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Commentary on Pop Culture, and maybe creating some of my own.

Saturday, September 24, 2011


And "Young Justice" returns in a big way with what has become a staple of Greg Weisman shows, the prison episode. Okay, I know a lot of shows utilize this, but Weisman really, really loves this trope. "Leader of the Pack" and "Turf." "J Is For Jewel." "Group Therapy" and "Opening Night." All good stuff. Great stuff

Batman sends Superboy and Miss Martian undercover as the Terror Twins inside Belle Reve Penitentiary to find out why all the ice villains from the pilot are there. Well, Icicle Jr and Mr. Freeze both demanded their lawyers transfer them there from, well, easier places to be incarcerated. As the episode ends, Superboy and Megan finally kiss (AND IT DIDN'T TAKE THEM THIRTEEN OR SIXTY-FIVE EPISODES!) as we discover the whole escape attempt was a ruse to have Amanda Waller removed as warden, and for the Light's own agent, Dr. Hugo Strange to take her place.

I enjoyed this episode quite a bit. I still don't know jack about DC Comics, but I enjoyed both Icicles. I kept on wondering who Icicle Sr was voiced by, it kept nagging at me... and, OF COURSE! James Remar! I could have sworn Icicle Jr was voiced by James Arnold Taylor, maybe because I was getting a Harry Osborn vibe from him at times... son trying, in vain, to please his sociopathic father. Guess Junior there doesn't take the Code of Icicle seriously. *ducks as tomatoes are thrown* I could not resist.

I do admit, I am curious as to why Superboy was chosen for this mission. He was well programmed, don't get me wrong. But he was also practically born yesterday and found in a Cadmus lab. That doesn't seem to be ideal to me. But looking through the rest of The Team's male line up, I can't think of anyone else that would fit.

Miss Martian was far less grating in this episode. Don't get me wrong, I am not one of the Miss Martian haters, but she is my least favorite member of The Team. But it was nice to have less of her 50's sitcom attitude here, and I admit that I enjoyed Superboy calling her on it in their therapy session with Dr. Strange. I'm not saying it's bad. In fact, I am sure there will be significant pay-off for it. I'm just saying it's not my favorite aspect of the show.

Now, if I may, I need to address some comments I have seen where people say they don't believe that these two characters can possibly be truly in love, and are dismissing it all as poorly thought out. I think they are missing the point. These are teenage hormones. The connection there is that they both think the other one is hot. It's like Romeo and Juliet. They are young, they dig each other, and they might think they're in love. But it is all hormones mixed with a not fully matured psyche. Right now this might be the most important thing in the world, just as Romeo and Juliet did, but Romeo and Juliet also died young. Had they lived long enough to mature, they might have seen their tryst and secret marriage as a mistake. Assuming Superboy and Miss Martian survive, I don't see them as a couple, let's say, five years down the line. It's a huge teenage crush, and those tend to be pretty consuming. But that's my analysis and it wouldn't be the first time I was wrong.

Finally, I loved the Riddler's cameo. All the crap he got, all the disrespect, and he was the one who managed to escape. Hope to see him again down the line, but knowing how Weisman loves to lay pipe and plant seeds, I am confident we will.

Great episode.


  1. So, what did you think of the line "Dude, she's your sister!"? First I laughed, then later I thought, how the hell did Weisman manage to get THAT past BS&P?

    I'll have more comments later when I'm not busy.

  2. Is it wrong that Hugo Strange reminded me a lot of Rusty Venture?

  3. Well, the Light reminds me of the Council of Thirteen, so not really.

  4. A few notes:

    -I'm pretty sure Icicle Sr. said that they had two goals:
    1.) To escape the prison.
    2.) To get Amanda Waller fired so Hugo Strange could become the Warden for "The Light".
    One succeeded, one failed.

    -I used to get annoyed with Miss Martian's 50's sitcom persona. But I got used to it, and now just look at it as a cute quirk to her character, but that's just me.
    Personally I find Aqualad to be my least favorite of the team. Though I like the water visuals the show uses with him, and I know he's supposed to be the straight man of the group but I just find him to act rather bland to everything that happens around him. I liked Downtime, but I thought everyone else in Atlantis was more interesting. Maybe he needs more time.

    -I agree with your points about Superboy & Miss Martian. Though with Superboy it might be because she's the first female that he saw, and that female had an attraction towards him.

    If there is one thing that I might of had a problem with in this episode, it's that Superboy came across as a little too witty. I'm not saying that Superboy's a dumbass, cause he's not. But as you said for someone who's only two months fresh out of the Cadmus labs he's sure come a long way (perhaps too far at this point in time, if that makes sense).

    Other than that, great episode and I look forward to my 2nd favorite character on the show (Artemis) returning next week.