Captain N: The Game Master

Season 1 Episode 12

Metroid Sweet Metroid

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Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Nov 25, 1989 on NBC
7.2
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Metroid Sweet Metroid
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Mother Brain tricks the N-Team into thinking she's been defeated. She then opens up a warp zone, with Kevin's neighborhood shown on the other side. Thinking it's the Ultimate Warp Zone, Kevin goes through. Mother Brain captures the remaining N-Team members and sentences them to banishment in the Black Hole Warp Zone. Kevin, who's really on Metroid, finally gets back to the Palace and rescues the N-Team.moreless

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  • Typical "team breaks up" episode

    7.3
    In an interstellar blast

    I am back to save the universe



    -- Radiohead, "Airbag"



    The "team breaks up then gets back together" episode is a common template for kiddie cartoons, and "Metroid Sweet Metroid" certainly fits the bill.



    Mother Brain stages a ruse by sending her slow-witted minions, the Eggplant Wizard and King Hippo, to collect Power Flowers so that her home planet of Metroid can keep functioning. Naturally, the N Team intercepts the transmission in their Com Room and swallows the bait, hook, line and sinker. The N Team dispatches the bad guys in short order and destroys the field of Power Flowers, thinking they have put MB away for good. Conveniently, a Warp Zone back to Kevin's home opens up. Kevin says his goodbyes to the rest of the team, leaves behind his Power Pad and Zapper in a symbolic (and utterly foolish) move, and heads back home with his dog Duke.



    Naturally, since this is only 9 minutes in the episode, this is all a (not-so-)clever trap; MB has not been defeated, and the warp zone brings Kevin and Duke back to a neighborhood that looks like home, but is actually part of Metroid, and he has to fight his way out of Metroid sans Power Pad and Zapper.



    Despite their "victory", the N Team is feeling very disoriented and empty following Kevin's departure. They decide to take a break and quickly disperse for their home worlds. With the team having gone their separate ways, they are no match for MB's minions, who proceed to conquer the other worlds of Videoland and capture the isolated N Team fighters.



    Fortunately, Kevin is able to make it into the now-unguarded control center of Metroid and pilot the planet Metroid back to the Palace of Power, free his N Team comrades and send MB and her crew back from whence they came. Kevin's stuck back in Videoland, but all is right with the world again.



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    Granted, the team break-up template is a well-worn one, and it's hard to come up with plausible scenarios to force the good guys to disband, but the whole "Power Flowers" bit was ridiculous even by Captain N's standards. The strengths of this episode are Kevin's journey through Metroid without his weapons (a theme that should have been explored further in future episodes but wasn't) and the poignant scenes of the team's initial breakup. Even Simon Belmont, Kevin's chief rival for Princess Lana's affections and for the role of alpha dog throughout the series, sheds a tear when Kevin leaves and confesses to a Castlevania reporter that Kevin is the real hero of the team. Especially touching are a couple scenes of Princess Lana: the scene where Lana is sitting in the throne room after the team has dispersed, (seemingly) having accomplished everything she wanted to do, and yet all alone; and the scene where Lana is sitting at her window, admiring a sunset and pining for Kevin (just before MB captures her). The staff did an excellent job in illustrating how tight the team, and especially Kevin and Lana, have become through their struggles to defend Videoland. The theme of the episode is somewhat of a cliche, but the episode is OK for what it tries to be. If the writers had developed a more plausible scheme for MB's "defeat", extended Kevin's journey through Metroid, and had the rest of the N Team hold out longer against MB's forces, they could have turned this episode into an excellent two-part season-ending episode or even a cliffhanger bridging seasons 1 and 2. But they didn't. C'est la vie.moreless
  • Mother Brain tricks the N Team into thinking she's run out of power, and Kevin goes back to what he thinks is Earth. Without their leader, she easily captures the others and prepares to banish them to a warp zone of no return.moreless

    5.4
    For some reason I only bothered to tape Captain N two or three times, and for some rason this episode was one of the times. I don't know why, this one was one of the least satisfying entries in the series. Without Captain N around, Mother Brain's totally goofy and incompetent henchmen take about three seconds to overwhelm and capture the members of the N Team. How lame. It was kind of cool seeing an episode where Kevin had to survive the perils of a video game universe with just his skills and no access to his weapons, but Once Upon a Time Machine illustrated the point that you can't depend on one thing all the time better. Not bad, but not the best by far.moreless
Shane Meier

Shane Meier

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Venus Terzo

Venus Terzo

voice of Princess Lana

Michael Donovan

Michael Donovan

voice of Eggplant Wizard

Matt Hill (III)

Matt Hill (III)

voice of Kevin Keene/Captain N, Narrator

Andrew Kavadas

Andrew Kavadas

voice of Simon Belmont

Marcy Goldberg

Marcy Goldberg

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