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Krypto The Superdog: Episode Reviews
Season 2 - Episode 1: Kid's in Capes/Attack of the Virtual VegetablesReviewed 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
Kids in CapesWritten by: Corey Powell
Directed by: Scott Jeralds
After a long, long, long, long hiatus on the Cartoon Network, "Krypto" finally returns with brand new episodes to the pre-school "Tickle U" block. After the cancellation of some great DC series, it's nice to see some essence of Superman left, and this new episode involves kryptonite yet again. After finding red kryptonite, Andrea - assuming it's just a neat rock - shows it to Kevin. The red kryptonite saps Krypto of his powers, transferring them to Andrea and Kevin. Astounded by their new abilities which include super-strength, flight, and speed, they decide to test them out and make themselves costumes and become superheroes. Cue some neat action scenes of the grand kind, and references to Superman. One of my questions involving this episode was how kids with powers could become superheroes without crashing in to Superman, but Powell thankfully doesn't dodge that, and a few of the people they save confuse them with the Man of Steel. Plus, Kevin and Andrea's costumes are basically influenced by Superman's costume, which makes sense for kids living in Metropolis. The sophomore season of "Krypto" has gladly better stories, and showing the good natured Kevin and his friend Andrea exploring the dimensions of being a hero makes for a fun and exciting episode that kids will love.
Attack of the Virtual VegetablesWritten by: Mark Garabedian
Directed by: Scott Jeralds
This season we finally get a glimpse at Kevin's dad. Last season we saw very little of the character at all, and most of the series featured Kevin's mom, which I naturally assumed was a single mom, but second season's pretty much always feature some re-tooling. While playing a video game, Kevin's dad explains about the good old days of his computer games, and lends Kevin his old copy of his favorite game. Since their computer is too slow, Krypto lets Kevin play the game on his ship's computer, and Kevin is accidentally warped in to the game world. Kevin now finds himself being chased by psychotic vegetables. This new episode features a rather interesting plot that - not completely uncommon to the "Tickle U" block - has a lot of fun sequences involving Streaky attempting to get in to the game and having the tables turned, and Kevin's fleeing from a gigantic Squash ala "Indiana Jones" which will squash him if he's not fast on his feet. And that's only some of the fun. There's Ninja peas, soldier broccoli, a king eggplant, rivers of tomato soup, and puns: "Now this vegetable is really steamed!" "Krypto" has more imagination this year, and "Attack of the Virtual Vegetables" is a fun episode.
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