Mighty Max: Season 2, Episode 21

Around the World in Eighty Arms (21 Nov. 1994)

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Max and co travel to France to investigate why cargo ships are disappearing. When they discover who is behind it, everything they ever knew about classic science-fiction books is blown away.

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Max and co travel to France to investigate why cargo ships are disappearing. When they discover who is behind it, everything they ever knew about classic science-fiction books is blown away.

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To me a rather lacklustre pirate-villainy based episode that's most appealing feature is a cool connection to the Jules Verne universe.
28 April 2014 | by (ukwitchcountry) – See all my reviews

Okay, so this one starts out with some French cargo vessel in the middle of the night with several sailors on deck looking out over a dolphin- abundant choppy sea... Hey, I'm just sure everyone's gonna be perfectly fine, I mean it's only the prologue of a Mighty Max episode, what's the worst that could happen? Ooh, I know! Something large and nasty is going to emerge from the briny deep and drag all on board down to a chilling watery grave! This episode is very loosely adapted from the Doom Zone "Mighty Max Sinks Nautilus", in that the only real connection between this story and the play-set is a nautilus that appears - although it's not a monster, but a metallic submarine that's only shaped like one of the strange mollusks, which just in case you was unawares, have the appearance of a kind of floating snail shell with tentacles. Anyway the machine's not really seen all that much, and it doesn't do anything except destroy the ship at the beginning in a fairly impressively animated explosion, but that's about it! Tim Curry was for some reason given quite a lot of voice-work to do in this one. As well as voicing several of the merry band of dumb pirate goons, he also does the heroic Jules Verne who sounds just like a French Skullmaster, and his villainous arch-enemy, a descendant of the original Captain Nemo who is physically identical to his infamous namesake and bears a smouldering grudge against Verne for 'slandering' his grandfather's good name in a certain classic novel. This isn't one of my favourites in the series, but I like how it's all kind of a homage to legendary author Jules Verne and how they actually devised a way to include him in the story as a fictional version of himself as an adventuring scientist who freezes himself in cryogenic suspension so that he may bear witness to the distant future... I do think it's impressive how they always tried to intertwine as many little mythologies and famous monsters as they could into the stories. I really love it at the end when he says goodbye to Max and tells him that he's "A great character." I find the broader meaning of that very profound, because if you were of a certain age in the early to mid-90's and you really loved all the toys and this show then he really is one of the great unsung animated characters. I found that idea really clever and for me it's the episode's best moment. But I don't know, overall this one's just not that fun to me. I guess it's not too bad, but it definitely ain't that good. It feels very paint-by- numbers, it's very run of the mill. I find it average but if fellow fans of the series like it then all the power to ya! It's kinda funny, the only other underwater-adventure they ever did, "Less than 20'000 Squid- Heads under the Sea", didn't exactly sparkle and shine either.. Note to Mighty Max:Stay on land.


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