Saturday, January 20, 2018
Saturday Morning Cult-TV Blogging: Challenge of the Super Friends: "Doomsday" (December 9, 1978)
The Super Friends foil an attack by the Legion of Doom on the brand new vessel Dauntless, the largest aircraft carrier in the world. The Legion abandons Sinestro, Cheetah and Black Manta, rather than help them during the crisis.
Enraged, the three super villains seek revenge, leaving anti-matter robots in their place, in the Hall of Justice, and heading out to execute their wrath.
Soon, it's a battle between two Legions of Doom!
"Doomsday" features members of the Legion of Doom turning against the villainous organization, and boasts some intriguing moments.
For one, we get to see the holding cells at the Hall of Justice. All the criminals housed there, intriguingly, are extra-terrestrial in nature.
On one hand, this alien round-uup captures the idea that the Justice League protects more than Earth, but rather the whole galaxy.
On the other hand, it doesn't seem realistic that Earth would house these prisoners, considering how people feel, today, about housing terrorists in American jails. How do you think such people would react knowing dangerous alien criminals are incarcerated in the middle of a major city?
Secondly, Black Manta carries a hand gun in this episode that very clearly resembles an inverted Colonial Viper, from Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979).
Bad dialogue watch: Rboin says "Holy Abominable Snowman," and Aquaman gets the honor of saying "That's what you think" this week. The target of his quip is Sinestro.
Nextweek: "Super Friends: Rest in Peace."