Starro's down, but his herald, the Faceless Hunter is not. Can anyone stop the behemoth he unleashes in Starrozilla?!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Written by: Joseph Kuhr
Directed by: Michael Goguen
Diedrich Bander as Batman
John Dimaggio as the Faceless Hunter and Aquaman
Kevin Michael Richardson as B'wana Beast
Dee Bradley Baker as the Star Conqueror
Jeff Bennett as Captain Marvel
Lex Lang as Gold and Alloy
Tom Everett Scott as Booster Gold
Corey Burton as Doc Magnus
Tyler James Williams as Firestorm
Tara Strong as Billy Batson
Billy West as Skeets
*Comcast has Part 1 and 2 of these episodes available ON DEMAND! This episode, along with it's finale haven't aired on Cartoon Network in the US yet. It's also available on Itunes along with the Flash generation episode that I've already posted a review of.
Kicking off where part 1 left off, we're given a brief time in getting the origin of B'wana Beast via the narrator from the beginning of part 1. It appears to the heroes the threat of Starro is over. How wrong they are as the herald of Starro, the Faceless Hunter, unleashes Starrozilla (what else should I call a huge hulking Starro?) upon the world. The beast is literally immune to everything that can be thrown at it. Is there anything on Earth that can stop Starrozilla (quiet you all I see a big giant Starro he's getting the zilla tag to it! Not going to call him the Star Conqueror)!?
Oh my. Oh my oh my. The minds behind Batman: The Brave and the Bold have done it again. Just when you think they can't top themselves in epic storytelling they do again with this two parter. Honestly, the current heads of DC should take notes on how to do things right following this show. It gives a nice golden to early silver age tint to everything yet deep amongst it all is a modern age angle to it all. This was shown in episodes before it, but it's clearly on display here. Honestly, I'll never look at Starro the same way again. Nor, B'wana Beast. After this episode, I have no doubt he'll be added easily to the heroes who's portrayals on this show will be THE definitive versions of (Aquaman cause a second time mentioning is never enough).
So what's awesome about this episode? Upping the ante obviously. Last episode we had a giant Starro lay siege to our heroes. This episode? A massive mixture of all Starros together that form Starrozilla. But before all of that we get a nice fight with a Starro possessed Aquaman versus numerous heroes. Honestly, why can't DC make him this fun or threatening as he is here than in the comics? Seriously, just hire some darn main writers of this show already oh and given them an Aquaman ongoing!
Another great positive was twisting the usual predictable back-story hinted at in the previous episode for the Faceless Hunter instead with it flipped towards him being revealed to be a very nasty villain. Though come on who'd see that coming after all the owning of the heroes throughout this season, save for B'wana? Still, a very nice piece to a villainous puzzle that was the Faceless Hunter. I know the chances of this character ever showing up are slim to nill. But kudos to the brains behind this show for delivering one heck of a fiend. Also it was a nice to see the various easter eggs throughout the Hunter's collection. I would so want to know just who and what was in that collection of his.
As for Starrozilla? Wow what a beast. To see numerous heroes try and utterly fail to take this thing down, only to be brutally beaten was astounding to watch. Even more so to see the only heroes that could continue fighting would be of all people the non-human variety in the Metal Men. Pity though we couldn't see the Red Tornado fight as well with a robot rumble to take down Starrozilla. Still, what the Metal Men did in trying to thwart the creature was still sweet by itself.
Again as with part 1 even more so. I have no real complains other than maybe how easily some heroes went down at the hand of Starrozilla (well save for Booster Gold, proving he's just a hero class by himself). Even more, this particular part of the Starro Saga will probably be talked about by comic fans and no doubt kids watching this episode for some time (well unless Cartoon Network screws up when they'll show this episode which wouldn't surprise me). The last five minutes alone is actually very gripping television. I'm almost reminded of Apokolips... Now! from Superman: the Animated Series with this episode. Maybe it's due to the tragedy of the finale, and also the utter shock of what I had witnessed. Not to mention both these episodes end in the same somber way.
Just that this show already has shown it can make some very outstanding episodes, but I think for many this will be one of the top tier episodes when people will remember this series for. I for one will be one of them. However, now fans of this show can truly say that this show has covered every single angle of the super hero age. It's covered the goofy, to the grim dark, epic space opera, and the utter serious tone that not everything will end happily for even superheroes. I'm almost surprised this wasn't put in as the season finale to Season 2. Though given that we now know that this among with the Flash episode are part of the final thirteen episodes I'm glad. Cause that would have been a dark note to end this series on. Regardless, dang what an episode! Time to watch it again!
5 out of 5