Judge Paul Pritchard wanted to be a Storm Hawk, but didn't pass the exams at Knight school.
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Let's just say it now, so as to get it over with: Storm Hawks: Showdown in the Skies is one fine-looking cartoon. It's not just that the characters are a mixture of cool designs or that the ships they pilot are a merging of old-school and distinctly futuristic-looking aircraft. It's more their implementation in cell-shaded CGI renderings that makes it all so striking.
Of course, those of you like me, who spent their younger days dating the world's most beautiful women, from supermodels to pop stars, will know that beauty is only skin deep. So often the most attractive amongst us can be the dullest. Thankfully, due in no small part to a great sense of humor, Storm Hawks is always entertaining. Goofy, lowbrow, and often just plain dumb, Storm Hawks trades in gags that kids will dig while still being able to tickle the funny bone of all but the most demanding adults. With each episode pitting the Storm Hawks against another villain, usually members of the Cyclonian Talons, it's the show's offbeat nature that helps it stand out from the crowd.
From sending our heroes on a mission to find a frozen yogurt to Guitar Hero-style duels (which see huge cannons powered by musical instruments blasting chunks out of each other), Storm Hawks has just the right amount of quirkiness to avoid being annoying.
Presented in a two-disc set, Storm Hawks: Showdown in the Skies contains 13 episodes of sky-high action:
• "A Little Trouble"
• "Thunder Run"
• "Forbidden City"
• "Terra Neon"
• "The Storm Hawks Seven"
• "Talon Academy"
• "Siren's Song"
• "Calling All Domos"
• "The Lesson"
• "Dude, Where's My Condor"
If I were to level a criticism at Storm Hawks, it would be that watching these episodes in bulk reveals an almost total lack of substance. There is very little to Storm Hawks beyond the cool quips, high-flying action, and excellent animation. In other words, it's perfectly entertaining Saturday morning cartoon fun and nothing more.
Picture quality scores pretty highly, with a sharp, colorful image showing off the excellent animation. The stereo soundtrack packs plenty of punch, lending the numerous aerial battles some extra kick. As a package Storm Hawks: Showdown in the Skies only falls down when it comes to extras. The vehicle transformation videos really don't make for exciting viewing, while calling one of the episodes a "bonus" feels a little cheap.
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