Review And Media by Stu
Episode #9 - Mortal Bounds
Written By: Bruce Reid Schaefer
Directed By: Ernesto Lopez
Music Composed By: Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahchi
Animation Services By: Sae Rom Productions
Guest Starring: Neal McDonough as Dr. Robert Bruce Banner, Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk, Genie Francis as Betty Ross, John Rhys-Davies as Thor, Mark L. Taylor as Dr. Donald Blake, Richard Moll as Abomination and Mark Hamill as Gargoyle.
Review:Now this is a cool episode. Much like Innocent Blood, this episode features a guest star previously used on Fantastic Four, in The God Of Thunder, Mighty Thor!
I liked the Fantastic Fourís version of Thor, so I was pleasantly surprised to see him appear here. I think both this show also did a great job with Thor. A nice colourful design, great dialogue (cease thy savagery, brute!) and an absolutely outstanding voice in John Rhys-Davies made this a guest star to remember. Given how strong Thor is, I was expecting some great fight scenes between him and Hulk, and I wasnít disappointed! The fight in the tunnel was one of the best fights in the entire series!
I thought Gargoyle was used well here. Iíve always liked Gargoyle, itís just a shame he was saddled with The Leader in the majority of his appearances. Abomination is here too, and used pretty effectively. No longer a mindless drone, heís simply aching for a rematch with The Hulk. Richard Moll voices the brute but surprisingly uses the exact same voice as the one he gave Two-Face over in Batman. Given the actors tremendous range, I was slightly perplexed by this choice, but props to him, it did fit the character. I also got a kick out of hearing Hamill and Moll (The Joker and Two-Face) together. By the time this aired by me, Batman had long left my TV screen.
In all honesty, I couldíve done without the cure segment for Banner in Gargoyles cave. I donít really think it added anything to the story, and the explanation of how it couldnít be repeated again didnít really fly with me, but it did only take up a few seconds, so itís forgivable. I did like Gargoyle giving the last of the vaccine to Betty though. Iíve always though Gargoyle wasnít quite evil; after all, he only wanted to cure him. Words will never describe how good Mark Hamill was in this role; he added so much to it.
I really liked this episodeís conclusion. Whilst Iíve could see the Hulkbusters coming a mile away, I loved seeing the homeless man help Bruce onto the train. I thought it was a nice little touch Ė not everyone is out to get Banner.
Thereís no denying this is a quality episode. Itís a shame that, at current time of writing, not too many folks will have seen it. Screenshots: