“A Candle in the Darkness” is the second episode in season one of The Mummy: The Animated Series. ‘Alex and Jonathan find a hidden chamber in the ruins of the Library of Alexandria, and it just may hold the secret to the location of the scrolls.’
“A Candle in the Darkness”
Written by Steven Melching
Directed by Eddy Houchins
When we last left off with The Mummy: The Animated Series it was three months ago during our “March of Mummies” month of Mummy themed coverage. We took a look at the pilot episode, “The Summoning“, in the Kids WB animated series based off of the ’99 and ’01 Mummy movies by Stephen Sommers. It’s been several years since this animated series aired on television and eight years since Universal released the series across three volumes on DVD. As we near the one year out mark from 2017’s remake/reboot of The Mummy, based on the 1932 original, we thought it’d be fun to revisit the animated series for one of our favorite Universal Monsters.
“A Candle in the Darkness”, much like the previous episode “The Summoning”, continues to play with many of the standard story blocks of the two blockbuster movies audiences enjoyed. While the animated series does play fast and loose with the characters such as Rick, Evy, Jonathan, and Alex and the presentation borders more on caricature, The Mummy: The Animated Series is still very enjoyable and offers the same entertainment as it did when it first aired. However, there’s nothing really sophisticated going on here or at least not until a few more episodes in.
If you enjoyed The Mummy movies, you’ll appreciate The Mummy: The Animated Series.
“A Candle in the Darkness” begins with Alex and Jonathan heading into town and exploring a tomb with a very Raiders of the Lost Ark room with a miniature City of Alexandria. They encounter Colin Weasler and his master Imhotep and narrowly escape on motorcycle, but first we get a throwback to Imhotep’s sand wall powers from the ’99 film. This sets in motion the course of the episode that finds The O’Connell’s traveling to the ruins of the City of Alexandria so they could search for the missing Scrolls of Thebes. According to the miniature city, they believe their current location to be the destination they seek and, naturally, Imhotep and Weasler have followed them.
When The O’Connell’s encounter the mummy Imhotep, he summons shadow demons that look and act exactly as their name. For hardcore Rick O’ Connell fans, we learn that Rick doesn’t like shadow boxing. This is the first of many Rick-isms that we discover throughout The Mummy: The Animated Series.
Of course, The O’Connell’s defeat Imhotep and Weasler and live to fight another day. Only to have Imhotep vow to one day find the location of the Scrolls.
“A Candle in the Darkness” not only pays homage to the ’99 film in using Imhotep’s sand wall but also in re-using the sun/light dials from The Mummy 1999.
“A Candle in the Darkness” is a fun episode as it offers a much breezier take on the story and characters based off of the Stephen Sommers’ reboot of the 1932 classic. While The Mummy strongly follows in the adventure tradition as opposed to the horror of the ’32 film, The Mummy: The Animated Series perhaps captures a little bit of both while always maintaining itself as a very family friendly program.
Stay tuned for more of The Mummy: The Animated Series.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)