Growing Pains

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Young Justice Season 1, Episodes 3 & 4

“Welcome to Happy Harbor”

SUMMARY: The team gets to know each other better and take on the villainous Mr. Twister.  Despite some members’ doubts about Miss Martian, she proves herself a valuable member of the team.

Syd:  The third episode focuses on Megan Morse – Miss Martian – and her first mission as a superhero.

Margaret: I love that they’re finally bringing in a female main character, and Miss Martian seems like an interesting woman. I have more to say about her, but her main story starts a bit later than the beginning of the episode.

Syd: The action starts in Star City where Roy Harper is fighting bad guys who are doing bad guy stuff.  Maybe it’s a drug shipment? It isn’t made clear.  What I have noticed while rewatching this series is how much more slowly everything goes than I remembered it.  We’ve watched four episodes so far and there is still only one female character and Roy hasn’t come up with a superhero name yet.  Come on, Roy, if you don’t get on that immediately, people will be calling you Speedy forever.

Margaret: Roy is too cool and independent for superhero names. He’s also too cool for the Young Justice, telling them he’s not about to join their club. The Justice League is just trying to keep them busy while they do all the important Superhero saving. He equates adult supervision as babysitting. It is probably the most rebellious teenager response I have ever heard.

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A League of Their Own

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Young Justice Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2: Independence Day

SUMMARY: Fearing that their mentors – Batman, the Flash, and Aquaman – don’t afford them the respect or trust that they have earned, Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad respond to a distress call at Project Cadmus on their own, where they find and liberate Superboy, a young clone of Superman.  They decide that they work well together and should form their own team.

Syd:  Over the summer, Margaret and I will be watching and discussing the cartoon Young Justice.  I figured that if Supergirl can get a new season, then an actually good show should be able to, too. You can view this as advertisement, but it’s a cause I believe in.

Margaret: And, while we’re talking about good shows that should have been renewed that were better than Supergirl, I have to talk about Agent Carter. There’s still hope that Netflix will pick up the series, with the petition reaching more than a hundred of thousand signatures and reported rumors that Netflix and Marvel are interested in bringing the show to another network (or streaming service). This is my own product placement, because there needs to be more Peggy Carter stories in the world. But, back to actually talking about Young Justice, it may seem a bit of a leap for us to move from live action that can’t seem to decide between being adult (as that is CBS’ dynamic) and teen to an animated show whose demographic is definitely kids.

Syd: It’s strange for me as an adult to be watching a children’s show about kid superheroes, because as a kid, I hated kid heroes.  I understand the rationale that children want heroes who resemble themselves as much as possible, but child me thought that was lame and unimaginative.  When I was pretending to be a karate master or ghostbuster or action archaeologist, I was pretending to be an adult.  I wasn’t picturing myself as I was – a child with negligible training in martial arts or the paranormal or action archaeology.  Of all the kid heroes, kid sidekicks were the absolute worst.  At least Encyclopedia Brown and Sabrina the Teenage Witch were the heroes of their own stories, but Aqualad and Arrowette were just weaker, less skilled versions of better, more established heroes with richer histories.  It wasn’t until I had gotten over the juvenile attitude of “I hate this! It’s for babies!” that I was able to view the kind of children’s entertainment that I despised in my childhood with fresh eyes.  So something like Young Justice is in no way a nostalgia property for me and it’s only as an adult that I can appreciate how remarkably well made it is.

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