Let's get right to it with season one, episode 2!
We open in the Himalayas as Danger Mouse and Penfold try to avoid a mouse-seeking missile. You know, I don't even question that there is such a thing. We had them in the 80s, there is no reason to be surprised by them now. We also don't ever get an explanation of why the boys' ski holiday was so rudely interrupted or by whom.
|Random thought: I like how they go out of their way to animate DM's ears reacting to things like this.|
|It's been a rough week for our favorite sidekick.|
...Okay, I'm going to start keeping track of how many people/things OTHER than DM have "Danger" in their name. Sound fun?
|Exotic locations! Like OHIO!|
|When the brochure said "all you can eat seafood", this isn't what I had in mind!|
Within about three seconds, Danger Mouse is bored. You can only appreciate deck chairs for so long, you know. Penfold has no such problem though, as he's got Giraffe Warriors Gold and plenty of determination to beat the bonus level at last. Colonel K hails DM again, pleading for help with that still unnamed threat. The call is interrupted by "a cross between a shark, a flying fish and a crab!?"
|Just look at those glorious graphics!|
|I hope you're paying attention to that Friends List!|
|DANGER MACKEREL! The OTHER OTHER "DM"!|
We get to see him eaten by a whale. Keep on being weirdly dark, Danger Mouse 2.0.
K lays the patriotism on thick as jam and twice as sticky, until finally DM caves and agrees to accept the mission secretly.
Penfold is thrilled with the "upgrade" on their holiday that takes them to Hawaii, and Danger Mouse endeavors to keep his secret-secret mission under wraps. He spots Stiletto coming from an ice cream shop and decides to tail him back to the Baron under the ruse of going for snacks.
|That's the face of someone who knows that he'll be starring in a bunch of "I got lei'd in Hawaii" jokes.|
Unfortunately for him, Greenback, hiding in his secret base nearby, manages to spot him and releases a monster to take him down. After a few good tries at battling the mutant octopus prawn thing, Danger Mouse is flung to the beach, where Penfold is waiting.
|You broke his trusting little heart, DM. For shame!|
|The sub appears to now be a single-person lay-down model, rather than the pod-like vehicle from the 80's|
Realizing that the mouse is on his way, Greenback calls back his monsters to fight the spy. DM manages to avoid most of the monsters, but his arrival via smashing straight through the side of the underwater base is further compounded by the remaining monsters continuing to attack.
The sub is a total loss and the bad guys have taken the only escape pod to get away. As the monsters breach the structure and water floods in, DM apologizes for being a poor friend and asks Penfold how he'd like to spend their last 15 seconds.
|Think of the money we can make selling that thing on eBay! Pandaminion would buy it, at least!|
Penfold's wish is to beat Giraffe Warriors Gold together, which yeah... Danger Mouse's response is also "...Really?" But it's Penfold's desire to beat the game and unlock the secret surprise, so as certain doom surrounds them, they go for it. Beating the game causes the handheld unit to transform into a pretty sweet action figure of the character "SamuRhino". Penfold is delighted. DM is inspired and directs him to jump into the mutator machine together.
Yeah... Then THIS happens. I'll be honest, this is kind of cringey. I was not anticipating dealing with this after the amazing first episode. Wow. *cough*
Anyway, DM and Penfold (and the toy) are turned into this... thing. And with the power of friendship and... kung fu action I guess, they defeat the monsters, throw them into the machine and turn them back into cute little sea creatures.
Greenback and co. find themselves landed atop a familiar-looking whale, who belches up a delighted Danger Mackerel. Greenback and his minions swim for it as the narrator fails repeatedly at Giraffe Warriors.
Episode Rating: 2.75/5I'll be honest. If THIS was the first episode of the series, and my first impression of it... I would have had some second thoughts about watching another episode. The transformation thing at the end is so disturbing that I find it overshadows almost the entire episode. Ugh. Let's NOT do that again. Also, Danger Things. Danger Things everywhere.
It didn't take long for the ruse of a "danger free vacation" to fail, but it was a good try at the old "gotta be in two places at once" plot. And it was nice to see that DM ends up learning a lesson about how sometimes you have to prioritize your friends, along with Penfold learning that there are times you have bigger obligations than just taking a vacation you promised to take.
Danger Rating: 6Okay, how many "Danger Things" did you come up with this episode? I'm going to start keeping track with each episode because well... they're doing it. Someone might as well keep track. Here's what I counted up in this episode:
Danger Snowmobile, presumably
Inflatable Danger Trunks