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Review: Green Lantern TAS “Cold Fury”

Um…I don’t really know how I feel about this episode. I know I experienced a plethora of reactions to various scenes ranging from “Hell yeah!” to “OH. MY. GOD!” but the monster at the end of this episode just leaves me a bit baffled.

We pick up right where we left off with the Interceptor flying like hell to get away from The Anti-Monitor and the Manhunters. When Razer makes his way on to the bridge, Hal asks where Aya is to which Razer replies that she’s “gone.” And since Razer doesn’t know how to use quotation marks or use his voice to inflect emotions well enough, Hal and Kilowog don’t quite understand what he means. When he spells it out for them that Aya is dead, Hal immediately assumes she downloaded herself into the ship again, but Razer tells him they were too far for her to do so. Then everyone starts yelling and they all finally realize that they’re still fleeing from the bad guys and maybe they should concentrate on that for a second.

With Aya “gone” they don’t quite have the power to outrun the Manhunters and Hal asks Scar if there’s anything she can do to help. If Krona created the Anti-Monitor by using a great amount of power, surely there’s a way that another Guardian could control their former creations. Scar orders them to stop the ship so she and Hal can face the Manhunters. Revealing that she’s mastered the old powers of the Guardians, Scar manages to take out some Manhunters before the Anti-Monitor blasts her out of existence. The machine captures Hal and forces him to watch as he devours the Interceptor, but the day is saved by the Red Lantern home base after Zox ordered his people to come collect him. Unfortunately, their victory is fleeting as The Anti-Monitor destroys Shard and begins to devour it, forcing the Red Lanterns from their ship. Following suit, the Interceptor follows the Red Lanterns, but discover something has attached itself to the hull. The bay doors open and…it’s Aya! Sure, she’s inhabiting a monstrous looking Frankenstein-like Manhunter body, but it’s Aya nonetheless. And though everyone’s happy to see her, Razer – of course – is conflicted.

After Aya downloads back into her usual form (she has spare pieces since this has happened a few times), she asks Razer to re-admit that he loves her, which, yet again, he won’t do. Instead, he decides to tell her that she’s merely a machine and that he doesn’t love her. You. Are. Killing. Me. Razer! Ugh! The unfortunate aftermath is that Aya can’t handle her emotional response to Razer’s rejection. It’s distracting her in a way that she’s unaccustomed, which prevents her from focusing on the battle at hand between the remaining Red Lantern fleet and the Interceptor versus The Anti-Monitor and the Manhunters. When Hal proves to be useless in providing adequate answers to her questions on how to deal with her emotions, Aya goes straight to Razer and asks him how he can focus after what’s happened between them. He tells her that he’s capable of shutting down his emotions to focus on the task at hand, which gives Aya a brilliantly stupid, but probably necessary idea. Shutting down her emotions, she goes to the Interceptor’s power core and absorbs all of the green energy and heads straight for the Anti-Monitor. Though she succeeds in destroying the machine, it’s not so much a victory as a changing of the guard. Aya, now as emotionless as the other machines, takes control of the gigantic robot – and the Manhunters – declaring herself their mother and that she will decide what to do with her children, rejecting the emotional beings out to destroy her and her kind. Thus, she becomes the Aya-Monitor!

Okay, on the one hand, this whole Aya-wasn’t-dead-all-along bit is a huge emotional cheat on the part of the show. While it’s true that no one in comic books (or cartoons, apparently) stays dead and I understand that Aya’s an artificial intelligence, it feels like her “sacrifice” was nothing more than another means of dragging out the Razer/Aya star-crossed romance. On the other hand, her return prompts the reject-her-to-protect-myself response from Razer and pushes Aya to an honest emotional breaking point. If you think about what she was trying to accomplish with the damaged Manhunter in “Blue Hope,” her rejection of emotions as a coping mechanism is far more tragic than her “death” last week. Aya believed she’d evolved beyond her programming by becoming a sentient being, but no one ever explained to her that with emotions like love and compassion come sorrow and pain, neither of which she was prepared to deal with. Rejecting her emotions is truly the end of the person we know as Aya.

Nitpicker’s Corner:

  • Hal does a lot of watching things happen in this episode
  • Did you really need to talk about your feelings in the middle of a battle, Aya? Really?

Captain Obviously: I’m pretty sure we all know how this is going to end. Emotionless Aya plus guilty Razer equals confession of love to save the day…eventually.

DC Nation Short: Lightning and Thunder get ready for school, but Lightning’s feeling a bit under the weather.

Favorite Moments:

  • Kilowog talking Razer down
  • Scar’s ancient Guardian powers were awesome until she got vaporized and all
  • Hal is super uncomfortable with Aya’s emotions
  • Aya taking down the Anti-Monitor and then becoming the Aya-Monitor

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Samantha Cross

Sam is a self-described "sponge for information" soaking up little tidbits here and there that make her the perfect partner on pub trivia night! Hailing from the beautiful Pacific Northwest, she indulges her nerdy and geeky qualities by hanging out at the local comic book shop, reading anything she can find, and voicing her opinion whether you welcome it or not. An archivist and historian, she will research any and all things and will throw down if you want to quote Monty Python, Mel Brooks, or The Simpsons!

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  • You so brilliantly captured how I was feeling when I watched this episode over and over and over again. I can not get over the change of heart from Razer, seriously I can not get over it. I knew something was already wrong when it was only Kilowog who embraced Aya in her Frankenstein suit and what did Razer do? Just fly there and nothing….did you notice the look in his face? You’d think that after all that chasing-Aya-sequences all throughout the series, and he saying that Aya “has more soul” than he ever had in “Blue Hope” episode, what did he do…??? I was so expecting him to fly to her, hold her in his arms, and just see her for the Aya he has come to love. That feeble excuse of “I can not love a machine…” Excuse me??? He was about to kiss her in “Loss” wasn’t he??? And she was still in “machine mode” at that stage. In the episode “In Love and War,” didn’t he got transported by the Star Sapphires to his one and only true love??? It was not his dead love Ilana, but Aya…Didn’t he say after rescuing her from Drusa when Aya questioned: “Razer, how…?” to which he replied; “It does not matter….!” Of course it damn well matters…you love him, she loves you. Period. But in this episode, I can’t blame Aya really for doing what she can to escape her pain rather than face it. Like you said, no one told her that with every human value we possess, there is always the opposite and that is what makes us human – but in Aya’s case, she is only learning, evolving, changing…she is far, far more than a mere machine for she disobeys orders, she makes her own decisions, and she can fight as good as her team mates…but now that she chose out of her own misguided thought processes to remove all emotion means that she is, as you say, no longer the sweet and naive Aya. Having said that, even if she becomes good if this would ever happen in cartoonland, again, being rejected by a beloved does not mean they can be together. The trust is already destroyed, and once bitten, twice shy. I doubt it if Aya would allowherself to be involved with Razer again after what he has done to her.

    • All entirely valid points. They’ve been building the Razer and Aya stuff all season, and doing a pretty good job of it too when you consider all of the other plot points they’ve had to address with the Red Lanterns and then the Manhunters and the Anti-Monitor. But you can just tell that they’re gearing up for the end when Razer fully commits to his feelings for her and either sacrifices himself or lays it all on the line to appeal to Aya at the last moment.

  • I just wish with all my heart that Aya becomes a carbon-based life form in the end, and she gets to choose her own destiny with or without Razer. She deserves far more than this, and much as I absolutely adore Razer, he did not have to treat Aya this way – to take back his love after confessing it to her, that really is the most painful thing any man can do to a woman very much in love with him. I’d like to think that Aya did all she can to return back because she had reason to return but to get this treatment of rejection…even I could not see myself take him back if that was ever done to me…but this is Green Lantern…I can’t wait for your review of the next episode! I am so hyped up about it now…

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