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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Before The Dawn

Why am I so late on this review? Because Comic Con is exhausting.

With this episode, we go on hiatus again. But, since it was legally available for a bit, I don't mind reviewing it now. Obviously, this is a significant episode, hell there was an outside chance this could have been the series finale. But, with this episode, we're ten episodes away from the end of "Invasion" and, quite possibly, the end of the series.

A lot of significant events happened. We now know the identity of the Light's new partner. An alien species called the Reach, who are the creators of Blue Beetle's armor. We also meet Black Beetle, who right away proves himself as a force to be reckoned with. The Team was clearly no match for him until Blue Beetle allowed the scarab to take control. Black Beetle is obviously a team buster, and he will be a real challenge for the Team to later overcome.

Miss Martian ran into Kaldur again and did what we all suspected would happen and mind-raped him, and in the process learned the truth. We've seen the beginning of how this affects her, and I doubt she will be doing this again. But how will this affect Kaldur? We know from Psimon that one can recover from this, but will Kaldur return as a genuine son for Black Manta and true servant of the Light? And now Artemis is in even deeper than she already was. Instead of backing up Kaldur, she is now the undercover agent close to the Light and the Reach. Wally was right, it's gotten more dangerous.

The Reach have openly revealed themselves to humanity and come as friends, a wise move on their part... do that before the Justice League can reveal the truth. And with G. Gordon Godfrey as a willing mouthpiece for them, they will have public relations on their side. We also know that thanks to Impulse, the Reach destroy our civilization in the future. Is this what the Light had in mind? I'd tend to doubt it, but we also don't know much about the future Impulse came from, or what the Light's status in that period is. I don't doubt that the Light would get hoisted by their own petard, but we know the Reach isn't their only extraterrestrial ally.

Which leads me to wonder... where is Darkseid and Apokolips? They had a presence in the first season, but haven't been mentioned or alluded to much this season. I do not believe for a moment the production team has forgotten them, but I do wonder if ten more episodes for the season would be enough to contain them on top of dealing with the Reach. But maybe a confrontation with Darkseid is being left for a possible third season. Well, time will tell.

At this point, no third season has been announced. Whether or not we'll get one is impossible to know, but we've got ten more episodes to go, and if this is all we're going to get, I will safely assume we'll be in for quite a ride. See you in January... I hope.


  1. Surprised it was Kaldur who was on the receiving end of M'gaan's rage. A lot of people had predicted Artemis would the victim, but it's not like she's any safer right now.

    I liked how the Reach's experimental methods to unlocking the meta-gene (human enhancement through attack and conflict) are similar to the Light's overall goal and beliefs.

    I do wonder what happened to all the Apokolips foreshadowing. It's obvious that the production crew still remembers it, considering all the Apokoliptian technology in "Salvage" and possibly Godfrey's presence. But it certainly looks like the Reach will be the main alien threat for the rest of the season.

    I am a bit glad, though, that they didn't blow their wad and had Darkseid and his merry band appear too early. It was disastrous when they used him as the first villain in the Nu52 Justice League books, and they've been overused in other media at this point. I'm fan of them and all, but I appreciate Greg and Brandon's choice to spotlight the Reach from Blue Beetle's old series.

    1. I'm not surprised, because M'gann had more reason to hate Kaldur than some minion called Tigress she'd never met before.

      The Light's philosophy is reminiscent of the Shadows in Babylon 5, yes?

  2. Greg and Brandon said that there would be 8-9 species of aliens invading this season. So I wouldn't count out Apokolips and Darkseid just yet. We've had 3 types of aliens that have appeared so far.
    Greg also said that the mystery villain that they had created JUST FOR the video game Young Justice: Legacy, would also be a primary villain in Season 3 if they got it.

    Tigress was seen with Deathstroke in SDCC's preview, though I wonder if "The Team" ever encountered him in the span of 5 years?

    I'm a little curious, and at the same time worried about what Wally's role this season will be. We're already half way through the season (and the formerly planned season finale) and he's still not back in action. Sure he knows about the big white elephant(that M'gann now knows about), but that felt more like a necessity due to metaphorically being joined with Artemis at the hip.
    I know he'll be back in action. In the comics he retired because of some vaguely defined disease that killed him the more he used his powers. I know Greg and Brandon are probably playing up this retirement angle because it's true to the character. And I don't think he concocted a disease at all on Earth-16. I think their take has him wanting to get away from it all. But like Michael Corleone, Wally's going to find out that getting away from "the life" is never that easy.
    My worry is with so much on their plates, that if he gets brought back into the fold, it'll be as just another body in the war zone, instead of something special. Only time will tell.

    1. Curious AND worried at the same time about Wally's role this season? Suddenly your opinion on that matter's not so far removed from what mine's been for a long time. Interesting.

      Great review, Greg. Seems we both agree on a bit, including what it means to Artemis/Tigress' role in this situation.

    2. I didn't know I had gotten to the point where I overreacted and suddenly wrote off a character, after one episode, because a character with similar powers looked good.

  3. First of all, thank goodness this wasn't the series finale (even though it was written before the series was officially renewed). That would have been a terrible ending.

    I really hope Darkseid shows up soon. Even though this series has great potential for a 3rd season, I have my doubts about that happening. How come the good shows always die young?

    1. Because of executives who have it in for them for some reason? This DC Nation situation is very much like what happened to Caprica on Syfy.

  4. While we haven't seen Darksied this season, G. Gordon Godfrey was his underling in the comics, his real name being Glorious Godfrey, so there's still the possibility. I'm guess that since he's always supposed to make plots more serious, he'll kill somebody when appears.