Hal Jordan Green Lantern the Animated Series
With the news that the animated Green Lantern series is coming to a close, a few words on this entertaining take on one of our favorite green-clad DC superheroes.
When I started watching this show, my impression was a bit negative. It went something like this: “What, they are sticking him into space? No earth-bound stories? No hot Carol Ferris plotlines? No cross-overs with other DC heroes? (I really wanted a Green Arrow crossover).
At first, while I liked the animation and the general character of Hal Jordan/Green Lantern as presented in the show, I was unhappy with the emphasis on GL’s role as a member of the Green Lantern Corps. On the good side, Kilowog’s personality really shone, and the relationship he has with Hal Jordan was a major plus for the show. The introduction of Razer as a member of the Red Lanterns and his subsequent progression from foe to friend of Hal Jordan and Kilowog provided an ongoing emotional spectrum for the show.
In many ways, this cartoon was an inter-galactic buddy movie, somewhat reminiscent of the old Bob Hope/Bing Crosby shows, with Kilowog thrown in for good measure (or is it more like the Three Stooges? Or the Three Musketeers? Hmmmm…). With plenty of space-combat action, this tale of three misfits who basically stole a high-powered spaceship (and didn’t it resemble a smaller version of the USS Enterprise?), made for a pretty engaging show. But the character and subsequent plotlines that really had me hooked was Aya!
Aya was the Artificial Intelligence (AI) that navigated the stolen Green Lantern ship. As time went on, Aya developed a real personality, eventually taking a robotic form very similar to Razer’s dead wife. An emotional bond developed between Aya and Razer, with nearly catastrophic consequences. In the end, by the season (and, as it turns out, the series) finale, Aya was found to be a sentient, LIVING being, just in time for her to disintegrate in Razer’s loving arms.
Aya and Razer
The show had me hooked. I DVR’d it every Saturday, and absorbed the story of Razer and Aya. Only in retrospect, after hearing the show had been cancelled, did I really sit down and think about the show and what it represented. Buddy movie; On the Road with colored rings; love story; a Star Wars/Star Trek/Lantern mashup; love and hate; Razer and Aya.
One probable problem for the show was that, toward the end especially, the emphasis of the show was the relationship between Razer and Aya. Hal Jordan and Kilowog, the two Green Lanterns of the show’s title, were in effect, sidemen to the main event. Yeah, Hal Jordan’s human unpredictability and refusal to follow the rules usually saved the day, but the emotional heart of the show was the red guy and the robot. In a sense, that was good, but in another sense, it may have hurt the show, as people probably tuned in to see Green Lantern, and ended up in the Red Lantern’s Robot Romance.[xyz-ihs snippet="TextLinkHorizontal"]
Regardless of the direction the show took, it was well worth watching, and discovering it had been cancelled made me mad. Hopefully, the Guardians of the Animated Galaxy (the little blue guys in Hollywood, not the ones on Oa), will see the error of their ways and return to us the continuing story of Hal Jordan, Kilowog, Razer, and the sweet, lovely and incredibly destructive Aya.