Young Justice: Do you think Kaldur and Artemis could ever become a couple?

by Jeremy Carden

Here we have the primary leader of the Team and the first member of the Team suspected to be a traitor. How in the world could they ever be hooked up romantically? images (14) When you look at the facts these two have a lot more in common than most people realize. I’ll be going over their similarities both on and off the Team, family members and issues along with anything else I feel is worthy of note.

Going through some details from both seasons 1 and 2, Artemis and Kaldur may have more similarities with each other than they did with the ones that they loved and lost; Wally and Tula. images (8) images (13) *NOTE: I haven’t read the entire comic book series that goes along with the show, so there are only one or two bits from the comic book entries that I will use in my evaluation meaning most of my evidence will come from the TV series.*

Both of them have daddy issues; ,. Aqualad’s biological father Black Manta was working as an agent of the Light. images (14) In Young Justice: Invasion, he replaced Ocean Master as one of the 7 core members at the Light’s table. images (9) Sportsmaster was also an agent of the Light under the title of the Light’s enforcer. images (8) In Young Justice: Invasion, instead of being “promoted” like Manta, HE was the one who was replaced by Deathstroke. images (5) Ironically enough, it was Aqualad and Artemis’ deception that caused this coup in the Light’s hierarchy considering the animosity between Sportsmaster and the Light (more specifically Black Manta) was due to Manta’s son “killing” his daughter without his permission.

Going even deeper into the psychological impact their fathers had on them; Manta and Sportsmaster wanted nothing more than to “mold” their children into what they wanted them to be. ; Black Manta was willing to do whatever it took even physical persuasion (beating the crap out of his son) to mold Kaldur into the sinister villain that he turned out to be. He even says in “Summit” that he would beat it into his skull if necessary. images (21) Sportsmaster (according to Artemis) made his daughters learn “the hard way” that disobedience would not be tolerated; hinting that he trained them to the extreme even as children to become a part of “the life” that their mother wanted them to avoid at all costs.

One of the most interesting pieces of evidence came in season 2; Black Manta thought that Tigress and his son were romantically involved or at least had strong feelings for each other.

This was mentioned when Tigress volunteered to go to the surface to abduct Miss M. to come and fix the damage she had done to Kaldur’s mind. images (10) Manta even goes on to say that he would send Deathstroke along just in case because he felt that his son would never forgive him if something happened to her. Young-Justice-Invasion-Episode-9-Darkest-Tigress-and-Aqualad-1 I can see how he would get the idea; these two were ALWAYS around each other. tumblr_inline_mg7e5hmlIb1r0ywfa Kaldur had handpicked her as his trusted lieutenant and right-hand on missions. images (12) images (9) Tigress was by his side the entire time Miss M. was fixing his mind (she needed to be in order to help her with the process). Being his father, it is understandable why he feels he could pick up on this kind of thing. tyut Of course it was all for good reason because these two were undercover and had to have each other’s back at all times in order for their mission to succeed but more importantly; for them to survive.

Another piece of evidence of their similar family issues was when the final showdown battling their fathers took place; images (19) After Artemis finally beat Sportsmaster (with help from some of the Apocalyptic weaponry) she was seen by Kid Flash to be staring deeply at her defeated father. It seemed like a look of guilt, pity and regret.

This was the same longing look that Kaldur had after he defeated his father in “Summit” except it was Nightwing who noticed him standing over his defeated father. Artemis seemed to perk up holding her father’s mask as a “souvenir” for the Trophy Room and smiling at Kid Flash. j However in Kaldur’s case, after his friends told him that their mission was a success crippling the Light’s forces Kaldur finally accepted that this was a victory rather than a botched up assignment, he took one last look at his defeated father that made me think he was really feeling bad for beating him. uy Remember before these two even engaged in combat, he told Manta that he was conflicted because he had seen Manta’s noble side. There were many moments while working with his father that allowed Kaldur to see that he not only cared for him but he loved his son deeply. ryt One of the biggest moments of deception that let Kaldur see this was when he faked his recovering being a result of seeing his father in danger. Black Manta even goes on to tell the Light that he felt truly blessed for his son to be made whole again. Young-Justice-Invasion-Depths-8-Aqualad-Black-Manta The thing that hurt Manta the most was that he trusted Kaldur with everything he had. It was a real shame because he was one of the few “loving” parents seen in this show. hjj I mean he was one of the most emotionally challenged characters in Season 2, especially thinking that he son had died right in front of his eyes! Sportsmaster seemed to care more about his reputation as an enforcer than his daughters. o His only hint of caring was helping his daughter keep her true identity contained by destroying Manta’s submarine security equipment.

True, it wasn’t the hugs and verbal compliments that Manta gave his son but Crusher isn’t exactly what most would call the “caring type.”

One could argue that the only reason Sportsmaster helped was because Artemis (as Tigress) and Kaldur were making “chumps” out of Manta and the Light; basically doing his dirty work for him. Another similarity boils down to Artemis and Kaldur’s knowledge of their bloodlines; images (22) images (28) Artemis knew about her father and sister still living as criminals while her mother was an ex-con but decided to keep it that information a secret from the rest of the Team. Green_Arrow_introduces_Artemis Batman, Robin (unknown to Artemis until Usual Suspects) and Green Arrow (and likely Black Canary) knew her true lineage and decided to pass her off as Green Arrow’s niece. e9cd7dca In Kaldur’s case, he did not know that Black Manta was his biological father. From what he had been told, his father was one of Manta’s men who came to love a native of Atlantis and from that romance he was born. It wasn’t until later that he discovered that Aquaman had kept his true heritage a secret. upop We are never informed as to how and when he learned that Manta was his father but it was the perfect façade that would get him in on the Light’s side (along with the love of his life dying). Having him being angry at his mentor for keeping his true lineage a secret and his heart being broken from his love being taken away from him on one of the Team’s mission served as the PERFECT coverup as to why he decided to go rogue. cvxbc This was never seen (maybe it will be in the video game), but I want to see Kaldur when he first approached his father and how he even convinced him to let him join his side. images (20) So, they both came from “bad blood” but were able to break the family chain by joining the side of justice rather than criminal activity.

Another thing to point out is that at some point during their stay on the Team they doubted their abilities, dedication or drive to stay on the Team.

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For Aqualad, it was when he felt torn between being leader and going back to Atlantis to be with Tula.

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For Artemis, it was constantly feeling like she was a traitor (especially due to Red Arrow’s accusations). At the end of “Insecurities” she was confronted by her father and that was when her final choice had to be made.

Alright, so now that we’ve gotten the family similarities taken care of; let’s discuss their interaction and thoughts about each other.

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It is interesting to note that aside from being by his side and taking care of him during his catatonic state in Season 2, she was by his side in Season 1 “Bereft” due to Psimon’s mental powers he had the past 6 months erased from his memory.

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Not to mention Miss M was too preoccupied thinking about Superboy to restore Aqualad’s memories so Artemis was there by his side.

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Artemis saved Kaldur from the molten lava in Dr. Fate’s castle, but didn’t miss a beat in scolding Wally for flirting with Miss M despite being seconds away from falling to their deaths by the lava.

It was also interesting to think about when Artemis first joined the team she had an attraction to Superboy.

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This kind of caused bad blood between her and Miss M (still not open with her feelings about Conner).

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However, they eventually got over that little squabble and became like sisters.

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Then in the next episode, it was kind of like they were trying to pair off with members of the team.

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Artemis was trying to get Miss M to hook up with Aqualad only for her to comment that he was like a big brother to her. That is true since he kind of took a similar role that Robin did for Starfire in Teen Titans; he was teaching the alien about Earth customs.

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He did the same for Superboy and in the process “knew that they were going to become a couple before they did.”

Miss M then mentions that Artemis and Wally would be the perfect couple because she is so full of passion and Wally is full of…it.

Of course in “Revelation” there was no way that I was going to pass up this moment;

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Only for Aqualad to comment that they shall make their own “fun”

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…by using Maneuver 7!! (I’ve always wondered what the first 6 were….)

At one point, Aqualad was suspicious of Artemis in fact being a traitor but as time went on he got over it.

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He told Red Arrow, Red Tornado, Robin and Batman that fighting alongside his Team for so long that he didn’t think ANY of the members would betray them.

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Of course with all of that being said, I don’t think that Artemis would have gotten together with Kaldur BEFORE dating Wally or in Season 2 while they were undercover together for weeks (possibly even months).

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Now, I can’t say that they possibly won’t start dating after the events of the finale with Wally’s passing and Artemis’ hanging up her quiver to begin crime fighting as Tigress in order to give herself space between her life as Wally’s partner.

If there are any other moments in the series/comics that you feel are worthy of note, please feel free to mention them in the comment section below.

Also, your thoughts on this subject are welcome because I’d like to know how you feel about these two if they did start dating.

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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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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…”

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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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Looks like Tim learned from the best!

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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?

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.