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EPISODE REVIEWS - "LOST PLANET"

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
"Lost Planet"

Original Airdate - April 7th, 2012

The Green Lanterns travel to a mysterious planet to save the inhabitants from an approaching asteroid that is on a lethal collision course. Once there, they discover the planet itself will not allow its inhabitants to leave. It's up to the Green Lanterns to figure out the mystery before the planet-killing asteroid destroys everything.

Written by Michael F. Ryan
Directed by Rick Morales

Review by Sarah-Ann Lee

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The quest for Frontier space Green Lanterns continues. Kilowog’s failed attempts at creating order and discipline on the ship seem to be another running gag that this episode has opened with. This is both amusingly familiar to those who have been watching since the series’ inception, but also a useful brief set up and introduction of characters and their personalities to newcomers to the show. The pacing at the start is once again decent. Little time is spared revealing the episode’s main complication. Within the first two minutes our heroes are already grappling with an unstoppable meteor heading straight for a planet they believe holds the new Green Lantern.

There is a nice bit of continuity shown already, with this ring being previously borne by the now late Shiyr Rev (Beware My Power). Resonances also carry on from ‘Beware My Power’, this being another planet facing imminent destruction, making the ring’s legacy even more apparent. Differences in protocol between the more straight laced Marine Kilowog and ‘shooting from the hip’ Hal Jordon also arise, as presented in the episode’s opening.

Of course the world they land on is not quite uninhabited. You get an eerie sense of something more going on, seeing the spaceships graveyard and the three stranded individuals. The pairing off between them and the lanterns seemed apt and set up for one of the many little twists this episode has in store. Razer discovers not quite another lantern: Saint Walker. The visuals during their interactions was one of the highlights of this episode, I believe. However, the landscape itself felt lacking. As the canyons did in the opening episodes, the natural world here did not seem as detailed as it could have been. The minimalistic approach works incredibly well for their space cities, but there’s always something about it in their natural environments which put me off. This time round it was the trees. These blue pompom like things just didn’t seem to move or feel as real or contain as much veracity in comparison with the individuals who moved among it. This is a minor issue to gripe over, perhaps, I mean, they are just trees, but it was enough to distract from the story at points, so it bears thinking about. 

Character building wise, the setting up of the guest characters was once again fantastic. So much is required to fit into so little a time, but the writers do a fantastic job of creating and maintaining interest in characters we’ve never seen or heard of. At the same time, our main stars are colored in more clearly and defined against their assigned foils. All without excessive exposition, and with excellent timing of reveals. Coming to who the Green Lantern ring was intended for was very well done, and a change from previous episodes where the frontier Lantern to be was shown or indicated rather quickly. Long time Green Lantern fans would’ve have no doubt had their suspicions early during the course of the episode, but I don’t think that would have lessened their enjoyment of the episode any less.


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