Now that Ben’s hit the big time, his fame brings new challenges. His old enemies track him down and threaten his family. He lands a starring role in a video game and has to deal with his new celebrity status. And speaking of celebrities, he crushes on a young movie actress at the same time that his childhood hero makes a comeback. I guess when you go Ultimate, so do your problems!
Ben 10 Ultimate Alien
features another incarnation of the extraterrestrial battling teen Ben Tennyson, who continues his fight with the help of a new device, the Ultimatrix, in this collection of 10 episodes from its debut season. Now 16 and a worldwide celebrity thanks to his adventures, the Ultimate Alien
Ben finds a new enemy in Aggregor, a renegade alien bent on tracking down five monsters whose combined powers will make an unstoppable force. With the help of the Ultimatrix, which allows his alien forms to become bigger and stronger, and pals Gwen and Kevin, Ben attempts to head off the rampaging creatures before Aggregor can claim them for his own, while contending with robot foes ("Video Games"), the Forever Knights ("Duped," "Andreas' Fault"), and Captain Nemesis ("Hero Time"). The new wrinkles introduced to the Ben 10
formula with Ultimate Alien
are mostly positive--the Ultimate versions of his alien forms are exciting, and the Aggregor plot line gives the show some dramatic heft and consistency. Making Ben an international celebrity feels a little silly, but most younger viewers probably won't balk at its addition. The two-disc set offers a text-based Alien Database with info on Ben's intergalactic foes, as well as a preview-cum-commercial for the Ben 10 Ultimate Alien
video game. --Paul Gaita