Saturday, September 29, 2012
"Young Justice" returns, and on a pretty good episode. The fallout from Artemis' "death" is still being felt, and Roy Harper finally wakes up. Lex Luthor finally returns for the first time this season too, or the second time if you count his cameo during Black Manta's induction.
Roy, the original Roy (I refuse to say real since both are very real people by this point) wakes up and reacts about as well as one could expect. While his anger at Green Arrow was understandable, I felt his lack of anger at his clone was refreshing. How often do we see characters who get cloned hating their clone for reasons based less on logic and more on emotion? Nice to see that cliche sidestepped. Even nicer was that once he calmed down a little, his disdain for his mentor died down, at least a little. We'll see where they all go from here.
I am still enjoying this version of Lex Luthor, and after many years of disliking the character that is weird of me to say. Some might accuse me of feeling this way because he is written like David Xanatos from "Gargoyles," and after Lex's "vengeance is a sucker's game" quote, they might not be wrong. But I don't think that is the case. Sure, that line is there. And while they both share some traits, I do not see them as being all that similar. Xanatos is amoral, and I see Lex as much more immoral, for starters. I think all they have in common is that they see vengeance as petty and beneath them, and they both keep cool under pressure.... and high caliber gun fire. And both are extremely smart and manipulative. But smart and manipulative villains are a dime a dozen, and both are their own characters.
Original Roy is now Arsenal and has a new arm. Superboy needs to talk to this boy about accepting gifts from Lex Luthor. It doesn't turn out well.
The B-plot was the mourning of Artemis, and it looks like Superboy has found himself a new girlfriend. We'll see where this goes. But I really hope that Superboy and Miss Martian don't get back together. Something about that relationship never sat right with me, and while I tried to ease up on it when season one ended, learning the truth behind why he dumped her just cemented my earlier gut feeling. M'Gann is amoral. Period.
Poor Captain Cold, I knew he was going to have a bad time the moment I saw him, that was a fast surrender. And very nice to see Zatanna again.
Also very nice to get confirmation that Jason Todd existed in this universe. I figured that's what Dick's "don't die" line at the start of the season was referring to.
Finally, Jade wants to take out Aqualad and Sportsmaster, the principle thug and enforcer for the Light, wants to take out Black Manta. One of his bosses. This is it folks, mark it. Right here is where the thread that unravels the whole thing is about to be pulled. Sportsmaster might not be one of the Light, but he knows where many of the bodies are buried. All it takes is a spark, and I think this is the beginning of the end for the Light.
Good episode, looking forward to next week's.