Monday, March 3, 2014

Review: Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. "Mission: Impossible Man"

Hate. Let me tell you how much I've come to hate the Impossible Man since I began to live. There are hundreds, if not thousands of pages of comic books in my collection. If the word 'hate' was printed on each nanoangstrom of those pages it would not equal one one-billionth of the hate I feel for Impossible Man at this micro-instant. For this episode. Hate. Hate. HATE.

I always try to be fair, and I try to not engage in hyperbole… but I hate this episode with a passion. The only way to possibly make this character work is when the characters realize exactly how unbearable he is and make the plot of the episode trying to get rid of him, instead of grudgingly putting up with him. The Fantastic Four: WGH cartoon’s episode “Impossible” has the main plot of the episode be getting rid the little green nudnik, which is something I can get behind. In fact, the big threat of the episode is more Popuppians arriving on Earth. I shudder at the thought.
The horror... the horror....
But this episode is written as if the audience is going to love that wacky Impossible Man. And I don’t. So all that’s left is a burning hatred. Some defenders of the character liken him to DC’s Cosmic Prankster, Mr. Mxyzptlk. They really shouldn’t. Mr. Mxyzptlk has more of a character than just being “goofy and wacky.”

I hate his face, I hate his stupid Spongebob voice, I hate his laugh, I hate his smile, I hate his “funny” lines. I hate everything about this character. This characterization and episode were developed under the premise “kids like wacky stuff, so we don’t have to put too much thought into it”. Not only that, but I already went over in the Recap how similar this episode was to “Emperor Joker!” and how much better that episode was.

Now, Impossible Man can be used correctly. See below.

But it seems the writers were too busy adapting Impy’s appearance in the Hulk comics to worry about giving us anything good.

Final Verdict 
There are episodes of this show that are worse, but this one is the most actively annoying. I WOULD RATHER WATCH “ALL ABOUT THE EGO” THAN THIS CRAP. If you want to watch good episodes about cosmic pranksters, here are my recommendations:
Batman: TBATB- “Emperor Joker!” “Mitefall!”
Superman TAS- “Mxyzpixilated”
Star Trek: TNG- “Tapestry” “Q Who” “All Good Things”
(I know the Bronies want me to mention Discord, but I’ve never actually watched My Little Pony. Sorry.)

Next time... well, it would have to be better than this.


  1. You know who should voice Impossible Man in his next animated appearance? Rob "Yakko Warner" Paulsen. Just sayin.

    - That One Anon

  2. "(I know the Bronies want me to mention Discord, but I’ve never actually watched My Little Pony. Sorry.)"

    If you ever did want to dip your toe into Friendship Is Magic, the Discord eps probably aren't the worst place to start...

    1. I have seen SF Debris' 2 MLP reviews. The fact that Q himself, John deLancie voices Discord is pretty awesome. But like I said in one of my Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. posts (I forget which one), I already watch so much stuff for this site (along with things I just like to watch, like Doctor Who, Sherlock, Top Gear, etc.) that I'm always hesitant to add something else to the pile.

  3. Since I recently became a proud owner of Fantastic Four Essential, I can share a interesting tidbit of trivia. Impossible Man's first appearance was only half issue long, rest of comic was spend on answering fan mail.
    Now, wouldn't it be great if adaptations decided to be faithful with this little detail?

    - Faceless Enigma

    1. *checks same*
      Yup. And they spent a good chunk of that first half explaining that Sue wasn't useless; she inspired the other three to fight harder.

      And then Stan Lee realized that Sue actually was turning out to be a pretty useless damsel in distress and gave her forcefield powers.

    2. I would love to see them spend half of episode questioning stuff like "Should She-Hulk become a lawyer". It would beat...well, virtually anything we've got.

      And about Sue, she was noticeably, pardon the pun, less visible the rest getting token usefulness moments in stories, though with her lame powers it was hard to blame her. I would say that she always tried her best, and even managed to save herself from distress more then once, including that time she saved the whole team in Dr Doom's very first appearance.

      - F.E.

    3. True. Why, Sue was always a firecracker dame, as they said back then. But I really like the irony of how she's now the most powerful member BECAUSE of the strength of will she showed, even when her powers sucked.

      That willpower has simply been combined with force field powers.