TAKE ME TO THE PICTURES
with additional dragons
EPISODE TYPE: Age Progression & Dragons
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WHAT IS GOLDEN DRAGON?: An anthro, non-furry, Golden Dragon
IS HE MACRO ORIGINALLY?: No
HOW DID HE BECOME MACRO?: Absorbed energy of a Sun Stone
MACRO NAME: --SAME AS BEFORE--
REVIEW OF EPISODE: I used to be a big fan of Nintendo games and all things associated with it. I had all the magazines, the game systems, and of course I watched the Nintendo related cartoons just to add to the thrill that these games brought me. Captain N: The Game Master was a very gimmicky and patchy cartoon that tried to use the major heroes and villains from various Nintendo games of the time, but the execution was weak. For instance they had the hero from Kid Icarus, who was actually named Pit in the games but never called by his actual name, just Kid Icarus. They give him a voice and a weird speech method where he said "-icus" after everything he said. They have Simon Belmont, from Castlevania games but they turned him into a narcissistic comic relief character who was nothing like the character we would expect to see in the games we had played that are supposed to be this character. It was just a miss match of various characters who were just randomly thrown together on a team, lead by a human from the real world who was now their only hope against characters like Mother Brain from Metroid. Yet the real hero from Metroid, Samas Aran, never made an appearance in any episode. It was very strange as it seems like a great idea for a TV show to use Nintendo characters as if they all live in one big universe together but we never really saw anything that we would have expected from the games they come from. So when we get to this episode, my expectations were low for an accurate representation of the Dragon Warrior game that this was supposed to be based on. And besides the fact that it focused on dragons with the main dragon in the game being the bad guy, very little else had anything to do with the popular RPG game. So getting that all out of the way, onto the review.
Could have been better episode wise, but actually considering the quality of most episodes of Captain N, this is one of the better ones. Most of the earlier episodes dealt with some very weird and silly plot by Mother Brain to stop the N Team. This time we had no appearance by Mother Brain or any of her goons, it was all the dragons from Dragon's Den who just wanted the Sun Stone from the Palace of Power to hatch the sacred Golden Dragon that was to become their new warrior champion. Seems simple enough. So after some silly hijinx at the beginning, we get into the story. For the most part it wasn't too bad. There was a lot of humorous moments, or attempts at humor at least at Simon's expense. He seemed to be a real catalyst the writer used for all the comic relief that was to fly by the viewer at home in an attempt to keep things upbeat and on the low brow for the target audience it is aimed at. But again it just is too off character to be taken seriously. Anyone who has played any of the Castlevania games, knows that all the vampire hunters were very serious about what they do and some of the best fighters in the history of monster hunting. For us to believe that this is the same Simon Belmont that we have used to defeat Dracula many a time, was a very big stretch. First of all Simon afraid of monsters in a forest or being unable to stay inside the trojan dragon due to claustrophobia was kinda ridiculous. The funniest moment I found in the whole episode is when Kid Icarus was trying to sneak into Dragon's Den while doing the voice of the Trojan Dragon and has the trojan patting himself down for identification and telling them the weird location he came from. That was actually amusing. The Simon acting cowardly moments I could have done without.
One of the best age progression growth moments I have seen in an episode. It was great when the baby dragon suddenly hatches, and he is this cute, harmless looking hatchling that pushes out of his egg standing there all innocent like. The fact that his egg seemed to be a Silly Putty container that pushed open in the same manor is another story in itself. Simon makes some comment about how the dragon looks harmless and is no worry only for the baby to take hold of the Sun Stone and suddenly starts to expand and age into a massive fully grown towering golden dragon who doesn't look so cute anymore. Great growth moment that was pretty detailed and the way he just grew right through the webbing holding Simon was a nice touch. Of course , like many things in the episode, it was more bad planning by the Dragon Lord, as Simon was intended to be a snack for the dragon but placing the web right above where the dragon grew freed him and his friends quite easily. Next time maybe they should have been placed to the side so the dragon can have his meal without having helped it escape with his growth.
The few downsides in this episode were easily the way the dragon was defeated. It was a nice touch to add some elements from the Dragon Warrior game. Like the cursed necklace, holy water and some of the weapons that Kevin has to find in the hopes to beat the Dragon Lord. But then the cursed necklace suddenly became a plot device that sorta made very little sense. For some unknown reason, the cursed necklace would draw the Golden Dragon towards whoever wore it. To make matters more confusing, the cursed necklace could also be used to defeat the dragon. So after the holy water is used to remove the necklace placed on Simon and put onto Dragon Lord, Dragon Lord uses the holy water to remove the necklace and tosses it at the dragon and the dragon is instantly destroyed as the necklace touches it. Umm ok.. that makes sense how? Dragon Lord would want to draw it's mighty warrior to something that could destroy it upon contact? Just seemed very lame and a real cop out on how to end the story. Too much comic relief and not enough action also were a big slow down in the episode. While it was cool to see Zelda and Link from the Legend of Zelda games suddenly make an appearance to help build the Trojan Dragon, their appearance seemed forced and not necessary. There was a lot of just confusing moments too. For one thing the heroes at the end have to find a weapon that they don't even wind up using, they just use the shield they find as a boat to travel down some lava river. The whole trip they take to get under Dragon Lord's base seems worthless as they seem to escape in mere moments just going out another way all together. Also the Golden Dragon's size was kinda confusing. At one point he looms over the other dragons as if he is unevolved and just really big anthro dragon and at other points he is only a bit larger then the other smaller evolved dragons. I don't know, the whole Golden Dragon seemed out of place. Why would a whole group of 10 foot anthro dragons want to hatch a huge non evolved golden dragon to lead them as their great warrior when all it took was some cursed necklace to draw it towards others? Who hatched this egg and why weren't there more dragons like this? Just too many things needed explaining and a lot of plot holes were left hanging, making for a weak story and rushed moments overall.
Overall, a lot of filler, little substance but still a lot that makes for a fun and enjoyable episode for the most part. While dragon growth moments aren't that rare as they have been done before in cartoons, this one is kinda unique in that it's more of an age progression growth rather then just a larger version of itself growth or lizard to dragon transformation growth. While I would have preferred a better ending and less comic relief moments, I have to say it's still a great homage to Nintendo games of the past and pulled off the episode as well as could be expected for Captain N. Most of the episodes were pretty weak and were just ways to get in random characters from random games, this one at least tried to make for a fun story and has some good action and thrilling moments. Not the best, but definitely better then just average.
MEMORABLE QUOTES AND MOMENTS IN EPISODE:
(A swarm of dragons fly over head of Simon and Keven heading towards Dragon's Den)
Simon Belmont: "How tacky. Dragon Lord is throwing a party and we weren't invited."
Kevin: "Now you're thinkin' Simon."
Simon Belmont: "I am? I mean uh... of course I was thinking what I was thinking. Uh, What was I thinking?"
Kevin: "That we will crash their party. Just like the Greeks did to Troy with a giant horse, we will do the same with a wooden dragon."
Lana: "Hyrule has a wooden dragon forest. Oh I'm sure Link and Zelda will help us build one! Good idea Simon!"
Simon Belmont: "It was nothing. Vampires and dragons are my specialty!"
(Simon is out collecting pieces to use to build a trojan dragon as he hears the leafs rustle about next to him)
Simon Belmont: "It's a good thing the word FEAR isn't in my vocabulary."
(A moblin points a pointed spear tip at Simon's rear causing him to scream and run)
Simon Belmont: "But the word TERROR is. YIIIII!"
(A cursed necklace is placed around Simon after he is captured by Dragon Lord)
Dragon Lord: "The evil in that necklace will draw my golden warrior right to you when he hatches!"
Simon Belmont: "Simon Belmont doesn't wear neck jewelry!"
(Simon tries to take it off only for it to zap him)
FINAL NOTES:*This show was focused on various Nintendo game themed worlds that Captain N and his companions would visit and try and defeat the bad guys that inhabited the various video game worlds they were on. The video game that this episode was based in was "Dragon Warrior" which was a popular RPG on the NES around this time. The episode would also go to Hyrule and meet up with Zelda and Link who were characters from the game "The Legend of Zelda"
Factual -- If the Cursed Necklace was used in the hopes to draw the dragon in to Simon so it would eat him, then it logically makes no sense that it would also be it's undoing. Why would Dragon Lord use something to draw the dragon at someone, that would also be something that can be used to destroy the dragon. If the dragon did feast on Simon it would have been destroyed due to the cursed necklace's touch being able to destroy the dragon.
Factual -- When Keven Pauses the Tin Knight guarding the Flame Sword he pushes the wrong button on the Nintendo Controller. To pause he should have pressed the start button. But he pushes the B button instead.
Continuity -- Kevin and Lana had to travel through a long passage and lava pit to get to where the golden dragon was. But after the dragon hatches everyone just down one pathway to get back to the trojan dragon in mere seconds.
Continuity -- The other dragon's sizes fluctuated at various points. At one point towards the middle one of the dragons picks up Simon and his friends in his huge fist holding them for Dragon Lord to put a necklace on Simon. In moments before and after the dragon's weren't that much bigger then the heroes to be able to have held them in their mitts so easily.
+ :Golden dragon has a good age progression growth moment, looking all cute and harmless and picking up the sun stone only to grow gigantic right before our eyes. Fun story that mixed a lot of cool characters including Link and Zelda in a fun adventure. Funny moments at Simon's expense.
- :The way the dragon is defeated is non sensical. A lot of moments seemed rushed through contradicting things that happened prior.
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