Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Review: Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. "Hulks on Ice"

Ugh. This episode.
First of all, She-Hulk. Seriously. She’s extra-whiny in this episode about the temperature, which doesn’t help her default personality any. In the series as a whole, she’s uniformly mean to the guest stars, and whines about Rick, Rulk, and Skaar. The only person that she doesn’t treat like crap is the Hulk. And I don’t get “family” vibes between them, because there’s no good natured ribbing, or family in-jokes, or actual fighting each other, or anything that family actually does. If anything, the way they talk to each other about their childhood sounds like they’re childhood friends that harbor attraction to one another. It's kind of creepy once you see it.

And there’s an easy fix for this.
1. Let her actually have a sibling-fight with the Hulk.
2. Have her act like a decent human being around other men.

And I’m not saying this unintentional incestuous vibe is front and center; it more than likely never occurred to many of the people watching. I, however, am “fortunate” enough to know about the Wolverine story written by Mark Millar called “Old Man Logan,” where the titular Old Man Logan has to deal with the kids that Hulk and She-Hulk had. One random thought during an episode of Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. later, and I will never be able to un-see this alternate character interpretation.

Now, let’s stop talking about audience-perceived incest in Marvel characters.

This episode is just… meh. It has all the hallmarks of a typical HatAoS episode. Jet crash, guest star team-up, parallels between the monster-of-the-week and the team’s issues, etc. It wasn’t actively awful in any way, but it wasn’t that great. The series’ subplots weren’t even referenced in this episode, so at least it has the distinction of being a good episode to skip over, should one decide to get involved in this series. Though, at this, point, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to start watching, but there you go.
And before I forget:

What? This episode seems to think random penguins for no reason are funny. Are you laughing? Neither was I.

See you next time.

1 comment:

  1. Spoiler alert: the penguins are secretly the Leader's masters. Their Instrumentality plan must not be stopped.