Krypto: the Superdog

Season 2 Episode 12

Solar Specs

Aired Weekdays 12:00 PM May 01, 2006 on Cartoon Network

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • Another comedy episode, where Mechanikat uses his Solar Specs Satellite to change the sun's yellow rays to red.

    Krypto and Streaky, rendered powerless by the red sunlight, team up with Stretch-O-Mutt to stop Mechanikat. In order to do this, however, they have to sneak on board the satellite by using Snooky to get there, acting like prisoners. Mechanikat doesn't expect that Stretch is a catbot in disguise, and he manages to avoid suspicion and hide Krypto and Streaky while he stops the space station (ironically shaped like a pair of sunglasses around the sun). Through a series of close encounters with Mechanikat, Snooky, and Delilah, he disguises himself to reach the bridge, but is soon found out. He tricks the catbots into destroying the control consoles, and even though he gets captured himself, Krypto and Streaky have their powers back, and finally get a little payback. In the end, however, Stretch's disguise as an escape pod trapped the three of them.

    Well, not bad, actually. Stretch's appearance was enough to add the extra point to this, making it more than a comedy is some ways (most of my 9.6s are for comedy episodes). I actually would've liked to see more of Krypto and Streaky as well, but excellently done still. 9.7/10
  • Stretch-O-Mutt gets to show off his stretching and shape-changing ability again in his third appearance. It would have been nice to see him engage in more teamwork with Krypto and Streaky, but still a good episode.

    Stretch-O-Mutt wakes up and notices something unusual: the sun is red. The reason, it turns out, is that Mechanikat has used his solar specs to change the sun's yellow rays to red, leaving Krypto and Streaky powerless. Stretch-O comes upon the two heroes and, after they explain the situation, helps them out. There are some very funny scenes as Stretch-O uses his shape-changing ability to cause much confusion on Mechanikat's ship until he saves the day by causing the destruction of the solar specs.

    A pretty good episode but it appeared to be the start of an unfortunate trend for Stretch-O. While the Krypto writers are usually good about avoiding formula, starting with this episode we got three shows where Krypto and/or Streaky are rendered powerless and Stretch-O has to come to their rescue. So far, it seems Stretch has to dominate every episode he appears in instead of acting as a team player like Krypto, Ace, Streaky and the Dog Stars usually do. I didn't really like that Superdog and Supercat disappear for most of the episode so Stretch could dominate the proceedings. They should have been shown working together more.

    Don't get me wrong, Stretch-O is a good character and they've come up with some excellent episodes for him but I think it's time for someone else to save the day. When a brand new character is getting more good scenes than Ace the Bat Hound in the second season, it just seems like things are way out of balance. (Maybe Stretch should be in his own show. Likeable as he is, he really comes off more like a star than a supporting player.)

    Sorry for the complaints. This is still a pretty good episode and the potential for comedy with Stretch-O's imitations is developed well. I just wish they could have found more for Krypto and Streaky to do.