Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sight and Sound: "The Space Beast Round-Up"

"The Space Beast Round-Up," written by George Kashdan, featuring Tommy Cook as Kid Flash, aired 19 September 1967 as part of Filmation's The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure. This innocent Teen Titans cartoon is packed with action but, despite featuring a plethora of rampaging extraterrestrial monsters, it refreshingly lacks any true villain. In the end, no one is hurt and the alien attack is revealed to be the result of an interplanetary misunderstanding. The underrated Aqualad really gets a chance to shine in this particular adventure, taking out several of the titular space beasts almost single-handedly. Kid Flash's performance, on the other hand, is a bit embarassing to watch. Young Wally West exhibits none of the ingenuity and inspiration of his esteemed mentor, spending most of the episode senselessly running in circles! Fortunately, Speedy and Wonder Girl are on hand to offer the young speedster some assistance.

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