Superboy and Miss Martian go undercover in Belle Reeve.
SE 1: Episode 11 “Terrors”
Young Justice continues its new season with ”Terrors.” This one goes back to the fist YJ episode, when the heroes fought four different ice villains. Looking into that, Batman sends Miss Martian and Superboy to Belle Reeve undercover as two new villains, the Terror Twins. The real Twins are subdued by the somewhat overpowering team of Superman and Martian Manhunter.
At Belle Reeve, we get to see Amanda Waller, and the prison psychiatrist, Hugo Strange. Oddly, among the villain cameos is the Riddler, fitted with a power damping collar. Why he’d be in Belle Reeve, or have a collar, I don’t quite get. That to one side, it becomes a prison movie, with the prisoner in charge being the senior Icicle, who apparently plans a mass breakout.
There’s a disturbingly amusing scene of Superboy, in disguise still, getting what’s actually good advice from Icicle II. The breakout starts, and chaos ensues. Another great scene is Waller being confronted by Mr. Freeze and still refusing to back down (thankfully, it’s the pre-nU Waller, not the new sexy model). The pretty much expected scene of the ultra-nice Miss Martian not being able to stay in character occurs when a guard is threatened, but it works.
Superboy manages to get the power-negating collars reactivated, and then actually shows some brains in manipulating the villains against each other. Superboy and Miss Martian end up finally admitting their feelings and making out for a bit. Amusingly, after being treated like the class geek and bullied by everyone, Riddler alone manages to escape. The end scene shows that, as I suspected, Hugo Strange was indeed working with the villains. Apparently, the breakout itself was a diversion, and whatever the “goals” were, Strange and Icicle say they were met.
What I liked and what I didn’t:
This was another episode that showed that Young Justice is part of the larger DCU. There were cameos by several League members, as well as lots of villains. I liked that they used many lesser known villains throughout these sequences, like Brick from Green Arrow, as well as bringing back the show’s version of Blockbuster. The interaction between Superboy and Miss Martian, as well as the scenes that spoke to both their cover identities and their real selves were done well. And I love that much put down Riddler got away.
My only complaint is that when you focus in that narrowly, everyone else gets left out. Aqualad had a few brief cameos, and that was it for the team. It’s a bit odd seeing Batman without Robin on a show about a team Robin’s a member of, but I get why they did it.
This show continues to be great fun, make a few changes that make sense (unlike much of the DC-nU), and show the heroes learning their way just fine.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|great cameos and guest stars, well written, nice action scenes” cons=||None|
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