The plot is not the most creative one, but it's a standard body-snatchers plot executed well. No complaints there.
The Avengers' roles are well defined in this episode. In fact, this episode is a better introduction to the characters than the premiere is. In this episode we learn...
- Falcon has genuine talent, but is often underestimated.
- Hulk may love smashing, but he has a calmer, almost zen side to him.
- Captain America is the consummate professional and a born leader.
- Iron Man is a snarky genius with little respect for things like "authority" and "professionalism." But he gets the job done.
- Thor comes from a rich culture. But he's not cultured at all.
- Black Widow is a Mary Sue who can stand up to even the Hulk.
- Hawkeye tells one-liners.
Speaking of the Hulk, his room was an absolutely brilliant addition. While many episodes portray him as a smash-happy moron, we do get to see a few glimpses of, for lack of a better term, his humanity. There's a delicious irony in the Hulk collecting fragile figurines, and it gives him more character in a single episode than Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. gives him in a single series. Kudos.
|Hulk's room is the best thing in this episode. I'm not kidding.|
Hawkeye and Black Widow are barely defined. Hawkeye gets little screen time because he got swapped first (coughAvengersfilmcough), and Black Widow gets little screen time because of those ovaries, I guess. Seriously, why will Black Widow keep getting the shaft? Get your mind out of the gutter.
This is the point where Falcon stops just being a terrible audience viewpoint character and becomes a Marty Stu. This episode is all about how Tony Stark's 17-year-old S.H.I.E.L.D. agent pal joins the Avengers, and saves the whole planet all by himself with the super-cool technology he invented himself. And all the Avengers like him because he brought cookies! To be fair, there are a few parts that humanize him, like when he makes fun of Hulk's figurines and geeks out to Captain America while sparring, but it doesn't make up for the rest of the Marty Stu-ness.
The design of the Space Phantoms is... okay. But I've always thought that ghosts from space were terrifying.
|I honestly had nightmares.|
The design of the Space Phantoms from the comics.
Now go read Dr. McNinja.