Saturday, April 21, 2012

Young Justice 1.26 - Auld Acquaintance



Young Justice 1.26 - Auld Acquaintance

Brief Summary

The team discovers discovers shocking revelations about Red Arrow, Cadmus, and the plan to control the Justice League.

What I Liked

It was cool to see all the pieces from this season come together, and the showdown at the Watchtower was pretty cool.

The kisses at New Year's were cute.

Superboy's smile at finally getting Superman's approval.

Superboy and Robin teaming up.

What I Didn't Like

I'm not terribly thrilled that Red Arrow ended up being a clone. Even though the Roy everyone knew was the clone the entire time, so it's not like it changes the character for anyone, it means that there's another "real" Roy Harper out there.

Twists and Turns

Probably the biggest being that for the past three years, the Roy Harper everyone knew was a Cadmus clone. Roy was programed by Cadmus to leak information and was given orders through a certain code.

6 members of the Justice League went missing for 16 hours during the time they were under control, and there's no telling what they did during that time.

Observations

I like that Aqualad and Red Arrow were such close friends that Aqualad even told him about his heartbreak with Tula.

The New Year's kisses were cute, if somewhat unexpected. Megan and Conner were obvious, as was Artemis/KF. Zatanna pulled Robin in, and the new girl Rocket paired off with Aqualad.

The real Roy Harper is in Cadmus' control, and it looks like he's missing part of his right arm. Interesting, since I think Roy ends up losing an arm in the comics, and ends up with a prosthetic.

Is Guardian, Roy's uncle, in on the bad stuff Cadmus is doing? He must be. That would also explain how the real Roy was abducted and replaced without Green Arrow noticing. (Because that would be ridiculous otherwise!)

Robin pulled out the escrima sticks during his fight with Batman, Nightwing's signature weapons.

From the preview for next week, I spotted Blue Beetle, Cassie/Wondergirl, and someone who looked a bit like Robin, but with a different uniform and shorter hair.

Overall

I'm not sure how I feel about Red Arrow having been a clone. In reality, it doesn't matter, since the Red Arrow we knew on the show the whole time was the clone, and if Superboy is any indication, being a clone isn't inherently a bad thing. But I'm curious about the real Roy. The first season finale provided some closure on story arcs from this season, and left the door open for some new stories for S2, though, so overall it was a pretty good conclusion.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Young Justice 1.25 - Usual Suspects



Young Justice 1.25 - Usual Suspects

Brief Summary

Five new members, including Red Arrow, are brought onto the Justice League. Meanwhile, with the help of a new team member Rocket, the team goes to confront Cheshire, and retrieve a mysterious briefcase she has in her possession.

What I Liked

Pretty much the whole team was present, save for Red Arrow, who had joined the Justice League, for this mission. I didn't really care for the last-minute introduction of Rocket, as I found her character to be somewhat annoying, but it wasn't really a big deal.

Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis all came clean about their secrets. This is only done after we see a scene where it looks like all three are joined up with the villains, so I was relieved that they weren't being stupid and had actually trusted the others. Robin already knew Artemis' secret, but it seems Superboy's Lex Luthor connection and Miss Martian's connection to Queen Bee were both pretty well-kept. (Although with Superboy slapping those patches on like no tomorrow in the last episode, I'm surprised no one noticed back then.)

What I Didn't Like

As mentioned above, I didn't really like Rocket, and I'm a little confused why she was thrown onto the team in the penultimate episode of the season. Also, the whole episode felt a little weird in the beginning. I was wondering if maybe I'd missed an episode or something, since Rocket isn't very well introduced.

I briefly mentioned the possibility of Roy being the mole on my review of Insecurity, and I essentially ruled it out because it wouldn't make sense. However, as it turns out, Roy was the mole. The only saving grace for me is that he seems to have been brainwashed, as he looks stunned when he realizes he's been the mole without even knowing it. This makes more sense of his actions in the previous episode, suddenly lifting suspicion on everyone else and declaring there is no mole. But one has to wonder when he was brainwashed to become the mole. We first learn about it in Targets, but I can't remember if it had been mentioned/a plot for an episode before that. I'm kind of annoyed that he turned out to be the mole, but since it's not like he was doing it on purpose, and it does make sense story-wise, I won't be too irritated by it!

Twists and Turns

Red Arrow was unknowingly the mole. He implants a chip into Batman, and Vandal Savage comes aboard the Watchtower. The whole league looks to be under control.

Observations

Roy seems to be aware of his actions now, and may possibly be the only one on the Watchtower not under control of those chips. I can only assume he'll try to contact the Young Justice team for help.

Somewhat of a spoiler, but I remember way back before the show even started that it was mentioned not everyone would survive. Arguably, Zatara has sort-of been a victim, although he is still alive. I could very well see someone dying in the finale, and Red Arrow looks like a prime target. He's not been a prominent team member for much of the season, and even though he didn't mean to be, since he was the mole, it would make sense that he'd be willing to do something extreme to redeem himself and save the others. I'm crossing my fingers he doesn't get killed off, though.

Overall

A good episode, with a little bit of a rough start. I'm not a huge fan of just jumping in and explaining along the way. I liked that Miss Martian, Superboy, and Artemis' stories all found a little bit of conclusion in their admitting their secrets. And while I'm not thrilled about Roy having been the mole, it's a nice twist and it mostly makes sense. I'm anxious to see how they're going to tie all this up.

Young Justice 1.24 - Performance



Young Justice 1.24 - Performance

Brief Summary

Robin and the team go undercover at Haley's Circus to try to determine the cause of some mysterious thefts that have been happening in towns where the circus has been. Red Arrow continues to distrust Artemis, Superboy, and Miss Martian.

What I Liked

Robin's reactions to revisiting his home circus, the circus owner recognizing him at the end, and Robin's conversation with Kid Flash were all highlights. The episode didn't do a flashback to Robin's past or anything, which I feel like they could have made more of, but the reactions from Robin were nicely done, especially his insisting that the team keep an open mind about the circus leader's involvement.

It was nice to give the human characters a little more chance to shine, and without the use of Megan's telepathy, they actually had to use radios to communicate. They rely on her telepathy so much sometimes.

What I Didn't Like

Why in the world did Red Arrow just suddenly trust everyone? Superboy had been particularly weird this episode, slapping on one after another of those shields. I feel like he should have stayed suspicious.

Twists and Turns

It was a shapeshifter/power-stealer that was behind all the thefts.

Observations

Superboy was really using those shield's from Luthor to the max. Did he do like 3 or 4 in this episode alone? It's kind of like a drug or something, and he's keeping it from everyone else.

Aqualad and Zatanna were not in the episode. Kid Flash briefly appeared when he called Robin, and Robin explained he didn't want KF around since he knows about Robin's past connection to the circus, and didn't want him to question his objectivity in the case.

Overall

A good episode, but not my favorite. I wish they had made a little more use of Robin's past in terms of the overall episode, and also I don't understand why Red Arrow did a total 180 on his justifiable suspicion of the others.