Saturday, April 21, 2012

Young Justice 1.26 - Auld Acquaintance



Young Justice 1.26 - Auld Acquaintance

Brief Summary

The team discovers discovers shocking revelations about Red Arrow, Cadmus, and the plan to control the Justice League.

What I Liked

It was cool to see all the pieces from this season come together, and the showdown at the Watchtower was pretty cool.

The kisses at New Year's were cute.

Superboy's smile at finally getting Superman's approval.

Superboy and Robin teaming up.

What I Didn't Like

I'm not terribly thrilled that Red Arrow ended up being a clone. Even though the Roy everyone knew was the clone the entire time, so it's not like it changes the character for anyone, it means that there's another "real" Roy Harper out there.

Twists and Turns

Probably the biggest being that for the past three years, the Roy Harper everyone knew was a Cadmus clone. Roy was programed by Cadmus to leak information and was given orders through a certain code.

6 members of the Justice League went missing for 16 hours during the time they were under control, and there's no telling what they did during that time.

Observations

I like that Aqualad and Red Arrow were such close friends that Aqualad even told him about his heartbreak with Tula.

The New Year's kisses were cute, if somewhat unexpected. Megan and Conner were obvious, as was Artemis/KF. Zatanna pulled Robin in, and the new girl Rocket paired off with Aqualad.

The real Roy Harper is in Cadmus' control, and it looks like he's missing part of his right arm. Interesting, since I think Roy ends up losing an arm in the comics, and ends up with a prosthetic.

Is Guardian, Roy's uncle, in on the bad stuff Cadmus is doing? He must be. That would also explain how the real Roy was abducted and replaced without Green Arrow noticing. (Because that would be ridiculous otherwise!)

Robin pulled out the escrima sticks during his fight with Batman, Nightwing's signature weapons.

From the preview for next week, I spotted Blue Beetle, Cassie/Wondergirl, and someone who looked a bit like Robin, but with a different uniform and shorter hair.

Overall

I'm not sure how I feel about Red Arrow having been a clone. In reality, it doesn't matter, since the Red Arrow we knew on the show the whole time was the clone, and if Superboy is any indication, being a clone isn't inherently a bad thing. But I'm curious about the real Roy. The first season finale provided some closure on story arcs from this season, and left the door open for some new stories for S2, though, so overall it was a pretty good conclusion.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Young Justice 1.25 - Usual Suspects



Young Justice 1.25 - Usual Suspects

Brief Summary

Five new members, including Red Arrow, are brought onto the Justice League. Meanwhile, with the help of a new team member Rocket, the team goes to confront Cheshire, and retrieve a mysterious briefcase she has in her possession.

What I Liked

Pretty much the whole team was present, save for Red Arrow, who had joined the Justice League, for this mission. I didn't really care for the last-minute introduction of Rocket, as I found her character to be somewhat annoying, but it wasn't really a big deal.

Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis all came clean about their secrets. This is only done after we see a scene where it looks like all three are joined up with the villains, so I was relieved that they weren't being stupid and had actually trusted the others. Robin already knew Artemis' secret, but it seems Superboy's Lex Luthor connection and Miss Martian's connection to Queen Bee were both pretty well-kept. (Although with Superboy slapping those patches on like no tomorrow in the last episode, I'm surprised no one noticed back then.)

What I Didn't Like

As mentioned above, I didn't really like Rocket, and I'm a little confused why she was thrown onto the team in the penultimate episode of the season. Also, the whole episode felt a little weird in the beginning. I was wondering if maybe I'd missed an episode or something, since Rocket isn't very well introduced.

I briefly mentioned the possibility of Roy being the mole on my review of Insecurity, and I essentially ruled it out because it wouldn't make sense. However, as it turns out, Roy was the mole. The only saving grace for me is that he seems to have been brainwashed, as he looks stunned when he realizes he's been the mole without even knowing it. This makes more sense of his actions in the previous episode, suddenly lifting suspicion on everyone else and declaring there is no mole. But one has to wonder when he was brainwashed to become the mole. We first learn about it in Targets, but I can't remember if it had been mentioned/a plot for an episode before that. I'm kind of annoyed that he turned out to be the mole, but since it's not like he was doing it on purpose, and it does make sense story-wise, I won't be too irritated by it!

Twists and Turns

Red Arrow was unknowingly the mole. He implants a chip into Batman, and Vandal Savage comes aboard the Watchtower. The whole league looks to be under control.

Observations

Roy seems to be aware of his actions now, and may possibly be the only one on the Watchtower not under control of those chips. I can only assume he'll try to contact the Young Justice team for help.

Somewhat of a spoiler, but I remember way back before the show even started that it was mentioned not everyone would survive. Arguably, Zatara has sort-of been a victim, although he is still alive. I could very well see someone dying in the finale, and Red Arrow looks like a prime target. He's not been a prominent team member for much of the season, and even though he didn't mean to be, since he was the mole, it would make sense that he'd be willing to do something extreme to redeem himself and save the others. I'm crossing my fingers he doesn't get killed off, though.

Overall

A good episode, with a little bit of a rough start. I'm not a huge fan of just jumping in and explaining along the way. I liked that Miss Martian, Superboy, and Artemis' stories all found a little bit of conclusion in their admitting their secrets. And while I'm not thrilled about Roy having been the mole, it's a nice twist and it mostly makes sense. I'm anxious to see how they're going to tie all this up.

Young Justice 1.24 - Performance



Young Justice 1.24 - Performance

Brief Summary

Robin and the team go undercover at Haley's Circus to try to determine the cause of some mysterious thefts that have been happening in towns where the circus has been. Red Arrow continues to distrust Artemis, Superboy, and Miss Martian.

What I Liked

Robin's reactions to revisiting his home circus, the circus owner recognizing him at the end, and Robin's conversation with Kid Flash were all highlights. The episode didn't do a flashback to Robin's past or anything, which I feel like they could have made more of, but the reactions from Robin were nicely done, especially his insisting that the team keep an open mind about the circus leader's involvement.

It was nice to give the human characters a little more chance to shine, and without the use of Megan's telepathy, they actually had to use radios to communicate. They rely on her telepathy so much sometimes.

What I Didn't Like

Why in the world did Red Arrow just suddenly trust everyone? Superboy had been particularly weird this episode, slapping on one after another of those shields. I feel like he should have stayed suspicious.

Twists and Turns

It was a shapeshifter/power-stealer that was behind all the thefts.

Observations

Superboy was really using those shield's from Luthor to the max. Did he do like 3 or 4 in this episode alone? It's kind of like a drug or something, and he's keeping it from everyone else.

Aqualad and Zatanna were not in the episode. Kid Flash briefly appeared when he called Robin, and Robin explained he didn't want KF around since he knows about Robin's past connection to the circus, and didn't want him to question his objectivity in the case.

Overall

A good episode, but not my favorite. I wish they had made a little more use of Robin's past in terms of the overall episode, and also I don't understand why Red Arrow did a total 180 on his justifiable suspicion of the others.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Young Justice 1.23 - Insecurity



Young Justice 1.23 - Insecurity

Brief Summary

Green Arrow persuades Roy to join up to the Young Justice team, thinking it would be a good example, and make him look better for joining up to the Justice League. However, Artemis is upset that now there are two archers on the team, and because her mother reveals that she was initially added to the team partially to keep her out of trouble. When the team heads off on a mission to track down Sportsmaster, Artemis goes off-book trying to prove her worth.

What I Liked

Well for starters, Red Arrow finally joined the team! He's definitely my favorite second to Robin, so this makes me happy, for sure. And while he's still not the most chipper member, he's a team player and the others respect him. Interestingly, it almost seemed like he was playing the leader on the mission, even though technically that's Aqualad's role.

I also liked that Green Arrow is still looking out for him, and that the two seem on good terms.

Wally trying to cheer Artemis up. He did a good job, too. It's nice to see Wally's softer side, when he's not just tossing one-liners and being the comic relief.

Cheshire's interactions with Red Arrow amuse me. I know in the comics the two had a thing, so I get that it's probably in reference to that, but her advances on him (purely theatrical or otherwise) have him so bewildered, it's fun to watch, especially when Artemis actually questions whether or not they're dating, and he quickly denies.

What I Didn't Like

Artemis is definitely not a favorite character of mine, but she's just so stupid sometimes! Why was she trying to complete the mission on her own? Following the rest of the team seemed like a much better idea. And that said, why didn't she just reveal to the team about her family ties in the beginning? Or before this mission? It's not like she's the only one who has "family" baggage. (Superboy is a half-Lex Luthor clone! Not that he's telling anyone, of course...) Yes, it might put her at risk of being distrusted for a little while, but when this news comes out now, after she's mislead the team so she could try to bag the bad guys on her own, she's going to look even worse. It's hard to feel sorry for her, because it's really all her fault. Why she doesn't actually lean on the team a bit is beyond me. There's nothing wrong with being the newbie and getting some help.

Twists and Turns

I feel like we already essentially knew this, but Cheshire is Artemis' sister, and Sportsmaster is Artemis' father.

Artemis misled the team so she could take on Cheshire and Sportsmaster herself. The plan failed anyway, since Red Arrow was trailing her.

Observations

Red Arrow doesn't trust Artemis, and with good reason. However, I doubt she's the mole. She's being confronted by her villainous family, but not giving them info. Frankly, I think Superboy is the mole without evening knowing it. (He has a psychic link with Lex, who can shut him down with just two words, after all.)

Zatanna, Megan, and Conner are becoming a bit of a trio, since all three live at the headquarters. Their side story about finding out what Red Tornado's apartment was like was a little silly, but it's nice that they're kind of bonding. You'd think Zatanna might feel like a third wheel sometimes, though, since Megan and Conner are dating. (Come to think of it, creatively that might be why they got another team member to live there, so it wasn't just the two of them living in the same place with only Red Tornado around.)

Robin was MIA, working on a case with Batman. I think he's missed the most episodes out of any of the team members, excluding ones who weren't there from the start.

It was kind of sad that Wally had started really bonding with Artemis, and then totally shut her down after learning that she misled them all. Also, I didn't even recognize him at first in that new costume! It wasn't until the next scene that I realized it was just him, and not some random other hero who had stepped in.

Artemis looked over as Cheshire was (forcibly) kissing Red Arrow. Does she actually think something is going on between the two, or was that cleared up? Might have to re-watch to see if it's clarified. If she does think there's something going on, I could see her being quick to point the finger at him for being the mole. I think we can pretty much rule out Arrow, Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad, though. (I don't think they can twist it any way to have Roy have been the mole and have it make sense, but if they do somehow go that route, I'm going to be pissed.)

Overall

A really good episode! Artemis continues to annoy me with her stupid decisions, but I'm definitely thrilled to have Red Arrow on the team.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Community 3.12 - Contemporary Impressionists



Community 3.12 - Contemporary Impressionists


Brief Summary

Abed has amassed a huge debt from a celebrity impersonation company, and the study group agree to work for the company as impersonators at a Bar Mitzvah in order to pay it off. Meanwhile, Jeff is taking anti-anxiety medication, but it's causing his narcissism to blow through the roof.

What I Liked

Everyone dressed up as the impersonators. I loved the comment about Britta and Troy being able to both play Michael Jackson.

The dean falling over and spazzing at Jeff's sunglasses look.

Britta as Michael Jackson.

And again, the difference between "not liking a plot" vs. "not liking how it was executed, Troy and Abed's scene at the end was very sad, especially because it's not clear that everything is okay between them. Abed wanted to go play in the Dreamatorium alone, and didn't do their special handshake. Troy seemed frustrated trying to talk sense into him.

Evil!Abed showing up in the imaginary plane.

Pierce getting excited over being recognized as "fat" Burt Reynolds.

What I Didn't Liked

Chang's storyline with his army wasn't great, and I don't really care for some of the cartoony add-ins, such as the thought bubbles. I didn't mind the Ego apple as much, but it still was a little jarring.

Twists and Turns

Evil!Abed can't be anything but trouble.

Jeff kissed Shirley when he was up on the stage and flipping out!

Chang seems to be enlisting kids to his "army" to overthrow the dean.

Observations

I saw some people complaining about Britta's advice to Jeff about not taking the pills anymore, saying that she shouldn't be more qualified to make decisions than Jeff's therapist. While I'm not sure the show was really even thinking that deeply, what I got from it was that they were trying to say that there is no magic pill that will cure all your problems when you take it. They took it to a comical extreme by having the pill work too well, but the same principle applies, I think. There is no "quick fix" for problems, and Jeff's willingness to just keep popping pills wasn't good.

I'm hoping the tension between Troy and Abed will resolve itself shortly. I like those two too much as friends, and it was heartbreaking seeing them in a bit of a tiff.

Overall

A solid episode. Not my favorite, again, but still pretty fun.

The Vampire Diaries 3.17 - Break on Through



The Vampire Diaries 3.17 - Break on Through


The Vampire Diaries 3.17 - Break on Through

Brief Summary

Damon and Sage work together to try to determine what it is Rebekah is after. Caroline tries to help Bonnie's mother as she adjusts to becoming a vampire. Meredith tries to determine what is causing Alaric to attack and kill people.

What I Liked

The revelation that the white oak tree Rebekah is looking for was used in the building of the Wickery Bridge is fun, because it connects everything so much. I also love the reveal at the end with Damon and the sign.

What I Didn't Like

Bonnie's storyline was so dull I just about tuned out. I don't care about her mom that much, and while I love Caroline, the whole storyline about trying to get her to adjust to becoming a vampire was just so boring and predictable: Abbey leaves at the end of the episode, despite Caroline's plees for her to stay.

It's nice Alaric has a storyline, but I'm still iffy on his being a murderer thing. It's infinitely more interesting than another Klaus story, though.

Twists and Turns

The Wickery Bridge is made of the white oak tree.

Rebekah burns down the bridge.

Sage double-crosses Damon, since he neglected to mention that killing Rebekah would also kill Finn, who Sage is in love with.

Damon retrieves the sign for the bridge, which is made of the same material as the bridge itself.

Alaric attacks Meredith.

Bonnie uses her powers to try to reverse the damage from the ring.

Observations

Why didn't Elena come up with some excuse for why Jeremy should not wear the ring anymore? He's clearly wearing it while he's on the phone with her.

Has Bonnie actually succeeded in helping cure Alaric? Or is the damage irreversible?

Alaric explains the fights he was in, but there's no mention of the restraining order that Isabelle supposedly filed against him in college (twice). That bit didn't even make sense to me, though, I don't know why Meredith would make it up.

Overall

A solid episode, though Bonnie's story dragged.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Young Justice 1.22 - Agendas



Young Justice 1.22 - Agendas

Brief Summary

Superboy gets a mental message to go back to Cadmus, where he discovers they've created another Superboy clone. He learns some disturbing information about both the new clone, and his own creation. Meanwhile, the Justice League debate on who to add to the Justice League team, and whether Captain Marvel should be allowed to stay now that they know he's a 10-year old kid. Megan and Zatanna make Thanksgiving dinner.

What I Liked

Batman knows everything - he already knew that Captain Marvel was only 10.

Green Arrow rallying to get Red Arrow added to the Justice League.

Both Green Lanterns adamantly objecting to adding another Green Lantern to the league!

Wonder Woman insisting that they need more women, and Black Canary and Hawkgirl agreeing.

Getting to know some more about Superboy's origins.

What I Didn't Like

Nothing! Except that who actually got voted into the league was left as a cliffhanger.

Twists and Turns

There is a second Superboy clone, Project Match, which is pure Kryptonion, whereas Superboy himself is part human.

The human DNA in Superboy comes from Lex Luthor.

Guardian is Roy/Red Arrow's uncle.

Batman already knew Captain Marvel was only 10, but didn't bother telling the rest of the league.

A new member is voted to join the Justice League.

Observations

I wonder if the fact that Guardian is Roy's uncle is supposed to cast suspicion on Red Arrow now. Guardian himself doesn't seem like a bad guy, though. (Fun fact: the two have the same voice actor. Same with Superman and Superboy!)

I remembered that in the comics, Superboy was created from DNA from both Superman and Lex Luthor. I'm glad they brought that in! That's an interesting little fact. Somehow I feel like that little tidbit could possibly put an even bigger wedge between Superman and Superboy, though.

Who was added to the league? The person most-discussed was Red Arrow, and it does make sense. I'd be happy to see him around more often, that's for sure! I'm not sure Roy really wants to join the Justice League, though.

I'm glad Batman stuck up for Captain Marvel. Black Canary was a bit condescending when she was asking him to leave.

Overall

Another good episode! I'm really curious to see who got added to the League.