Ben 10: Alien Force
|Cartoon Network (Toonami)|
|May 24, 2008 - Sep. 20, 2008|
|46 (List of Episodes)|
Ben 10: Alien Force is a 46 episode American animated series created by team "Man of Action" (a group consisting of Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle), and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. It takes place five years after the series, Ben 10. The series takes a different turn than its predecessor, taking on a somewhat darker tone. It was nominated for four Emmy Awards, winning one for Outstanding Sound Mixing - Live Action and Animation. The series premiered on Cartoon Network on April 18, 2008, in the United States and ended on March 26, 2010. This series is followed-up by another sequel series titled, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.
Five years after the original series, 15-year old Ben Tennyson has returned to a normal, everyday life. His adventures all done, Ben has taken off the Omnitrix and has grown from a young boy into a confident teenager; however, the mysterious disappearance of Grandpa Max makes Ben put back the Omnitrix again, as well as forcing him, his cousin Gwen, and his old enemy Kevin to search and locate Grandpa Max. At the same time, they must enlist the help of the Plumbers' kids (children or grandchildren of retired Plumbers which are commonly half human and half alien) and repel attacks from a new enemy, the Highbreed.
In the third and final season, Vilgax returns as the main antagonist forcing Ben, Gwen, and Kevin to tackle bigger problems and find out more secrets about the Omnitrix.
Ben Tennyson — At the age of fifteen, Ben fills the role of the leader after Grandpa Max mysteriously disappears. The Omnitrix has recalibrated, giving him access to a new set of alien heroes. Over the past five years, Ben has matured dramatically, and has gained wisdom.
Gwen Tennyson — At the age of fifteen, Gwen is much more skilled and proficient with her magical powers, able to control and manipulate pure magenta/fuchsia-colored magical energy directly as opposed to casting magic spells and reciting incantations (this is eventually revealed to be due to Gwen having an alien heritage from a free-spirited alien race called "energy beings" or Anodites), where she can freely create, control and manipulate pure magenta/pink/fuchsia-colored energy to create incredibly strong magenta energy blasts, energy bursts, energy waves, energy beams, shields, barriers, and energy-like grapple holds. Although she's not nearly as fiery or short-tempered as before, Gwen is still always looking out for her cousin Ben.
Kevin Levin — A former nemesis of Ben, Kevin is now getting by as an alien tech dealer. He unintentionally gets involved in the Highbreed plot, and joins Ben out of a desire to make up for his actions. His Osomosian abilities now allow him to absorb the properties of any solid matter he touches.
Julie Yamamoto — Julie is Ben's love interest and girlfriend in the series. She enjoys tennis, eating chili fries, and caring for her pet, Ship (an alien Galvanic Mechomorph found by her and Ben)
Max Tennyson — Max is a semi-retired member of the Plumbers and Ben and Gwen's grandfather. He disappears while investigating the Highbreed plot, leaving only a few cryptic messages for Ben to find. He is briefly reunited with his grandchildren in "Max Out", but sacrifices himself to destroy a Highbreed factory at the end of the episode. In the episode "Voided", Ben and Max reunite in the Null Void, and he promises Ben that he'll come back soon. He eventually returns in the second season finale of the show to aid Ben in his final assault against the Highbreed.
The Highbreed — The Highbreed believe themselves to be the purest and most powerful of all species, and intend to cleanse the galaxy of impure lower life forms. It was later revealed that they were dying out, having become sterile and vulnerable to disease due to heavy inbreeding, and that they intend to destroy the rest of the universe with them.
DNAliens — Hybrids of humans and alien drones that serve the Highbreed called Xenocytes, the DNAliens are able to disguise themselves as humans using special identity masks, called ID Masks.
The Forever Knights — A paramilitary organization that has worked in secret ever since their formation in the Middle Ages. The Forever Knights will trade alien technology with anyone who's willing, even the Highbreed.
Vilgax — Vilgax returns in Season 3 with new powers and abilities. He loses to Ben in the episode "Vengeance of Vilgax" and was banished from Earth, though he swore vengeance. Keeping his promise Vilgax returned in the episode "The Final Battle" to procure the Omnitrix and destroy Ben, but was unsuccessful.
Albedo — Albedo is a young and arrogant Galvan. At one point, he was the assistant to Azmuth, whom he asked for an Omnitrix of his own. When Azmuth refused, he built one of inferior quality and synchronized it to work exactly like Ben's; but as Ben's form is the default, Albedo was transformed into a clone of Ben (until his Omnitrix came into contact with Ben's, giving him whitish-gray hair, a dark red jacket, black pants and deep red eyes). As a result, he also developed many of Ben's habits, which he considers utterly repulsive.
|Ben Tennyson||Yuri Lowenthal|
|Gwen Tennyson||Ashley Johnson|
|Kevin Levin||Greg Cipes|
|Max Tennyson||Paul Eiding|
|The Omnitrix, The Ultimatrix, Albedo, Brad, Orb, Ishyama||Yuri Lowenthal|
|Carol Smith, Chimera Sui Generises, Cicely||Ashley Johnson|
| Swampfire, Spidermonkey, Echo Echo, Humungousaur, Ultimate Humungousaur,|
Jet Ray, Big Chill, Chromastone, Brainstorm, Goop, Cannonbolt, Upchuck,
Way Big, Diamondhead, Lodestar, Decka, Ambassador Zaw-Veenull, Hugo,
The Tiffin, Commander Sangfroid, Sugilite, Rath Albedo, Seven Seven, Psyphon, SSSerpent
|Dee Bradley Baker|
|Lukik, Mouldywarp, Kenko||Paul Eiding|
|Magister Labrid, Azmuth, Ultimos, Zs'Skayr, Ghostfreak, Kraab||Jeff Bennett|
|Vulkanus, Gorvan, Octagon Vreedle, Judge Domstol, Rath, Ragnarok||John DiMaggio|
|Julie Yamamoto, Ship, Ingenue, Probity, Myaxx||Vyvan Pham|
|General Groff, Reinrassig III, Highbreed Supreme||Richard McGonagle|
|Sheriff Mason, Incursion Emperor Milleous, Sir Morton, TV Narrator||Kevin Michael Richardson|
|Mrs. Levin||Pamela Adlon|
|Simion, Lu||Diedrich Bader|
|Verdona Tennyson (Human Form)||Barbara Bain|
|Alien Dragon||Clancy Brown|
|Dr. Joseph Chadwick||Tim Curry|
|Tetrax Shard||Dave Fennoy|
|Ken Tennyson, Shem||Will Friedle|
|Mayor Coleman||Brian George|
|Devin Levin||Ioan Gruffudd|
|Lucy||Kim Mai Guest|
|Natalie Tennyson, Verdona Tennyson (Anodite form), Helen Wheels, Tini||Juliet Landau|
|Cash Murray||Matt Levin|
|Sandra Tennyson||Beth Littleford|
|Carl Tennyson||Don MacManus|
|Cosmic Mom||Diane Michelle|
|Frank Tennyson||George Newbern|
|Cooper Daniels||Corey Padnos|
|Baz-El, Rhomboid Vreedle||Rob Paulsen|
|Manny Armstrong, Hex||Khary Payton|
|Argit, Jarrett||Alexander Polinsky|
|Alan Albright||Zeno Robinson|
|Dr. Animo||Dwight Schultz|
|Magister Ghilhil||J.K. Simmons|
|Princess Attea||Tara Strong|
|Commander Raff||James Arnold Taylor|
|Forever King Patrick||Michael York|
|Color||Season||Episodes||U.S. Season Premiere||U.S. Season Finale|
|1||13||April 18, 2008||August 31, 2008|
|2||13||October 10, 2008||March 27, 2009|
|3||20||September 11, 2009||March 26, 2010|
|Movie||01||November 25, 2009||November 25, 2009|
Originally, series producers Dwayne McDuffie and Glen Murakami designed the first 26 episodes to be the first season. Cartoon Network, without their consent, split the order into the first two seasons. At the 2008 Comic Con, series producers revealed the show was picked up for a third season. The third season was revealed to have 20 episodes (instead of the usual 13) on story editor/executive producer Dwayne McDuffie's forum.
All episodes of Ben 10: Alien Force have been released on DVD in the United States.
Ben 10: Alien Force premiered on Cartoon Network on April 18, 2008, in the United States and ended on March 26, 2010. The pilot of the series set a record as the most-watched original series premiere in Cartoon Network history among various young age groups according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. The one-hour premiere also scored as the highest-rated telecast of the day on both cable and broadcast among similar age groups. Internationally, the series also aired on Cartoon Network in the UK, beginning on May 5, 2008, as well as Teletoon in Canada beginning on September 6, 2008.
- United States (Cartoon Network) — April 18, 2008 - March 26, 2010
- United Kingdom (Cartoon Network) — May 5, 2008 - 2010
- Canada (Teletoon) — September 6, 2008 - 2010
Toonami Broadcast HistoryEdit
The series made a brief run on Cartoon Network's Toonami block, from May 24, 2008 to September 20, 2008. It was also notably part of Toonami's final broadcast on September 20, 2008.
- Toonami (United States) — May 24, 2008 - September 20, 2008
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Ben 10: Alien Force is coming to Toonami this week ". toonzone.net. May 22, 2008. http://www.toonzone.net/forums/threads/ben-10-alien-force-is-coming-to-toonami-this-week.4542761/. Retrieved on July 3, 2015.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Ben 10: Alien Force Scores as Highest Original Series Premiere AmongKids 6-11, Boys 6-11, Boys 2-11 & Households Delivery in Cartoon Network History ". timewarner.com. April 22, 2008. http://www.timewarner.com/newsroom/press-releases/2008/04/22/ben-10-alien-force-scores-as-highest-original-series-premiere. Retrieved on July 3, 2015.