Episode #6 - Iron Man Versus Crimson Dynamo
Original Airdate - May 22nd, 2009
Ivan Vanko has crashed down into the middle of New York City after being lost in space for two years, and is alive thanks to the massive environmental suit – The Crimson Dynamo, which is designed to survive the harshest conditions imaginable. Dynamo plans to seek revenge on the people who left him behind in space, but the only thing standing in his way is Iron Man.

Story Editor Christopher Yost
Written By Brandon Auman
Directed By Stephane Juffe and Phillipe Guyenne
Review by Arsenal

The writers for Iron Man: Armored Adventures do a good job of playing against our expectations in “Crimson Dynamo.”

The episode opens with a man in a space suit flying close to the sun’s surface. He talks about how he misses his family. Then, a solar flare seemingly kills him. (But we, being the savvy fans we are, recognize the Crimson Dynamo armor and know the man isn’t dead.)

Immediately, we think, “Oh, it’s a villain who misses his family. This must be the sympathetic villain episode.”

Then, we see James Rhodes and Pepper Potts waiting for Tony Stark so they can begin their science project, but he’s busy doing some superheroing.

Now, we think, “OK, in episode four, Tony let down Rhodey. In the next episode, he let down Pepper. This must be the episode where he lets them both down.”

But you’re wrong on both counts, sorta. The villain is sympathetic and Stark never helps with the science project, but neither description describes the episode properly.

“Crimson Dynamo” is actually the episode in which Iron Man repeatedly gets his butt kicked by an unstoppable juggernaut. Think “The Return” from Justice League Unlimited or any X-Men episode involving the Juggernaut.

The suspense builds nicely each time the Dynamo defeats Iron Man. The voice actors for the heroic leads (Tony, Pepper and Rhodey) do a good job of selling the tension. They argue and fret and joke like soldiers in the fox hole.

This series as a whole has impediments—the plotting lacks originality, the animation is often stiff—but this episode works on almost every level.

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