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EPISODE REVIEWS - "BABEL"

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Babel

Original Airdate - February 9th, 2013

Hal, Kilowog, and Razer crash land on a planet with a poisonous atmosphere. With their power rings nearly depleted, their only hope is to seek refuge in a nearby domed city, completely overrun by thieves and hooligans. But teamwork’s a little tougher when no one can understand anyone else!

Written by Charlotte Fullerton & Kevin Rubio
Directed by Sam Liu
Review by Neo Yi

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I admit "Babel" hit me with a mood swing that I wasn't sure would work. After what happened to Aya in the last episode, to have a largely filler comedy seems out of place. The lack of general mourning and concern from the main crew also lend itself to feel that way for a time. It's when they started losing their unified speech that this episode got good (though I can't say it's a personal favorite). I enjoy episodes where characters are forced to work together despite their language differences. The ending is inspiring because they've come so far as a team that once they reach a certain level of comfort with their current dilemma, they instantly know what to do to take down the beast. Not that I have a problem with the whole "All Aliens Speak English" moniker, but I love that the Lantern Rings legitimately can explain how three entirely different alien species can communicate with each other.

I also love the other little "cheats" they subverted. Instant breathable air in random alien planet? Nope, the rings make it possible to survive without effort. Other alien species not important to the overall plot speaking English? Na-da, they, too have their own form of language. This especially pays off in the end when we discover the giant beast is their mother. I laughed my butt off. Also Razer gets the most hilarious scenes despite his usual moodiness such as the scene where he breaks out shurikens and like, ten knives. I think this is a bit brilliant because I can't help but think this is a side effect from living in a ravaged planet prior to gaining his red ring.

I didn't care much for the background; nothing but dull grays and yellows, but I like that all three of their civilian clothes are dull in color and tone. It makes their Lantern uniform stand out more since they're much more brighter and coated with eye candy.


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