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Saturday, November 12, 2011


Well, this episode was, in some ways, a pretty big reminder of just how hokey the DC Universe is. But the hokeyness aside, it was a terrific follow up to last week's episode, and it's obviously setting the stage for things to come.

The A-plot centered around the true nature of Sphere, and I was wrong about it being from Apokolips. Sphere is actually from New Genesis, but was obviously stolen by Apokolips. The Forever People from Fourth World come to rescue Sphere, and they end up teaming up with Superboy to find more technology from Apokolips, which has been supplied to Intergang by Desaad.

As someone who is not at all a DC fan, I raised an eyebrow when I saw Infinity Man, and again when I heard the name, Infinity Man. I know comics, from both major companies, are full of ridiculous elements, but DC always took it a bit too far for my tastes. That being said, it was very well handled here. An absurd idea was well executed. I thought Andrew Robinson's script was terrific.

I remember Desaad well from "Justice League" but found him to be even more chilling here. His design was creepy, as was the way he carried himself. I'm looking forward to seeing more of him, and I am confident we will. I enjoyed his creepy reference to "The Wizard of Oz"

All that being said, I preferred the B-plot considerably. Some things we've suspected are finally spelled out as each of the teens has a therapy session with Black Canary. Artemis doesn't want The Team to know who her family really is, and she likes Wally; Miss Martian is a White Martian, even if it's not spelled out, it's confirmed; Aqualad doesn't feel like he's qualified to lead The Team, but doesn't think anyone else can; Wally is Wally.

The meat was learning just how badly Robin was messed up by the training session, and how as much as he tried to be Batman, he can't be Batman and doesn't actually want to be. Superboy's revelation was chilling, combine that with his revelation in the comic about dreaming about killing Superman, and you know there's trouble in his future.

I was a bit disappointed that we didn't see Queen Bee in this episode. The Sphere was last seen in Bialya, and I figured that's where Apokolips was delivering it's tech. But I suppose that is just where they were testing the delivery system. But, I admit, I was also really hoping to hear the lovely voice of Marina Sirtis again.

When I enjoy an episode that reminds me of why I couldn't care less for the source material, you know it was fun.


  1. As another fan totally ignorant of DC lore, I totally heard Kim Possible's Shego blurt out "Okay, just got dumb" at the sight of Infinity Man, but as you noted, I enjoyed the ride more thanks to how well it was treated, in particular (for me) when it was clear Superboy was just as confused as anyone would be d:

  2. Considering that the Forever People were originaly concieved by Jack Kirby as space hippies, they were no where near as hokey as they could have been.

  3. Their original names were:

    (Mark) Moonrider
    (Beautiful) Dreamer
    Vykin (the Black)
    (Big) Bear

    So this is definitely a toned down version, believe it or not. I think the key is to not go over board on the hokeyness and present it in a natural way, which I think they’ve done in the cartoons.

    I love the hokeyness of DC and that you can have really fun stories about super intelligent gorillas trying to take over the world with death rays. Then again I'm currently writing a story such things are standard fare, so I might be biased.

  4. When you said "Wally is Wally", you forgot to say "but is holding a candle for Artemis". ;)

  5. Cute, Peanut. And I don't think I've seen you comment before. Welcome!

  6. Only one other, I don't remember what though. I'm Kindness King too, just in case you didn't know.

    And thanks for the welcome!

  7. I guess Infinity Man was somewhat of an influence on titular Gian Mecha of Genndy Tatorsky' last (short-lived) series Sym-Bionic Titan. ( I miss that show) : (

    I waso also kind of disssappointed that we didn't get our first look at Darkseid like the DCAU's teaser episode of New Gods. By the way, this episode reminded me a lot of the Superman episode: Tools of the Trade.

  8. I can't be disappointed that we didn't see Darkseid. At this point, we all know he's coming. We'll get our look at him soon enough.