Young Justice Season 1, Episode 23
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.
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.