Ben 10: Alien Force

Season 2 Episode 1

Darkstar Rising

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 10, 2008 on Cartoon Network

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  • Fantastic season opener.

    Now this is the way to start a season. A high-level Plumber appears, accusing Ben, Gwen and Kevin of impersonating Plumbers, a felony under galactic law. The kids naturally take exception to this, leading to the episode's first action piece. The Plumber's power is impressive; he bats Kevin aside like a rag doll. Goop's counter attack is equally impressive. The four of them reach a kind of stalemate, with the Plumber warning the kids to stop their vigilante activities or be sent to the null void. We soon learn that this has all been a setup engineered by Mike Morningstar, who now calls himself Darkstar. He's far more powerful than he was at his last appearance in the series, and he needs vast amounts of energy to sustain himself. The Plumber, Ben, Gwen, Kevin and even a Highbreed lord are on Darkstar's menu. The battle that ensues is eye-popping, arguably the best of the series. Ben has become much more formidable, switching alien forms so fast he essentially combines the powers of Echo Echo, Spidermonkey, Jetray and Humongosaur. Lots of funny quips, and we even get some character development involving Kevin. This is B10AF at its best.
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