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Paradise Lost

Episode #10 - Paradise Lost, Part 1
Original Airdate - January 21st, 2002

Wonder Woman returns home, only to find it Themyscira in ruins, Felix Faust being responsible.

Episode #11 - Paradise Lost, Part 2
Original Airdate - January 28th, 2002

Wonder Woman, with help from the Justice League teammates, must attempt to save Themyscira from an evil god.

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Bird Boy
Credits:
Written by Joseph Kuhr
Directed by Dan Riba
Music by Kristopher Carter
Animation Services by Koko Enterprise C.O., LTD.

Voices:
Kevin Conroy as Batman
Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman
Michael Rosenbaum as The Flash
Carl Lumby as J'onn J'onzz
George Newbern as Superman
Jason Marsden as Snapper Carr
Susan Sullivan as Hippolyta
Robert Englund as Felix Faust
John Rhys Davies as Lord Hades
Andrea Romano as Amazon Officer
 
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Review

After a big storm, Wonder Woman realizes that she must go back to Themyscira and see her mother to explain why she's been gone for half a year. When she arrives, she finds all of her Amazon sisters "frozen" in stone. After some searching, she finds Felix Faust, a magician of sorts, behind it. With her sisters--and mothers--lives on the line, Wonder Woman agrees to help Faust in his search for pieces of a key that will release Hades from his fiery entrapment.

This was a really good episode, with lots of emotion, action and of course, some really really good fight scenes. If the description above isn't enough of a tip-off, this is mainly a "girl power" episode--which, I didn't mind one bit... cause heck, it even grabbed itself a WIN award (Women's Image Network), which just goes to show you how powerful this episode really is. With all the emotion they packed into this ep, along with the heroic-ness of Wonder Woman, it's easy to see why many like this episode.

The dialogue was good, but I still can't get passed the "Hera help us", "Here help her", "Here help him" lines that spout from Wonder Woman. Granted, it's true to the character, but they still sound odd. However, Susan Eisenberg did a killer job on Wonder Woman in this episode that'll end anyone's doubts about her voice talents to rest. The rest of the League all had fairly good lines, and of course, Flash with his wise-cracks bring this episodes voices bar to a respectable four stars.

As with most episodes, the animation was good. It flows well, and there are very few jumpy parts at all--if any, however there was the one sequence that bothered me--the rehashing of Flash's close-up from the "Speed Demons" episode in STAS. You can tell it's the exact same batch of animation by either quickly pausing the video, or by watching real closely; but why they couldn't just add a new bit or just leave it out all-together is beyond me.

One the best parts though, was the battle with Hade's legion of the undead. Seeing the whole League work together to "kill" the skeletons was a really cool thing to see, whether it was J'onn's phasing or Batman's endless supply of exploding bat-a-rangs, it was a very very cool sight to behold.

In the end, this was still a thoroughly enjoyable episode, despite the minor things mentioned above (After all, they accounted for less than 20 seconds of the total episode combined). From Faust's disintegration, to Diana pulling Hippolyta from Hade's grip, it was just a thoroughly enjoyable episode which I'd gladly watch again.

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