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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

G.I. Joe: Renegades: The Complete First Season

There have been countless versions of GI Joe released over the years, from a poorly animated afternoon kids show in the 80s to the 2009 big screen blockbuster GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Most of them, even the movie, come across more as an elongated advertisement to sell the Hasbro line of toys than anything worth standing on its own as a story. This series from 2010 breaks the mold by reinventing the Joe legend and giving it a modern spin. The series focuses on a group of young soldiers — Duke, Scarlett, Roadblock, Tunnel Rat, Ripcord and Snake Eyes – who are forced to fight for themselves when a soy operation at a Cobra Industry operation goes awry. The voice acting in the series is good, and the stories are all pretty interesting. More importantly, the animation is light years beyond what fans were fed in the 80s. It may still be aimed at kids, but adults (especially the ones who were GI Joe fans in the 80s) will find a lot to like here.

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