Da'Mon Guy looks back at the 2009 animated series G.I. Joe: Resolute.
G.I. Joe: Resolute was an extremely enjoyable, action packed adaptation of the classic characters from the much loved Hasbro toys range. This was the best incarnation of the highly revered characters, even better than the beloved television series of the 1980’s.
Originally airing in America on the Adult Swim network from April 2009, the animated shorts were melded together into a full length feature, that was also released later that year. "Resolute" offered an unmatched level of realism that had never been utilized with the occupants of the G.I. Joe universe. It epitomized and captured the true essence of what the cartoon and comic books were all about, and intertwined aspects of both. It implemented a modern updating on the classic characters but still remained true to the substance of each.
G.I. Joe: Resolute introduced some new character dynamics, one which it showcased was a love triangle between Scarlett, Snake-Eyes, and Duke. This was an interesting concept because it combined the two prior incarnations - the love affair from the cartoon between Scarlett and Duke, alongside the dynamic between Snake-Eyes and Scarlett from the comic book. A very astute plot detail that only hardcore “Joe’s” fans would appreciate.
Resolute also showcased the concept of the Cobra inhibited city of Springfield, which was widely used in the pages of the Marvel Comics comic book. Finally, Cobra Commander - Resolute showed him to be the ego-maniacal, diabolical deviant that he truly is. No other incarnation of G.I. Joe has shown him to be as evil and malevolent as he was in G.I. Joe: Resolute.
In short, G.I. Joe: Resolute was every hardcore Joe’s fan dream come true. A great combination of realism, cartoon, and comic book. Resolute took a real world approach in the telling of its tale, and is ten times better than the feature film which was released in the same year (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), and also superior to that movie's sequel (G.I. Joe: Retaliation).
G.I. Joe: Resolute truly did the G.I. Joe the justice it deserved. It’s the best vision of the Joe team, and a must see for any fans of the cartoon. If you haven't seen this yet then don't wait any longer, and if you have then I'd love to hear your thoughts about it.
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