Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. "Doorway to Destruction"

And so we've seen the premiere of the show also known as Hulk and the Agents of S.U.C.K. These first two episodes are not as bad as later episodes, but they still contain the flaws that are present in the entire series. Let's take a look at not only the flaws, but the few good things about these episodes. Yes, there are a few good things within these episodes, shockingly enough.


This show had a lot of potential. I was looking forward to seeing a team of Hulks working with S.H.I.E.L.D. Here's an issue: are the Hulks working with S.H.I.E.L.D.? The Hulks are using old S.H.I.E.L.D. technology and resources, but S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't even appear once. And it seems to hint that the U.S. military is still after the Hulk!

But the premise that the show went with is intermittent at best. Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. is framed like a webshow, but only half the time. The other times, the audience is left wondering why we’re getting angles that the cameras can’t pick up, like, for instance, an angle where the camera would have to already be inside the place the heroes are breaking into.

Another problem with this idea is that oftentimes, like on a reality show, the camera will cut away to individual characters talking to the camera in a private room, giving comments on a situation. The problem is, these are done as if the character is giving these thoughts in real time.

For example, in a later episode, the Hulks will shrink. Cutaways will feature a shrunken Hulk, but the Hulks are all normal-sized before they would logically have a chance to record footage for the cutaways. It’s kind of like those episodes of Star Trek where Captain Kirk is enslaved by aliens, and he somehow manages to find a way to give a Captain’s Log (which is done on the bridge of the Enterprise) wondering how he’ll get out of his current predicament.

In another episode, they pixelate Spider-Man’s real face, ostensibly to protect his secret identity from the people in the Marvel universe watching the webshow. Um, no pun intended. Such an idea works in theory, but raises many questions as to why the villain of the episode is allowing himself to be monitored by these spy-drones which could be weapons, for all he knows.

Let's go over the characters one by one and see how each one was screwed up adapted. 

The Hulk is missing Bruce Banner, and therefore the part of him that’s interesting. As it is, the Hulk is a more angsty version of the Thing.  
Why did they get rid of Bruce Banner?

Red Hulk 
Rulk is missing 90% of his motivation for doing anything, which turns him into a guy who’s just a jerk for no reason.

Why is he a Hulk? How is he a Hulk? Why is he willing to work with the Hulk if his entire point for existing is to destroy the Hulk?
These questions and more will be completely ignored.  

In the comics, “A-Bomb” was a legacy character, the second “Abomination.”
Here, he has no reason to be called “A-Bomb.” 
Not only that, his personality is basically Seth Green + stupid. In the comics, he was a violent rage beast, but I can forgive that change for a better team dynamic. I can. 
But here’s the thing. Rick Jones was on a bomb testing field. He was saved by Bruce Banner, who became the Hulk when he saved Rick from a gamma bomb. 
Doesn’t Rick becoming a Hulk make Bruce’s sacrifice pointless?  

Why did they ruin She-Hulk? They took a unique character and stripped her (get your mind out of the gutter) of all the qualities that made her so interesting! They took away her brains, they took away her down-to-Earth personality, and they took away her self-confidence. I don’t know if they didn’t know about the character or changed her on purpose, but the change is for the worse.

In their attempt to defy gender-roles, they made a sexist character by stripping her of her independence. By trying to make her strong, they stripped her of all her inner strength. 
This is more like it.
She-Hulk went from being a smart, confident New York Assistant District Attorney, to “The Chick.”
I don’t know what writer thought that changing She-Hulk was a good idea, but they need to go into the corner and think about what they’ve done. 
I guess they based her entire character on this one cover. Why not? They've done lazier.
…actually, as much as I hate to say it, nothing’s wrong with the show's portrayal of Skaar, Son of Hulk.

His portrayal in this show is actually more interesting than in the comics, because here they’re adding the mystery of his origin and his status as a traitor.
I also like his inclusion because it allows them to utilize a "Savage Hulk" without compromising the Hulk's character.
Yeah, go figure. 

So, out of five characters they successfully utilized all of one.

So now I suppose I should compliment this show. Okay.
Annihilus was pretty awesome. I'm glad the character's getting a bit of love.
The dialogue may suck, but the voice actors do what they can with it. Some of it actually works, in spite of itself.
I do like to see a smarter Hulk, but not at the expense of losing Bruce Banner.

Final Thoughts
The drama's boring, the jokes aren't funny.
The animation's lazy, the writing's uninspired.
Welcome to Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Abandon all hope.


  1. Jeph Loeb must be stopped. He seriously needs to retire.
    After the unfortunate death of his son and the drastic decline of his work in the comics marvel thought it would be a good idea to put him where he could do the least amount of damage. Animation. He seems like a nice fellow from everything i have heard but he is not cut out for this
    He thinks the audience is stupid and is trying for the largest audience possible. take this quote of his
    Loeb: (...)The reality is that we're on a network, Disney XD, which is largely known as being a kids' network. We're not going to shy away from that. We want to be able to bring that audience in, because in many cases, it's going to be their first opportunity to get to know the Marvel Universe. And that's a pretty big thing. We want to be able to share our universe with the next group of Marvel fans, however they're going to come in.

    Our movies, believe it or not, are PG-13. While everybody can and should go to them, there are families out there who feel like maybe they're a little too old. What we wanted to do is create an opportunity where it absolutely is a four-quadrant: We want women, we want families, we want kids, and we want men to be able to watch the show. But if at the end of the day, the good news that we get is, every single kid in America is going to be watching the show, and throughout the world? I'll take that.

    He is still getting over the death of his son which explains Nova in ultimate spiderman, a nice tribute but a terrible character
    He was shove on Avengers earths mightiest heroes to try and increase rating so he simplified the episodes and shortened the story arcs resulting in the disappointing last half of the last season.
    His complete control over all aspects of marvel animation is disturbing to say the least.
    i wish the man well, but I also wish he would retire.
    The she hulk thing that I mentioned before still pisses me off to no end.
    Rick Jones is all happy go lucky in the comics yes, but he also feels incredible guilt for making the hulk into what he is which is why he transforms into someone looking like the hulks worst enemy.
    Gamma rays are funny like that, mental state affects transformation
    Hulk- Rage beast
    Doc Samson- like the heroes he admired
    Red Hulk-the one person he couldn't beat, become a monster to catch a monster
    and Rick Jones like i said

    The theme song thing is to cut back on royalties and to increase add time, it becoming more common these days.

    And the A bomb thing? a cloaca probably;y

    1. Funny thing is Loeb planned to retire from comics after his son's death, but Joe Quesada convinced him to come back and write for him. So basically, this and a lot of wrong things with the Ultimate Universe are, basically, Quesada's fault

  2. ...that comment had the best ending I've ever seen.
    A cloaca! It's so simple!

  3. The names Scott and i am glad i made your day. big fan of the site and have commented on the hulk episodes in the past and a few of the beware the batman episodes.

    1. Well, Scott, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Also, that quote you provided is... Insightful, to say the least. I may have to incorporate it into a future analysis.