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Krypto The Superdog: Episode Reviews
Season 1 - Episode 3: Meet the Dog Stars/The Streaky StoryReviewed by: Felix Vasquez
Actors & Roles this episode:
Samuel Vincent - Krypto
Alberto Ghisi - Kevin
Nicole Oliver - Kevin's Mom
Brian Drummond - Streaky the Cat
Mark Oliver - Mekanikat
Nicole Bourna - Snooky Wookums
Tabitha St. Germain - Andrea/Melanie
Meet the Dog StarsWritten by: John Loy
Directed by: Scott Jeralds
Krypto the cartoon keeps managing to show its long range of appeal it will eventually have with children of young ages with yet another episode with a lot of imagination that is my favorite so far. Krypto looking for bacon after he smells it in downtown Metropolis, hears the distressed calls of a small cat and comes to her rescue from a group of vicious dogs who are intent on catching her. He manages to rescue her despite the dog's warnings that he stay out of what's going on. Krypto saves her anyway; it's just too bad for Krypto the dogs end up being super powered dogs with special powers who end up fighting Krypto one on one in an all out free-for-all. One can grow horns like a bull, another can grab people up with its long tail like a lasso, and another can grow super hot and shoot flames from its mouth. It's only until after the mis-communication do we learn the cat is not as innocent as it seemed and that it is in reality an intergalactic fugitive named Snooky Wookums under the management of Mekanikat, an interesting new villain probably set for future episodes, and the dogs, Krypto learns, are alien super heroes called the "Dog Star Patrol", a group of super-powered mutts who fight crime under the leadership of a cute older female dog. They're on the hunt for Snooky who plans on turning Earth's cats into giant beasts and taking over. I liked this episode clearly for the interesting imagination it presented with the situation and the Dog Star Patrol who are all well animated and pretty cool to watch, despite the sloppy incomplete storytelling. We never really learn what Snooky's plot was, and though she has a plan it's never fully revealed, nonetheless, the characters are fun and the situation is pretty exciting to watch most of the time.
The Streaky StoryWritten by: Jennifer Evans Gardner
Directed by: Scott Jeralds
While flying over the city which is seemingly quiet, Krypto, while looking for a fire hydrant, catches sight of Streaky being chased by a group of vicious dogs, and saves him from their grips. What was confusing about this is that it ends up becoming the origin of Streaky the cat, but the continuity is off. In the second episode, he has a cape and flies alongside Krypto, but in here he doesn't have his powers, nor does he really know who Krypto is when he's saved by him, so this plot is very off as far as storytelling. Perhaps it was all just a studio slip-up but still not registering well with me. Regardless, this ends up becoming the origin of Streaky who ends up being saved by Krypto and escapes the grips of his overbearing owner and escapes into the alleyway where he's met by the dogs yet again. He escapes into the park where Kevin happens to be playing little league and Krypto comes to his rescue yet again. Unfortunately, Streaky escapes into a lab where he crashes into a duplicator laser and is shot with the laser where he gains Krypto's powers after the laser reflects off him and into the cat. Streaky learns a good lesson of responsibility once he gains Krypto's powers and learns that revenge doesn't always feel good when he strikes back at the dogs, accidentally crumbling an abandoned building nearly killing them but saves them once he learns of the consequences of his actions and agrees to become a superhero with Krypto. I like the voice work courtesy of Brian Drummond and I liked this episode which, while off in its timing, was fun to watch nonetheless. The supporting characters around Krypto only add to the appeal of the cartoon and there's a lot to like with this series with its harmless action, and colorful villains.
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