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Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Episode 6 “Break-Out” pt 1
Published on Thursday, October 21, 2010 by

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Avengers: Earth’s Mightest Heroes
Season 1
Episode 6
“Break-Out” pt 1

Original Air Date: 10/20/10

Program Description:

Major Characters:
Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man, Wasp, Hawkeye
Guest Starring:
Jane Foster, Maria Hill, Jimmy Woo, Doc Samson, a ton of villians

Episode 6 is the first that appears on Disney XD. The 20 mini-episodes that were played online comprise the actual episodes 1 to 5 of Season 1.

A mysterious break out occurs at the 4 super villian prisons, introduced in the mini-episodes: The Vault, The Cube, The Big House and the secret one, The Raft.

The episode jumps from prison to prison as the various characters that will become the Avengers try to stop the many villians from escaping. You do, and don’t, have to have seen the mini-episodes. If you had, it helps explain how the characters got to be where they are. If you didn’t, you’d wonder who Hawkeye was and why he was a prisoner at the Vault.

With all the chaos at the other prisons, Fury is more concerned with the Raft because thats where Graviton is held prisoner. The writers do a good job of setting Graviton up as a major menace and they do it with few actions. The music, and just the way he escapes, focusing on him and his bonds, does a good job of making a new comer to the MU know that this is someone not to be messed with. He’s not instantly recognizable when held in his bonds, he appears more menacing in the cartoon then he ever did in the comics, but he is recognizable.

The break-outs also serve as a who’s who of villians in the Marvel Universe. It’s like the writers and animators went through every B and C list Marvel villian they could find and threw them into the background. We have the Abomination, King Cobra, Leader, Mandrill, Whirlwind, Griffin, Purple Man, Wrecker and even the Red Ghost and his monkeys.

The story is exciting, moving back and forth from prison to prison as the danger escalates, and it ends on a cliffhanger. The writers do a good job handling multiple characters and locations, jumping from one to the other and not missing a story beat.

The problem with this episode is that it is Episode 6 and if you hadn’t watched the mini-episodes, you’re at a disadvantage in knowing the characters and what is going on. Anyone just flipping through the channels and stopping to watch this, with no prior knowledge, is going to be lost. This is not a new-viewer friendly episode.

The mini-episodes, episodes 1 to 5, go along way towards establishing who and what these people are and in that regard they are required viewing, at least for any new-viewers. I watched this online, from iTunes, so I don’t know if there was an advertisement for the mini-episodes, where they could be viewed, or not. I hope there was as a new viewer would not have been able to get into this show very easily.

For the rest of us, it picks up where the mini-episodes left off and for those that enjoyed those, they will enjoy this episode. Look for a review of part 2 in the next day or so.

Avengers: Earth’s Mightest Heroes Episode 6 “Break-Out” pt 1 receives
3.5 out of 5

Good and fun episode. It’s not new-viewer friendly which hurts it.

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