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And The Sea Shall Give Up It's Dead
Review and Media by Amazing Spidey

Episode #1 - And The Sea Shall Give Up It's Dead
Original Airdate 24th September 1994

The Mandarin turns a group of Russian sailors into an army of radioactive zombies in order to use them to take over the world. Only Iron Man and Forceworks can stop him!

Screenplay By: Ron Friedman
Music By: Keith Ammerson
Animation By: Rainbow Animation Group
Guest Starring: Robert Hayes as Iron Man, James Avery as War Machine/Jim Rhodes, Casey Defranco as Julia Carpenter/Spider-Woman, John Reilly as Hawkeye/Clint Barton, James Warwick as Century, Katherine Moffat as Scarlet Witch, Ed Gilbert as The Mandarin, Jim Cummings as Modok, Neil Dickson as Dreadknight, Dorian Harewood as Whirlwind, Chuck McCann as Blizzard, Dorian Harewood as Backlash, Linda Holdahl as Hypnotia, Neil Ross as Fin Fang Foom and Tony Steedman as Justin Hammer

Review: Generally, the quality of most shows pilots is a fine example of the quality of the show. That rings true here, and as it happens the premiere episode of Iron Man is also known as one of the poorest. Much like itís sister show, Fantastic Four, Iron Man had an inexcusably poor first season. The same man wrote the majority of the episodes of both shows, but it should be noted that Iron Man is slightly better than FF. However, itís still poor, by anyoneís standards.

This episodes main problem was that it tried to introduce far too many characters in a mere 20 minutes. This episode tried to introduce Iron Man, Forceworks, Mandarin and all his goons, Fin Fan Foom and Titanium Man. Thatís a good 15 characters in a single episode. Simply far too many.

Forceworks wasnít much better. For example, this episode doesnít even let the viewer know Hawkeye or Spider-Womanís names. In what would go onto become a continuing fashion, Forceworks spent most of the episode watching TV. War Machine also had a really dodgy helmet, and his mouth moved when he talked. It was an especially jarring visual, with was thankfully never seen again.

The plot was lame, because The Mandarinís main plan was stupid. He wanted an army of living dead; Iím not quite sure why, after all he already had a million super villains working for him. The villains were the worst part of this series, none of them even had a shred of character development, and most of them featured some of the most atrocious voice acting Iíve ever heard. Hypnocia is enough to make you pray to become deaf. Sheís that bad. Itís also full of scientific stupidity. Such as the fact all of the characters naturally walk under water, they all seem to have an unlimited supply of oxygen in a small dome, and Fin Fan Foom can breath fire underwater. Iím not expecting the show to teach under viewers physics or anything, but the episode was full of this type of logic, and actually wanted the viewer to take the show seriously.

Titanium Man was the biggest joke of all the villains. He is one of Iron Manís main villains in the comics, and he was hyped up as one of the main threats, and then Iron Man and War Machine beat him in a pathetic amount of time. Only one episode in, and we had 2 of the supposedly big threats come and go in under a minute. It was simply a waste of time.

Overall, a below average episodes of a crappy first season.