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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Alienated


Okay, now I'm hooked on "Invasion." This episode was easily the best episode of the season so far. Easily.

First, let's start with the elephant in the room. When "Invasion" started, three members of The Team were conspicuously absent. Kid Flash, Artemis, and Aqualad. A lot of discussion about the previous two episodes were drowned out by people wanting to know what happened to them. Well, we now know about one of them.

Let's look at Aqualad for a moment, the first leader of The Team. I remember a lot of complaints about him having no personality, that he was boring, etc. I think it's safe to say that Kaldur buried himself into the work. The girl he loved chose his best friend over him, and he was far more hurt by that then he let on. So he buried himself in his duty: serving his king, and leading The Team. It was almost all consuming... but a nice way to distract himself from the pain. Now we know that Tula died, and likely violently... he learned that Black Manta was his father and that his king kept that information from him so he betrayed them and joined up with Black Manta. Maybe this is legit, or maybe he is actually deep undercover for the League. I guess we'll find out soon. Either way, Kaldur has never been as interesting as he is now. Now, let's hope we catch up with Wally and Artemis soon.

We now know what crime Vandal Savage used the six Justice League members to perpetuate. And we also now know that the Green Lantern Corps was not informed. As of yet, we don't know why. But the six members and Hawkman left Earth to answer for their actions and hope for a fair trial. How well will this go? Who knows, but the rule of drama says things have to get worse before they can get better.

I enjoyed all of the little character moments. Batman fighting with Nightwing, Batgirl, and Robin was great. And, much as I loathe Superman, it was nice to see him and Conner working as a team now. It was just cool to see members of the League and the Team fighting side by side... mentor and protege.

We finally see the Light again, and learn that Black Manta has been inducted into it in place of "the disgraced Ocean Master." So disgraced that he never got an episode to himself. This is the one place I feel I must complain a little. I know Ocean Master had a story in the tie-in comic, but that didn't factor into the Light or their plans either. Why was he a member of the Light in the first place? Why not start with Black Manta? I hope we get a flashback or explanation soon, because right now Ocean Master just seems pointless... but that wasn't a flaw of this episode, just a flaw in the overall series.

Great episode, looking forward to the next one.

11 comments:

  1. I'm thinking the disgrace of Ocean-Master and the death of Tula/Aquagirl will be the plot of the video game.

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  2. Now THIS is more like it.

    We finally get some exploration of one of the missing heroes. I'll be honest I miss Aqualad the least out of the three. He just never engaged me, and showed less charisma than Hayden Christensen (minus the bad acting). Though with him becoming a villain, it feels like nobody's fate in these last five years is safe, except for those that have showed up.

    It also answers why Oa had not heard of the tragedy. It was only on 1 planet, even though I thought common horse sense would indicate that Savage would have them target multiple planets. With heavy hitters from The League being off planet, I'm predicting things are going to get ugly.

    "Let's look at Aqualad for a moment, the first leader of The Team. I remember a lot of complaints about him having no personality, that he was boring, etc. I think it's safe to say that Kaldur buried himself into the work. The girl he loved chose his best friend over him, and he was far more hurt by that then he let on. So he buried himself in his duty: serving his king, and leading The Team. It was almost all consuming... but a nice way to distract himself from the pain. Now we know that Tula died, and likely violently... he learned that Black Manta was his father and that his king kept that information from him so he betrayed them and joined up with Black Manta. Maybe this is legit, or maybe he is actually deep undercover for the League. I guess we'll find out soon. Either way, Kaldur has never been as interesting as he is now."

    I think your analogy is pretty accurate, I just don't think it was portrayed in a very interesting manner.

    Definitely agree on the Ocean Master bit, and hope we get something justifiable for him being there down the line. As someone who read his two appearances in the comic, his story there didn't cut it.

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  3. I hope Aqualad isn't undercover. That feels overly familiar to me. Going "dark side" may be just as much of a cliche, but I like it more than the whole double agent/undercover thing. He doesn't have to stay evil forever, because redemption is always compelling. As seen in "Bad Guys."

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  4. Agreed this was a great episode.

    What creeps me out about M’Gann’s mindraping is that she’s so casual about it. She just intrudes on Manhunter’s interrogation and nonchalantly breaks his brain to get information. She should be a lot more chalant about doing anything like that.

    With that happening I can get behind Kaldur going to the Light since they seem better than the “so called heroes” we have. ;)

    I think Ocean Master was chosen because he's Aquaman's brother. I do agree that we should've seen him actually do something in the show. The most we got in the show was a flashback in Downtime. His one Light mission was also completed by Black Manta there as well. I do have to wonder what happened to him since I doubt the Light's severance package is less than a bullet to the head. So he's either dead, on the run, or faked his death and on the run.

    The problem with the timeskip is that we don't see any of these events happen we're just told about them. The trade off is that we see the consequences in a reasonable amount of time.

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  5. Looking at what has been revealed to us so far...

    - Aqualad abandoned the Team after an unspecified incident where Tula died.

    - Ocean-Master is "poor" and "disgraced" and out of the Light.

    - Ocean-Master has shown himself in the tie-in comic to be ridiculously ruthless, willing to kill a pregnant woman in order to enact genocide, in order to enact civil war, in order to enact regicide, in order to...you get the idea. Not a guy with a lot of morals limiting his actions, is the point.

    - Somehow, the League now knows of the Light by name.

    - M'gann has become pretty damn blase about casually mind-raping "bad guys" for both intelligence and retribution for threatening her "family."

    - Superboy felt that he had "no choice" but to break up with M'gann after an unspecified incident, and shows constant horror at her mind-raping tactics where the other heroes apparently do not notice.

    Putting all these revelations together...I think a certain incident is starting to become fairly clear.

    We'll see, of course, but I'm fairly confident I'm right about this. I'm betting good money that later in the season, we'll visit an Atlantean prison cell and see a comatose Orm, drooling his brains out...

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  6. Good episode. It will be interesting to have my favorite character as a villain. Speaking of his daddy, i'm glad he replaced the position formerly held by the second rate Loki. Speaking of, why is Weisman continuously taking nicknames of Marvel stuff like Dr. Strange and now Avengers. What is with that? The Justice League has their own title World's Finest Heroes. If Moon Knight ever showed up in EMH, no way will they call him the Dark Knight.
    I also see that the Supers in this show are kind of suffering the samy syndrome DCAU Superman had in Season 1 of Justice League where a mere laser blast can hurt them.

    Outside of these gripes, this episode was better than the last two.

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    1. Adam Strange is a doctor... why wouldn't he ever be called Dr. Strange?

      Personally, I think this episode would have been perfect if that alien bomb managed to blow Superman to kingdom come... let the episode end with Wonder Woman and Aquaman fishing his guts out of the ocean.

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    2. Dr. Fate was called Sorcerer Supreme back in "Denial" (not one of the show's best episodes) That was the title of Marvel's Dr. Strange as in Stephen Strange
      This guy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Strange
      Not this guy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Strange
      or even this fellow
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Strange

      Also, enough of the Superman hatred. If it wasn't for him, you wouldn't be enjoying such shows like this one or even comics. He gave birth to the idea of superheroes. Sure he's not awesome like Thor, Green Lantern, Batman or Iron Man. But if it wasn't for him, none of these would ever exist.
      That's like hating Star Wars even though you know it brought forth the love for sci fi movies like Alien or Close Encounters and made such movies more mainstream. Oh, wait...

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    3. Yeah, I don't particularly give a shit right now.

      As for your second paragraph... listen and listen good. This is MY blog. Not your blog, not my commenters' blog. MY blog. The opinions you're going to get here are my complete uncensored opinions. If you don't like it, then don't read it and don't post comments.

      If I want to say that Superman as a character is a creative abortion, I'm going to scream it to the Heavens. Because it is my blog. And if you keep telling me not to, guess what... I'm going to say it more and more and more.

      If you don't like it... leave. Got it? Comprende? Dost thou fathom?

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    4. Anonymous: Disagreed. As a Superman fan myself, I do agree that some respect is deserved for being the first hero and prompting DC/National to publish more superhero comics.

      But that doesn't mean that everyone or anyone has to like him.

      Providing that you are the same Anonymous who has critiqued Greg for his opinions before, I have to say it seems like you're self-conscious when someone bashes or even provides mild criticism to your favorite characters/shows/franchises.

      Basically it seems like you need people to enjoy something you do to feel validated in liking it.

      Now if I'm wrong, feel free to tell me otherwise.

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  7. I have the same problem with Ocean Master in the series. It's also an issue I have with Ra's and The Brain since they only did stuff for one episode, though I still found The Brain to be a nice improvement over the version from Teen Titans since for all the talk about how much a genius he was, he didn't carry any means to defend himself and relied on flunky that got beat up every appearance he made. I heard that Ra's doesn't get much use due to some issue with using Batman villains and that they might get rid off him because of it, which makes me wonder why have him in the first place.

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