ignored and the story doesn't really make much sense. Still, I think there are a couple of nice moments so watching this episode is not a complete waste of time. I guess the thing that bothered me the most was the apparent lack of continuity: when we last saw Amora the Enchantress she was under Surtur's control trying to break free yet here she seems to be working for him willingly, whereas back in "The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill", she pleaded Thor to kill her before Surtur could regain his control over her. And I don't really see why she wanted to help Loki get his revenge on Thor at this point. It was nice seeing the Destroyer armor in animation again though. I recently re-watched the 60s Thor cartoon with the Destroyer and I was thinking it would be fun to see it on this show. Obviously it was stopped by the end of the episode but I didn't expect the Avengers to pick it up after the fight; I wonder if it will be used again in any upcoming episodes. If not, this was just another pretty much pointless scene in this already flawed episode.

As for the heroes loosing their powers: Thor (who was obviously the star of this episode) turning into a human and spraining his ankle was a nice nod to Dr. Donald Blake - and it's probably the last time we'll get to see his classic alter-ego from the comics in any media for a while. Seeing a pre-Captain America Steve Rogers was kind of nice, but Iron Man's armor turning back into his old-school armor didn't really make sense. I guess the most logical consequence Amora's spell could have had was his current armor systems would stop functioning properly. Even with his old armor, I'm guessing he could have just as easily change back into a more modern armor and save the day. The other Avengers were absent this episode so they were spared from this weird spell. I doubt the others appearing would have made this episode any better but it might have been fun seeing some of the other heroes loosing their powers for a while.

Overall, this episode was probably the worse this show could offer - but even the worse episode was still somewhat enjoyable and I'd say it is worth watching, at least once.

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