G.I. Joe- A Real American Hero: Series 2, Season 2

July 7, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The final season of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero’s Series 2 has arrived, but does the classic animated series go out with a proper sendoff? While General Hawk continues to lead the nation’s top soldiers against the world’s enemies, even the Joes will their hands full with what lies ahead. The Joes have to contend with unconventional foes like an evil corporation and a drug cartel, but their old familiar rivals in Cobra remain active as well. Just as General Hawk has assembled squads with both new recruits and seasoned veterans, Cobra Commander has put together his best units for a final push. Old rivals like Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes collide, Duke rejoins the field squad, and Cobra Commander unleashes his most destructive plots ever. Can even the Joes fend off Cobra this time, or will the world fall into evil’s hands at last?

The classic G.I. Joe animated series is so awesome. This show has immense nostalgic value of course, but it is also a solid action driven animated series. This final season of the second series is loaded with fun moments, with a host of new faces as well as the return of some old favorites. So you’ll be able to watch Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow in action, which always yields moments of pure awesome. The stories are good for this kind of show, with a wide scope of enemies and problems to overcome. The Joes battle a range of social injustices, as well as the Cobra forces of course. As always, the social messages are about as blunt as a spiked mace, but that is part of the fun, at least in my opinion. I mean, how can the Joes battling a pollution belching corporation not be a total blast, right? This season has 20 episodes, some better than others, but most quite fun to watch again. So if you’re a fan of G.I. Joe or cartoons in general, you’ll want to check this out.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The visuals here look a touch dated, but that is more about the less than stellar animation than this treatment. The source has some light debris at times, but looks clean in most scenes and no serious issues crop up. As far as detail, the animation doesn’t allow for much depth, but what detail is present comes across well. I found colors to be bright and black levels on the mark as well. So while the animation is not dazzling stuff, the show looks as good as you remember.

Audio: How does it sound?

The mono soundtrack is passable, but of course not remarkable. I didn’t pick up on much hiss or other such common mono woes however, which is great news. The classic music sounds good, all the hilarious dialogue is clear, and the sound effects are well presented too. Not much else to talk about in this department, as the show sounds just fine.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The lone supplement is a retrospective about the G.I. Joe Hasbro toy line.

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