Misery in Space

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Young Justice Season 2, Episode 2

“Earthlings”

SUMMARY: On the planet Rann, the Team attempts to destroy the Krolotean zeta platform, which would prevent Kroloteans from teleporting to and from Earth. This affords the perfect opportunity for Conner and Garfield to work through personal emotional trauma.


Syd: So this episode opens in a forest on Rann, where Superboy, Miss Martian, Beast Boy, and an as-yet unidentified woman are being attacked by some sort of crab robot tank. This in media res opening is a good way to cut right to the action, because once the flashback starts, we are treated to a lot of dry exposition, though we have no context for this action and don’t really know what’s going on.

Margaret: But first! We get to see what the animals on Rann are like and they are little bird dragons that are super adorable. They remind me of green Lockheeds and I would like twenty, please.

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Syd: Beast Boy is with you. I love how he is immediately taken with alien animals – as much as Adam is taken with alien humans, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Margaret: I love Garfield’s enthusiasm with everything. It’s like they found a way to make an exuberant character that is not the worst, like Wally is. It’s also very cute that he calls Megan ‘sis’. It makes sense, as they’re now literally blood related, but it’s the emotional connection that I like.

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The Heart is a Lobonely Bounty Hunter

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Young Justice Season 2, Episode 1

“Happy New Year”

SUMMARY: Lobo’s attack on the United Nations reveals an invasion by the alien Kroloteans. Robin leads a small squad to rescue human captives from a Krolotean base. Oh, also, it’s five years after the last episode and we have a new Team.


Margaret: Picking up from last season, we replay the last scene, which disclosed that 6 of the members of the Justice League were missing for 16 hours. No one has any idea what they did during this time, but we can assume it is nothing good.

Syd: I assume nothing. Anyway, we cut to the sewer, where Conner is fighting Clayface. The fight itself isn’t important, but the way it’s set up is. The change of scenery indicates that this is a different day and the start of a new adventure. Conner is wearing fingerless gloves. You might not have even noticed that at first. Then, Megan shows up to provide support and Robin throws batarangs to provide a distraction, allowing Conner to throw some sort of clay freezing pill into Clayface’s mouth. Once the fight is over, Robin steps out of the shadows and — holy shit! That’s not Dick!

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Margaret: Or! Maybe puberty just hit him like a brick.

Syd: And it mostly affected his costume and haircut?

Margaret: Puberty hits us all in different ways, Syd.

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Shipping Extravagaynza

The first season of Young Justice ends like a Shakespearian comedy with the leads all paired off and presumed to live happily ever after. Not everyone was thrilled with the reinforcement of heteronormativity. Indeed, the only known queer characters in the first season are the Brain and Mssr. Mallah and their relationship, which is never made explicit, would be hard to portray for reasons unrelated to them both being male. Let’s not mince words – the lack of queer representation on the show sucks. We could discuss whether Greg Weisman could have pushed harder for representation (and whether that would have endangered his job) or how crazy it is that there were executives who were fighting him on this in 20-fucking-12, but what’s done is done.  We would rather look on the bright side – Weisman said that there are LGBT characters on the show whose relationships he can explore if and when he is allowed, and we would prefer to believe that everyone who was not paired up at the end of season 1 was secretly gay.  We created this entry to celebrate some of the relationships that you can’t prove aren’t canon.

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Superman and Lex Luthor

This is almost certainly the most obvious. Not only am I sure there are a ton of people who ship Lex and Superman in general – even outside this show – but the pair have a kid together.

I imagine the relationship between Superman and Lex is definitely the result of a romantic comedy movie or possibly a Two Men and a Baby situation. They both have differing views on the world and on morality, but now they must raise their son that they both love and are confused by. They’ll bond over their shared misreading of what ‘music is today’ and also Conner’s definite anger problem. One day they’ll both just sit down on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa after Conner has yelled that they just don’t understand him and watch the news together. They’ll argue about politics and then fall asleep.

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See You Next Year!

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Young Justice Season 1, Episode 26

“Auld Acquaintance”

SUMMARY: With the Justice League under the control of Klarion, it is up to the kids to free them from their mind control and thwart the Light’s plan.


Syd: We start under Washington D.C. with Roy getting his cheek sliced by an arrow. Two things are notable about this: One, that after the previous episode’s ending, Roy is now being hunted by the Justice League, and Two, that this show will never shy away from blood, which may not be unusual nowadays, but is markedly different than the cartoons I watched as a child featuring the same characters.

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Margaret: From his run from the Justice League, we can assume that Roy has broken his initial brainwashing, though we still don’t know why he did what he did.

Syd: Well, what’s nice about the cold opening is the ambiguity. We don’t know who the good guys are yet. Are a brainwashed Justice League chasing a Red Arrow who has broken his programming, or is a Justice League that has overcome their initial assault by Vandal Savage now hunting the traitorous Red Arrow?

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Spoiler: Everyone is the Traitor

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Young Justice Season 1, Episode 25

“Usual Suspects”

SUMMARY: While tracking down Cheshire, the secrets that Artemis, Miss Martian, and Superboy had been keeping from the Team come out. More importantly, the audience finally finds out the identity of the mole(s).


 

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Margaret: The episode opens on a speech by Superman inducting five new members into the Justice League. We see that those five are Dr. Fate, Atom, Icon, Red Arrow and Plastic Man. Superman even makes a dad joke about “Truth, Liberty and Justice” with Justice being in the name.

Syd: I kind of like that they excluded “The American Way” from Superman’s motto without any fanfare, considering the unfortunate implications of it being added in the first place. We discussed that back when this was a Supergirl blog, didn’t we?

Margaret: Honestly, I’m not sure if we actually did. I know how much you hated the S being a symbol of hope, though.

Syd: Right, the S on his chest stands for “Superman” and he fights for Truth, Tolerance, and Justice. I’m kind of an originalist like that. However, I’m fine if he isn’t actually as fast as a speeding bullet, as I am convinced that nobody involved in creating the character fully considered how fast bullets actually are.

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Swings and Roustabouts

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Young Justice Season 1, Episode 24

“Performance”

SUMMARY: A string of robberies seems to be linked to the circus where Robin used to work. Robin sets out to save the circus’ reputation and find the real thief, while Red Arrow tries to determine which member of the Team is the mole.


 

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Syd: We start at the circus in Bruges, with our heroes posing as a family of acrobats – the Dangers. All of their names are alliterative, because their parents thought they were clever.

Margaret: They always knew they were going to be a circus act and had the foresight to name them appropriately! Robin, who grew up in a circus, should be in his element. However, he caught a 24-hour flu and therefore misses his catch and almost falls. Superboy and Megan subtly use their powers to save him.

Syd: Robin chastises Megan for using her powers publicly, potentially compromising their cover. Frankly, I think that telekinesis would make a way better circus act than acrobatics, but then I don’t call the shots.

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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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The White Martian’s Burden

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Young Justice Season 1 Episode 21

“Image”

SUMMARY: While the vaguely Middle Eastern nation of Qurac is being overtaken by Bialya, possibly under sinister circumstances, Miss Martian is confronted with the secret she had been keeping from her teammates and would go to any lengths to protect.


Syd: So, there is a lot to dissect in this episode. It starts with Batman showing Ollie and Dinah a video of Black Canary training with Superboy. The video takes an unexpected twist when the two start making out. Black Canary then shapeshifts to reveal she was Miss Martian the whole time. Ollie thinks this is hilarious – Dinah much less so.

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Margaret: There are a lot of things to say about this scene. It’s hard to come down on one side or another on this. I get Megan’s side where she is training Conner in the visage that he generally trains with and then kisses her boyfriend. At the same time, Dinah is incredibly disturbed by the fact that it is her visage making out with Conner. This is completely understandable on both points of view.

Syd: So, this is totally normal for Conner and Megan who are comfortable with each other’s bodies – as malleable as Megan is – but why did Batman feel the need to present this to Ollie and Dinah – a couple whose relationship might be tested by their reaction to this footage – without any context? What the hell is wrong with Batman?

Margaret: Batman is always an odd man out in a lot of ways. Even if he knows that this is the way that Megan and Conner interact there is no reason to bring it up with Oliver and Dinah unless he is attempting to do some weird personal investigation into their relationship.

Syd: Oh, God, this is Batman’s fetish, isn’t it?

Margaret: Yes, he has a detective fetish.

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The Worst Birthday Ever

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Young Justice Season 1, Episode 20

“Coldhearted”

SUMMARY: While the Justice League is occupied fighting a team of ice-powered villains, it is up to Kid Flash to deliver a heart to an ailing Queen. However, Vandal Savage and Count Vertigo are trying to stop the organ transplant from happening.


Syd: Those of you who have been reading this blog and know what we think of Wally will know how much we were looking forward to this – a whole episode of his own.

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Margaret: UUUUGHHHHHH!! Not to mention, who the hell sets an alarm for 7:16 on their 16th birthday unless they are a total jerk?

Syd: My theory: His clock is set 15 minutes fast so that he isn’t late for school. Then he sets the alarm 16 minutes late because he’s an idiot.

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