“Recharge” is the first episode of the show written by Amy Wolfram, who has been writing for all sorts of action cartoons over the last dozen years, including several from the Teen Titans franchise and the related comic book tie-ins. Based on this, we hope she gets the chance to pitch a few more ideas.
This a much slower episode than the previous few. Interestingly, it sets up a situation where Scott and Virgil have to spend hours traveling through the Arctic to a remote research base, including camping to wait out a heavy fog. This gives the characters an almost unheard-of opportunity in this fast-paced show to briefly talk to each other. Scott has become reckless since they lost their father, pushing himself and everyone else and almost desperate to save everybody. It’s a really impressive scene, letting the characters breathe as they rarely have the opportunity in this series. In the original, you got the sense that International Rescue only went out on rare occasions, but in this show, it seems like they’re in the field almost daily.
An unsung supporting character is Brains’ robot assistant MAX. If you get the sense that the character was designed to appeal to children, you’re dead right. Daniel was incredibly worried about whether MAX was going to make it out of this crisis in one piece, which is a lot more than anybody, anywhere ever cared about Brains’ robot assistant Braman in the original program.
(Note: I can play them, but I’m not presently able to get screencaps from Region 2 DVDs, so many of these entries will just have a photo of the set to illustrate it. Click the image to purchase it from Amazon UK.)