Episode #11: Impossible
Original Airdate: June 23rd, 2007
Reed summons one of his deep space probes back to the Baxter Building for repairs, only to find that someone has hitched a ride on it back to Earth: the Impossible Man! The small, impish alien seems harmless enough, but the Fantastic Four soon realize that this creature, who can turn into anything, has turned into a big problem for them! Now they have to figure out how to get the Impossible Man off the planet before he goes from Ďannoyingí to Ďdangerous!í
Story By Craig Kyle and Chris Yost
Written by Rob Loos and George Taweel
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
Stu - This episode introduces one of my favourite Fantastic Four villains Ė The Impossible Man. Heís always been such a randomly out there character, especially for the FF, one of the villains in their illustrious rouges gallery who really stands out as the odd ball. Highly irritating but always amusing, he usually makes for a refreshing change, simply because he brings a bit more comedy to the table.
If thereís one thing that this show already has in abundance, itís comedy. Itís usually very good too, you actually laugh out loud with the lines or their expressions rather than just occasionally snigger. This show doesnít have Beast Boy from Teen Titans comedy Ė itís actually funny. This episode however clear in itís intentions to make The Impossible Man as irritating as possible and you feel they did too good a job. Heís annoying. You just want him to shut up after a few minutes. Ten minutes into the episode, youíre hoping for an inspired ďItís clobberiní time!Ē and for Ben to punch him into the moon. No such luck. To be fair, he does actually have some good lines, and thereís no lack of humour in the episode, and if you tone him down, then you donít really have The Impossible Man, just a mere imitator.
Design wise, they stayed closer to the comics than they usually do with this show but still managed to slightly exaggerate it with his huge grin and eyes. Youíre probably sick of hearing me say how much I like the designs and overall visuals of this show, but hell, this is my review Ė you chose to come here Ė I really like the designs and visuals for this show and genuinely donít mind when they take a new spin on a classic Ė Iíve read the Lee/Kirby comics, I donít need to see them translated exactly onto the small screen.
This episode is probably the weakest one weíve had since the premiere. I realise that a lot of you reading this arenít fans of the show but Iíve generally found a lot of the complaints to stem back to this fact that the show isnít Justice League Unlimited, but the simple fact is, itís not trying to be. Overall, the episode is a little weaker than usual, but still pretty good. Not one Iíll rush to watch again, but it wonít be joining Superman III on my list of things Iíll never, ever, ever watch again.
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