30 August 2014

DVD Review: "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!": Volume Five: "Secret Invasion"

Rated: TV-Y7 for fantasy violence
Starring: Eric Loomis, Brian Bloom, and Colleen O'Shaughnessey
Released: 2012 (Disney XD premieres / DVD)
The Avengers are in for the fight of their lives as the Skrulls, a race of shape-shifting aliens, are determined to take over Earth by any means necessary...including impersonating the Avengers! Other villains such as Doctor Doom, the Serpent Gang, and the Destroyer are also bent on destroying the Avengers! Will they be able to succeed? Featuring appearances by other Marvel heroes, such as the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, as well as J. K. Simmons reprising his role as J. Jonah Jameson from the Spider-Man film trilogy, this two-disc set is full of action, heroism, and excitement!

The Good
When I've talked about this series before--and I've reviewed every volume prior to this one on this very website--I've always praised the production values; that is, the animation, the voice work, the action sequences, etc.  That still holds true here; the cast and crew of this cartoon did amazing work, and, even if it may just be a TV series, it does justice to the recent Marvel films.  Positive moral elements are also present; the Avengers learn to work as a team, and enemies put aside their differences to work for the common good.  One scene even seemed to serve as an allegory for what's been going on in the political world lately; I won't say what it is, as not to cause debate.

The Bad
Although the series itself was produced well, the DVD was not, mainly because the episodes were terribly out of order.  If you do decide to buy or rent this set, make sure you check an online episode guide before watching it; otherwise, the story arc won't really make sense.  Other than that, the complaints are minor: a bad guy that looks somewhat like the Devil, a scary moment when two characters are watching a horror movie, the immodest dress of a villainess, etc.

Just like the first season of The Cosby Show, this is a great television program marred by a poorly made DVD.  I'm thankful that Amazon.com's reviews warned me of the out-of-order episodes before I got this DVD from the library, otherwise, I'd have been rather confused.  Still, if you're a fan of superhero cartoons, this is a great one; though the show deserves a 4.75, the DVD itself would only earn about a two out of five from me.  Maybe someday this series will be re-released on DVD or even Blu-Ray in the proper order; until then, other than iTunes, this is all we've got.

Score: 3/5

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