Episode #5: Whiplash
Original Airdate - May 15th, 2009
Pepper Potts dreams of a life of excitement and adventure… until her FBI agent father is targeted by Mister Fix, a mysterious arms dealer he’d been tracking. With her father in the hospital, Pepper intends to find out who attacked him… until she becomes a target herself. But Mister Fix doesn’t just make high tech weapons… he makes super-weapons. And now Iron Man has to save Pepper from Fix’s cybernetic hatchet man, Whiplash, all while trying to hide his identity from Mister Fix and Pepper.
Story Editor Christopher Yost
Written By Paul Giacoppo
Directed By Stephane Juffe and Phillipe Guyenne
Review by Arsenal
Early episodes of Iron Man: Armored Adventures suffered from overstated villains. Over-the-top evil tycoons, over-the-top evil scientists, over-the-top neo-yellow menaces… every villain was over the top.
That’s why Whip Lash and Mr. Fix, his employer, are so refreshing. Mr. Fix is a villain, but he doesn’t have to gloat, shout or cackle to make a point. He never raises his voice in “Whip Lash.” He doesn’t need to.
Likewise, Whip Lash is portrayed as laid back, but wholly sadistic, henchman. He hurts people because it’s fun; but, once again, he’s never reduced to histrionics.
For the first time in this show’s short history, I’m hoping one of its villains returns.
The plot of “Whip Lash” is straight forward. Pepper Potts’s father was investigating Mr. Fix, so Fix had Whip Lash hospitalize him. Now, he’s coming after the daughter. It’s up for Iron Man to intercede.
There is nothing revolutionary about “Whip Lash” but its improved antagonists and the continuously improving chemistry among the three heroic leads make it the best episode thus far. (Sure, there have only been four other episodes and none of them were very good, but you have to begin somewhere.)
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