Review and Media by Jon T
Episode #20 - The Deadly Director
· The indicia for this episode as shown on the title card implies that this episode was originally meant to include clips from "Klaws", "Return Of The Moleman" and "Blast Starr, The Living Bomb Burst".
Review:Once again, another totally 'original' story for this series that pales in comparison to the Lee-Kirby based episodes.
The plot of making a movie as a cover to do away with the main stars isn't new, and neither is the concept of an enemy who is a master of disguise. Indeed the same plot would later be used in the 1970s FF show!
We get some lengthy clips to take up some time, but at least here they serve some sort of function, ostensibly preparing the Impostor against similar moves from the FF. It's not until almost halfway through the episode that the story actually begins in earnest, and then we're subjected to some pretty boring 'movie' themed traps for the Fantastic Four, at least until the two-headed mechanical monster Reptilius appears. Unfortunately, Reptilius is dealt with about a minute after its first appearance!
In conclusion, this is a mediocre finale to a fairly entertaining series; one that was certainly the most faithful interpretation of the Fantastic Four until the second season of the Marvel Action Hour.