This is it, Fanterns... only one episode left before the show comes to its premature conclusion. Fortunately for us, this series continues to impress and, assuming the quality remains at this level, we're certainly in for a real treat with next week's finale.
The seemingly empty planet of Ranx has a force field and Aya has sent her army of Manhunters to break through. Clearly, she wants something on the surface and that concerns the Guardians. The blue leaders retaliate by sending a wave of Green Lanterns (lead by Guy Gardner!) to assault the robotic fleet.
This all-out assault sees the return of Lanterns we love (Ch'p!) and puts a heavy focus on Guy's arrogant yet hilarious nature. Staying true to his character earlier established in the show, he once again doesn't properly recall Hal's name and his recent promotion only further boosts his ego. The comedic banter remains sharp as well. Guy pointing out how silly it is for Hal to use a mask even though they're nowhere near Earth gave me a good chuckle. Oh, and the John Stewart joke? Priceless.
Even if you don't like the character animation, everything else is still visually stunning. The massive blasts from the giant construct cannons, Aya-Monitor smashing to the ground, the main trio swooping past explosives as Manhunters race after them... it's all a delightfully pleasant experience for your eyes.
The biggest moment here has to be Razer's epiphany. We've been holding onto hope for a happy ending even though deep down, pretty much everyone in the program believes Aya is beyond redemption. But Razer has finally let go of that dream, and it means I'll likely need a tissue box by my side for next week's final episode. Their relationship has been an emotional whirlwind and I'm confident the ending will be quite powerful.
It's always nice to see a show dive into its own history. Witnessing Razer utilize Saint Walker's technique and the return of various characters took me on a lovely trip down memory lane. It definitely has me motivated to watch this all over again after next Saturday's finale. My only minor complaint about this one is I wish they used this opportunity to bring back Sinestro. It's possible Ron Perlman was busy with other projects, though.
Pro tip: never try to negotiate with Aya. Green Lantern: The Animated Series has been on a roll and "Ranx" is yet another fantastic episode. It's a terrible shame the show is going to end so soon, but at least it's leaving us with some terrific material. Even if the show doesn't get another season (which sadly seems unlikely at this point), I'm absolutely purchasing this on DVD when it comes out.
Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. This is the part where he shamelessly plugs his Twitter page in hopes of getting a new follower or two.