Monday, December 10, 2012

Animated World of DC Comics: Super Powers Team vs. "The Seeds of Doom" (1985)

Let's go back to the series premiere of Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians for our next entry.

"The Seeds of Doom" marks the addition of Cyborg of the New Teen Titans as the newest member of the newly rechristened Super Powers Team (and there was never any on-air explanation for the name change, as this was mandated by Kenner Toys moreso than by ABC and/or Hanna-Barbera). With plans for a Teen Titans cartoon having died in development, it was decided to have Cyborg (Ernie Hudson, "Ghostbusters") join Titan teammate Robin (Casey Kasem), who in the comics had adopted the new alias of Nightwing a year earlier, although he instead struck up a friendship with Firestorm (Mark L. Taylor). Lex Luthor (Stan Jones) makes what I believe is his last appearance for 3 years.

I will grant the quality of animation had come down in this final season, which might be one reason why ABC decided to retire the Super Friends/Super Powers Team franchise after 13 seasons.

Of course, Darkseid would return, as we'll see down the line......

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

This is another one I have as part of the collection downloaded from iTunes.

Not a bad ep, although I thought it odd Firestorm/Ronnie Raymond would be so desirous of a teammate his own age, as if he were the only one. Robin was essentially that wasn't he? Apart from the Nightwing persona in the comics that is.

hobbyfan said...

I think the idea is that Ronnie & Victor Stone (Cyborg) were both in high school, and Robin had graduated and gone to college.

Of course, Ronnie's also bummed because the last two in his age group he could pal around with had left (and you know who I mean)........