Episode #10 - Ready, A.I.M., Fire!
Original Airdate - July 24th, 2009
It’s career day at school and while Rhodey and Pepper look for jobs, the Advanced Idea Mechanics have a job for Tony. They are group of scientists that want his help to invent a revolutionary new technology. When Tony completes their project, he inadvertently creates a new Super Villain… the Controller. Now Iron Man is forced to fight, not only against Aim, but against his controlled friends as well.

Story Editor Christopher Yost
Written By Kevin Burke, Chris "Doc" Wyatt
Directed By Stephane Juffe and Phillipe Guyenne
Review by Arsenal

So far Tony has made the mistake of trusting evil scientist, the Blizzard, and megalomaniac, the Mandarin. In “Ready, A.I.M., Fire,” he helps an evil brain trust named A.I.M.

We get it. Tony’s naïve, (and, eventually, another character should call him on this.)

But this episode isn’t about Tony’s naiveté. It’s about Whitney Stane, Obadiah Stane’s daughter.

Her lack of obvious motivation throws a kink into the episode. She follows Tony like a puppy dog even though he ignores her, going so far as to lock her in a closet. Why would Whitney—a woman who’s not afraid to stand up to her billionaire father—play step ‘n fetch with Tony?

The obvious answer is that she’s attracted to him, but we get no explanation as to why. Whitney is portrayed as an attractive girl. Rhodey, Happy Hogan and even Gene Khan seemingly acknowledge this. Unless she’s into Stark for his money or mind—both acceptable explanations, but should be explicitly said—why would she settle on him?

Without this motivation, her actions in this episode seem arbitrary. And that’s too bad, because her actions are important.

I guess that’s it for this epi… oh, the plot? Really, I didn’t mention it? Well, it’s some stuff involving mind control. You’ve probably seen it before.

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