Young Justice returns, facing trained assassins and the first day of school. I’m not sure which is tougher.
SE 1: Episode 10 “Targets”
After a ridiculously long break, Young Justice finally returns to Cartoon Network. Starting off with the DCU references right off the bat, we see a government conference being covered by Cat Grant, usually shown as a Daily Planet reporter. In the opening, irony rules supreme as Red Arrow foils Cheshire’s attempted assassination of… Lex Luthor.Apparently, Lex is being used as an arbitrator between two fake countries that are more or less North and South Korea, and seems to have been targeted by the League of Shadows, a powerful group of assassins. Back at Mount Justice, Superboy and Miss Martian get sent off for their first day of school, and Superboy acquires the name Connor Kent, which Meggan mistakenly presumes is in honor of the fallen Dr. Fate, Kent Nelson.Back at the faux Koreas, Sportsmaster frees Cheshire, and we learn she’s working for Ra’s Al-Ghul. As Roy faces off against Cheshire and Sporstmaser both, Miss Martian and Superboy get to school and meet Wendy and Marvin of Superfriends fame, as well as Mal (Herald) Duncan and Karen (Bumblebee) Beecher. Roy barely escapes and finally calls for help.With more trivia bits thrown in, the teacher at school is Snapper Carr, and Meggan makes references to both the green and white Martians back home. Aqualad and Red Arrow then go up against Cheshire once more as she tries to break up the peace conference once again. Cheshire and Red Arrow end up flirting a bit, likely presaging their relationship in the comics. In a great use of teamwork, Red Arrow blows out the sprinkler heads in the room, giving Aqualad all the water he needs to shape with his powers and drop the assassins. Of course, Lex ends up looking great by a bit of manipulation. Naturally, Lex and Ra’s were working together, and both are revealed as members of the Light. Back at school, Meggan makes the cheerleading team, and is thrilled when Superboy carries her books home.What I liked and what I didn’t:This was a great episode, with lost of nice little DCU Easter Eggs. I’ve never been a huge Wendy and Marvin fan, but they were used well. Superboy’s programmed learning from his test tube phase comes out at school when he starts spitting out facts about the countries Lex is trying to broker peace between. Superman’s inexplicable attitude towards Superboy continues, as he’s notably absent when the kids go off to school and are seen off by Red Tornado and the Martian Manhunter. I still don’t really get why Supes is being such a jerk, but at least he’s being consistent. The slow reveal of the Light (not that most of us weren’t sure about those two), was nice as well. It was also nice to see Lex without Superman instantly showing up, same with Ra’s and Batman.
The only negatives I saw really were relatively minor. Meggan’s dreaded “Hello, Megan” catchphrase still lingers on, sadly. During the fight at the conference, Cheshire was dressed in some kind of Asian gown, and during the course of the battle, they felt the need to draw it flipping up to her waist, showing a pretty pronounced panty shot, which I really don’t think needed to be in a show in a kid’s network.
Overall, it’s still a great show, and I’m glad it’s finally back. I kind of wonder if the return was timed to be during the DC-nU launch, or if this is just coincidence. Either way, I’m looking forward to more of the show, and seeing what this version of the DCU is like.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|well written, good action, nice DCU bits everywhere||the catchphrase and that one scene mentioned above|
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