To me a rather lacklustre pirate-villainy based episode that's most appealing feature is a cool connection to the Jules Verne universe.
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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