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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Insecurity


Another week, another episode of "Young Justice." The focus returns to Artemis, and considering she is my favorite character on The Team, that focus is always welcome. Out of all the characters on the main cast, Artemis feels the most like an original creation while not being an original creation. I'll admit to being ignorant of her key ingredients, I am aware of Artemis Crock and Arrowette, but I know nothing about them. But this Artemis has always felt like an original Weisman character, and is someone I could easily imagine in a "Gargoyles" spin-off, especially "Gargoyles: Bad Guys." I've always liked her design, and I really want to give a shout out to Stephanie Lemelin for always turning in a wonderful performance as Artemis.

While none of the revelations about Artemis' family relations came as a surprise to me, that did not make the episode any less engaging. Sportsmaster and Cheshire are both breakout villains on this show, at least for me. The choreography during the action scenes was terrific, and Kelly Hu's Cheshire relishes twisting the knife on her little sister, and even Red Arrow a little. Or a lot. But the meat is the denouement at the end between her and Sportsmaster. Surprising? Hardly. Engaging? You betcha.

Likewise, it was fun to see Wally's attitude mature. The lessons he learned in "Coldhearted" stuck, and he now knows how to prioritize. There has been chemistry between him and Artemis since moment one, but this is a relationship that is requiring both of them to grow up a little bit. A nice contrast to Superboy and Miss Martian's where they were pretty much a couple from the first moment, even if it took them a little while to kiss. This is not a critique of either relationship, just that I think Wally and Artemis will develop something with more substance. Superboy was born almost yesterday, and seems like a weird prop in M'Gann's sitcom fantasy world, and she is still lying to him. One of these relationships is slowly building a strong foundation, while the other is a house of cards. Well, to be fair, both Artemis and Miss Martian are lying to the entire team, but Artemis is hiding her family history, M'Gann is hiding who she actually is entirely. Both have their reasons, but... even with her secrets, Artemis feels a lot more honest than M'Gann does... the Justice League knows who she is, can they say as much about M'Gann?

The plotline of the mole has really kicked into high gear. What do we know? Well, at this point Miss Martian, Superboy, and Artemis all seem to have been compromised. Queen Bee is blackmailing Miss Martian. Lex Luthor can make Superboy do things. And Artemis doesn't want The Team to know who her family is. Now, I doubt any of these three are the mole. I have my own speculations, but without more information, I don't feel like tossing them out there in this review.

What are The Light doing? Well, whatever it is, it involves a combination of science and sorcery... a favorite combo of Demona's back during the days of "Gargoyles." And anyone familiar with that series knows just how dangerous that combination is. Klarion and the Brain seem like a fun odd couple of villains if I ever saw one.

On another note, we had Peter MacNicol as Professor Ivo, Lacey Chabert as Zatanna, Crispin Freeman as Red Arrow, Kelly Hu as Cheshire, Thom Adcox as Klarion, and... Josh Keaton as Black Spider. A "Spectacular Spider-Man" family reunion if I ever saw one. I loved it. Very, very much.

We're at the final stretch, three more episodes to go. I'm on the edge of my seat. Next week cannot come soon enough.

7 comments:

  1. I think that her family ties aren't the only things she keeps secret. That moment of excitement from Artemis was similar to her debut in the comics.

    I think she also intimacy issues, mainly having trouble getting close to males who don't know her as well as others. I think Sportsmaster being her father has alot to do with this.
    It's also partially why I think she reacts to Wally the way she does. It's partially the only way she knows how to get close to someone, considering she hasn't had what some would consider a warm family life with male members.

    Right now the romance blossoming between them might be favorite of all the romances Greg Weisman has done on his shows.

    Also Artemis can I have a word with you?:

    If you ever hope to have ANYTHING with Wally, you need to tell him about your family sooner versus later, because from his p.o.v. your coming across as an insecure jerk.
    I mean really Artemis, I don't think it will be that hard. You once told this guy that you thought your dad sent you to kill him, and he didn't take it personally. I don't think Wally would take that news hard at all if he reacted to that the way he did.

    Anyways when a show can elicit a reaction from me that makes me a little mad at it's characters, but still make me understand them, than I know it's good.

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  2. "On another note, we had Peter MacNicol as Professor Ivo, Lacey Chabert as Zatanna, Crispin Freeman as Red Arrow, Kelly Hu as Cheshire, Thom Adcox as Klarion, and... Josh Keaton as Black Spider. A "Spectacular Spider-Man" family reunion if I ever saw one. I loved it. Very, very much."

    Coincedintally, this episode aired on the day before the next Spiderman series debuts tomorrow. I'll check out that series since it has some great people working onit like Paul Dini, Eric Radomski, Brian Michael Bendis (YMMV), Jamie Thomasen, Stan Lee as a school janitor, Clark Gregg as Agent/Principal Coulson, and JK Simmons as JJJ.
    Also, Drake Bell is kind of growing on me. He's no Josh Keaton, but hey. Look at Bruce Greenwood in this series and people trying to compare him to Kevin Conroy.
    Steven Weber as Norman Osborn comes really close to channeling Alan Richins in a behind the scenes video I saw.

    Are you also going to do any in-depth reviews for Avengers Season 2 which also premieres tomorrow? I know you didn't do any for Season 1, but it would be nice to hear your insight on a non-Weisman show once in a while.

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    1. "Are you also going to do any in-depth reviews for Avengers Season 2 which also premieres tomorrow? I know you didn't do any for Season 1, but it would be nice to hear your insight on a non-Weisman show once in a while."

      You didn't read my Dexter, Weeds, or ThunderCats *shudders* reviews?

      But yeah, I'm going to review Avengers. "Legend of Korra" too.

      As for "Ultimate Spider-Man." I have every intention in the world to abstain.

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    2. I still need to finish watching Season 1 of A:EMH on DVD. It looks pretty nice on DVD than it does on YT. Plus, I want to watch as much as the series as a countdown to the film coming in almost over a month.

      As for this series, I'm going to take a two-tweek break for so I can watch the two-part season 1 finale on the same day as well as the first wo Season 2 episodes the week after.

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  3. I'm glad we got to see Cheshire and Sportsmaster again finally. I really wish we could see both of them together just slightly more often than we have up to now. At least they should be around plenty during the season finale, though I wonder if it's a 2-parter?


    I plan on catching Ultimate Spider-Man tomorrow, but I don't blame you at all for recusing yourself from it. Man, if only that merger could have waited a couple years longer......

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    1. I've read the reviews, I know they're going for a younger audience, and a sillier show. I already know it's not my thing. Am I biased? I'm human, we all have biases... I'm just going to save myself the grief of watching a show I know I'm not going to like, and for being called out on said biases.

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  4. "Superboy was born almost yesterday, and seems like a weird prop in M'Gann's sitcom fantasy world, and she is still lying to him."

    Which begs the question. Has Superboy even learned about that little thing called self respect? Or is he perfectly content to be M'Gann's boy toy.

    Also on one more note, the more I see Klarion on this show, the more I love the guy. Thom Adcox kills it every time he voices him. And he has some great lines. The moment he says, "Don't listen to her, do what she says and freeze."

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