Now, while you enjoy your candy corn and chocolate bars shaped like pumpkins, consider the following. Suppose they made an animated series of a character in a Pixar movie without any of the original voice actors, with a completely new cast of characters, and in a completely different style to said Pixar movie. Sounds like it'd be pretty stupid and unwatchable right?
Allow me to prove you wrong by introducing you to Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
This show sounds like one of those things that could've been terrible, could've been a horrible blemish on the face of Disney, and could've been considered another cash-in franchise like the many direct-to-video sequels that were coming out at this time. I mean, even the premise sounds dumb. It's supposedly the TV show that Buzz Lightyear the toy was based off of, which means we're dealing with sort of a different Buzz Lightyear but not really. And he's in a crimefighting team that includes a token chick, a talking robot comic relief, and a fat janitor alien. Bound to be crap, right?
|Pictured: Not crap.|
Yeah, Disney. I'm a tiny bit pissed that you feel that having only two animated shows running at a time does the trick. It really doesn't. One of the reasons why the 90's was so great for you is because you had variety. Come back to school, get bombarded with like six different shows. Now, if you don't like Phineas and Ferb, you're pretty much out of luck.
Also unfortunately, since Disney afternoon show DVDs apparently didn't sell as well as Disney would've hoped (well, gee, Disney, maybe if you included the uncut episodes instead of porting the cut-for-TV cuts from Toon Disney and maybe if you had just a couple of extras...), this show never got a DVD release. If I sound a little bitter, that's probably because I am, on account Disney is usually really good at releasing DVDs and Blu-Rays with all of the bells and whistles...provided that they're well-known animated films. Come on, Disney. Warner Bros. was embarrassed by Loonatics Unleashed and they gave that show a full DVD release! The entire show of Loonatics Unleashed is on DVD and yet we can't get Season 3 of Darkwing Duck.
But I'm getting off-topic and ranting about cartoon politics instead of the actual episode. Buzz Lightyear! The first episode I'm going to do of this show was going to be, as expected, one of the first episodes in the series, but then October happened and I tossed that out in favor of a Halloween episode. I went with this one first because, like a lot of my posts, I chose it because the villain and the premise sounded neat.
Allow me to introduce you to an episode named after the villain, because this is...
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After the episode is kind enough to name itself after the main conflict, a world filled with strange green beams, thick clouds of fog, and sparse populations reveals itself to the eyes of the audience. Since, you know, space and stuff. While the writers, the executive producers, and story editors let their names fade in and out of view (ooh, we're dealing with some high-class animation if the beginning of the episode needs a small credits list!), the strange clouds of mist part and reveal a man and his robot on patrol.
Considering they're both wearing space ranger uniforms, we instantly learn that they're on Team Buzz. For those who never watched this show, remember that Buzz Lightyear is like the popular head jock of a whole team of people that work in Star Command, the one that gets the gold medals and the cheerleaders and the fame. I imagine it must get pretty frustrating for these poor saps in Star Command if only one guy is getting all the toys and merchandising deals.
And, considering this is the first time we've seen either character (well, not really, since Disney was nice enough to air these episodes out of order and have the sequel to this episode air before this episode, killing all of the suspense), I just know that we're looking at our first victims. Just calling it now before some serious crap goes down.
|Kind of overdoing it on the special effects, animators.|
|That face just screams "just graduated from a formal theater institute, now stuck in a dead-end job".|
That is when we meet NOS-4-A2, one of the more memorable villains in this cartoon. He's a robot, he's a vampire, he's got a monocle built into his face, and he's got a sexy voice. I don't even have to tell you that he's a fan-favorite, because that's exactly what he was programmed to be. His name is also a very clever reference to Nosferatu. I say clever because usually when Disney makes allusions to pop culture, it's something really obtuse like "The Life, The Negaverse, and Everything" or "Night of the Living Spud" or "Dry Hard". Leet speak for an old vampire that isn't Dracula, though? That's smart.
...and, to be honest, I'm not sure why Sir NOS is here on this particular planet. I guess he saw the strange moon, the thick mists, and the lack of people and thought he'd move right in.
|"Beautiful? This is the skin of a killer, Bella. I'm a killer."|
|"I worked on this layout for two days, and by god, it's going in the cartoon!"|
Right when Ty suggests they turn off the sensors and head back to base, possibly for some movies and late night sitcoms, the robot is snatched away and dragged into the bushes. Bushes that mysteriously glow red as Ty's pal's energy is forcefully sucked away. Looks like Ty's fairy godmother granted his wish.
|"Yeeeeah, I'm just going to walk away. I know a dangerous situation when I see one."|
One minute in and already this vampire's established himself as pretty badass. He's not going to sparkle and talk about how gorgeous your love makes him while lovingly caressing your fragile mortal shell; he's obviously the kind of vampire who breaks into your house uninvited and slaughters your body for sustenance. Provided you're a robot of course.
|Children of the night. What a mess they make.|
Plus, I sure hope Ty has some sort of plan, because just because he's not a robot doesn't mean NOS-4-A2 won't kill him out of pure spite.
|Wow, gloves and a monocle? This is one classy monster.|
To sum this up, we have a space ranger attacking a robot vampire, one that just slaughtered his partner for food, with freaking lasers. I guess the creators decided to give the kiddies watching this an overdose of pure awesome to go with their Saturday morning bowl of cereal. Why isn't this show on DVD?
Luckily for Ty, NOS-4-A2 decided he was going to be a total puss tonight, because all it takes is one laser to the chest and the horrifying demon screams and flies away. But, to be fair, the damage has already been done. R2-D2 is dying, and there's nothing Ty or his caustic nature can do. The robot even has the balls to croak out "You got your action sir" in a slow, pained voice, just in case Ty didn't feel bad enough already. Why don't you just say "It's all your fault", robot? I don't think the point's been driven far enough into Ty's heart.
|"Oh please, don't be such a drama queen. We'll fill up the holes and recharge your batteries, you big baby."|
...well, to be fair, he did kind of shoot a murderous vampire pretty hard in the chest, causing it to flee in terror. That would make anyone a little cocky.
|"I'm the best damn space ranger in the entire universe and don't you forget it!"|
|"Don't listen to him, Star Command! He's a madman! He'll kill you! He'll kill you all!"|
And apparently Buzz knows Ty Parsec on account they were in the space academy together, and the big fat red alien named Booster just loves hearing about the stories where Buzz Lightyear saved Ty from various monsters with vaguely Dungeons N Dragons' sounding names. I mean, come on. Flesh-eating drill wasps?
I also have to point this out. Buzz Lightyear in this show is voiced by Patrick Warburton, who's well-known for his role as Kronk in the Emperor's New Groove. The voice fits, and they certainly couldn't get an A-list celebrity star to make constant appearances in their dinky little TV show, but there are moments where I wish Buzz would start talking about spinach puffs with his shoulder angel and devil.
|I've noticed that Ty's space uniform doesn't cover most of his head like Buzz. |
Does that mean that Buzz is bald?
Buzz insists that they're, and more importantly, XR's going anyways since they're a team and Canis Lunus happens to be a top secret energy facility that's vital to the Galactic Alliance. Wait, top secret? Then how did NOS-4-A2 find out if it's a secret...?
|"Technically, according to the galactic constitution, you don't have any rights and are considered |
company property. So I'd stop complaining if I were you."
This conversation and Mira's awkward attempt at making XR feel better is obviously an allusion to a previous episode called just "NOS-4-A2", where the delightful vampire made his big debut and, like what Mira said, nearly destroyed Star Command while XR was under his control. I've noticed that a good portion of these episodes are just named after the villain, when typically in Disney cartoons, they try to make the title be all puntastic. I mean, just grab a Disney afternoon DVD and scan the titles that pop up. You never get an episode titled just "Bushroot" or "Fat Cat". I have to wonder why they broke tradition with this show in particular.
Although, to be fair, puns of some famous movie or song title got real old real fast, and I'm all for Buzz Lightyear not naming episodes things like "Wrecks, Lies, and Videotape" or "Paint Misbehavin'". By the way, if you came to this article because you were searching for those episodes, I apologize in advance.
|Wait, if Mira and Buzz are both looking behind them, then who's steering the ship...?|
|I bet Ty's a real hit at the company parties.|
By the way, people who are genre-savvy enough about werewolf films can probably pick out who's going to be the werewolf just from these lovely little scenes, if one wasn't cynical enough and didn't figure it out at the very beginning of the episode. I'm trying not to spoil anything, but come on now. The fact that Ty is introduced in this episode makes it that much more suspicious.
|Ty wishes he can turn into a giant wolf monster and eat Buzz right about now...|
And why do I get the feeling that half of this post's screenshots are going to be Ty Parsec reacting hostily to everything? I blame his face. This guy can pull some classic expressions, adopting some of the most withering looks I've seen in a Disney production. I'm going to be so heartbroken if it turns out this guy is only in like one or two episodes, because a man this awesome needs to be a regular on this show.
|His face is permanently stuck in "I hate everything" mode.|
|"And here you can see the world's most electric 7-10 split."|
Also, moonbeam radiation? That seems rather werewolf-y. If you consider both that and the Canis Lunus name, I'm half expecting the two lab techs we just saw earlier to be named Remus Lupin and Howly McFacechew.
|"Yeah, you would be too dumb to understand all of this. Want me to get the hand puppets, Buzz?"|
Anyways, sure enough, the vampiric bite wounds to the energy source is clearly the work of NOS-4-A2! ...not sure why he needed Buzz Lightyear to examine the bite wounds in order to determine that it was, indeed, the work of NOS-4-A2. Ty Parsec saw him with his own eyes. He even shot the monster with a laser!
Oh, and Mira decides to be an ass by saying that the bite wounds could be from a lethal robot hickey, because that's child-friendly. This joke cracks her up so much that she starts laughing so hard that she has to grip the dead body for support. Now, imagine if she did the exact same thing, but with a freshly dead human body. Way to be insensitive, Mira.
|"Hmmm, this could be a vampire, but we're going to need DNA samples before we're sure..."|
I love how oblivious Buzz is to Ty's hostility by the way. The Buzz in Toy Story wasn't a jerk like this one. Maybe something was lost in translation when they went from cartoon to toy adaptation.
...come to think of it, how did Ty get into trouble all those times during the Academy? He looks really capable here; nothing at all like someone who would get captured by flesh-eating drill wasps. I feel like we're not hearing the whole story here.
|Ty Parsec's head is made of triangles and hatred, I've noticed.|
Words cannot describe how much I love this scene with Booster and Ty. This is one of the stronger character interactions in this episode and man does it make me wish that these two could hang out more. Booster gushes on on about how amazing Buzz Lightyear is while Ty Parsec silently leads the way, maintaining this amazing look of pure hatred. It's such a withering animosity that radiates out of his pupils that Booster should be glad that he's behind him. That look could kill, man.
|I adopt that same look whenever my friends talk about Glee.|
I have to say, the robot vampire is pretty creepy. When he talks, he has this urbane air to him, like he'd invite you for tea and crumpets and talk about the weather in London before ripping your face off, but when he's in hunter mode, all he does is scream inhumanly and chew your body to an unrecognizable husk. If he was in Twilight, Bella would have a pretty short life span is what I'm saying here.
Also, it says a lot about how attentive Buzz is if he didn't notice the scary bloodsucker until he was right underneath him. Some space ranger. Come on, Buzz, you defeated flesh-eating drill wasps!
|Ironically, if NOS-4-A2 sparkled, it would make way more sense since he's made out of shiny metal.|
Yes, that's right. It turns out they left XR, their little robot friend full of delicious energy, all by himself. And now they have to rescue him before he gets ripped apart and his innards drained. Wow, nice going there, Buzz. Don't protect the part of your group that's most vulnerable.
Is it me or is Buzz kind of making some really big mistakes in this trip? First not noticing the vampire and then leaving the robot alone. And yet he was the one doing all the bragging to Ty, the one more on top of this, the one who's actually trying to defend his livelihood. Buzz, you idiot, maybe there's a reason why Ty doesn't want to hang out with you.
Strangely, NOS-4-A2 doesn't immediately tackle XR and suck out his energy right then and there, like what he did with that unimportant robot from the beginning of the episode. Instead, he advances very very very very veeeery slowly while XR just hams it up and fills the air with rapid improv, trying to lighten the mood by how panicky his humorous lines are. Hah hah, it's funny because this robot is about to die!
I like how so far, XR's big moments in this episode is to whine about vampires, be fearful of vampires, and get nearly attacked by vampires. I thought you were a space ranger, XR! Fight back!
|Quick, XR! Fry his brain circuits by telling him the liar's paradox!|
Furthermore, is it me, or is it not smart to get within close range of a supernatural creature that infects by biting things? Geez, Ty. That's not a good idea at all. In fact, one could almost say that it ties into the episode title.
|You should see what he does to zombies.|
...so, just so we're clear. Buzz thought the best idea to save his friend would be to angle a highly unstable moonbeam of energy on him right as he was being attacked by an energy-sucking creature that infects people by biting them. As you can imagine, Buzz isn't too smart and doesn't read up on supernatural lore and that this action makes a big impact on the plot.
|Hey, thanks, Buzz.|
...from a vampire. Yeah, it doesn't make sense, but what are you going to do?
Because none of the space rangers in the group have ever read a werewolf novel, they congratulate Ty on a job well done. Especially XR, because he's the one that got saved. Course he doesn't just say "thank you for saving me", he decides to write a short novel with the amount of words he vomits out to Ty, all while Ty stands there and radiates pure irritation out from every pore. Not even a vampire bite wound will stop this glorious creature from being contemptuous of other people's existence.
|Even when he's in pain, he manages to look hateful. I love this man's talent.|
|I would kill for a spinoff where it's just Ty Parsec and Booster fighting crime. These two are awesome together.|
Later, in an empty room containing nothing but Ty and lit only by the glow of the moon, he starts complaining about how much that Toy Story star just sucks and then strips himself of his uniform. Before anybody can get all excited (I'm going to assume that Ty is popular and has a sizable fangirl population, because if he isn't, then the Internet has failed me), he has a full set of clothing underneath the space uniform.
Yeeeeah, it isn't hard to predict what's going to happen next, now that Ty is alone in a room all by himself talking about how much he hates Buzz Lightyear while he bathes in moonlight and holds a hand to his bite wound.
|"Huh. I have the strangest urge to run around on all fours and slaughter livestock with my teeth."|
And it took me a long time to get this, but now I know why wires burst out of his skin first even though the resulting monster doesn't really have wires in its design. Because he's turning into a Wirewolf. Hah hah, that's clever, Disney! But mostly scary. Why would you subject me to these nightmares?
|At least now he's compatible with most television sets.|
I sure hope Ty's last human thought was "Goddamnit, Buzz!" by the way, seeing as technically this is all Buzz's fault. Remember the moonbeam laser Buzz aimed at you, Ty? I sure hope you do.
|It's not a werewolf unless if it makes an homage to American Werewolf in London!|
Unfortunately, he's...not as impressive as his metamorphosis. It's hard to really say why, but I think it involves the fact that it's hard to make robots really scary, especially when they have very smooth articulated limbs and look suspiciously like an evil version of a Poo-Chi. He doesn't so much gracefully rampage through the halls as he does slowly stomp around on legs that resemble giant soup cans, all while uttering growls that sound like my cellphone getting its battery charged. The mutton chops kind of ruin the look too. Why the hell does he even have mutton chops anyways? Ty didn't have facial hair.
In short, kind of a weak-looking werewolf, but I guess this is what you get when you get bitten by a robot vampire underneath space moon radiation. Not sure how a vampire bite turned Ty into a wolf-like creature when literally nothing NOS-4-A2's done in this entire series has even hinted that he's had this sort of power. Radiation is just powerful stuff, I guess.
But Ty totally makes up for his silly looks by disemboweling a robot onscreen.
This bears repeating. He disembowels a robot onscreen.
First, he flings parts everywhere and then a plume of blue liquid shoots through the air once Wirewolf hits the robotic version of a major artery. Buzz Lightyear of Star Command followed the Samurai Jack rule of using robots; if it's too violent to be shown on a kid's show, suddenly turning the characters involved into robots suddenly makes it okay. This double standard is harmful for robotkind everywhere.
|This is Disney Cinemagic alright!|
|Hey, if you drink more than one Monster a day, this is bound to happen...|
|I have a fun game I like to play with these scenes. It's called "mentally replace the robot parts with human parts". |
Luckily, XR manages to say a really good line. Instead of saying "oh, the humanity" at the, to be frank, really grisly robot corpse, he says "oh, the technology!". Because saying "oh, the robotity!" would be just stupid.
Also, I admire how desensitized XR is. The little robot is standing mere inches away from a blood-soaked body that was forcefully decapitated and yet he's not even slightly grossed out. I guess a vomit reaction isn't programmed in this model. Probably because, with his inability to eat, regurgitation would be just unnecessary.
|"And he had one day left until retirement! He was the greatest Number Two robot on this task force!"|
|"29 more of these and I can finish that Daily and get my Netherdrake mount!"|
|Considering the cold reception Buzz is getting, I'm not the only one who thinks Buzz is being a jerk.|
|"I know you can't help being that short but would you please stop looking there?"|
|What happens on Canis Lunus stays on Canis Lunus.|
And, now that he is actually making a vomit face, now all I can do is wonder how a robot without a neck is able to collect vomit in his mouth without it shooting up out of his neck like a plume of chunky soup prior to that. I apologize for the mental image.
|Aww, robotic Earthworm Jim is grossed out...|
Gee, I wonder if they have a small, annoying robot sidekick to place in their trap. You know, something that the monster will want to kill, if only to spare the universe.
|Pictured: A small, annoying robot sidekick.|
|It's time to try defying gravity,|
I think I'll try defying gravity,
And you can't pull me down!
I have a big question for this scene. How the hell did no one see Ty transform? That's a small room! Booster is facing Buzz and Ty! And even if they didn't see him, he still made a lot of noise turning into that thing. Man, you guys are unobservant. Do your jobs!
|"Ty, would you stop breathing in my ear? You're creeping me out."|
Incidentally, I love how no one questions Ty's mysterious new ability that allows him to tear through his tough space uniforms at supersonic speed. No one's the least bit suspicious?
|"Ty, there's a deposits on those suits! Keep destroying them and I'll have to write you up."|
|That's not how you do the Thriller dance, Ty!|
Also, holy crap, look at the attention to detail in XR's shattered remains. You can actually see the area where Ty shoved his hand through solid glass and tore XR's head off. This is a violent cartoon. I don't care if it all involves robots. This makes Darkwing Duck look like Baby Looney Tunes.
...and why weren't the other space rangers, oh I don't know, paying attention to the bait? This plan was dead in the water, I see.
|I make that same face whenever I collect my friend's body parts in a burlap sack. |
At least before the cops found me.
Oh, and we get our episodic "Mira reminds us that she can ghost through walls" moment when she finds him by going through a wall. They do it every episode just in case this happens to be your first Buzz Lightyear of Star Command episode and haven't learned Mira's awesome ability (she is an alien, after all), but sometimes she does it for the most random things. For example, this scene, she could've just pressed a button and the door would've swooshed open on its own. She's either being lazy or just showing off, and I can't abide either one.
|I wonder if she's ever done that when the people in the other room clearly |
wanted some privacy, if you catch my drift.
And it's his voice box. For those keeping track at home, Ty as the Wirewolf shoved his hand through XR's glass dome, ripped his head off, and tore out his voice box. He ripped his throat out. His throat. Just because they're all made out of mechanical doohickeys doesn't make it any less brutal, and now I'm seriously questioning whether this is an actual Disney cartoon. Normally the censors would see an allusion to someone's throat getting ripped out and order it replaced with a talking duck.
...but then again, XR's voice box manages to lighten up the mood by yelling "Step away from the robot! You are too close to the robot!" in Ty's hand. So I guess getting so close that you're making physical contact with an internal organ is the robot definition of "too close".
And how did Ty as a Wirewolf carry that piece of evidence around? His hands were totally empty earlier!
|"What? I carry around robot throats around with me all the time! It's perfectly normal where I come from!"|
Also, does werewolf lore just not exist in this universe? Why couldn't anyone fill in the blanks until it was much too late?
|"I'm turning into a wolf monster on a planet called Canis Lunus, where |
I collect moon energy for a living. What are the odds?"
Geez, so hostile, Ty. No one likes to deal with a temperamental breed.
I love how while Ty is transforming, they manage to make room for a quiet scene where Mira tries to bring up the difficulty in Buzz and Ty's relationship. Yeah, uh, Mira? I know both of them have some major issues they need to resolve but now is not the time. I like to imagine what Ty thought about that, getting ignored while he's turning into a freaking werewolf.
Since the animators decided to shorten the transformation scene to mach speed levels, it almost looks like Ty exploded and there was a Wirewolf underneath. So exploding werewolves were not a Stephenie Meyer invention? Man, so many satire websites have been invalidated right about now.
|In touch with the ground|
I'm on the hunt I'm after you
Smell like I sound, I'm lost in a crowd
And I'm hungry like the wolf
But wait! It's the green moon that's triggering the transformations, Mira helpfully informs us. That's what mutating him! Naw, really Mira? I never would've figured that out without you helpfully pointing that out.
Although to give her credit, she hasn't had much to do in this episode. It's nice she's pointing out something important.
|Princess Obvious to the rescue!|
|"Face the power of our synchronized brofists, wolf demon!"|
...it's kind of a good thing he did that, actually, because I imagine it would get kind of awkward if this episode ended with Mira, Buzz, and Booster blowing Ty Parsec up. It would leave unanswered questions like would Ty revert back to human form after you shoot his head off with a space laser or not.
|"Well, huh. A Wirewolf can attack with wires. Should've seen that coming."|
|Off through the new day's mist I run |
Out from the new day's mist I have come...
He's going to fight a werewolf...by blowing up the moon.
|"That moon just makes me so angry, with its roundness and its synchronous rotation."|
Man, both Ty and Buzz seem to share this issue, considering Ty trying to punch NOS-4-CU113N out earlier. There is such a thing as too much testosterone, guys.
...actually, where the hell is that stupid vampire anyways? Don't tell me he's sitting on the sidelines, watching this all go down with a smug smile on his tinny little face and a bag of popcorn in his hands.
|Ty Parsec is sporting some nice uggs now that he's a werewolf.|
Buzz manages to reach Ty's humanity at the last minute and cause him to stop before he goes too far, but just look at how complex this setup is. Whatever happened to just gnawing his limbs off? He was able to shred a robot to shreds with just his teeth and claws, and yet extracting Buzz from his hard candy shell needs heavy-duty precision.
|If this doesn't come up in a Google search for Buzz Lightyear bondage, |
I'm going to be severely disappointed.
|"Whoa. The ground looks awesome."|
And why is Mira bandaging Buzz's arm when Ty never attacked him there?
|Well, an entire space station filled with people are now out on a job and Ty has |
the guilt of several murders on his conscious, but the day was saved, right?
Oh, NOS-4-A2's alright. He's even picking up a souvenir in the vacuum of space. While putting on his best happy face, our elusive little vampire robot gathers up a radioactive moon rock. One that he can use to harness its energy in order to exploit Ty's little infection.
|"Oh boy, a radioactive sequel hook! My favorite!"|
And that's honestly how it ends. On a freaking cliffhanger. It did at least address several issues that look like they weren't completely tied up, like the fact that Ty Parsec is technically not cured of his silly looking disease and the fact that they didn't really deal with NOS since they got a little side-tracked halfway through the episode. Normally when cartoons just leave plot threads hanging, they usually pretend that they were never there in the first place.
But you know what? I'm going to complain about the cliffhanger anyways. Cliffhangers suck, man. They always turn the mood from "Yay, the day is saved!" to "But it can't be over! Something's going to happen! Wirewolves! Vampires that are robots!" and then I end up glaring at the credits as if they're a personal insult to my honor.
Cliffhangers. By god, they're worse than Wirewolves.
The Moral of this Cartoon
Don't be an egotistical jerk to people you know, because if they contact lycanthropy, they will try to kill you first.
This is a great show. No, scratch that, this is a fantastic show.
This episode in particular is one of my personal favorites just because of how tightly everything comes together. Every single plot thread is accounted for, there's a nice level of suspense, it's surprisingly edgy for a Disney cartoon, and they managed to make this have a real horror movie edge to this. Also, the animation? Incredibly gorgeous. This was definitely colored digitally so you'll get some purists saying this can't beat the classics (although this moves way more smoothly than Darkwing Duck, and I'm saying this as a Disney Afternoon fan), but this animation is really nice. I'd be totally fine with Disney making more shows that look this nice.
I feel this show's main strength is its cast of characters. The heroes and the villains are equally strong, and I love how complex everyone is. Ty Parsec especially is a great character, because while he's sarcastic and the typical "snarky foil to main lead" guy, he gets pretty complex at the end. He's the monster and he dislikes Buzz, but he's not really a bad guy. He's just infected.
I think my only complaint is that NOS-4-A2 mysteriously vanishes for most of the episode after he bites Ty and the Wirewolf design could be a little stronger. It's hard to illustrate just how silly this monster moves sometimes with just the stills, but there are times where Wirewolf just feels clunky and not ravenous.
But yeah, great pacing, great animation, great use of color, great plot. It's a great episode in general and is an example of this show running on all cylinders. Excellent way to kick off Halloween.