Review and Media by Jon T
Episode #12 - Demon of the Deep
Review:A nice change is this episode starting in situ, with the Fantastic Four already having cornered Professor Gamma, thus ridding the episode of any needless exposition. Gamma-Ray himself of the series' first totally original super-villain, but unfortunately he's not very original (especially compared to actual Lee-Kirby creations), and is actually quite comical-looking. He's basically a plot device with simplistic characterization who's there in order to drive the story in similar fashion to the original comic (which featured Dr. Doom and Sub-Mariner).
Johnny's tensions with the rest of the team aren't hinted at before he finally leaves, making his decision seem very sudden. Nevertheless, it's nice to finally see that Johnny's being written as the hot-tempered guy he can be at times, and that all is not always perfect on the team, unlike Hanna-Barbera's many later Super Friends shows were everyone always go along in almost all the episodes.
As I said in the notes, Giganto's killing (by a giant bomb in his stomach - we even see his still-smoking remains!) is something that wouldn't have been seen in many similar shows subjected to harsh censorship, so it's a surprise to see that they actually kept this part in the story as it was in the original comic. From a story point of view, it does make sense, since I doubt the FF would willingly leave such a dangerous monster to roam the seven seas again!