The Struggle Is Real…Or Is It?

By Jeremy Carden

I’m certain that everyone reading this has either heard or said the phrase “The struggle is real.” Similar to Y.O.L.O. (You only live once), it has become a popular catchphrase of our generation. Typically, it is used to describe some type of hardship being experienced by an individual. However, just like those songs you hear on the radio 24/7…it gets old very fast.

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Now I’m not writing this blog to point fingers at people who say this phrase (because I say it on a daily basis) or to express my annoyance of it. The point of all of this is to ask the question; what does it REALLY mean to say “the struggle is real?”

Whenever it rolls off of your tongue the purpose behind saying it is to express that you recognize a difficult situation that either you or another person is going through. Recently, I’ve been going through some hardships of my own and I’ve found myself saying “the struggle is real” even more often than before.

A few nights ago I sat down and thought about my “struggles.” It wasn’t until I hashed out everything that I realized most of these struggles were self-created.

Take a moment and ask yourself; Am I the reason for most of my struggles?

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While I was mentally listing out my troubles, the phrase “You are your own worst enemy…” kept going through my mind. That makes a lot of sense because I’m one of those people who can be classified as an “over thinker” or a “worrywart.” I’m sure that some of you reading this can relate to me when I say that when you worry about something you can play 20+ worst case scenarios in your head about a situation in 30 seconds. Now if that does not cause a struggle for you mentality then I don’t know what does.

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For those of you who say that the struggle is real when it comes to losing weight, how many of you get off of the couch to take a walk or replace that soda in your hand with a bottle of water?

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To anyone having a difficult time trying to move on from a past relationship, are you still talking to your ex or find yourself looking at their pages on social media sites to keep track of what they are doing?

Our inner demons have a way of bringing out temptation and painful memories to bring us down. The struggle is real after you’ve gotten your heartbroken whem a relationship ends or you step on the scale and the number you see makes you want to breakdown and cry. Just the impossibility of getting into shape or putting the pieces of your heart back together truly makes the hardship of the situation escalate. Of course, these are just a couple of the many struggles people face in their lifetimes.

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Money is one of the primary struggles people use the phrase in reference to. Wanting to buy Frosted Flakes but you have to buy the generic brand instead due to a budget is “a struggle.”

Sometimes in order to overcome these struggles you have to do something about it!

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Want to lose weight? Stop scrolling through Facebook on your computer or sitting in front of your TV screen playing a video game for 5 hours straight! If you can do that then you can certainly manage to exercise for an hour or so a day.

Moving on from a relationship proving to be difficult? Stop pinning over the person who broke your heart! The more you dwell on it…the more painful it becomes. You cannot make room for the right person to come into your life if you are stilling holding onto feelings for the wrong person.

No struggle that we go through in life is impossible to overcome. Despite the difficulty one must face in order to conquer a struggle, it will all pay off in the long run.

If there was one thing that I’d want someone reading this blog to take away it is that “The struggle is real, but so is the reward on the other side.” We have to go through those times of hardship for 2 key reasons:

  1. Going through difficult times (struggles) help us to appreciate the good things in our lives once that period of hardship is over. You don’t truly appreciate something handed to you on the same level you do for something that you’ve earned through hard work and struggle.
  2. Despite the struggle(s) that you are going through at the moment there is something good waiting once it is over.

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Something else that I’ve heard many times is “Once you’ve hit rock bottom there is no reason to give up because that means the only direction that you can go is up!”

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Of course, some realists or Debby Downer would say something sarcastic or technical about how you can go even lower and melt at the center of the earth. All joking aside there is a lot of truth behind that statement. There are some moments in life where everything has to be torn down in order to be built back up again. What’s even better is that sometimes when your life is rebuilt it is even better than it was before. The downside is going through the pain of the struggles that come with that.

So the next time you say that “the struggle is real” just stop and think about whether or not you are the cause of it. The struggles we face are only as real as we make them. Are you spending more time complaining about your struggle or are you spending time doing something in order to overcome it?

 

 

 

 

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Are Dragonball Z Battle of Z and Pokemon X & Y a glimpse into future games?

By Jeremy Carden

From what I can tell both of these games show that the video game market is focusing on expanding online and multi-player game play like never before!

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Pokemon X and Y demonstrated that the Pokemon Company wanted the entire world to experience these new games together. In the past, Japan would get the new Pokemon games months before the United States and other countries. However, this all changed when it was announced back in January that Pokemon X and Y was going to have a worldwide release.

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This was huge news for Pokemon fans everywhere and a great start to 2013! Fans everywhere waited in anticipation for any news leaks from the games about new features, game play and of course new Pokemon. Something very interesting about the announcement trailer was that Pikachu was on top of what appeared to be the Eiffel Tower. From there it used an electric attack that scattered over the globe. This seemed to be an illustration of how there would be a connection worldwide with people trading and battling around the world at one time.

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With Dragonball Z Battle of Z being released next month, a demo has already been made available for fans who want to experience the game before they buy it. This DBZ game has new features that allow up to 8 players to fight on the same battlefield at the same time! An expansion like this will let players experience fighting  like never before. It won’t be one player vs. another player like in the past; it can be 1 vs. 7!

Of course with these new additions there seems to be a few cons to go along with the pros.

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Pokemon X and Y introduced the lowest number of new Pokemon in a new game totaling 69 along with 28 Mega Evolutions for Pokemon from previous generations. This made many of the older fans upset because it seemed like their favorite Pokemon from earlier generations were being tampered with. A lot of fans love the new 3D Pokemon and overall game play. However, the fact that the game is easier to beat than past generations due to the Exp. All allowing a person’s Pokemon to level up quickly in order to overpower their opponents all the way up through the Pokemon League with ease is one complaint fans have.

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It also seems that there is not a Move Tutor in the game to teach moves like Ice/Thunder/Fire Punch and other useful moves players have become accustomed to accessing at some point in the game. Not to mention a lack of post-game story arcs to play like a Battle Frontier.

It appears that the primary focus of X and Y is about the expansion in the Wi-Fi department for battling and trading with other players rather than the actual story mode.

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Players who have been through the demo for Battle of Z have complained about the complex controls and not so stealer graphics. Also the cutscenes that come from using Super/Ultimate Attacks are not present either. Which makes sense because if 8 players are releasing Kamehameha Waves, Big Bang Attacks, Death Balls or other moves at once it would take forever to cut to each player as their fire their moves.

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Another downside is a lack of in game transformations, but again this makes sense especially if you have a team of one particular character. For example, you can form a team with ALL of Cell’s forms so it wouldn’t make sense for Semi-Perfect Cell to transform into Perfect Cell when Perfect Cell is already on the team. However, I wish you could transform if you have a standard team that does not include multiple forms of the same character.

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Ultimate Tenkaichi was the last game released and although it wasn’t the best game, fans have praised the Character Customization feature. Though it will not be present in Battle of Z, but it is something X and Y fans were excited to see in the trailers for the game. Finally being able to dress up their character, add accessories and change skin tone was something Pokemon fans have been waiting a long time to see.

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The game seems to have a story mode that strays from the original that most fans are accustomed to. In the demo when fighting Raditz, there is both Krillin AND Goku there battling Goku’s brother which is not what happened in the manga or TV show. Fans can only judge Battle of Z from the demo meaning there is a possibility for more great features to be revealed when the actual game comes out. Hopefully it does not disappoint everyone who has been anticipating a new DBZ game for the past 2 years.

Do I think it will be the best DBZ game out there? Not really but I feel like it is the introduction of an even greater DBZ game in the future.

Something tells me that these games are kind of a “trial and error” slowly introdcuing fans to something potentially bigger for both Pokemon AND Dragonball Z. There is no telling what they will bring to us in upcoming games, but I for one cannot wait!

I’m sure this new style of enhanced multi-player action is for game developers to see how customers respond and in future games more will be added like additional story elements, characters, etc.

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Most sources are saying that Battle of Z is going to be the last DBZ game for the Xbox 360 and PS3 systems.

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A lot of fans are speculating that Pokemon Z will be the game to follow up X and Y.

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I’m hoping for that instead of an X2 and Y2 like they did for Black and White which made fans spend more money if they wanted both instead of just one.

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In terms of DBZ, based on the success of Battle of Z perhaps there will be a Tenkaichi 4, Raging Blast 3 or something completely new.

Who knows but one thing is for sure I think these games are just a taste of things to come!

How about you?

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?

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.

Summertime Health Tips

Well with graduation from Liberty University a thing of the past (last weekend to be precise) summertime has fallen upon me along with the temptation of doing nothing. I’m looking to do graduate school but I’m still torn between going back to Lynchburg or just doing it online (which is a heck of a lot cheaper not having to deal with housing charges) next semester.

In terms of staying healthy, I am pretty much on my own here. There are no large group of friends back where I live inviting me out places, I live in the neck of the woods so walking for a couple of miles would not be a wise choice with wild animals and snakes coming out to “play” in the warmer weather and laziness being something I’m trying to avoid.

My parents are the only ones in the house when I’m at college, so grocery shopping is pretty much a thing of the past; they go to work, get some take out and come back home. So right there leaves me with a few options in how to stay fit. The only stores within 10 minutes of home are a couple of general stores but they don’t really sell “food food” they only sell snacks, ice cream, candy and whatnot. The food they do have like eggs, bacon and other meats are overpriced due to the “convenience” of not having to drive 30 minutes to get something to put in the refrigerator.

That is something I’m REALLY trying to not fall prey; going to those stores to get junk food and soda because there is nothing else to eat.

After I get my paycheck next week from my online job, I’ll drive into town to get some good food like bananas, broccoli and some other substantial food options.

I really hated last summer because I got a taste of what my folks do when they get off of work; tired and worn out from a long day of work they do not feel like cooking so they just get fast food. That put 8 pounds on me and I hated it!

So, this summer I’m going to be more active. I’ve been at home 5 days so far and I’m going outside for an hour to 90 minutes just walking around to get air and keeps the blood flowing. I do not want to be stuck in the house just on my computer or watching TV.

Not to mention sleeping in until noon because being an online employee I can work at my own pace and whatever time I choose.

I’m going to a couple interviews next week to hopefully get a good summer job in town as well just to get out of the house. Hopefully that goes well!!

Basically, staying active and not being too lazy are my keys to having a good and healthy summer.

-Relax; there is nothing wrong with sleeping in sometimes (unless you have a job because then you have to get up early), have fun, go on vacation, but don’t let laziness become a common theme in the months to come

-Stay active; even if you don’t go outside because the weather is in the upper 80s or in the 90s region, do some pushups or something just to stay loose

-Hobbies; to get your mind off work and exercise just to give you something to do besides sleep, eat, stay on the computer, play video games or watch TV. Read a book, writing in a journal, go through old photos or something (I mean photos in albums BEFORE Facebook came along). For me I’m working on new songs and reading some books I bought this semester.

-Don’t eat too much; Cookouts, ice cream, and all the usual summertime food on the menu looks, smells and tastes good but there is nothing wrong with turning it down sometimes or at least moderate how much you eat. I know I cannot resist a rack of ribs, hotdogs or burgers from the grill. Who could? Well if you do eat a lot at least compensate for it by exercising more.

-WATER; to me summertime is the best time to lose weight because you sweat a lot burning more calories. For me personally, sodas just don’t do the trick in hot weather. Water just I don’t know feels good this time of year. It really satisfies my thirst (Kool-Aid on a hot day does the same but you catch my drift)

Have a great and healthy summer guys!