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Episode #08 - Fall of the Blue Beetle!
Original Airdate - January 23rd, 2009
Blue Beetle traces his legacy back to the original Blue Beetle, to learn why the Scarab has chosen him to share in itís powers and become a super hero. The journey leads him to the dangerous Science Island where he battles legions of robots alongside Batman and learns the truth behind Ted Kordís disappearance.

Written by Jim Krieg
Directed by Brandon Vietti
Animation by Moi Animation
Review by Andrew
Media provided by Warner Bros. Animation
Cast
Wil Wheaton as Ted Kord/ Silver Age Blue Beetle
Lex Lang as Dr. Polaris
Deidrich Bader as Batman
Will Friedle as Jamie/ Blue Beetle
Jason Marsden as Carlos

Music
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter
Media


Video Clip
Review
Not being familiar with the cult-classic hero known as Blue Beetle, I wasnít sure how well this episode would turn out. In a pleasant surprise, however, it turned out very well. Starting off with the more well-known version of Blue Beetle ďTed Kord,Ē voiced by the infamous (amongst sci-fi fans) Wil Wheaton. Teamed up with Batman, they infiltrate a compound while exchanging some fun gadget-geek banter. This was a pretty nice introduction to an extremely underrated character and nicely sets up the episode for more Blue Beetle excursions.

The main part of the episode starts off with a fun poke at Hal Jordanís origin between two kids, one being the young and confused current Blue Beetle weíve seen in the show already. To solve his confusion he decides to join Batman as the Dark Knight battles Dr. Polaris - who is sporting some very nicely designed armor. Best yet, we get the fun visual of Batman being lead around by his utility belt. Unable to get nothing but vague answers from Batman, his suit finally chimes in with some help to track down the long lost Beetle lair. Fortunately, despite the use of vehicles and robotic creations, CGI is next to non-existent, meaning no distractions from the fun story.

After the new Beetle lands on an island, a mysterious lab-coated person introduces himself as Ted Kord and perhaps a little too easily manages to talk the current Beetle into helping him save the world. Or, so the Beetle thinks. While wandering conveniently unguarded around Kordís lair, he stumbles - literally - across a robot that is equipped with some serious firepower and soon discovers the isolated scientist is now a mad one. Díoh. In yet another twist, itís discovered that itís actually Kordís uncle, still determined after so many years to control the power of the Scarab. This unfortunately, dramatically and shockingly resulted in the death of Ted Kord, making the episode truly unique with showing the death of a hero. Overall a surprising and exciting romp into the mythos of the Blue Beetle, as well as some of the most fun jokes out of this seasonís episodes.

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