Young Justice Season 1, Episode 12
SUMMARY: With their teammates incapacitated, Robin and Artemis must fend off two robots with elemental powers who have invaded Mt. Justice.
Syd: Since we just had an episode focusing on the two most powerful members of the team, now we get one that tries to demonstrate that the two members with no superpowers are still useful. It’s a time-honored superhero team tradition.
Margaret: It starts with Artemis flashing back to her sister packing to run away. Their mother isn’t getting out of jail any time soon and she refuses to live in the same house as their father.
Syd: This is a variation on the old kid running away to join the circus trope, but since they already have Dick who was in the circus as a kid, they instead have Cheshire run away to join a ninja dojo, and if I had known that was an option, I would not be writing this blog right now.
Margaret: It’s certainly an appealing option. As the Alice in Wonderland poster on her side of the wall alluded to, this scene also reveals that Artemis’ sister is Cheshire.
Syd: Artemis and Cheshire have never been sisters in any continuity before this. In fact, in any continuity where Artemis appears, she had always been completely white, so they changed Artemis’ race so she and Cheshire could be sisters. This changes not only their backstory, but those of their parents, too. On this show, their parents have the same names as Artemis’ parents from comics, but the same ethnicity as Cheshire’s. I think this is a positive change, as the two characters being sisters allows for some compelling character dynamics, but I’m at a loss to explain how Kaldur becoming Aqualad caused this change in continuity, as it would involve time travel and genetic engineering. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Orm is responsible. Good old Orm – bringing families together! He’s so not evil!