Episode #20: Out Of Time
Original Airdate: August 18th, 2007
The Fantastic Four return from a time-traveling mission to discover that Doctor Doom has taken over New York City! But even worse, they discover that history itself has been changed; the Fantastic Four never got their amazing powers in this alternate timeline! The FF realize that they must travel back in time to the moment of their origin if they’re going to stop Doom’s sinister scheme.
Written by Josh Fine
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
Dr. Doom - Paul Dobson
Arsenal - Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes started as an action show. Early episodes like “Doomed,” “Doomsday,” “Hard Knocks,” and “Doom Doom Dugan” emphasized action. Yes, there was a little humor but not much.
As the series continued, more episodes were written as straight comedy. “Contest of Champions” features a spelling bee with Annihilus. You wouldn’t see that type of levity in the first half of the season (except in Skrull-centric episodes.)
The change in style suited it. Fantastic Four was a better comedy than it was action adventure. Its best episodes were its funniest.
“Out of Time” came toward the end of the season when the creators had all but given up on drama. Even the dramatics in this episode—Reed Richards blinking from existence, for example—are played for gaffes. The plot centers around some time travel hijinks we’ve seen before. The Four must go back in time to keep their origin intact or else Doom will control the world.
Unfortunately, “Time” is a rarity for this show—a comedic misfire. Most of the jokes are a bit obvious. Ben is told not to change anything in the past, so he kills a dinosaur. They used the same joke in The Simpsons and it was funnier then.
FF: WGH can’t subsist on dramatic tension. The episodes need comedy to be enjoyable, so “Out of Time” is consequently one of the weaker efforts from the end of the season.
Oh yeah, and the villain is Doom… and I am so sick of this Doom.
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