Episode #16: Doomsday Plus One
Original Airdate: April 27th, 2007
The FF are getting a good night’s rest when Doctor Doom makes his move! Doombots infiltrate the Baxter Building, and while the FF do their best to fight them off, they all realize that the robots are nothing but a distraction… Doom’s real attack is the launch of the Baxter Building into space!! If they survive the Doombots, the cold vacuum of outer space, reentry, and their neighbors’ complaints, the FF plan on having a word with Doctor Doom.
Written by Bob Forward
Directed by Franck Miohel
Music by Noam Kaniel
Animation By Sunmin/ The Animation Studio/ Fantasta
Mr. Fantastic - Hiro Kanagawa
Invisible Woman - Lara Gilchrist
The Thing - Brian Dobson
Human Torch - Christopher Jacot
Arsenal - Dr. Doom is a complex character. He's a villain, but he perceives himself as a hero. He believes in creating a utopia for all people (sans Reed Richards). He just wants that utopia under his control.
Because Dr. Doom is such a complicated character, most cartoons have wiffed when they try to depict him. Both the 80s Spider-Man and second season of Fantastic Four: TAS has passable Doom moments; but besides that it has been relatively abysmal.
Despite a solid voice actor, the latest version of Doom also fails to make an impact. The creative team ignores the character's ambition in favor of his jealousy. It also doesn't help that the last few Doom-centric episodes have had the doctor chasing after macguffins.
Instead of coming off as a genius or even credible threat, Doom is depicted as an irritating younger sibling who is used to getting what he wants.
This episode is less entertaining than top-tier installments like "Hard Knocks" and "Bait and Switch" because Doom bores and is not a threat. He seems way out of his league here--which is a shame because nothing, ostensibly, should be out of Doom's league. The guy punked the Beyonder in the comics.
How badly is Dr. Doom jobbed? Herbie single-handedly takes out a platoon of Doombots. Yeah, Herbie. Then, Sue takes out Doom's lieutenant in a single frame. It took Sue longer to make the post-smackdown quip.
The heroes are still funny and likeable. This show has convinced me that Reed Richards can be hysterical--something I thought impossible. The writing team has the Four's banter down to a science, but they need to have cultivate some better villains if the series is to have any longevity.
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