BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN “Revenge of the Swarm” Review

BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN “Revenge of the Swarm” Season 2, Episode 6 – I have to admit that I was a little lost at the beginning of this episode. I wasn’t totally sure who Victor Validus was and when Ben was talking to Gwen and Kevin about microchips, the queen and the hive, I felt like obviously I had missed something big in Ben’s past that was essential to figuring out what was going on. A quick Wikipedia search explained to me that this was all in reference to the live action movie, Ben 10: Alien Swarm, which I had never seen.

Even without seeing the live action film, I still enjoyed this sequel episode. They did a decent job of explaining how the alien microchips worked and why Elena would be motivated to explore that technology despite the dangers. I think the only thing I really missed out on by not watching the live action film that they didn’t make totally clear in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien was the relationship between Elena and Ben.

Kevin had implied that Ben had an ulterior motive for finding Elena other than the Nanochips and when Kevin suggested that she and Ben had a history, I wasn’t surprised. However, when Elena comes on screen working alone in her own laboratory, her physical appearance made her seem like a young adult professional woman in her early 20’s despite her youthful voice. The character design threw me way off because as I was watching I kept wondering if Ben had always had a thing for older women. In reality Elena is about the same age as Ben, an old childhood friend and a former crush – which obviously makes more sense. Ben, Gwen and Kevin look so much more youthful next to Elana in her lab coat with a black mini-dress, pearl stud earrings and heels.

Ben and Julie’s relationship seems to be in recovery which is why I was kind of shocked when Ben looked like he was willing to accept a kiss from Elena when she was leaning in towards him. I can’t tell if Ben used the noise from Julie in the closet as an excuse to get out of an inappropriate kiss or if the noise was an actual interruption so that if Julie hadn’t made a noise what he and Elena would have kissed.

Julie was key in saving Ben by reaching out to what was left of Elena in the swarm Queen. It was kind of sad to see Elena walk herself through the force field to save Ben at the cost of her own life since I like her both as a friend and a foe. The design of the queen was pretty cool and I wish we could have seen more of her in that form. Her self sacrifice is why I don’t believe it’s the last we’ll see of Elena. Like Ben said, “there was enough of my friend left to save my life” and with the swarm coming back to life at the very end I’m tempted to hold onto some hope that she might come back – maybe even as an ally – in future episodes of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.