In case you haven't seen this yet, Cartoon Network has begun airing a series of GI Joe shorts entitled "Resolute." The first two episodes can be found on the Adult Swim website, and the third is available on Youtube. I can only describe the experience it presents as surreal. These are the characters you'll recall from your childhood.
But they will not all survive the series. In fact, more than ten million people die in the first episode.
Keep in mind these are less than six minutes each. I'll let you do the math on that yourself.
GI Joe was many things, but it was never dark. Seeing Duke and the gang dealing with the deaths of millions is an odd experience, to say the least. But somehow, by the third episode, it began feeling like GI Joe. While I was never as attached to GI Joe as I was to Transformers, it is metaphysically impossible to have grown up in the eighties without some nostalgia towards the property.
So, here's hoping it's able to maintain a serious tone without losing all the fun of the original. And lets hope the upcoming movie can do the same.