Another terrific Young Justice, dealing with Red Tornado's betrayal and redemption, plus T.O. Morrow, Red Torpedo, Red Inferno, and the newest android in the family, the evil Red Volcano. I liked how the Reds who aren't Tornado sacrificed themselves to kill Volcano Terminator 2-style. (To be fair, Tornado would have to had the kids not pulled him out) So Red Tornado was never the mole. Meanwhile, Zatanna is introduced and I think that was the best interpretation of Zatanna I've ever seen (with all due respect to Serinda Swann on Smallville). Her flirtation with Robin was PERFECT, as was her phony kidnapping. I liked Zatara: "She will NEVER join this team!" Captain Marvel is still hanging around as Wally's goofy manservant and Superboy's wolf-sitter, plus Black Canary was the team "denmother", and we got a visit to Belle Reve to grill Professor Ivo as Hugo Strange watches.
"Are you guys having a psychic conversation? Because I can't decide if that's cool or rude."
If I were Robin, I would have reacted the exact same way when Zatanna beamed into the cave. "WHOA HEY! ARE YOU HERE TO JOIN THE TEAM?!"
Morrow's fate at the end makes perfect sense in hindsight, when you consider that most of his comments about "humans" are probably due to his failing health. Dude was probably super bitter about his body and mind falling apart.
Another solid episode.
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I really loved this episode for a lot of reasons, but one that was not mentioned yet, the fucking JSA! God Damn, this show is starting to hit JLU levels of nerdom. I guess Zatanna is too young to mac on Batman, so as usual Robin gets sloppy seconds.
The Wee Baby Sheamus.
Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
I've been wondering since last week why we kept seeing Zatara instead of Zatanna, and now I have my answer. Adding her to the team makes perfect sense, especially when they've made it abundantly clear that the team needs a magic expert.
I continue to be immensely fascinated by how this show likes to mix up newer DC characters and ideas. They blend together newer concepts/characters like Miss Martian and T.O. Morrow's evil Red android family, while also mixing them up with older incarnations of Zatara and Zatanna. I actually wonder why they didn't just go with the adult Zatanna in Zatara's spot and use Zachary Zatara, instead? Zach's just as much of an impulsive teenager as Robin and Kid Flash. Maybe I've just grown partial to him in the pages of Teen Titans and Zatanna's old book.
I enjoyed this episode a lot and I'm still loving the character dynamics. The ending with Red Tornado and T.O. Morrow was an emotional moment. Captain Marvel continues to be awesome with his Billy Batson personality shining more often than not.
ROLL CALL THIS WEEK: SUPERMAN! CHLOE SULLIVAN! LOIS LANE! TESS MERCER! ZOD! THE GREEN ARROW! Special DC Universe guest star: DR. EMIL HAMILTON! and ZOMBIES! I can't believe it took Smallville 9 seasons to do a zombie episode. Seems like a no-brainer.