G.I. Joe Series 2: Season 2
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The battle rolls on in the final season of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Series 2! General Hawk returns with his new team of JOEs, ready to take on any challenge by Cobra, a ruthless criminal organization out for world domination. And Cobra Commanders clearly left the toughest challenges for last! Does G.I. JOE have what it takes to stop them?
The popular second season of this series from 1991 sees the return of fan favorite characters including Duke, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow in adventures more exciting than ever! And now you can complete your collection with all 20 episodes of this outrageous second season in one three-disc set!
A heady blast of nostalgia awaits in G.I. Joe Series 2: Season 2, the final go-round for DIC Entertainment's take on the long-running animated action series. It goes without saying that for many die-hard Joe fans, the DIC version, which ran from 1990 to 1991, pales in comparison with the previous incarnation by Sunbow Entertainment: only a handful of established characters, like General Hawk, Cobra Commander, and Duke, made the leap to the DIC series, which focuses largely on newer characters like Storm Shadow and the arch villain Cesspool. Animation quality, too, is subordinate to the Sunbow Joe, which may remain a stumbling block for many viewers. Despite these issues, the second season of the DIC Joe remains true to the series' core appeal: lots of animated action carried out by an elaborate array of Joe and Cobra characters in high-tension (and increasingly outrageous) scenarios. True, some of the plotlines border on camp, most notably the two-part "Long Live Rock and Roll," in which Cobra uses rock music to turn a skyscraper into a sonic weapon, and "Metal-Head's Reunion," in which the unstable Cobra heel Metal-Head and Captain Grid-Iron discover that they were former high school classmates. For many, these offbeat turns may increase the enjoyment of season two, and they don't detract from more straight-faced efforts like "The Chunnel," which finds the Queen of England in Cobra's clutches, and the ripe "Sludge Factor," which establishes the Joker-esque Cesspool as a brand-new villain. All 20 episodes of season two are included in the three-disc set, which does its best to preserve the lower-quality image and audio of the DIC presentation. A featurette called The Toy Team Remembers, which talks about the 1990-1991 Joe toy line with members of the Hasbro design and development team, is minor but likable. --Paul Gaita
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While the first half of the season released prior was groan inducing (Is it me or did someone forbid DIC from having a single punch thrown and connect onscreen?) with stories and characters that didn't inspire the same sentimental feelings that the prior episodes had. I understood these were largely different characters but OK. Then came this second half of the season. Spoilers somewhat ahead:
Many of the G.I. Joes I grew up with returned. Grunt, Zap, Scarlet, Stalker, Snake Eyes, Duke, Mutt & Junkyard, Lowlight, Lady Jaye, Flint, Wetsuit, Hawk, Roadblock, and more. Too bad Scarlet is now a shop-a-holic airhead. Hawk is clueless. The stories are contrived or preachy. Gone is the charm of the original G.I. Joe cartoons.
I would only recommend this set to die-hard G.I. Joe fans who want to see anything close to the toons they watched growing up. And when I say "anything close" I mean heavy emphasis on ANYTHING. Oh well. Still beats the G.I. Joe Movie from 2 years ago.
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