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Legion of Super Heroes: Episode Reviews

Season 1 - Episode 4: "Phantoms"

Reviewed by: Jeffrey Bridges

On the whole this was a pretty good episode.

Again the absolute highlight was the action and battle sequences, which probably made up 75% or more of the episode. I can't say enough how creative and fun to watch they are. They're still the best part about the show, I think.

The story was good, if sparse, but there's a lot of unanswered questions. I'm guessing this is because Drax, and whoever he was talking to (Zod? He *did* have a "Z" on his chest, after all) will appear again in a later episode.

If so then I have no problems with it, but if we never see or hear from Drax again I'll have to revise my stance on that.

The whole "there's no way to escape from the phantom zone... except for this ridiculous plan Brainy invents on the spot" seemed a bit contrived and the whole "Phantom Girl might be stuck in phantom-mode forever!" spiel was just arbitrary drama to try and add more weight to their dilemma.

Getting stuck in the Phantom Zone *should* be a really serious thing, of course, but I think they were in there for less than two minutes of the episode and made it back out without any trouble at all, really, and I think that just serves to lessen the impact of actually being trapped in there.

Regardless, it was still a lot of fun to watch and as long as they continue the Drax story in a future episode I'll be quite pleased.

Just leave the deus ex machina endings in the Phantom Zone, okay guys?

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