G.I. Joe: Renegades
Posted Nov 29, 2010 @ 2:35 AM
The bad news? It doesn't appear to be anything like the old-school version a lot of us grew up with. If anything, I half-expect the theme music from The A-Team to start blaring at any moment. Here's the plot: Cobra Industries is a worldwide concern, as seen in this commercial. A red-haired spy lady thinks otherwise, and she lassos Conrad "Duke" Hauser and a few others to join her in gathering proof. Oh, and there's a ninja on her side named Snake Eyes. Anyway, shit goes south quickly, one of the soldiers is apparently dead, and the quintet of "Ordinary Joes" are on the run, forced to prove their innocence while being hunted down by their own military.
I will say that it's offbeat, though establishing code-names stemming from annoying nicknames by "Ripcord" (the dead guy) is unbelievably annoying. The contrast takes getting used to, especially with a bald, one-eyed General Abernathy (better known as "Hawk" in the old-school), a Flint who's a bit of a prick, and Dr. Mindbender seemingly based more on Topher from Dollhouse as opposed to a bald dude at a pride parade. I don't know how much of the series was patterned after The Rise Of Cobra, which stinks for me, since I never got around to watching it. Still, I will stick with Renegades as long as I can, and get my fill of the old-school series at 12:30 a.m., where Cobra schemes are a lot wackier.
What do you guys think of the series so far?
Posted Nov 29, 2010 @ 3:29 PM
The Cobra commercials crack me up, the kids in the meadow especially. I guess it makes sense that Cobra would hide behind legit industries in this day and age.
Omg you too?? LOL
If anything, I half-expect the theme music from The A-Team to start blaring at any moment.
Posted Dec 4, 2010 @ 11:16 AM
Posted Dec 4, 2010 @ 7:56 PM
And I have to agree with someone on another website, the design of the characters does look like those fond in the background of a Jackie Chan cartoon. Not that that immediately turns me off, but it will take some getting used to.
Posted Dec 10, 2010 @ 8:59 PM
Besides that one thing, job well done. I'm tuning in a lot more.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 @ 2:10 AM
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Posted Dec 28, 2010 @ 1:13 AM
Looking up Wikipedia, the next episode -- "Rage" -- should air on January 7.
Posted Dec 28, 2010 @ 5:37 AM
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Posted Jan 8, 2011 @ 7:41 PM
That IS good news, I loves CB! I'm also continuing to enjoy Renegades although every time Snake Eyes pops up we hear that mystical musical pipe thing, which for some reason reminds me of the tuba we heard when Uncle Ruckus showed up on animated Boondocks. (rubs temples)
Good news: Clancy Brown plays He-Who-Probably-Has-A-Metal-Mask-Lying-Around-Somewhere.
I may have rolled my eyes when Steeler introduced himself. That two parter of the OG Joes toon that Lantern describes was just on earlier this week. Reminded me how much I hated those two episodes the first time I saw them back in the day!
Posted Jan 9, 2011 @ 1:16 PM
Less Psyched about an ugly Baroness and lame looking Cobra Commander, but beggers can't be choosers.
Posted Jan 10, 2011 @ 10:25 AM
I didn't think this would be any good but I am shocked at how much I like this cartoon.
Ditto! I hadn't seen the "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" series in over 20 years so I wasn't sure how this show would roll. I found it interesting that we have the "A-Team" element rather than the organized Cobra fighters we had in the '80s series.
I nearly fell out of my chair when I heard, "and knowing is half the battle!" as part of Cobra's marketing campaign!!
Posted Jan 16, 2011 @ 3:19 PM
Oh, and one of them is called . . . (drumroll) . . . Steeler.
Then there was "Doc" Greer.
Posted Jan 28, 2011 @ 3:42 PM
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Posted Jan 30, 2011 @ 2:22 AM
Oh, and Scarlet. Oh, Scarlet. She tries to cut through red tape twice, only to slam into failure. The third time, she dressed like pregnant white trash, making references to her "baby daddy." Honestly, compared to that, looking like a Cold Slither groupie looks so much better.
Edited by Lantern7, Jan 30, 2011 @ 2:22 AM.
Posted Feb 8, 2011 @ 10:30 PM
Anyone else think that, reworked a little, this would have been a better premise for the movie than the nanobots that ate Paris and dyed Sienna Miller's hair?
Posted Feb 11, 2011 @ 7:14 PM
This week's would-be Joe: Barbecue. After taking in a season of the old school on The Hub, I can't really accept the new guy. He doesn't have a New England accent so thick, that you would expect him to hawk Pepperidge Farm cookies. Also, we got Firefly, who is basically . . . um . . . Firefly from the Batman mythos; a complete pyromaniac. At least there's no hapless Flint this week.
Posted Feb 12, 2011 @ 8:30 PM
But I want them to bring back Jinx and Storm Shadow!
Posted Feb 13, 2011 @ 1:04 PM
At least there's no hapless Flint this week.
But hapless Flint is my favorite!
Posted Feb 13, 2011 @ 9:23 PM
Posted Mar 11, 2011 @ 12:15 AM
ETA: Good episode. The twins tried to recruit the Joes to form their "Crimson Guard," and they used Mindbender to drain funds from Cobra. But they wind up becoming test subjects thanks to the whole "Kick One Twin, The Other Feels It" thing, which is always fun to see. Also fun: Mindbender cutting off communication with the Commander to tase the shit out of a phony psychic.
Edited by Lantern7, Mar 12, 2011 @ 3:24 AM.
Posted Mar 12, 2011 @ 3:21 PM
I just wish we could get Jinx or another female on the team, or even working for Cobra. I know this is a boy's show, but they won't die if three women share the screen at once.
Posted Mar 14, 2011 @ 5:18 AM
As it stands, part of me hopes that we eventually find out that Mindbender stole some poor kid's face ala "Glamour Girls" so that rather than looking like a ugly ass circus strongman-scientist, he'd look like a youngster and get hired by Cobra, as a play on how even men are facing age discrimination in the workplace, as far as older male applicants having their job applications tossed in the trash, because companies would rather hire young men who are desperate for work, can be "trained" to work obscene long hours for little money and health insurance, and wouldn't demand the stuff that older male employees would want (IE pension, set period of time off each year, decent wages that increase as they climb up the ladder) out of fear of being fired from their jobs (and the lose of their company health insurance).
Posted Mar 25, 2011 @ 12:53 PM
I missed last week's episode because I was away, but I did record it. Looks like today's episode features a standard classic-to-modern translation of Snowjob.
ETA: "Knockoffs" was basically how Zartan goes from the biker asshole to his classic incarnation, thanks to a Cobra camouflage suit. And luckily for the story, Zartan can do the voice mimicry which the suit does not provide. In the end, he gets burned around the eyes, and since the suit only recognizes his DNA, Cobra has to spring him. Also, we got Wild Bill on the military side. He does come across as a good ol' boy, up to and including the cattle skull on his helicopter.
The Snowjob episode was okay, with the character looking like his classic self. He's guilt-ridden because he got his buddy Frostbite (who's black, so he's probably merged with Iceberg) killed years ago. There's lots of angst, action, Storm Shadow, and Snake Eyes befriending a wolf. Of course, he's dubbed "Timber" in a very awkward way before getting dumped off on Snowjob.
Edited by Lantern7, Mar 26, 2011 @ 8:53 PM.
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Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 1:57 AM
BTW . . . is "mask" the best word to describe Destro's deal? I keep thinking "helmet," but that doesn't really fit, either.