Episode #17 - Chasing Ghosts
Original Airdate - September 18th, 2009
A hit’s been placed on Tony Stark, and the Ghost has come to collect. Tony can’t even see the invisible and untouchable Ghost coming… but he’s got a guardian angel, whether he likes it or not: Madame Masque. And while Madame Masque battles the Ghost to protect Tony, Tony finds himself pushing away Rhodey and Pepper to protect them. But when Masque is captured by the Ghost, Tony has to turn to the very friends he pushed away for help.

Story Editor Christopher Yost
Written By Thomas Barichella
Directed By Stephane Juffe and Phillipe Guyenne
Review by Arsenal

I’ve given Iron Man: Armored Adventures a lot of qualified compliments.

Example: “Fun with Lasers” would be a good episode, if not for Nick Fury. “Man and Iron Man” is good as long as the Spider-Man comparisons don’t distract you. “Masquerade” has good moments, but Tony and Whitney lack chemistry.

No qualified compliments. Chasing Ghosts is a good episode—very good, maybe great. (Greatness depends upon rewatch value, so I hesitate to call anything great until I’ve seen it multiple times.)

“Chasing Ghosts” is the sequel to “Masquerade.” Somebody has paid an assassin, the Ghost, to kill Tony Stark—not Iron Man, Tony Stark. Whitney Stane gets wind of it and uses her Madame Masque persona to protect Tony.

Of course, her plan derails when she, as Tony Star,k shoots up a couple of public places while trying to stop the Ghost.

The plot is creative, the solution even more so. But the best part of this episode is Rhodey and Pepper’s reaction to learning Whitney Stane is Madame Masque.

The biggest strength of this series has always been the interaction between Tony, Rhodey and Pepper. Each character gets a great moment here. We see their strengths, their flaws and, most importantly, their loyalty.

I don’t want to give any specific examples, because I’d hate to spoil some of the surprises. That’s right, this episode features some decent surprises. Instead of being mired in generic villains and clichéd plots, this episode had at least two decent surprises.

If you’ve written off Iron Man: Armored Adventures, watch “Chasing Ghosts.” It may change your mind. If it doesn’t, I’m not sure any episode would.

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