Tuesday, April 21, 2009

G.I. Joe: Resolute

The Blot was so pumped when I first heard about a new G.I. Joe animated series scripted by comic book legend Warren Ellis set to air on the Cartoon Network’s [adult swim]. While many G.I. Joe stories in the comic books were “adult themed,” this would mark the first time the franchise would be featured in “mature themed” animated series. Plus, airing on [adult swim] gave G.I. Joe: Resolute instant credibility. Credibility that all but went away once I actually watched Parts 1 & 2 of the animated series on Saturday.

G.I. Joe: Resolute logo
Ellis was going for a PG-13 version of G.I. Joe, but all we got was pure bleh! While I thought the updated character profiles and animation was nicely done, the dialogue was mind numbing bad, the voice actors seemed to mail it in, and the storyline was truly painful to sit through. As much as I want to give Ellis the benefit of the doubt and continue watching parts 5-11, I just don’t know if I can do it. The only aspect of G.I. Joe: Resolute I actually liked was the realistic take on the battle between G.I. Joe and Cobra.

G.I. Joe: Resolute banner
Unlike in other series, Hasbro is actually letting characters be killed in the line of duty. Yes it happened occasionally in the comics, but Hasbro has since put a stop to that when it realized it’s harder to sell products of deceased heroes and villains. Knowing a character can actually die in Resolute gives greater weight to the story and makes the outcome of every battle between G.I. Joe and Cobra much more significant. I haven’t read any reviews of G.I. Joe: Resolute yet, so I’d love to hear from all of you. Have you watched it yet? And if so, what’d you think?

G.I. Joe: Resolute will first be released online at AdultSwim.com as “ten 5 minute episodes and one 10 minute final episode,” before all of the episodes are combined to form one hour long movie scheduled to air on [adult swim] April 25, 2009 at midnight. (link) Two new episodes are set to debut every day, with the first four parts of G.I. Joe: Resolute already available online here. But don’t say The Blot didn’t warn you!