BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN “Viktor: The Spoils” Review

BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN "Viktor: The Spoils" Season 2, Episode 3 – In a dark and rainy country called Zarkovia, it’s revealed that the ruling monarchy has possession of the frozen body of an alien criminal and plans to use him as a weapon for destruction. The country is in civil war and the monarchy’s desperation to stay in power has led them to attempt to resurrect Ben Tennyson’s old foe, Dr. Viktor.

Immediately, I’m not a fan of the cliched setting of this episode. The dark skies and lightning, the ominous stone castle with a dark creepy laboratory, the hunchback assistant, the dungeon, and the antagonists with bad Eastern European accents are all so completely formulaic. I kept seeing The Venture Bros in the design of the Zarcovian soldiers and thinking of Ünderland as they explored the castle, but of course, The Venture Bros uses the setting successfully for parody. I was hoping that Ben, Gwen and Kevin would see some of the ridiculousness of flying into such a stereotypical situation and maybe deliver some solid humorous lines about it, but it seems as if maybe the three of them had never heard of Dr. Victor Frankenstein or seen any old movie set in a Transylvanian laboratory. Read More...


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