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Krypto The Superdog: Episode Reviews

Season 1 - Episode 13: The Living End/The Dog Days of Winter

Reviewed by: Felix Vasquez

Actors & Roles this episode:
Samuel Vincent - Krypto
Alberto Ghisi - Kevin
Nicole Oliver - Kevin's Mom
Brian Drummond - Streaky the Cat
Tabitha St. Germain - Andrea/Melanie

The Living End

Written by: Matt Wayne
Directed by: Scott Jeralds

Ah, Kryptonite. Is there anything it can't do? On the moon, the Dog Stars walk around hopping on the non-gravity, playing with the environment and collecting soil samples. Krypto helps using his own powers, carrying off the samples to their ship. As the team further peruses their surroundings, they unwittingly discover a lump of red kryptonite. They bring the red kryptonite back to the ship much to Krypto's shock. Krypto's exposure to the red kryptonite ends up causing his tail to freakishly separate from his body and take on a mind of its own, talking and thinking and letting it be known that it does not intend on going back to its owner without a fight.

The tail is bouncy and wild as the Dog Stars try to keep it under control. It begins wreaking havoc on the ship, attacking the controls, sending the ship warping in to Metropolis. Now it's up to Krypto and the Dog Stars to retrieve it, to keep it from wreaking havoc - but how much damage can a bouncy tail do? Not as much as the Dog Stars do, as they try to retrieve it when they use their powers to outsmart the crafty appendage. This episode would have been a lot of fun with its clever gags, such as the tail trying to outwit the dogs, but we do have to suffer through some dreadful tail jokes that are shot at an almost rapid fire pace. Unfortunately most of the jokes will be beyond the grasp of most children, despite their corniness with references to old adages like the tail wagging the dog, and the bulldog in the china shop, which I doubt a kid will understand unless they're given a lengthy explanation from their parents. But it does have its bright spots with the wacky animation this series alternates with and it did end up being some good fun. Corny, but good.

The Dog Days of Winter

Written by: John Loy
Directed by: Scott Jeralds

It's winter time and everything seems to be going okay as Andrea and Kevin play games with their pets. But Lex's pet salamander Ignatius is up to his old tricks again. Ignatius, hates winter, and wants to end the season once and for all and creeps over to Lex's satellite room, hoping to aim and deflect a laser beam from a satellite, turning Metropolis into a summer paradise. How a salamander without posable thumbs and fingers and a small brain was able to intricately aim a satellite is beyond me, but he succeeds and the satellites aim the Sun's rays directly to Earth. The ice begins melting thus putting the ice skaters in danger and Krypto and Streaky jump to the rescue. Streaky and Krypto investigate the situation, arriving at "LexCorp". They're afraid that mountain caps will melt, flooding Metropolis. As Ignatius goes to catch some rays the town is slowly becoming flooded by the melted snow, and he's pulled away, drifting off down the street and finds himself in the middle of a flood he can't get away from. Krypto and Streaky get into action and dig down beneath the Earth to drain the city through a hole, as Ignatius finds himself stranded again. This was a fun episode despite being pretty far-fetched, but this is a cartoon about a flying talking dog, so I obviously let it slide. But it ended up being pretty funny with Ignatius picking up the comedic slack and some funny gags, like when Kevin gets hit in the face with a snowball from Andrea, and when Ignatius is hanging from his tongue on a balcony. All in all a pretty good episode.

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