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Top tier/Near perfect episodes:
Infiltrator: BEST CHARACTER ARRIVES! BEST VILLAIN ARRIVES! SNARK AND COOL FIGHTS! Only ruined by the fact Dr Roquette can’t connect to the internet from Mount Justice, The Batcave or even The Watchtower. Also Roy should have destroyed her work as a matter of course when leaving the Shadow’s base.
Targets: Roy offers his anus to Lex. Great episode but like Downtime, Kaldur who I initially liked is the dullest person in the episode. And Sportsmaster is still a stupid name. However, Cheshire is still great and has a panty shot! We’re introduced to Lex also who has a perfect VA.
Humanity: Great villain and final battle. The sacrifice of Inferno and Torpedo is genuinely moving and Red Tornado channelling away the volcano’s ash is truly awesome. Zatanna’s introduction is great too, albeit limited.
Image: M’gann you poor baby, let me hold you! Everything with Megan is lovely and her explanations of how the TV show was her hope cuts me to the heart and retroactively makes all her “Hello Megan”s heartwarming. The stuff with Logan is a little annoying but he is a little kid and the actual “Hello Megan!” episode goes on too long but other than that it’s great.
Disordered: Nearly perfect. Therapy to deal with trauma is something more shows should have so I’m so glad they had it and how good the sessions were at characterisations. Meanwhile Superboy develops beyond being dumb and angry, is actually funny and helps balance out the seriousness of the static therapy scenes with cool action ones. Only downside is how cheesy the Forever People are. They look like characters from He-Man only made to sell toys.
Great but with some flaws tier:
Denial: Fun and snarky. Fate and Klarion are great antagonists. Only failure is not real giving Wally development as a character and turning Spitefire into some dull inevitable canon thing even though there is no real reason it should occur.
Independence Day/Fireworks (Only ever seen them as one episode): Strong start but a bit of a sausage-fest and Roy’s voice is stupidly deep. Wally starts his theme of running into walls and being useless.
Alpha Male: Captain Marvel is awesome. The team not giving Kaldur chance to explain himself pisses the shit out of me but it’s a good episode for him and the team works well together. Le Brain is also le cool.
Good but with caveats:
Schooled: Stupid plot but fun and their biker gear looks cool
Coldhearted: FINALLY A GOOD WALLY EPISODE WHERE HE LEARNS HOW TO ACTUALLY USE HIS POWERS AND BE A REAL HERO!. I love his determination when he’s on the ground and getting his ass beat but still refuses to give up the heart. The kid keeps going until he literally faints. Very cool and very heroic. Vertigo being dumb right at the end is the only weakness in the episode. Also like Wally finally found out about SuperMartian but wasn’t angsty. Suits his character.
Mostly good but with weak sub-plots or wasted potential:
Bereft: Overshadowed by the fucking moronic bashing of Miss M. But I like the art in the mental battle and the team is mostly cool and funny.
Drop-Zone: Fun and glad Robin isn’t the default leader but the whole thing about it being his destiny annoys me. We are however introduced to Miss M’s excellent stealth costume which thankfully will be her new outfit in Invasion.
Homefront: Well the action is great and it’s good for Artemis’s character… But she looks pretty pathetic compared to Robin. He leads the way the whole time and saves Artemis two or three times and she actually just curls into a ball. Improved by the fact that since then Artemis has become a major ass kicker.
Revelation: Nice to see all the cameos by the Leaguers but the fight scenes are mediocre as are the Joker’s voice and dialogue. Fatelad is cool but the whole thing felt like it could have been done better as a confrontation. Does contain the infamous “I feel naked, and not in a fun way” however, which is awesome.
Secrets: Weaker on re-watching. The Artemis and Zatanna stuff is pure gold and it’s GREAT to see some stuff between two females without involving them talking about boys. Both are also real ass kickers and Artemis shows she’s dangerous even without her bow and has overcome her panic from Homefront. However, Harm looks stupid and needs to stop fucking talking. And the side plot is boring and distracts from my SNAIBSEL fun.
Downtime: Eh, it’s okay but Garth and Tula are dull as shit. The scenes without the Royal family are weak, though the scenes of the rest of the team (Except Wally) are great, especially Artemis and Robin.
Misplaced: Ironically the best thing about this episode is what ruins it. Bill/Cap is great but it distracts what the episode should have been about: Zatanna and the confrontation with Klarion. What it should have been was Zatanna making the ultimate sacrifice by putting on the helmet as it’s the only option and Zatara choosing to take the consequences for his daughter in a heroic sacrifice. Instead the poor writing of the episode and fight scene makes it looks like Zatanna was merely impatient, didn’t need to put on the helm and Zatara has to clean up her stupid mistake. Also the animation is a little choppy.
Welcome to Happy Harbour: I’ll admit, M’gann is a little grating in this episode but so is the rest of the teams unnecessary jerkishness. Also what’s up with not valuing the lives of sentient robots? A weak episode by YJ’s standards.
Terrors: Urgh, can I think of anything good to say about this episode? Well I think Killer Frost oggles M’gann while she’s changing clothes? No, it sucks and they don’t even have the decency to kill Icicle Junior. Annoy little shit.
Failsafe: Impossible to judge as an episode. It’s just so unlike the others. I don’t enjoy it but I don’t really dislike it either. It’s interesting but it’s not really my thing. That said I fear the whole “Miss Martian Dark Phoenix” thing could become a real plot tumour in the future and I kind of hope they forget about it.
So the toy box for the second series of Young Justice, Invasion, has been revealed. It contain the new character designs for four existing charcaters and reveal two new ones.
If you don’t wanna know who the mole is or about Invsion, don’t click, otherwise you have been warned:
How will I survive!?
At first I just quite liked it but now I seriously look forward to every Saturday morning when I can wake up and watch it. I love it soooooo much.
Wouldn’t say it was a bad ep (Like Terrors) but I doubt I would ever watch it again. Everything nesscessary for this to work as a one episode, one shot little story made it fail for me. The way everyone handled the imminent apocalpyse and deaths of their mentors and loved ones so casually was nesscessary for the plot but just rubbed me up the wrong way, as did the cheesy speeches where I had to make will saves versus cringe.
Miss M getting a new plotline bugs me in so far as she doesn’t need it: She has the whole “White Martian” thing. I’m more intrested in what they’re going to do to develope characters without somewhere to go: Robin, Aqualad and Wally. Also as pointed out there is a whole cliche minefield when it come to good guys, exspecially psychics, going crazy, evil or getting power incontinence.
Did the creators actually say they were definitely going to kill off someone from the team or is that just a rumour?
Artemis getting killed off first was a bit of a drag but she is such a scene stealer it hardly matters, she’ll make it up later. Her covered midriff costume is also an obvious improvement over her standard one. As per usual Kaldur has the coolest powers.
Stupidest moment was Manhunter saying “Even when wolf was killed”. Like that would be more upsetting than Robin and Miss M directly watching Batman and Manhunter die live on TV or Wally seeing Barry die?
Like I said previously, I love the idea of the YJ crew taking over from an absent league being a main story-arc but I hope they don’t go the hopeless resistance route. If I wanted to read about a pointless and depressing world with no future I’d read the New 52.