Aeon Flux: Mission Infinite
The qualities that made the Aeon Flux segments on MTV's Liquid Television stand out from other action cartoons were their brevity and intentional pointlessness. Plot was dispensed with, and nothing was explained: First came the usual intro of a fly being captured and crushed by Aeon's eyelashes, followed by a five-minute blitz of eye-bending, anime-influenced action sequences and the spindly gymnastics of the pointy-breasted, bondage-gear-wearing secret-agent heroine, all minus dialogue. Ideal for MTV, right? But if Aeon's ambiguous essence could be successfully conveyed in a few staccato blasts, how would the 60-minute length of Aeon Flux: Mission Infinite serve it? Well, it doesn't, and the shortcomings soon bulge through the seams of the stretched-out premise. Not only does Aeon Flux: Mission Infinite contain three separate storylines of varying tedium and/or perplexity, but Aeon also actually talks here, purring the requisite tough-but-sexy one-liners. Aeon Flux's animation was always choppy, but it complemented the pace and absurdly angular, skin-and-bones design of Aeon and her adversaries. Here, it sports somewhat more dexterity than a Captain Planet episode.