The team deals with the shocks of last episode, and Superboy makes new friends.
S1: Episode 17: Disordered
Young Justice deals with fallout from last episode in “Disordered.” The team is suffering from the emotional backlash of their “deaths” in the training scenario gone seriously awry last episode, with Black Canary acting as team psychiatrist. The sphere that’s been hanging around the team changes into the “Super Cycle” from the Young Justice comic book (which many of us have been waiting for since it first showed up). Being his usual calm and rational self, Superboy storms out of his session with Canary and ends up meeting the Forever People, on Earth seeking stolen technology. Batman and J’Onn continue to worry about the team, J’Onn commenting to Batman that “Trauma can linger, as you know.”
They narrowly avoid the stereotyped “heroes misunderstand and fight on first meeting,” cliche, and agree to work together. Superboy and the Forever People trace some of the missing tech to a bank robbery, where we find Ugly Mannheim, an Intergang member with a long history in the comics. As the fight erupts, they find out this gear is from Apokolypse and New Genesis. One of the best of the “therapy” scenes with Canary is Dick coming to the realization that, while he’s going to be a hero for life, he does NOT want to be Batman when he grows up. Elsewhere, the Forever People use their weird combination power to become Infinity Man in two fights, once easily beating the thugs, even with their tech, the second time falling into Desaad’s trap, with the Infinity Man being turned evil by Desaad’s new device- a Father Box. The possessed Infinity Man easily bests Superboy, but then the Sphere manages to take over Infinity Man, letting Superboy “pilot” the amazingly powerful being, and banish the rest of the tech off Earth. Superboy and the Forever People agree to leave Sphere/Supercycle on Earth. Conner finally finishes his session, and reveals that, while everyone else freaked out in the VR incident, he was actually fine with it, because, for a while, he got to be Superman, which is what he’s wanted. He feels guilty about it, but was at peace as his friends died, because he got what he wanted. I rather wonder if this version of Connor has a bit more of Lex’s DNA than others.
This was another great episode. The Forever People were used well, even if they were updated so their names were a bit less 60′s flavored (Beautiful Dreamer became Dreamer, for example). Sphere finally becoming something a bit more useful was handled well, and about time for it, too.
What I liked and what I didn’t:
I loved that they set up for, and then veered away from, the “heroes fighting when they meet,” cliche. That’s been done to death. The elements of the New Genesis/Apokolypse mythos were handled well. The team having some emotional trauma from last time makes a lot of sense. The sessions with Canary were very well done as well.
About the only thing I didn’t like was that, as happens from time to time, one character got most of the spotlight, in this case Superboy. Personally, I don’t like him as much as some of the other characters, so that wasn’t as good for me, but Superboy fans will be happy.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|no hero fight, good introduction of New Genesis, the sessions with Canary||a bit thin on time for the rest of the team|
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