Do the Bartman


Young Justice Season 2, Episode 6


SUMMARY: Impulse, a tourist from 40 years in the future, visits Mt. Justice and helps fight Neutron alongside his grandfather, The Flash.

Syd: This episode starts with Nightwing recapping what we know of the Kroloteans’ plan – that they are kidnapping humans to use as experiments.


Margaret: They are looking for something that there is no English word for: the metagene. Aha! So they’re trying to do DC mutants. Got it. I can’t blame them. Mutants are popular.

Syd: Fox has been hogging the all-purpose origin story for too long. It’s a good idea for Warner Brothers to jump on their own. They were kind of running out of non-ridiculous origin stories anyway. What I think is interesting is that Dick says there is no English word. So is “metagene” French or something?

Margaret: If anything, I’d think it would be German. They tend to shove different words into each other to get a new descriptive one. Like der Kühlschrank, which literally means ‘cool cupboard’, which is a fridge.

Syd: Enough linguistics! Bart is here!


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Teen Girl Squad


Young Justice Season 2, Episode 5


SUMMARY: While Jaime looks for his missing friend Tye who ran away from home, an all-female Team goes to Bialya where they fight a Fearsome five.

Syd: So last episode ended with a shot of a Navajo character and this episode opens with a shot of an Apache character. Coincidence? Almost definitely.


Margaret: Yes, I definitely think that is a coincidence. Tye calls Jaime saying he’s sick of Maurice and he’s going to Houston. Jaime sits up and we can see there is a big blue beetle on his back like no big deal. Yikes. He tries to convince him to stay long enough for them to talk. Tye makes no promises, but moves to the statue and is immediately kidnapped.

Syd: The beetle on Jaime’s back tries to convince Jaime to let Tye go, saying that the Blue Beetle armor was intended for greater purpose. Seriously, what was with Ted Kord?

Margaret: My new theory is that he created something that definitely murdered him.

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Appellaxian Trail


Young Justice Season 2, Episode 4


SUMMARY: Green Arrow arranges an intervention for Red Arrow, who has been on the skids since he devoted himself to finding Speedy. Meanwhile, Conner and Jaime fight an Appellaxian shell that has been animated by Apokaliptan technology.

Syd: We open with Red Arrow stopping a health food store robbery. He knocks the criminal unconscious and gives most of the money back to the store clerk. So, mostly yay?


Margaret: It doesn’t seem like Roy is doing very well. He’s got long stringy hair and a five o’clock shadow now. Not to mention stealing. I’m guessing he is not taking the events of the season finale well.

Syd: He’s remarkably capable considering he looks like he hasn’t eaten since the season finale. Still, Green Arrow, who is watching, is very concerned.

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Diary of a Mad Black Manta


Young Justice Season 2, Episode 3


SUMMARY: Discovering that they committed atrocities on Rimbor while under the Light’s control, six members of the Justice League turn themselves in to the authorities, but first they do battle under a volcano with Black Manta’s troops led by Black Manta’s son, Kaldur’ahm.

Margaret: We start out with a VO of Godfrey being terrible – as he always is, talking about the Justice League trying to find a way to root out aliens who are disguising themselves as people. Bumblebee and Blue Beetle enter a diner and we learn that the program is coming from the restaurant’s TV set.


Syd: So the “Bibbo” who is watching Godfrey’s show – as we soon see – is actually a Krolotean in a fleshy mech suit, which makes me wonder – why is an alien watching anti-alien propaganda? Is this an alien with emotional issues, or is this like those assholes who are totally progressive, for reals, and think Donald Trump is HILARIOUS. Either way, I think I hate this alien.

Margaret: I assumed it was part of his disguise. Of COURSE I’m not an alien, I like Godfrey, who hate aliens! No aliens here in this diner wearing people suits!

Syd: Then he’s drawing too much attention to himself. No wonder he got found out.
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Misery in Space


Young Justice Season 2, Episode 2


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.


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


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!


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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Programming Note


As you might have noticed, after our first discussion on Season 2 of Supergirl, we returned to our coverage of Young Justice. We had intended to finish Young Justice before Season 2 of Supergirl. However, work and lack of recent free time limited our ability to post entries in a timely manner. We would like to finish our commentary on Young Justice before we consider returning to Supergirl. It is no secret that we are less than enthusiastic about continuing to watch Supergirl and are far more interested in the stories of Young Justice.

On another note, we have decided to split up our Young Justice posts. Previously, we were posting two episodes per post, as that is the same length as a Supergirl episode. What we did not take into account was how much more material there is to discuss in a twenty-two minute episode of Young Justice than there is in a forty-four minute episode of Supergirl.

If you would like us to continue our discourse (and rants) – or conversely – if you are sick of hearing about us hate on Supergirl, please let us know.