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TV Review: Green Lantern: The Animated Series -- "Steam Lantern"

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Managing Editor
created 01/05/2013 - 4:36pm, updated 01/06/2013 - 3:53pm

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Our hero Hal Jordan (note please to Geoff Johns and the comic book’s producers) is thrown to an extra-dimensional world mirroring the industrialized early 20th century where everyone speaks viddy proper English and awaits the time for tea as Green Lantern: The Animated Series returns to Cartoon Network.

On this world in the Anti-Matter Universe, Hal finds a similar hero modeled after a true Green Lantern “with a cape” who calls himself Steam Lantern and virtually rides around on a nuclear bomb. He is seemingly adored by the peoples of this world who think he is keeping a local villain in check while ridding the world of “that evil dragoon,” the Anti-Monitor.

Actually, the villain of the piece is the true hero because it was through a Norrin Radd-like deal he made with Anti-Monitor that sent the leviathan into our (DC) universe. But to the perception of the people who witnessed the occasion, it appeared as though Steam Lantern dealt the fatal blow by opening an aperture.

After some adventure in the Anti-Matter Universe, Steam Lantern publicly admits his adversary was the world’s savior as the villain himself comes to terms with the fact he has done his world ill and also was tricked by the Anti-Monitor because the “dragoon” had stolen almost all the energies of this world’s sun.

Instead of fleeing, Hal and Steam Lantern work to bring both Jordan and the lost world into our universe with the assistance of the villain’s invention. It is a success and our universe now has a new population.

Kudos to the script’s small touches, like everyone always wanting tea, Kilowog’s humorous confusion, etc.

Another fantastic animated example of what should be on this channel in the way of DC Nation. A great episode of a great series. Welcome back! At least there is somewhere we can cheer our boy, Hal Jordan, if not in his own comic book.

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