BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN “Ben 10,000 Returns” Review

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BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN “Ben 10,000 Returns” Episode 30 – On some level, I’m a bit torn about how I feel about this episode of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. Any fiction that wants to successfully utilize the idea of time travel has to define the rules of time travel and inter-dimensional travel within their universe and account for any number of possible questions or paradoxes that might arise from having a person from the future interact with the past. Paradox’s character was used to explain a lot of the more obvious questions, but there wasn’t enough time in a half hour to explore all the other questions that pop up when thinking about both time travel and inter-dimensional travel the way it was suggested in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien .

I kept wanting to know why Ben 10,000 didn’t already know that Eon and the other guys he was fighting were all Ben from other dimensions. He said he had memories of the entire experience, so why wouldn’t he just tell everyone what happened according to his memories? When he explained that he wasn’t sure what would happen because Eon messed up the parallel worlds so badly that he wasn’t positive he wasn’t in a parallel universe, it just seemed to be an easy way out of a complicated question. Even if things weren’t identical, it would probably provide some useful information to the current battle if he could give Ben a little more insight into what he remembers happening previously. The little details that were casually brushed aside irked me, but not enough to bring the whole episode down.

This episode had some of the most fun battle scenes we’ve seen in a while. I really liked seeing all the transformations in this episode. The fight between all versions of Ben was a really neat and totally unexpected twist. I would never have guessed that EON was actually Ben and I definitely wasn’t expecting all his little ninja fighters to be Ben either. Ben 10,000 using alien powers without physically transforming was a neat aspect of his abilities and it made the battle where he’s fighting side by side with his younger self really cool. It was also interesting to see what happens to Ben when one of his transformations are fatally attacked and it’s good to know that he can come out fine, even if he does lose those abilities. Ben 10,000 mentions a little bit about picking up some Anodite tricks, so I’m hoping we’ll see more about this soon and I’m looking forward to seeing what the other aliens he added to Ben’s Ultrimatrix playlist. I cracked up when Ben 10,000 explained that he did it just to piss off Azmuth – that’s so a Ben thing to do, no matter what time line he’s from.

I really liked how Ben’s character translated into a somewhat arrogant but likable adult as Ben 10,000. I don’t know why, but I imagine if Ben said the things that Ben 10,000 said, I’d think Ben was being cocky, but when Ben 10,000 talks about his awesome skills, I laugh and think he’s funny and talented. Maybe that’s just an issue of Ben 10,000’s talk matching his walk while teenager Ben sometimes still struggles to walk the talk.

I really appreciate that they finally made reference to “The Creature From Beyond” episode, because I was beginning to think they were just going to abandon that plot line altogether in this season of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien . I kept thinking that the patterns on the Hand of Armageddon slightly resembled the patterns on the seal from “The Creature From Beyond” and I was hoping there would be some tie in there, but if there was, I didn’t pick up on it. In an ominous warning (that ends up being funny because of the delivery of the line) Paradox tells the group to beware of Old George and beware of the creature from beyond. I’m looking forward to finding out why.

I guess it’s fair to say I’m being a little nit-picky about the time travel and alternate dimensions explanations, but since I’m kind of a nerd for time travel theories, it’s one of those things I can’t help but obsess over. Neverthelesss, this episode of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien still delivered a ton of really cool moments and as far as action and comedy are concerned, this was definitely one of the best episodes of the season.