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.