An Arrowing Ordeal

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Young Justice Season 1, Episode 23

“Insecurity”

SUMMARY: When Red Arrow joins the Team in tracking down Sportsmaster, Artemis is eager to prove her worth to the Team. However, her eagerness to complete the mission on her own leads to the mission’s failure.


Syd: Our episode starts with a shot of a spider web, and then a shot of The Black Spider – as voiced by Josh Keaton, who has experience playing spider themed superheroes.

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Margaret: This is the DC evil version of Spider-Man, right?

Syd: I guess? Honestly, I’ve only seen this character in Young Justice comics and cartoons. I think the reference is that Greg Weisman, Peter David, and Josh Keaton have all done extensive Spider-Man work and this is a shout-out for the fans. Who knows? Maybe this Black Spider character has deep resonance for the themes of this episode.

Margaret: As I have assumed this is a Spider-Man allusion, I’m assuming him attacking a ‘crusading’ journalist is a bit of jab at the photojournalist Peter Parker.

Syd: That’s kind of an oblique reference. That seems as unlikely as including Bernell Jones as a character in a cameo in the first season of a series to have something pay off in the third. Probably just a coincidence.

Margaret: A coincidence. Uh huh.

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A Match Made in Heaven

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Young Justice Season 1, Episode 22

“Agendas”

SUMMARY: When Superboy is called to Project Cadmus to see a new Superman clone, he learns shocking truths about his own origin.  Meanwhile, the Justice League discusses inducting new members.


Syd: The episode starts with Wonder Woman’s first spoken line. Then, we get the full Justice League meeting to vote on new members.

Margaret: And adding to that, I like that Diana wants more women in the league.

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Syd: Yeah, especially since before this episode only one had spoken. We still haven’t heard from Hawkwoman.

Margaret: That is a bummer! I really like Hawkwoman on the Justice League cartoon and the fact that she’s not represented here at all is – I guess – understandable as there is no hawk protege. But, the only female adult mentor, really, is Black Canary. Black Canary is amazing, but you need more than one female mentor to round out a team. Especially when there are no less than four dudes and a robot that round out the mentorships of the Team.

Syd: Well, Superman wants a more diverse League, nominating Icon, who is both a black man and an alien.

Margaret: That’s because he thinks he’s a Kryptonian!

Syd: And there’s only one of them on the League!

Margaret: I feel like that’s heroic false equivalency, honestly!

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