Young Justice: How Robin Became “The Batman”

by Jeremy Carden

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From the first episodes of Young Justice, we saw that 13-year-old Dick Grayson was a very capable fighter, strategist and skilled at acrobatics (due to his prior life as a circus performer). He had been holding the mantel of Robin since the age of 9, and 4 years under the studies of Batman equipped him with the skills need to be a great crime fighter and detective.

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In the episode “Drop Zone” he wanted nothing more than to be the leader of the Team. As the episode went on, we caught a glimpse at some of the reasons that he would not make a very good leader and Aqualad was the one to point it out to him;

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  1. He is smart but kind of impulsive like Kid Flash
  2. His age makes him a bit more immature than the others
  3. He disappears expecting the others to play a role in his “unknown plans”
  4. The fact that he has the most experience is also the thing that prevents him from being a good leader because despite working with Batman this long, he hasn’t been in a role where he was working with people less experienced than him
  5. Robin says himself that he doesn’t want to be responsible for holding everyone’s hands

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After Aqualad’s speech, he decided it was best for Aqualad to take on that role. He accepted but felt that Robin was the one destined to be team leader and he would serve as the leader until the right time for Robin to take over came.

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Aside from missions, let’s talk about Dick himself. He did “relinquish” his desires of being Team Leader but did feel hurt when Batman wanted to see “just Aqualad” after a mission.

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In one of those touching moments, we see Bruce and Dick play one on one basketball as a “training exercise” for hand/eye coordination. That was a great scene! It really felt like a father/son moment in this series and I couldn’t help but smile about it.

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Moving on to “Failsafe” we really see a character shift for Dick and it was verbally spoken during his talk with Black Canary in “Disordered.”

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During the telepathic training, Aqualad acted as a solider instead of the leader sacrificing himself in order to save Martian Manhunter from the alien’s disintegration beams.

Robin was the one to take over as leader and as the battle went on it seemed clear that he was playing the role of Batman; sacrificing everything in order for the mission to succeed.

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He sent Superboy in first as a distraction to draw the alien’s fire away long enough for he, Kid Flash, Miss M and Man Hunter to sneak onto the Mother ship.

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Inside, he confirmed to Kid Flash that the energy beams killed anyone hit with them not just teleporting them inside of the ship.

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When he and Wally finally reached the energy core of the ship and he placed the explosives, Wally figured out that Dick knew about this all along.

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Similarities…uncanny

Robin had deduced the truth about how their friends and mentors had died after being zapped by the beams and he was now on a suicide mission to end the threat at all costs.

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In the next episode, he tells Black Canary that right from the start he wanted nothing more than becoming the leader. After the mission in the previous episode, he discovered that the thing inside of Batman that allows him to do anything “for the sake of the mission” is something that he really doesn’t see in himself. He then tells her that after sacrificing himself and his friends, he didn’t want to become “THE Batman” anymore. It seems that Black Canary stayed true to her word in that the conversation would stay between the two of them.

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In “Images” he was placed as Team Leader by Batman since Aqualad was away on a mission with Aquaman. Kid Flash was quick to congratulate Robin on his “promotion” only for Robin to sigh in disappointment. Most likely he was still no longer interested in leading after the events of “Failsafe.”

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Then in “Agendas” during the League’s meeting about new additions, Batman revealed why he let Robin become his partner at the age of 9; so that he could bring in the people responsible for his parent’s death. Wonder Woman asked if it was so he could become like him. Batman replied that it was so he WOULDN’T.

It took me awhile but I know what he means by that now. Bruce was shocked and damaged by his parent’s death and wasn’t able to do anything about bringing in Joe Chill (or whoever the person responsible in that “universe” was) so he never really had closure to that part of his life and he holds on to that pain as seen in various forms of media featuring Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Not only with his parents but in any situation where he loses a loved one of friend, he usually isolates himself to brood. As Wonder Woman put it in “Hereafter” in Justice League the Animated Series; “He doesn’t handle loss very well…”

Jason and Dick are somewhat the same in that respect but Batman never wanted Dick to live "his" life of vengeance

Jason and Dick are somewhat the same in that respect but Batman never wanted Dick to live “his” life of vengeance

Dick Grayson on the other hand, thanks to Batman was able to do something about it and bring in the people responsible. No matter what comic book storyline or TV show, Dick Grayson can never be as obsessed as Bruce Wayne in the crusade against crime. That is because unlike Bruce, Dick had closure I suppose is the best way of putting it in terms of bringing in those who killed his parents.

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I wish we could have seen those two talk about this; Dick doesn’t want to become the Batman anymore and it turns out Bruce never wanted that for him from the beginning. If I were to speculate, it might have been something that came up during Dick’s decision to move out on his own and become Nightwing.

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We saw this go down in Batman the Animated Series, wish the same would have went down in Young Justice…

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In “Performance” we do see that he is still carrying some of the sadness of his parent’s death.

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He was so determined to clear the name of the circus that he was willing to catch a thief even not at 100% (due to Parasite taking his strength) until the Team told him they had to regroup.

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An interesting note is that he took it upon himself to recruit some of the Team members for a “secret mission” when in reality it was a “private mission” to prove the innocence of Haley’s Circus from recent thefts and the team successfully stopped the Parasite in the process.

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I think we get a look at Robin’s first use of “win at all cost” tactics in the final episode of Season 1, when he and Superboy team up to fight Batman and Superman. After taking out Batman, Superboy grabbed on to Superman. Robin asked if Conner was sure about using the Kryptonite but after Conner said do it, he whipped it out long enough to weaken them both and use the Cure-o-tech to free the brainwashed Man of Steel.

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It was a small use of “win at all cost even if it hurts my teammates” moment because Robin asked Superboy’s permission BEFORE using the green rock but still I thought it was worthy of note.

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Jumping 5 years later, we see Nightwing now in command of the Team. It is said that in YJ Legacy, we’ll see why most of the characters had a drastic change in character before the start of Invasion so I’ll just be using evidence from Season 2 for right now.

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He, Kaldur, Wally and Artemis were in on their plot to make it seem like Aquald went rogue and joined Black Manta, faked Artemis’ death so she could join Aqualad, Dick took over as Team Leader and Wally was in “retirement.”

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When Batman left with the others to get their names cleared on trial. it became official that Dick was really in this “alone” so to speak. However as I mentioned before, he was more than ready to use what he had learned. Even Batman said before departing that he was afraid that the most difficult job lies with Nightwing’s Team.

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So here we see him playing “Batman” doing whatever it takes for the sake of the mission putting his friend’s lives in danger (but not without consulting them about it first), deceiving the others and so on.

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In “Alienated” we see Batman confident enough in Dick’s abilities as his own man/leader as he was the one leading the mission and of course anytime we see the Bat-family in action is something worth being cheerful about!

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One thing that was hard to deal with during Season 2, was the rift in the bro-mance of Dick and Wally that we saw in Season 1.

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Remember when these two were together even in the thick of a dangerous mission, they’d crack jokes?

Well in this season, he is worried about Nightwing and all of the risks that he is taking so the jokes were few and in between alright and for good reason.

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Not just because his girlfriend is in the hands of the enemy in disguise but also because Dick is putting ALL of his team members at risk.

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I liked when he was doing his own investigation for evidence on War World. I know it was kind of the subplot of the episode but it was really something seeing him doing his own work using what Batman taught him.

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Of course his own version of the “Bat-glare” was something to see!

I wonder how Batman (who I believe to know about this entire rouse from the beginning since he is Batman after all) fells about this because he never wanted Dick to become “him.”

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At the end of “Summit” Dick hands over leadership of the Team back to Aqualad. He is hesitant at first praising Nightwing’s success as leader but Nightwing doesn’t have any second guesses about getting “that monkey off his back.”

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When the Warworld is reactivated and leaves Earth’s orbit, Nigthwing say “The Warworld has been activated and it’s leaving Earth’s orbit!! Um…is this good news or bad?” I was laughing so hard because for the first time in Season 2 we see the “old Dick Grayson” with his witting sense of humor.

So, the “old Dick Grayson” never really went away, he was acting as “Batman” because he had to due to the circumstances. If there is a Season 3, will we ever see Nightwing in a position like this again? Hard to tell but in any case, it will be interesting to see what he did after taking a break from the Team.

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Even as Team Leader, he wasn’t above taking the time needed to help out his friends as seen when he and the others tried to reach out to the Red Arrow to embrace his life as a person and not a clone.

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Not to mention he seems to be like a big brother for Tim, showing him the ropes of being Robin and also boosting his confidence by putting him on missions as Team Leader of the group he sends out on a case.

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Of course like the “Bruce Wayne playboy persona” Dick Grayson isn’t one to be afraid of the ladies!

I’ve always wondered about Dick Grayson/Artemis…

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Wally after losing to Black Canary; “Hurts so good…” I think of that every time I see this scene

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Wonder if Tim took some notes from Dick’s playbook since those two aren’t shy around blondes;

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“C-O-O-L”

Looks like Tim learned from the best!

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College Dating #3: Compromise But Don’t Settle!

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College is supposed to be the best years of your life when you get a small taste of life outside of your parent’s house and start to discover who YOU are as a person. Relationships can be a plus but of course there is a lot of compromise. I’ll get into that in Part 4 of my college dating blogs. This blog (Part 3) is going to be about compromising your standards and Part 4 will cover compromising with your significant other.

All too often when you are in a crowded environment for a long period of time (especially one filled with couples), you’ll start to feel the lonely part of being single. I can talk about this from experience being in a place like Liberty University. Most colleges have that famous slogan; “Ring by spring!” or “Ring by spring or your money back!”

Well, I’ve been at Liberty for 3 springs and let me tell you I haven’t met a woman who I felt strong enough feelings for to hand over a ring nor have I seen one sign of getting my money back!

In any case, LU was a college that really seemed to PUSH relationships. I’d say the last couple of semesters have been a bit calmer in that regard. That was not the case in 2011-2012 because it seemed that every person that spoke at convocation or Campus Church was there “preaching” about relationships or marriage.

There was one pastor who gave a piece of advice that I put into practice the night that I heard him say it at a Wednesday night service. He said that we should all take out a piece of paper and make a list. Writing down everything that you’d expect from your future wife or future husband and I wasted no time in writing down the qualities of my future wife.

When I finished, I made another copy and folded it up into my wallet. As time went on, if I had been seeing a girl for awhile or even ones that I talk to on a normal basis, I’d do a mental checklist of which qualities they had that was on my list.

After a few months, I decided to look over my list again. You know that feeling you get when you get back a graded paper and it was a lower grade than what you expected? That was kind of how I felt when I looked at my list again. Some of things on it were probably a little unrealistic in terms of what to expect out of someone that I’d like to spend the rest of my life with.

Thinking back to that church service, the pastor said that we needed to be careful of writing things down like; they have to be rich, good looking, etc. Because those kinds of things are more about selfish desires rather than true love and he was absolutely right.  I spent that night redoing the list and making it more about the personal qualities rather than physical or material qualities.

I must say that I met a few girls who were very compatible with the list that I made but certain circumstances made any chance of a relationship not possible; home states, career goals, how many kids we wanted and things of that nature that would be important if we were going to consider getting married in the future.

However, I feel alright about it because I know that I am looking for REAL love not just an artificial love based on looks.

As times goes on, it is easy to stumble and just fall into a relationship instead of falling in love. When you are constantly the third wheel when a friend invites you out with their girlfriend/boyfriend and you are just “there” or when everywhere you turn you see couples cuddling and you are alone…it starts to get to you. Then you’ll just find the first person who looks at you and say “I want THEM!”

That is a mistake because you are using a relationship as a way of avoiding loneliness. I’ll tell you one thing; you will feel lonelier in relationship with the wrong person than you will while you are single.

It is alright to say “Well this person doesn’t have every item of my quality list, but they come really close!” Seriously, you will probably never find that person who is 100% of what you are looking for relationship-wise. I don’t call that settling, I call that being realistic.

Why would you turn down someone who was “scored” a 96% on your Quality List for someone with good looks but they got a 54%? That doesn’t make any sense at all!

Just remember that settling and realistic are two different things. Either one can make or break a relationship. Consider what you want in a person and how they stack up in terms of your expectations. Trust me, a relationship based on that is probably going to last longer than one just to make you feel less lonely.

Justice League the Animated Series: A Better World

by Jeremy Carden

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The focus of this blog is going to be a bit of a throwback topic; Justice League the Animated Series. I’ll be talking about the 2-parter “A Better World.” If you are fans of the Crime Syndicate/Justice Lords then these episodes will be something that you’ll remember.

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One of the unanswered questions in this parallel universe is why the League decided to go rogue.

It appears based on the episode’s opening that the event which made the “change” occur was after Superman killed Lex with his Heat Vision. However, we should back it up a little bit. There are a few things that we never get more information on;

  1. Why was the League (Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman) attacking the White House in the first place?
  2. What was this war that was potentially bad enough to destroy the world?

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Superman goes ahead of the others to confront Lex and scolds him saying that even being President was enough for him. Lex then gathers up some papers going on about how his vision was not seen in the eyes of the people. Whatever his “plan” was is never explained or mentioned again.

He then loses his cool saying that he’ll push a button that will start the nuclear war and this causes Superman to reply with the numerous ways he could stop him but Lex cuts him off because he knows he won’t do it being brute/deadly force methods.

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Then Lex in a fit of cockiness and stupidity gives a speech (similar to the one Joker gave Superman in the Injustice game before he got killed) about how no matter how many times he locks him up, he’ll get out with a plan bigger than the last one.

However, he takes it a step further than Joker did and actually tells Superman that he in his own right is responsible for Lex’s evil deeds due to not stopping him due to the attention and all he gets for being a hero.

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Obviously, that makes something inside Superman snap and we see his eyes turn red.

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My bat-sense is tingling…

Something that is more shocking than what happened in the Oval Office, after being knocked down by one of the guards. Wonder Woman helps Batman to his feet and something that I never thought I’d hear comes from his lips…”Thanks.” Wow, this is a parallel universe!

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They rush to the office only to see Superman in a pondering pose while Batman boldly says what was done HAD to be done. That was really a shock because it was coming from someone who is opposed to killing. Lex’s plan must have really been something very horrible if Batman condoned Superman’s actions.

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Another thing that I’m curious about is whether or not the Lex of that particular timeline had Brainiac inside of him like he did in the “present.”

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We know that Brainiac had inserted himself into Lex’s body when he held him captive in “Ghost in the Machine” episode before the “World’s Finest” 3-parter in Superman the Animated Series. He gave Lex superhuman strength, cured his cancer and subconsciously told him the ideas/instructions on how to get the equipment and resources necessary to transfer him into an Amazo-like body.

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Now going back to “A Better World” we know that before Superman killed Lex, the Flash had been killed by Lex. The when and why of Flash’s death was left unanswered. We just know that in flashbacks and playback scenarios, a battle damaged Flash is held by two soldiers while Lex has a gun handed to him and he prepares to shot him.

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Here is my guess as to why Lex had killed Flash; it was due to Lex’s own actions in the White House being something the League didn’t like. Lex told Superman that the people were the ones who put him there and they were going to burn for it BURN!!! He basically sounded like a madman.

It seems that because he was in the White House, the League really couldn’t do anything about his actions even if they disapproved. As Superman put it, he regretted him getting the election and winning due to the “will of the people.” So, it seems that even if the other Leaguers were disgusted with Lex’s run for office, Superman was most likely the one to calm them down saying that it was not their jurisdiction to stop him from running. Or it could have been Batman that told Superman the way things worked in terms of elections. Again, it was “the will of the people.”

When he was storming into the office where Lex was, Superman told Wonder Woman that they had waited long enough. Most likely to go in and overthrow him.

Something tells me that Lex was committing some kind of crime as President and Flash went out on his own to stop him only to get caught and killed. For all we know, Lex probably gave bad publicity for the heroes banning them from heroic actions or something of that nature. It just seems unlikely that unless Flash was doing something on his own he wouldn’t be able to be caught.

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Before the “real” Justice League is sent back to their timeline, the Justice Lord Batman says it was more complicated than Flash’s death that pushed the League over the edge. Again, this was something we never get more information on but we do know that Flash’s death seems to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

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That is what made Flash defeating Lex in Justice League Unlimited such a powerful scene because he was literally “changing history!”

I think the most interesting question of all is; what made Justice Lord Batman change his mind? Regardless of the dimension or timeline: Batman IS Batman. Something tells me that he didn’t make that dimensional device without some kind of hidden agenda behind it.

For all we know, he could have deduced that getting the League from a different time before their dictatorship could change his team for the better.

With him basically isolating himself from everyone (so much so that even Manhunter is baffled by the time he spends in his cave), it could mean that he didn’t approve of their “takeover” but really what could he have done about it?

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Something tells me that he was “ok” with it up until a certain point. I mean during the scenes of Arkham, it appears that everyone in Batman’s Rogues Gallery had been lobotomized by Superman’s Heat Vision, Gotham is literally a “happy town” in terms of no crime/litter and as Batman explained to Superman as to why he created the dimensional portal; “What else is there to do around here?”

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When Flash asked him why he had them trapped, the alternate Batman replied with actual emotion that “He didn’t want to lose another…” before walking away. The “real” Batman replied that their world must have lost their Flash and that was why he was so adamant on protecting this one. Flash’s fake flat line made the alternate Batman panic and rush to his cell only to be duped into being the one trapped.

One could speculate that after Flash’s death, the League’s storming of the White House and global takeover made Bruce the recluse he was seen to be. He said he “hated old times” when John asked him to come with him and Hawkgirl to stop a riot at a Smallville college. This could mean that he recalls the times he worked with the League (with Flash I’d wager) and due to him not being one to handle loss well he’d rather not align himself with allies again.

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Remember in “Return of the Joker” after Tim had been abducted and brainwashed by Joker? After Tim “accidently” kills Joker, he forbade him from being Robin again and it seems that he cut ALL ties with the Justice League. Not due to stubbornness or him being anti-social towards them but most likely due to him not wanting to go through the pain of one of his friends/teammates being hurt.

I think that guilt of him not being there to save Tim was what made him isolate himself. With Flash gone in that timeline, which might have been a similar tragedy. It wouldn’t surprise me if Bruce had been someone to tell Flash NOT to go fight Lex (if that was what he did) and the guilt from not stopping him or helping him is what haunted him even in his cave. He was always a “part-timer” in the League but again this is mere speculation on my part.

I mean when you think about it, Bruce’s crusade had essentially been completed in that world. It was a peaceful place but freedom was the only thing missing.

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Considering like the Batcave in Batman Beyond, Bruce had the suits of the Bat-family in their cases possibly meaning that Tim, Dick and Barbara were “no longer needed” because the city was safe (for good it seems). It could be that he was the “voice of reason” in that he decided the best way of getting the League to see the error of their ways was to get their butts handed to them and their powers stripped away.

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After his fight with the other Batman, they were driving through the city and when Bruce asked his Justice Lord counterpart, if their parents would be proud of his actions, he simply said “Just drive…” hinting that he did feel some remorse for what he had done with the other League members. I think the answer to the question shook him to the core; would my parents truly be proud of the world the Justice Lords created? Yes, but the way the League went about it would probably result in a “No.”

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One has to wonder at the end of the 2-parter when the Justice Lord members were sent back to their world (with no powers) what became of them? It seems clear that they were placed in jail, put on trial or something of that nature. However, the biggest mystery is what happened to their Batman and why did he turn against his team?

What do you think?

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Just to take this a little further, in Justice League Unlimited (which takes place 2 years later, the same amount of time in the Justice Lord’s universe where 2 years had passed since Superman killed President Lex), we see Lex running for office only for it to be a false campaign to stimulate aggression in Superman to mirror the events of the Justice Lord’s timeline for some unknown reason…

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Overall, as I mentioned before it was mainly about Brainiac wanting a new body that was indestructible (and with Amazo tech as his host the Collector of Worlds would truly have been unstoppable).

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After fusing with the “Dark Heart” materials, Lex/Brainiac created duplicates of the Justice Lords to fight against the league members with taunts but they are defeated.

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Justice Lord Batman was taken out quickly by Batman since they had their fight and left each other on good terms so there probably wasn’t anything that Bruce wanted to hear from his Justice Lord counterpart (robot) that he hadn’t heard already.

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I think the most important parts of this season were Superman NOT duplicating the actions of Justice Lord Superman by killing Lex (even after Flash seemingly “died”) and Bruce’s change of heart about the League’s actions. When he and Flash were held prisoners, he tells Flash that their actions were not all that different from the Justice Lord’s when he really thought about it.

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Then after his face to face confrontation with Amanda Waller in episode when Superman fights Doomsday (one of my favorite JLU scenes by the way) really made him question whether or not the League should have that much power and jurisdiction. At the end of the episode, he even accused Superman of being like his Justice Lord counterpart due to their final judgment to send Doomsday to the Phantom Zone.

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Originally the writers were going to have Bruce form his own “league” to fight alongside Cadmus (mainly non-powered members who also believed in him like Green Arrow, Huntress and Question for example) but if I remember correctly he would eventually turn on them after learning their “true” intentions.

In any case, the story line and buildup that came with the introduction of the Justice Lords was just amazingly well written. I was only a child when it came on television for the first time but now that I’m older I’m fully able to appreciate the show not just for the action but the excellent writing.

Just a couple of final thoughts about “A Better World” it on the Hawkgirl/Green Lantern relationship.

Something else worth mention is their respective “commanders” feelings about their actions.

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Was the Green Lantern/Guardians of the Universe satisfied with John’s actions taking part in literally a planetary takeover? My guess is since the planet was being “protected” nothing against the oath of the Green Lanterns was taking place that deemed it necessary to take back his ring.

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In the present, later on Hawkgirl’s people and lover were coming to take over the Earth and destroy it. Though it seems to have not been referenced in “A Better World.”

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Another interesting note is that she was wearing armor similar to one of the female commanders in “Star-crossed.”

It appears that these two are in a relationship based on a couple of things;

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1. At the beginning of part 1 after the opening credits, Hawkgirl is comforting John when he is clearly missing Flash and his goofy antics.

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2. After stopping the riot at a Smallville college, Hawkgirl talks about how the world used to like the league but now look at them in fear. John mentions that they did what was right in order to protect Earth regardless of fear. Hawkgirl asks if he sleeps better at night for him to reply, “You know I do…”

Not sure of what to make of that last statement but something tells me that those two are in a relationship!

Your thoughts?

Young Justice Invasion: Unanswered Questions and Foreshadowing

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There were a lot of unfinished story lines for certain characters that we never got to see in Season 2 and fans are hoping that they would be in Season 3 of Young Justice if it is ever made. In this blog, I’ll probably be using more references to the comic book than I did in my first blog about the series.

Young Justice is a show well-known for the little things that are planted during an episode that leads to bigger events in the series that die-hard fans or anyone with a good eye will take notice of.

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For example, remember Nightwing’s shadowy appearance in Justice League Unlimited “Grudge Match?” Due to ownership rights and other issues, he could not be used in the series so the closest they could get was this. It was more like a blink and you miss kind of thing but hey Nightwing was in JLU that’s good enough for me (sort of…).

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Moving on to Season 2, in episode 1 when Nightwing is trying to give Tim a shot at leading a small squad his last words before sending him off were “Just don’t die, ok?”

From a fan’s perspective, I am confident in saying that we all kind of did a girly shriek because as soon as we heard “die” the first thing that came to mind was of course the Robin who followed Dick Grayson: Jason Todd.

A lot of viewers were wondering why Dick would bring up the world “die” unless there was some incident in the past on the Team or with another one of the Bat-family members. We had to wait a few episodes but eventually our suspicions were confirmed!

Jason Todd was the second Robin AND died!!! (Sorry about that but fans know that feeling of excitement when a theory we cooked up in our minds is confirmed to be true in the actual series).

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Again, we don’t know if it was due to the Joker but we do know that he is dead.

A recurring event in the series (aside from the Maneuver 7 technique) was the League descending down from the sky after the Team had just finished a mission.

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In Season 1, after the destruction of Cadmus; Kid Flash, Superboy, Robin and Aqualad watched as the League came down from the sky.

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Later in “Revelation” they came when the Team was fighting against the Injustice League and their base of command was destroyed by a massive amount of explosive birdarangs by Robin and Miss M.

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At the end of “Happy New Year” after the Krolotean Zeta Tube platform was destroyed; Robin, Lagoon Boy and Blue Beetle emerged from the water to see the League and Team members coming down from the sky.

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Finally, in the finale of Season 2 when the League members return from trial it was a nice twist because it was the Team that descended down to meet them. And keeping with the trend of places blowing up, the League was shocked at the Cave’s destruction.

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Another interesting foreshadowing moment was right before Kaldur blew up the Cave. Artemis took off her Tigress mask so he could look at her face and give an answer as to whether or not he was sure it was the right thing to do.

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Not only that, before the cave exploded the final image we see was Artemis’ hologram in the memorial underneath the Cave. Could that have signified the “death” of Artemis as well? I mean she decided to give up that superhero persona after the “death” of Wally. So to me that scene signified a couple of things:

  1. As I already mentioned the “death” of Artemis because when Wally died, she felt like Artemis (the superhero) died as well because she was Wally’s partner and felt that she needed to distance herself from that
  2. In the comics, she is a villain and if I remember correctly she even dates Icicle Jr. I believe she told Bart after he asked if she was going to tryout Tigress as a hero for her to respond “No, as a blonde.” Sorrow has a way of making people change for the worse especially when love is involved. Similar to how it seemed that Tula’s death pushed Aqualad to the “dark side” with the Light it was believable despite it being a ploy between him Dick, Wally and Artemis. It is possible that Wally’s death might have a negative effect on Artemis/Tigress. Or the show’s way of avoiding that road for Artemis was to have Tigress be a “villain” when she was faking her role as right-hand woman for Kaldur while he was working for Black Manta

In any case, I’d be interested in seeing how she is coping with Wally’s death after the end of Season 2.

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Another thing that wasn’t touched on after Season 1 was Zatanna’s relationship with Dr. Fate not to mention her coping with her father not being with her anymore. We see her adjusting to life in the cave but in the finale of Season 1 we see her trying to remove the helmet of Fate to no avail.

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I know Fate was the one to teach her the proper incantation to release Blue and Green Beetle from the Reach’s control. Of course it was off-screen and only mentioned in “Intervention” but it would have been cool to see the “father/daughter” thing happening.

Something else I wanted to see was when she was inducted into the Justice League along with Rocket. I remember in “Agendas” Dr. Fate was headstrong against her being inducted into the league after he mentioned that Wally and Kaldur were ready. Despite being young, he was once joined with them both. However, he was also joined with Zatanna but when it was brought up about her joining he firmly refused hinting that Zatara was still in there somewhere.

I’d have liked to see the League Induction ceremony and in the back of my mind I have a feeling that it would have been Dr. Fate that handed her the membership/ID card. Those little moments are what really do express a lot about the more “human” part of these characters aside from their superpower abilities.

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How about when Garfield got his abilities to become Beast Boy? That is something I wish they would have explored on a deeper level and how Miss M. and he became closer after his mom’s death at the hands of Queen Bee.

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If there was a Season 3, I wish we got to see Beast Boy when he got older and was able to handle himself better. I’d imagine he’d like to get some revenge on the one responsible for taking the life of his mother. Kind of like Roy going after Lex took his arm. I’d like to see to see how that would turn out.

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In “Happy New Year” Clayface no longer vulnerable to electricity but we never find out why.

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The Terror Twins, wow just wow. Tommy just got ripped he was bigger than Bane in “Darkest” I knew he’d get stronger as he got older but this was a bit too ridiculous for my taste.

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Did Guy Gardner ever officially become a member of the League?

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I know in “Agendas” after Flash recommended him to come on as a member as a third Green Lantern for the extra power, John and Hal were adamant in their disapproval saying “No” in unison twice about it.

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When and how did Ocean Master disgrace himself?

We know the Light replaced him with Black Manta as he disgraced himself and I’d really like to know why. If I had to guess, it would probably be an event that involved Tula somehow leading to her demise. I’d wager she somehow stopped his plan by sacrificing himself. Nightwing told Aqualad that “Aquagirl knew the risks!” to an unknown mission that cost Aquagirl her life.

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How did Deathstroke plan on taking a seat on the Light?

When Sportsmaster asked Slade why he’d become hired help for Manta and the Light he replied that he planned on taking a seat on the Light. That implies that he might try to cause a coup with the Light in order to become one of the leading 7.

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Who would win in an all-out fight between Deathstroke and Sportsmaster?

We saw them fight on Black Manta’s sub but it was staged for the most part especially Miss M’s escape while she was working with Chesire and Sportsmaster to keep Artemis’ identity safe. But really in a battle to the finish which one of them would come out on top?

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Another thing I’d like to see instead of just in flashbacks was their tag team assault on Ted the Blue Beetle before Jamie.

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When did Superboy break up with Miss M and when did she get together with Lagoon Boy?

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We know WHY Conner broke up with her but something I’d like to know is when she decided to use her powers abusively literally “mind raping” her opponents.

I think that Lagoon Boy joined the team after Aqualad left if I remember correctly.

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Even though it was only in the comics, I wish we would have seen Match return. In the comics, he looks like Tommy Terror having bulked up since we last saw him and he was fighting Batgirl. He was like the Bizarro to Superboy and I really wish we got to see him and Conner fight again.

It would mean Conner would have to use his brain since Match is has ALL the powers of Superman while Conner is limited due to being 50% human and the only reason he beat Match before was because of the shields.

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What of the Warworld? I mean both Despero and Mongul are still on it in the prison containers in what looks to be suspended animation. Will they make reappearances if the Light sees them as useful in their future plans?

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Something about the Light’s ability to foresee things especially Lex Luthor was astounding. For example, remember how he had planned ahead in case the real Roy Harper came after him? To me that cybernetic arm was as he called it a “gift” I mean it was more powerful than Mercy’s and its probably Lex’s way of saying “Thank you, you’ve served your purpose to Light and I so just take this offering of gratitude and we’ll call it even.”

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Now, something that really had me guessing that the Light would betray the Reach is this; notice how the Team infiltrated the place where the Reach beverage was being made and Black Beetle attacked Blue, Impulse, Arsenal and Robin?

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Didn’t you find it strange that Arsenal’s cybernetic arm laser was the ONLY weapon that did damage to Black’s armor? Aside from Robin explosive device that blew off most of his armor before he was able to regenerate letting the fans see that his “natural” body looked like a member of the Reach’s race.

To me that signified that Lex and the others were probably going to “use” Arsenal again if necessary to fight the Reach OR he knew that he’d eventually be added onto the Team so the heroes could do the work of defeating the Reach for them.

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Also, the being who threw Mongul off his throne and planet…was it Darkseid? If you ask me that is the only “logical” choice in my opinion.

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I can see him and Vandal walking around the Warworld and come upon the cell holding him and Despero for Darkseid to mention meeting him somewhere before.

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With Cyborg now being featured in a lot more of the video games, DC direct to film movies it stands to reason that if there was a Season 3 he’d show up. The same can be said of Starfire just to give fans of the Teen Titans series (the old one not TT Go!) something to enjoy.

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Wonder if they’d also include Raven somehow…

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I don’t know about you but the Injustice League was a nice little plot device. We got to see a good number of formidable villains together fighting against the Team. I’d love to see them do that again in the future!

Well, I guess I’m out of things to talk about because I’ve listed pretty much everything that I can think of off the top of my head in terms of foreshadowing and Easter eggs planted throughout the season.

Let me know your thoughts below because I really enjoy reading the perspectives of other fans and things that they notice in the show!

Young Justice Legacy

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With Young Justice: Legacy’s debut on video game shelves approaching fast, many fans are looking forward to it due to its release date being pushed back earlier this year. One of the reasons fans are wanting this game so badly is to find out if it will make the 5 year gap in between Seasons 1 and 2 a bit smaller.

So what do you know about the game so far?

From articles that I’ve read, the storyline is supposed to take place about one year before the events of Season 2 and here is other information that has been confirmed;

  • Aqualad is still leading the Team
  • Garth (Tempest) is on the team as well
  • Dick Grayson is now Nightwing
  • Tim Drake is now carrying the mantel of the Boy Wonder
  • Artemis, Kid Flash, Zatanna, and Rocket are still on the Team
  • Bumblebee and Lagoon Boy are also part of the Team but aren’t playable characters due to being out on another mission
  • Red Arrow is a major, non-playable character; the Team discovers parts of his diary, depicting his adventures during the five-year time skip
  • Black Canary and Red Tornado also appear, providing training and equipment, respectively

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I’m not sure whether or not Tula (Aquagirl) is still alive but if I had to guess maybe she is. This game might explain her death and the mission she was on during her demise. I know Wally mentioned that the time between her death and Kaldur going undercover working for his father (Black Manta) happened within the time frame of a few months.

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Red Arrow’s diary entries will most likely express his anger at the League for dropping their search for Roy Harper causing him to leave them, maybe his marriage to Chesire and her leaving him due to his obsessive hunt for his original-self.

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Hopefully, we will learn more about the Bat-Family especially the evolution of Robin: Dick Grayson to Nightwing. You know finding out when Dick left Bruce’s side to become Nightwing.

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Other things like when Jason filled in the role of Robin, when and how he died and when Tim Drake became the third Robin.

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Not to mention when Batgirl was brought into the family. Also, I’d like to know if Jason Todd was ever on Team missions. In the comics, Jason was the Robin that talked smack to Batman and I’d like to know more about his interaction with the Team if he ever had any.

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I imagine he’d be like Arsenal doing his own thing regardless of the Team leader’s commands. It could be that Joker was the one to kill him like in the comics or due to him having reckless behavior during a mission that is how he died. In any case, I hope we get to learn more about it.

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One final thought; I know that the Injustice: Gods Among Us game had a comic book series that went along with the series. It was about the 5 years in the alternate timeline before the game began. I find that a little uncanny considering that 5 years was also the same length of time between Young Justice Seasons 1 and 2. Could that mean another comic book series of Young Justice might come out about the 5 years between seasons as well?

It wouldn’t surprise me if that happened. If anything this might bring in more money for the Young Justice franchise and raise the odds of a Season 3 coming out!

What do you hope to see in this new game in terms of closing the gap in between Seasons 1 and 2?

Tyler Perry’s The Have and Have Nots: Does Jim Love Candace?

by Jeremy Carden

After going back through the previous episodes of this nighttime drama, I’ve come up with what I feel are logical theories and deductions as to whether or not Jim Cryer has a genuine emotional attachment to his young mistress Candace Young.

From their first encounter to last’s nights episode it seems that they are using each other for their own personal gain; Jim for the thrill (and sex) and Candace for the money.

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“A lady in public…”

Starting from the pilot to last night’s new episode, I think I can come up with an answer to Jim’s feelings for Candace and whether or not she feels the same about him.
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“…but a devil behind closed doors…”

Looking back at Episode 1, one must beg the question; was it love at first sight for Jim?

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The first of many…

After Candace did her “job” the two are in bed talking about how they do not seem to know each other that well but Jim would like to see her again. Candace then gave him her “personal” phone number before he left to go home for his 50th birthday party.

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Does Candace see Amanda as a friend or a pawn?

He was then shocked to see his daughter Amanda’s new friend: Candace.

During the cliffhanger of Episode 1, it seems that Jim was fed up with Candace due to her infiltrating his home and then he told her that never wanted to see her again (well at least not under these circumstances of his escort being at his home). One could assume that it was merely out of anger and the shock of her being “friends” with his daughter that caused him to overreact literally throwing her out of his home.

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Candice takes the wheel but Jim is footing the bill…a $100,000 bill to be exact

That outburst didn’t seem to do him any favors because Candace certainly did not take the news too well considering earlier Jim expressed his desire to see her again but now he was throwing her out of his house. So, she calmly listed out her demands; $100,000 cash and a brand new sports car like the one Amanda had.

In the next episode, when Jim talks to David about how this would interfere with his chances of running for governor, he told David that it had been about 10 years since he had an escort. We also learn that he and Katheryn are no more than just mere “roommates” due to their marriage being more about the benefits (her family is rich) and for public appearances rather than actual love.

This could mean that Jim has been trying to fill the void of a meaningless marriage with all of the women that he has been with behind his wife’s back (although she has shown on more than one occasion that she knows what her husband has been doing).

At the end of the episode, Candace locks Jim’s office door and once again the two of them have sex.

It is difficult to tell if Jim does indeed care and have romantic feelings for Candace or if he is simply enjoying the thrill of being with her. Candace seems to only be interested in the “business” side of this for her own personal gain especially after saying that she wanted “THIS house…” (Jim’s house) to her mother and this whole “game” is all about her getting what she wants no matter what she has to do in order to get it.

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“I want THIS house…”

As I mentioned before, it is not uncommon in Tyler Perry shows, plays or movies for a character who appears to have “everything” (material-wise) to throw it all away on an affair because they claim that they are bored or unsatisfied in their current marriage. In order to escape from their “boring” lifestyle, anything that seems like it might be a thrill is something that they will partake in no matter the risks.

However, in the long run everything that they had (marriage, money, career, etc.) crashes and burns right in front of them (which is ironic since in the end of the pilot, Candice said that she’d “burn” Jim’s playhouse down). Though I must admit, this program doesn’t seem to be the average Tyler Perry show so there is really no telling what will go down.

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“Say something like that again and I’ll break your neck…”

Something else worthy of note: Jim’s reaction to Wyatt accusing him and Candace of sleeping together. He takes his son to his office for a talk ending with a threat if Wyatt ever says something embarrassing him like that again. Hard to tell if he was embarrassed by Wyatt’s accusation, nervous because he had been accused in broad daylight about a “crime” he IS guilty of or if he was doing it to “protect” Candace because his son insulted her when he was there to hear it (Wyatt didn’t see his dad behind him).

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Court is now in session!

Moving on a few episodes, once again Candace is in Jim’s office wearing his robe. Similar to all of their encounters, when Jim resists, Candace throws on the charm and he is putty in her hands.

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“If the stiletto fits…”

Due to Jim not being the one to give her the money and car upfront, she doesn’t seem to like David that much. I like his character because he is a straightforward and direct individual who isn’t as easily swayed by Candace’s charm like Jim is because he knows her for what she really is.

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David gets right down to business

Not to get off subject but I will admit, Candace is EXTREMELY cunning and this was shown when it looked like she was going to expose Jim to that reporter.

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“What is she doing?”

After David refused to her demands (instead of $100,000 cash he was going to disperse in smaller amounts for her to use in order to pay for law school), she was going to “fake a rape” because she told the reporter one of the judges was into prostitution BUT she didn’t say who meaning that if David was caught in that awkward position with Candace then he would have been the one to take the fall. Talk about a full-proof contingency plan!!

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Batman isn’t the only person able to pull off contingency plans

Even if Jim was the one to give her the money and car, something tells me that Candace would probably still hold him for blackmail just to do it.

In “The Criminal” for the first time it seems that Candace is addressing Jim on his “issues.” She talks about how he is just daydreaming through life and she comes along every so often to “wake him up.” This was one of the first times I felt that Candice was being genuine to Jim. I recall last week I asked you on Twitter about whether or not Candace was being honest or deceptive when they were talking. We both agreed that she is true to herself by being confident in her own imperfections.

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Genuine or deceptive?

She goes on even further to tell him that he has everything but is willing to throw it all away. Jim simply states that he is bored with the life he has. This hints at him enjoying that thrill of running into Candace to have sex. As I mentioned before, he seems willing to do whatever he can to get out his usual routine.

When he says that they will continue to see each other until he feels that they are even might suggest something we have yet to see. That statement probably lit a fire in Candace after Benny was arrested, and that added more suspicions in her mind that she was setup by Jim to “even the score” due to her having him on blackmail for so long (along with $100,000 and a new car).

When he shrugged off Celine’s advances on their “third anniversary” of the day they apparently made love, he showed no interested in her at all. It seems the only reason that Celine was still on the staff was because she could expose Jim for their affair behind Katheryn’s back but it probably wouldn’t faze her in the least due to her knowledge of his other affairs.

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“He’s not into…black women”

I’d expect Celine to be fired because I doubt Katheryn would want one of her maids that slept with her husband to be working in her home.

It can be assumed that since he has this thing going on with Candace that he has no interest in Celine or any other woman for that matter. However, until Celine was shown to be extremely territorial over Jim’s space; shoes, bathroom, etc. after she discovered that Hanna was cleaning them, there weren’t any hints to those two having an affair in the past.

In last night’s episode, when David confronts Jim on his behavior you could tell that Candace’s “lingering” presence was having a negative effect during their conversation. David goes so far as to say that he doesn’t even know who Jim is anymore despite having known him for years.

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What friendship hasn’t been ruined by a female?

Of course the point of this blog comes from David asking if Jim LOVES Candace but it seems that he could not give a straight answer to the question. On some level, I think that Jim might have begun to have romantic feelings for Candice but to be honest; I think it might be too soon for me to give a definite answer.

Especially with upcoming events that might shake the relationships/bonds already established between the characters. For example, Jim now knows that Hanna is Candace’s mother causing him and David to come up with the theory that it was a family operation to bring down the Cryer’s.

Remember how ticked Jim was at Candace because he had been tricked? She did her homework on him from the past 6-7 months prior to ever coming to that hotel door. Now imagine what he will do with his new found knowledge.

When David told Jim what he did, Jim was concerned and whether it was because of his feelings for Candace or his moral code of how this was not the right thing to do is hard for me to separate. I mean David kept going on about how he expected Jim to do the same for him if the situation was reversed but planting drugs was a bit too far because now he is in possible jeopardy if his part in the scheme is discovered. Jim’s disapproval is again what made David speculate if Jim was falling for Candace. Really can you blame the guy? She is deceiving but I have to admit she is enchanting and can be well…persuasive…

Candace stormed to Jim’s house and up the stairs to his wife’s room there is no telling what is going to happen. If I were to make a prediction it seems rather unlikely that Candace will reveal everything at the beginning of next week’s episode. Based on her past lies and cover-ups, it seems a bit TOO obvious that Candice would do that. I wonder if she will say something about Amanda moving out of the dorms to be her roommate to Katheryn instead…

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Will Candace let the cat out of the bag?

Jim’s reaction to Candace accusing him of the setup made me pay attention to his body language. Of course he didn’t do it and the way he was trying to calm her down saying that her accusing him was wrong showed he had general concern about the situation not just because she was going to bust him. If she did think he did it that would mean no more “thrill rides” for Jim.

I will say that the stair chase scene was funny, for a guy at 50 he can really move. I think he managed to grab her foot and that slowed her down when she went back for her shoe but it wasn’t enough to stop her.

Honestly, it seems that Jim was shocked and thrilled to find a woman that could “challenge” him if you want to put it that way. It maybe safe to assume that his other affairs were well easy. He is a man, wealthy, most women find him handsome and they probably just throw themselves at him but here Candace is not like that at all. Even if it did look like she was throwing herself at him (she was in HIS office, in HIS robe and in HIS chair) I think we can all assume it is not without purpose. Due to Candace’s, behavior so far it might all be part of a bigger scheme…

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Jim’s objections have been overruled…

This might be a premature assumption I was going to put in another blog all about Candace, but she might be trying to get pregnant with Jim’s baby and if that doesn’t get her “THIS house…” it will certainly get her a huge payoff (maybe). When Jim says she has evidence; emails, text messages…DNA…” that got me thinking about this possible theory.

Being in a loveless marriage, it looks like Jim is enjoying the ride so to speak and that is why he doesn’t mind running into Candace as much as he used to in earlier episodes. Candace set him up, blackmailed him, tempted him into sex on more than one occasion, brought hell to his home (although he is responsible for that as well), she’s literally strangling his chances at being governor and is possibly going to expose their “relationship” to his wife.

Tika, depending on whether or not you like this blog in the near future I’d love to send you the one I’ve been working on in my spare time describing my thoughts on Candice as a character. Overall, I feel that she is an intelligent young woman who is essentially playing chess with the other people in the series. When I look at everything that I’ve seen so far in these 9 episodes, she basically has everyone wrapped around her finger through her charm, lies and of course blackmail. However, along with that “power” she has also made enemies out to destroy her and for their own reasons.

I do hope that you enjoyed reading my thoughts and I would really enjoy getting your feedback on this. Of course, I do understand that you probably won’t be able to tell me what will happen in future episodes and whatnot due to spoilers. I get it since you have a role on the show, looking at each new episode and re-watching the old ones carefully for clues to speculate and come up with these theories is what makes The Have and Have Nots an even more enjoyable show to watch!

Young Justice: Season 2 Review and My Thoughts on a Season 3

First off, let me just say that there hasn’t been an official confirmation of a Season 3 and this blog is completely based on my opinion. As fans, I think we can all agree that after hearing that Young Justice: Invasion was going to be the end of the series you could hear the hearts of DC fans breaking around the world. It was really a shame because unlike most animated shows on TV these days this show stood out from the rest; action, solid character roster (which of course would have grown in the next season), great dialogue and a well-written script which created an excellent story line to follow.

I’m not writing this to criticize the other programs on Cartoon Network, but I will say that YJ was in a “league” of its own (Justice League pun…I couldn’t resist). The reason that I am writing this blog is to know what the fans would want to see if there was a Season 3.

Personally there are a lot of things that I’d love to see and most of them do not have to do with the action that makes this show great because I’m one of those people who love continuity and character development/personality. Also, keep in mind that while the comic book that went along with the animated series was great, I’m only going to discuss the television show for my thoughts.

Something that we never saw in Invasion was Dick Grayson. Think about it, true we saw Nightwing as Team Leader and sometimes in the field of battle but we never got to see Dick without the costume.

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It is understandable because with everything going on there wasn’t much time for Dick to be Dick. You know the playful Boy Wonder that we saw in Season 1 due to him now being in command of the Team along with all of the seriousness going on around him (I’ll get back to Dick/Nightwing a little later).

Out of Season 2, I would have to say that my favorite or standout episodes would probably be; Satisfaction and Summit. I loved Satisfaction because again it was more than just the action that grabbed my attention but the excellent dialogue especially Lex’s speech during the original Roy Harper’s fight with Mercy about his “arsenal.”

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As for Summit, words cannot express how awesome this episode was. It just proves how much the Team planned ahead. My favorite part of the episode was Kaldur’s demeanor. He played his role as a Light member perfectly and the fact that he made valid points on the Reach and calming the battle between evil organizations was astounding.

Even more impressive was his temperament in his transmission exposing the Light’s true intentions to the Reach after he was “killed” by Deathstroke. This was so impressive that even Vandal gave the boy credit. The closing words to the hologram “I’m sure I’ve shattered this illusion as well as what is left of this sorry alliance…good night” was just the icing on the cake.

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Not to mention he defeats both Black Manta AND Deathstroke (off-screen)!

Some episodes and moments worthy of honorable mentions include the following:

  • Alienated: We get to see the Bat-Family together in costume and in action. This was something that we didn’t get to see in Batman the Animated Series.

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I think my favorite part of that was when they infiltrated the base and Nightwing gave the signal to Batgirl and Robin to attack, the fact that it was unspoken just showed how in sync this group of heroes are!

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  • Salvage: This episode was good because we got our first look at the clone Roy Harper (Red Arrow) and how he’s been dealing with life after the events of the Season 1 finale. Not to mention finding out he married Cheshire and now has a child was an excellent cliffhanger.
  • Bloodlines: Similar to “Alienated” we get to see a “family” of superheroes in action! In this episode it was the Flash or Speedster family.

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  • Cornered: We get our first look at Virgil (Static) enough said…

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  • True Colors: Sportsmaster’s visit and then betrayal by the Light was just a good look into his character

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It was a real shame that Black Manta was betrayed by his son when he was one of the ONLY parents in the series that actually cared about his child because Sportsmaster cared more about his reputation that his blood.

You are probably wondering why “Endgame” wasn’t in my favorite episodes list of Season 2 but there are a few reasons for that. For one, it was too rushed just like the finale of Season 1. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy watching it but everything was too fast paced for my taste. There were a lot of scenes that had to be cut because it is a 22 or 23-minute show (http://youngjustice.wikia.com/wiki/Endgame).

My hope is that on the final DVD set coming out in the Special Features portion of the discs we get to see those deleted scenes. That would be a great little farewell gift to treat the loyal fans with, but I doubt that this will happen.

When comparing it to the Season 1 finale, again I am referring to how rushed everything was. Remember that off screen the Team along with some of their allies from earlier in the season created the cure to the Starro-Tech, Robin broke into Batman’s safe with the Kryptonite and other events were mentioned but not seen due to time.

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Really I felt that the finale for Season 1 should have been a 2-parter with the first episode being about how the Team discovered the League was under mind control and worked on creating a cure and the second episode could have been the League/Team throw down saving them from the Light’s control.

The episode “Intervention” was one episode that seemed too much like an episode of “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” because it just seemed too easy. We see how Jamie is literally “trapped” inside the Scarab and forced to do whatever the Reach wanted him to do. Also, the whole bit with the Ambassador controlling his motions, actions and dialogue through the remote control was just cheesy in my opinion.

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Then when he and Green were freed and on their way home, Robin, Zatanna and the others explaining what went down and how they saved him seemed like the end of an episode when Velma and Freddy would breakdown how they used the clues to solve the mystery. You could just tell that the writers were pressed with only 2 episodes left so they had to wrap everything up as quickly as they could with the little time they had left in the series.

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One thing about in the finale episode that I wanted to see were the different partners set up to destroy the machines scattered across the globe, I did read that Red Arrow and Arsenal were teamed up and I would have loved to see that! The defeat of Black Beetle seemed lackluster and WAY too fast. I mean within the first 5 minutes or so that was the fall of the Reach’s mightiest (and only warrior aside from Green Beetle) warrior. It was a shame that Green Beetle had to lose his scarab but I guess it was done to make it so Blue was the only Beetle in the galaxy.

After Black’s first fight with the Team it was awesome seeing him toss them around like they were nothing but I was afraid after that episode. Why? Because like most villains or powerhouses introduced into a series, their first fight(s) show them dominating their opponents but in their appearances that follow, they get taken down by tactics that aren’t that impressive because with repeated fights the good guys figure out how to outsmart them and take them down.

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Something else that I wanted to know was whether or not Batman knew Dick and Kaldur’s plan? It wouldn’t surprise me if he did because well, he’s Batman. When the League arrived back on Earth his first words were to Aqualad asking what had happened. It is possible that on their way back from their trial they were filled in on everything that had happened during their time away from Earth.

I’m glad that Kid Flash (Wally) didn’t suffer but honestly, I do not think that he is dead. You can call it wishful thinking if you want to but the way that it happened seems unbelievable.

Remember in Justice League Unlimited when Grodd is sucked out of the air lock in the Legion of Doom’s headquarters by Lex in space or when Lex and Darkseid presumably became a part of the Source Wall?

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From what I can tell the writers “killed off” the characters that way so if they were to return it would be through understandable circumstances. I think the same can be said of Kid Flash as it looks like a plot device that could be explored in Season 3.

Now getting back to Dick/Nightwing, I do not believe that he thinks that Wally is dead. Why? Jumping back to the Justice League series, do you recall in “Hereafter” when Superman was presumed dead after being blasted by Toyman’s machine (when really he was transported thousands of years into the future) Batman was the ONLY person to not believe that he was dead?

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He did his own investigation into his disappearance and right when he was about to give up and was giving a heartfelt speech to Clark’s memorial it was cut short due to an attack on the city (Notice how the writers don’t even want Bruce to have a sentimental moment or doubt his own hunches because he’s Batman?).

What does this have to do with Nightwing? Well I think that the fact he is taking some “time off” from the Team probably means more than what he led Aqualad to believe. He might pull a “Red Arrow” and do his own search for his fallen buddy. I’ve heard/read that if a Season 3 was made that there would have been another time jump from season to season like they did in-between seasons 1 and 2. I’m not just saying this because he was Batman’s partner but I wouldn’t put it past Nightwing to do something like this.

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Let me talk about what I thought about Wally’s death. Again, I’m glad that it wasn’t slow and painful but the fact that he died wasn’t fair. I’m not saying this to be whinny but here is why I don’t think it is fair. In Season 2, I think Wally was one of the characters that had to suffer the most. I dare say that he was close to the level of suffering of Aqualad (he had his mind shattered by Miss M, had to infiltrate his biological father’s ranks and then betray him along with losing his love Tula prior to all of this). Why? Let’s go down the list shall we?

  • The love of his life was placed in hands of the enemies for months
  • He was friendship with Dick was strained due to his unnecessary risks to the Team putting their lives in danger on multiple occasions
  • Lying to cover up the fake death of Artemis and I think this was shown to be the most painful during his visit to her grave with her mother. You could see the look on his face when she said how much his presence meant to her because Artemis’ death would have been too much to bear if she had to go through it alone
  • He is finally reunited with his love only to be killed off in the next episode…

Those reasons alone express my distain for him dying. I’m not mad at Impulse for changing history because it seems that he changed it for the better. However, it appears that saving Flash’s life might have been “replaced” with Wally dying instead considering he doesn’t belong in the present and history probably didn’t have 3 Speedsters in the history books (not counting the out of action Jay). Not to mention that fact that he was once again going into retirement with Artemis and passing the mantel of Kid Flash down to Bart was heartwarming to know that Bart was accepted in the present and that Wally was going to be able to finally enjoy life with his love.

I will give the writers credit; seeing the episode promo for “Bloodlines” had me thinking that Flash was going to die and Wally would take his place. Then in the finale when Barry raced to stop the last machine and Impulse went with him I assumed that he was going to die. However another plot twist came about with Wally was the one to perish.

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From what some people have said based on the writer’s decision. This “universe” for Young Justice does not have a Speed force, I don’t know why but that is what I’ve heard. I think the most “logical” reason for Wally being alive is that the energy sped him up to the point that he disappeared. It is true that Barry and Bart were running faster than him but I think the fact that they were so fast was why the energy did not transfer over to them because their speed was superior to the device’s and that was why Wally was the device’s catalyst.

Definition of a catalyst; substance, usually used in small amounts relative to the reactants, that modifies and increases the rate of a reaction WITHOUT being consumed in the process.

Remember that energy was being burned off slowly by Bart and Barry and then using Wally as the catalyst the machine was finally able to be deactivated.

The reason that I think Wally was sped up by the energy is that he was “ceasing to exist” according to Scarab and if you think about it, if something was extremely fast then Scarab might not be able to trace or detect it. Similar to all of the times Blue had to deal with a Speedster, the Scarab had to take a few moments to detect/anticipate the movements of Impulse in order to attack.

Think about the Dragonball series, the Ki Sense ability is used to detect the life force/energy of another being and if that being is moving too fast then it cannot be detected by the Ki Sense.

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This is something that I think Dick would be able to deduce with enough investigation.

Another thing to note is that Miss M’s quick use of her powers due to Artemis’ “death” in Invasion was similar to the Season 1 episode “Failsafe.” Artemis dies causing Miss M’s emotions to cloud her judgment putting her friends/teammates at risk.

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In Season 1, she almost put them all into a coma during their telepathic mission and in Season 2 she nearly destroyed Aqualad’s mind for good. It is really amazing how the writers threw in that foreshadowing and similarities of both seasons into the script.

I was a bit sad that both the League and Team lost their trophies and souvenirs after the destruction of the Hall of Justice along with the Cave.

Something that I wanted to see but didn’t (though it was kind of hinted at) was Nightwing dressing up as Batman. I know that might seem strange but think of it like this; Aqualad took on the outfit of his father Black Manta, Miss M morphed into Martian Manhunter’s alien AND human forms and Superboy was dressed as Superman (flying with Miss M’s powers to fake the illusion of flight).

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I think what we got instead of Nightwing’s version of the Bat-glare after seeing that Blue had lied to him and betrayed the Team.

Another bout we never got to see was Nightwing vs. Deathstroke, just to give fans of the original Teen Titans series something to have a “Nerd-gasm” over.

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Jason Todd’s appearance as one of the deceased members of the Team was something that caused a riot among fans because we wanted to see Red Hood! It was mentioned by the creators midway though Season 2 that he would not appear and for good reason; there was TOO much going on in Season 2 already. I’m glad he didn’t because if Red Hood/Jason did show up then he probably would have been downplayed or not as involved as we would have liked him to be due to the Reach invasion, Batman off planet, etc.

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Hopefully if there is a Season 3 we will finally be able to get him in the series! I think him showing up in Season 2 MIGHT have worked (if not for the invasion taking up most of the plot) because something similar to the “Battle for the Cowl” event could have taken place. Batman was off world and according to Vandal due to the bribes placed, he and the League were never going to be released from prison meaning that of course one of the Bat-family (namely Dick who’d be hesitant to do so) would have to take up the cowl. Especially with Gotham being without its Dark Knight for so long it would be something that HAD to be done. Jason would likely return at that point to claim it but first getting revenge on the one who took his place (Tim) and with Tim not being confident in his role yet it would have made him an easy target and this plot with Jason would have allowed him to get some much needed character growth.

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Another possible plot for Jason/Red Hood would be “The Outlaws.” My reasoning for this is that Arsenal is now seemingly out on his own, Static mentioned that the rest of the “Runaways” decided to give up the hero game declining the Team’s invite to join them; and of course that means Arsenal is doing his own “solo act.” He isn’t one to follow the rules doing things his way usually for revenge/personal gain and that can be said for Red Hood as well.

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Not to mention BOTH are seemingly unstable emotionally with Roy’s fear of being captured again making him do crazy things (his paranoia shown when Blue was capturing the Team and after knocking out 2 of the Reach soldiers chasing him, he flat out screamed that he wasn’t going back on ice again, EVER!!!!) and with Jason being revived by the Lazarus Pit that makes him unstable as well. Those two would probably meet up in some way and the Outlaws would be formed, not sure how Starfire would be introduced BUT as I mentioned before if there was a Season 3, a lot of new characters would be included.

One scene that had me laughing hard was the look on Superman’s face when it was announced that Lex had replaced Secretary General Tseng. Uh-oh…sounds like “Public Enemies” might be coming sooner or later…come on how hard is it to imagine a member of the Light in the White House?

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It was obvious that after taking off on the War World that Vandal was headed to meet with Darkseid after making it clear to every alien race that if any of them came to Earth they were going to pay dearly meaning that in Season 3 an invasion was going not going to be something that needed to be worried about (unless of course Darkseid decides to sent in some Terror Demons…).

I think the main question about the alliance between the Light and Darkseid is; Can either one of them TRULY be trusted?

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The Light literally had the Reach’s number before they even came to Earth and it all seemed to be a part of a bigger plan to betray them. With some of the more powerful League members on trial and the secret to unlocking a human’s meta-powers in their hands, the Light had everything to gain before their eventual betrayal against the Reach.

Another thing to ponder is whether or not Bart’s future has now been uncorrupted due to the Reach’s defeat. It seems that the Reach was in full control of Earth due to Blue Beetle and if Darkseid was a part of that future it seems likely that the planet would be destroyed not just conquered because I don’t think the Reach would accept being puppets to Darkseid, we saw how the Ambassador felt after learning of the Light’s betrayal (I really didn’t like that guy much to begin with).

One more thing about Blue Beetle, in Bart’s timeline do you think Jamie was still the human “meat” inside of the Scarab? It was implied in the present that in order to reboot the Scarab to put it back on Mode the host would die in the process and another human would be used instead.

In the flashback to his timeline, Bart is seen carrying a large object before collapsing from being tired only for Blue to threaten him to get up again.

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Then a close up on his face reveals what appears to be wrinkles around his mouth area. To me that may imply that it was Jamie just older and much more muscular than his present self. Though it might be safe to say that it could have been anyone in that armor because Bart probably only knew that Blue Beetle was the one to cause the Reach’s takeover not the person inside the armor.

Looking at the symbol on Black Beetle’s chest a lot of fans have speculated that it is similar to the Brainiac insignia. Could the “Collector of Worlds” in some way be connected to the Reach’s Scarab technology? It wouldn’t surprise me because in the comics (yes, I will reference the comics for this theory) he was shocked to see Blue Beetle (during his first mission with the Team) protecting the Earth with the rest of the heroes. I mean he is “living technology” and something as powerful and deadly as the Scarab to control planets (while he collects and destroys them) it would not be that surprising if he was somehow connected to it.

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Overall, if there is a Season 3 in the future I’d be extremely happy. Ever since Season 1 there has been references to Apokolips such as the Queen Bee’s troops and Psimon working on the teleportation methods of transporting technology/weapons from Apokolips to Earth hinting at the Boom Tube being used to send over more than just weapons…

To me the Spectacular Spider-man is another one of those shows similar to Young Justice in that after 2 seasons it ended with a major cliffhanger that had fans wanting more. Funny how some of the writers for that show also worked on Young Justice, if Season 3 does happen and the show ended with it then I’d be happy but only if they wrapped up the story such as why the Light is working with Darkseid.

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The fact that G. Gordon Godfrey is actually playing the role he does in the comics being in league with Darkseid using his powers of persuasion was a nice tough unlike the persona he played in the Justice League series where he is shown making the public dislike the league but didn’t seem to have any affiliation with Darkseid.

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So those are my thoughts about YJ from what we’ve seen and what I’d like to see in Season 3. If you have any thoughts on Seasons 1 and 2 or what you want to see in Season 3 feel free to contact me or reply to this blog to add your own thoughts.

I plan on getting the next set of DVDs for the final episodes of Season 2 and the YJ Legacy game coming out this fall so hopefully with enough fan support there will be a Season 3 to look forward to in the near future!

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Maybe the video game will reveal more about the 5 year gap in between Seasons 1 and 2. The tagline for the game is “One Will Rise. One Will Fall. One Will Die” if I were to make a prediction it would be Tula that falls (dies), Aqualad will be the one that “falls” from the Team and the one who will “rise” is Nightwing as team leader with Aqualad leaving to start his mission as an undercover agent working for his father and eventually the Light.