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Green Lantern Episode 1.18 'Prisoner of Sinestro' Review
by Gregg Katzman on
SINESTRO!!!! Need I say more?
While it's thrilling to see Sinestro on the show, he doesn't truly have a chance to shine until the show's conclusion. That's unfortunate -- especially considering how amusing Guy Gardner's cameo was -- but his final moments without question pack quite a wallop. The show often has a lighter tone to it, so having such a strong moral conflict was a brilliant change of pace. Additionally, the opening ship battle was a solid dose of popcorn fun, drawing strong parallels to the attack on the Death Star. Meanwhile, Kilowog's blunt nature always managers to give me a laugh or two.
The scene with an erratic Razer was twisted while also being rather fascinating. Aya's elaboration just further reminds us how different the two are, so it makes me wonder where the creative team plans to go with this potential relationship. I know it's just a kids show, so it'll likely be quite innocent if it does move forward, yet I can't help but feel just a bit weirded out wondering about it. I know a lot of people are creeped out by Donatello's feelings for April in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but at least the feelings aren't mutual over there, so I see no chance of that relationship developing into something more. Here... well, I have no idea where it'll go. For now, I view this side plot both a good and bad thing. It's certainly odd but watching Aya continue to "evolve" is engrossing.
Like I said before, the story is predictable right from the get-go, but it still follows through in a pretty fun manner. That said, having Sinestro spell out the course of events felt forced, especially since it wasn't tough to follow at all. Also, he escapes with just a pocket knife? I get that's only the science cell, but we're talking about something they use as a holding cell in the most advanced ship they have. However, when Thaal does break free, his solution to the problem was great and the alien assassin's conclusion was particularly sharp. That's the Sinestro moment I was waiting for the whole episode and it totally delivered.
'Prisoner of Sinestro' serves as an enjoyable episode. It's by no means a great episode, but Sinestro's final scene is powerful and, despite it being painfully obvious, the conflict provides a more than adequate amount of entertainment. I just hope this isn't the last time we see Sinestro!