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TV Review: Green Lantern: The Animated Series -- "Blue Hope"

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Contributing Editor
created 01/15/2013 - 11:30am

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There seemed little hope in the Green Lantern: Animated Series episode called “Blue Hope.” No, instead there was learning and growing. But hope?

This story revolves around a visit to the home of the Blue Lanterns, blue being the Lantern spectrum representation of hope. Ganthet, the rough Guardian of the Universe, has just completed construction of a Blue Lantern Battery and sets it off, in the process strengthening the powers of any Green Lanterns in the area (Hal and the gang) as well as heightening the powers of the nearby Manhunters, much to Ganthet and Saint Walker’s surprise.

Thus your big-bads.

In the meantime, the lost Red Lantern Razer has been taking Jedi lessons from Saint Walker, learning the ways of peace. Apparently he has not learned the way of manners, because he insults Aya big-time, letting her know in no uncertain terms she is a machine and that machines have no souls. He means this message for a Manhunter, not Aya, but walls – and AIs – have ears (don’t they?).

So Aya tries a little Jedi instruction to a Manhunter on her own, but comes to realize that while she is changeable and has grown, it is just a cold machine that cannot overcome its programming.

There is some great music and special effects here, and this program is certainly a highlight of any weekend.

“Blue Hope” shows what comes from learning and growing without a heavy dosage of preaching.

There may be some hope here after all.

 

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