(Re)Animations: Savage Dragon

It's like Robocop and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all rolled into one!

As mentioned previously, the Savage Dragon animated series was actually a part of USA channel's Action Extreme Team, a desperate ploy to boost ratings before the ultimate demise of the network's animated programming. Unlike most comic books turned cartoons, Savage Dragon was actually a pretty faithful to its source material (including Dragon's origin) and even featured numerous characters from its four-color counterpart.

It goes without saying that as a children's cartoon the series toned down a good bit of the violence and sexual innuendos, but overall it was still a satisfying adaptation. Much more successful than some of the other shows in the Extreme lineup such as WildC.A.T.S. (we're heroes, not zeros... really?). At least Dragon had a plethora of cool, mutated super-freaks. Actually it reminds me a lot of watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles growing up, only Dragon doesn't need to hide in the sewers and fights crime legitimately.

From what I can remember the show lasted about 2 full seasons, though I was hard pressed to find much information about it online. My favorite episode featured a character named The Fiend, a malevolent spirit-like villain whose schtick was to possess those who had a knack for anger and hatred (we're talking Taxi Driver toxicity here). The only thing about the cartoon version of The Fiend is that he/it beared a rather humorous resemblance to Botticelli's Birth of Venus... you know, only more demonic-like and with less boobs (see above). Aside from that its definitely one of the better episode of the series that doesn't come across as too moral-driven.

The Fiend did make a return in Season 2, which heavily featured She-Dragon, but despite better animation they completely changed The Fiend's appearance to resemble some sort of flame creature that inexplicably gave its vessel a red cape when he/it possessed them. A little overkill on the superheroics for my taste, but I guess that's what one can expect from a comic-based cartoon. Still a worthwhile series and one that is well overdue for a DVD release. I mean, they gave WildC.A.T.S. one and that show was half as good (if that). What gives?


  1. Nice to see some love shown to Michigan. "This is Lake Michigan, theres no telling what your smelling"

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