UNNATURAL HISTORY “Heart of the Warrior” Episode 4 Review

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“Heart of a Warrior”, UNNATURAL HISTORY‘s fourth episode, was also its best. When a Samurai exhibition comes to school, Henry befriends a martial artist and makes enemies out of her brother Kenji. An elaborate conspiracy, of course, is discovered and Henry, Jasper and Maggie rush to the rescue and stop thieves stealing the Samurai armour and heart of the Shogun warrior on display at their school.

The minor subplots consisted of Jaspar swotting away a tattoo artists’ infatuation and Maggie’s lack of a date to the school dance, the latter of which was so preposterous it made the rest of Unnatural History quite realistic.

There were many entertaining twists; the revelation of Henry’s opponent in the sword fighting tournament, the unmasking of the real thief. I never thought I’d see a battle of sushi-making on Cartoon Network, but there you have it. The dialogue was fun. Maggie’s explanation for providing earpieces was a chirpy: “My dad’s garage is different from your dad’s garage.”

As always though the show needs us to be drawn in, and though the plots are good and the tidbits of world trivia always interesting, Unnatural History’s greatest asset is its three charismatic leads. I found Henry annoying in the pilot but he grows on you with his clueless sincerity. Jaspar may have been reduced to comedic stereotype as a worrywart, but he has enough courage to step out of those restrictions and develop some depth. Maggie is the character with the least amount of screen time. Predictably, her character would serve as the love interest to either Henry or Jasper, but four episodes in her relationship with both boys is still platonic. She has yet to play the damsel in distress and her resourcefulness is a key benefit to the trio (as is her father’s garage).

Kids will love it and even adults without kids will enjoy it. Don’t switch it off just because it is on the Cartoon Network. They do get away with some raunchy adult jokes. Jasper, wearing a corsage, complains that his tattoo artist stalker is “trying to deflower me right on the dance floor!” Henry’s past-spending his life travelling to the most exotic spots on the globe-coupled with his Hardy Boys (and girl) escapades would capture anyone’s childhood imaginations and leaves me waiting eagerly for next week’s adventures.

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