In the end, the question remains, is the meteor race better than pod racing on Tatooine?
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Cobra decides to participate in the Meteor Race, the world's most extreme test of stamina and speed, in order to earn a bit of pocket money, and it's there he meets the beautiful reigning champion, Pamela Lee. Later that evening, she begs him to stop the "Black Bullet" and runs away. Cobra soon hears about a mysterious super-fast vehicle called the "Black Bullet" that has been going around the city destroying cars and killing innocent people at such speed that even the police can't keep up.
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Dipping into another single episode story, which means it's fairly tight and well played out, Cobra offers up an amusing piece this time around. As said, in order to get some money he sets up a nice little gig with the Meteor Race that's about to happen and sets himself to participate in it. It's not that he wants to win the race but rather to use it as a good cover for getting into a deep vault far below by causing an accident when he wins the race. In classic Bond style, he walks away from it by stripping off his racing uniform to reveal a dashing white suit as he heads down into the depths below.
All of this is prologue though as he ends up meeting the woman he bested in the race, Pamela Lee, who was the champion before Cobra slid into that place. Amusingly, he's not going by an alias with this so people know who he is pretty easily and that leads to some trouble. First it has Pamela begging him to take on something called the Black Bullet, a high speed vehicle racing through the city and causing trouble. And secondly, he ends up in the arms of a rather beautiful police officer who sets him free so he can handle the Black Bullet as well even knowing who he really is. Not that any woman can resist the charms of Cobra anyway.
A good part of the episode deals with the back story of how the Black Bullet came about and then onto the actual chase and capture attempt of it. Cobra's particular style works well since he's the type to not pull punches and do what needs to be done and this is one of those situations as we learn the reality behind it. There are a couple of good chase scenes and a lot of style applied overall as Cobra sets to taking care of the issue, with the help from an engineer he comes across and uses as a prop to hold up a building. Even in the face of danger he still manages to employ a good bit of humor and oddness.
With the series providing another one-off, and hopefully nothing else but that for the remainder of its run, Cobra: The Animation hits us up with a good simple story, some nice action and plenty of expected sexuality. Cobra lives in a world of blondes who wear practically nothing and it's easy to understand why the man is always smiling. There isn't anything radical here but it's a fun little space opera style romp through the world. Pamela's situation is pretty plain but nicely done and Cobra gets to be rather manly and stylish as he sets things right. All while bagging a cool four million dollars along the way.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.