|I freakin' love this guy.|
Saint Walker is one of the best things about this show. I've always really liked affable tricksters.
I honestly wish that Saint Walker had Razer's role. When Razer makes smart remarks, it can be kind of grating. But Saint Walker is an absolute treat in the same vein as Abe Sapien from the Hellboy films. Still, at least he comes back down the line.
The villains each had one character trait. Evil Klingon, creepy mute, and the robot fetishist. They're not very important, despite the time spent dealing with them, so let's cut to the heart of the episode.
This episode is based on the Alan Moore short story "Mogo Doesn't Socialize." As in "the V for Vendetta comic" Alan Moore. Loosely based. As in "the V for Vendetta film" loosely based.
The major plot elements are there, but tweaked to put the main focus on the main characters, which is pretty forgivable. The fact that this episode isn't named "Mogo Doesn't Socialize" makes the changed plot elements much easier to forgive. The original story is about an alien tracking down Mogo to kill him, only to discover that Mogo was the planet he landed on. To be honest, there's not a lot of meat to that story. To also be honest, there's not a lot of meat to "Lost Planet" either.
Honestly, if it weren't for Saint Walker, I'd have to recommend avoiding this episode. It's not bad, per se, but... this is just such an empty episode. They fail to stop an asteroid, they get ambushed for half the episode, then they rescue Mogo. When you take out the Saint Walker stuff, there just isn't much there.
But, you know, it's funny. The original plot to this episode involved all the main characters going on vision quests for each of their character subplots. In the finished episode, only Razer and Kilowog ended up dealing with their inner turmoil. According to the writing staff, giving everyone a vision quest was just too much plot for one episode, which confuses me. Because in the finished product, there was barely any plot.
Oh, well. That's life. I'm going to follow Saint Walker's example and reassure myself that all will be well.
Next time, Razer returns to the Red Lanterns. As an ally? An enemy? See you then.