Mighty Max: Season 2, Episode 5

The Year of the Rat (14 Sep. 1994)

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Max is summoned to China to stop the evil Lao Chu, resurrected Emperor of the Rats, who threatens to engulf the world with the numberless hordes of vermin at his command.

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Lao Chu / Ki Wan (voice)
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Max is summoned to China to stop the evil Lao Chu, resurrected Emperor of the Rats, who threatens to engulf the world with the numberless hordes of vermin at his command.

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Additional Voices: Thank you, Mighty-One. You have set me free, and banished the spirit of Lao Chu for the next ten thousand years. According to prophecy.
Max: Is there anything that doesn't have a prophecy?
Additional Voices: There is a chance Lao Chu could be brought back. If the broken pieces of his heart were reunited...
Virgil: Highly unlikely.
Max: [the scene cuts to Lao Chu's loyal rats, scurrying into the darkness with the shattered pieces of the heart] I don't know, Virg. I smell a rat...
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Rats!!!
17 March 2014 | by (ukwitchcountry) – See all my reviews

"We all have our little gifts", is a sentence that's spoken several times during this episode, and I quite like it, I find it quite meaningful, oh what a happier world this might be that only every person could discover theirs... I also love when Virgil says "There's more than one way to break a heart", he phrases it so beautifully. Alright then, about Skullmaster as a villain for a second. He's definitely a very physically imposing and impressive character and is undeniably the main bad guy of the show for a reason, but I think that maybe if it wasn't for the stellar voice acting of Tim Curry that filled and embodied the character with such memorably wicked malevolence oh so magnificently, then I think perhaps he could have been a bland and almost generic sort of a character - but the point is that there were other villains on the show that were more interesting than Skullmaster, and the one that features in this adventure, the awesomely evil and threatening Lao-Chu, ancient and vengeful Emperor of the Rats, is one of my favourites. His voice is scary! I love the low and rumbling effect they did with it, I just devour every last disturbingly distorted and demonic word he grumbles out at our heroes! He was like the anti-Pied Piper, drawing the hordes of ravenous rats back into the cities! Also his theme music is fantastic! Now a tiny 'lil detail about Lao-Chu's character design that just begs to be pointed out is that..he uh, he looks nothing so much as a demonically possessed version of Splinter from Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles! And who knows, maybe given the fact that Rob Paulson had previously done the voice of Raphael on that classic 1987 show it was probably a little homage. I just mainly love this excellent episode for the villain and the whole Asian thing. It's cool how he can't be physically harmed or ever permanently destroyed but banished by navigating a treacherous maze that's full of dangerous illusions and ghosts and eventually reaching the centre where, with the help of the soul of the unfortunate man who accidentally freed the spirit of Lao-Chu in the first place and who now possesses his physical body, solve a puzzle of seven iron bells... There's not that much to it, but I like the whole puzzle angle, it's different and interesting, and the puzzle box that Lao-Chu tosses to Max and orders to solve quickly or be eaten alive by his "children" is an obvious take on the Hellraiser box. And the closing epilogue is so creepy, with Lao-Chu's rat servants scampering off into the darkness with the pieces of his jade heart, and then the final image of the evil red rodent eyes shining in the dark, strongly indicating that his menace may be reborn someday... F**k, I love this show so much!!! This highly distinctive episode is based on "Mighty Max Traps Rattus", which was a Doom Zone that had the gross appearance of a giant rat's head. I love the seldom used 'rat horror' genre, it's a really scary and macabre theme, read the James Herbert trilogy and you'll see. And I've always been surprised that there's never been any real horror movie that is all about killer rats. I like rats, they're so sleek and super-fast and agile, like fuzzy little ninjas, and they're really great survivors. Just don't try to feed them through the cage at the pet shop - they will bite hard! In the Chinese Zodiac I am the Rat. Jusy absolutely love this one, to me it's one of the greatest!


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