Okay, so far our intrepid trio of heroic vanquishers of evil have experienced the terrors of lava monsters, demonic wizards, aliens, a giant eyeball, a mummy, killer snakes, dragons - and Virgil is still surprised by the fact that gorilla's are driving chariots!? Great throwaway line by the wise little fowl by the way! This episode is, I guess adapted from "Mighty Max Tangles with Ape King", which was a Doom Zone that had a killer gorilla, savages, deadly jungle thing going on. I thought they made a pretty interesting story out of it, the idea is not amazing, but good enough. I like the Roman style of the gorilla society and their imperial army wargear. And there is an ape king, but he's not really the bad guy. That's where Frank Welker comes in. I found Welker's voice performance to be good as the grunting, bull-headed superstitious tyrant gorilla general who demands the deaths of Max and his friends because he believes they are introducing dangerous ideas into his society, and who is the main obstacle to overcome in the story. Ha, oh my god, all the cavemen slaves are white! And in the middle of the Congo nonetheless! And the gorillas speak English.. I swear, the political correctness factor of this show was just all over the place. Even when they're trying to do it right and avoid any 'sensitivety' they wind up making things even more awkward! Awesome series though, despite little errors. Some of the stuff with the meek slaves who are inspired to eventually revolt by Max's kindness reminded me a little of the old(good) Time Machine movie. And the gorilla temple was unmistakably similar to the Morlock pyramid in that classic picture. But I just figure it's mainly all just a reference to Planet of the Apes. Max's flight for survival against the general after being forced into accepting a ritual challenge with no rules was a great final act to the episode. Max wins by flinging his opponent of the hood of a speeding jeep and into a portal where our final glimpse of the villain is what I thought was the strangely powerful image of him stranded in some vast desert and screaming in frustration at his defeat... One last thing.. Is it just me, or does the whole "protect the wildlife" education segment come off as a tad ironic after a whole episode of ape punching? Heh, anyway that's me review, thanks fer readin' see ya next time!
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