This might be the series best episode of Young Justice.
Four episodes passed since the last time I recapped an episode, and they were big eventful ones dealing with the three suspects Red Arrow identified as "the mole" in the team.
1x21 - "Image" was about Miss Martian, revealing the old sitcom she adopted her "Hello Megan!" personality from, which starred the mother of Beast Boy and Rita Farr of the Doom Patrol. Megan, afraid of being ostracized for her rather grotesque White Martian true form, was blackmailed by the Queen Bee to serve some nefarious secret purpose. This was a really good episode.
1x22 - "Agendas" had a couple of big things going on: Superboy returned to Cadmus on Thanksgiving to discover why he doesn't have full Kryptonian powers. Because he's half-human and his father is Lex Luthor. Luthor gives his son "shields", like S logo shaped nicotine patches that suppress his human DNA and allow him to fly, blast heat vision, and make him even angrier. Meanwhile, the Justice League meets in Watchtower to discuss recruiting new members to the League, pitching everyone from Icon, The Atom, Red Arrow, and Plastic Man as card carrying Leaguers.
1x23 - "Insecurity" fully revealed Artemis' family ties, that her father is Sportsmaster, her sister is Chesire, and her mother was Huntress. I admit Artemis as a character and her background are probably the least interesting subplot of Young Justice for me.
1x24 - "Performance" was a calm before the storm, where Robin takes Miss Martian, Artemis, Superboy, and Red Arrow undercover in his old Haly's Circus to track down robberies that take place in every European city the Circus performs in. They battle the Parasite, who really takes a shine to Superboy when using the shields, and there was a heartwarming ending where the circus owner reveals he knew it was Dick Grayson all along pretending to be his newest acrobat.
This brings us to "Usual Suspects", which is just bad ass all around. The League formally inducts Dr. Fate, Plastic Man, The Atom, Icon, and Red Arrow at the Hall of Justice. Meanwhile, Icon's sidekick Rocket joins Young Justice - bringing the female membership of YJ to four, more than in the JLA itself, which Wonder Woman lamented during the recruitment debates. Yay, girls.
Young Justice heads out on their own to investigate the bio weapon that members of the Injustice League have been smuggling around the world and end up encountering Chesire, Riddler, and an army of supergoons. What follows is an awesome superfight where Young Justice goes all out with their powers, and Superboy goes haywire using the last of his shields.
Back at Mount Justice, Red Arrow is still talking about the Mole despite admitting that he doesn't think the three suspects, Miss Martian, Superboy, and Artemis are moles. But then Lex Luthor, using the same sonic messaging trick Luthor used in Superman: The Movie, contacts his "son", and tells Superboy to meet him in Santa Prisca, home of Bane. Sure enough, Luthor is there, with Mercy, Bane, and The Queen Bee, to recruit Superboy into the Injustice League. And the other mole suspects arrive: Artemis and Miss Martian. They were all the moles!
But not so fast. In one of the best scenes in the series, all three "moles" finally confess the binds they are each in to the rest of the team. And it doesn't matter, because they're all Young Justice and Young Justice is their real family. The whole team attacks in Santa Prisca, has another awesome superfight with Luthor and his cronies, and they totally kick ass. (Hilarious how quickly Robin and Zatanna took down Bane.) All the storylines the series has been running all season converged and concluded in triumph for Young Justice.
Then the kicker: Batman is in Watchtower analyzing the bioweapon when Red Arrow invites him to join the League induction party - then plants a mind control bio weapon in the back of Batman's neck! The newly enthralled Batman overrides League security, allowing Vandal Savage to enter Watchtower, and the entire zombiefied Justice League bows to Savage. And Red Arrow is shocked to realize he's been the mole all along! Awesome.
Next week is the season finale, I believe. Young Justice against the Justice League, and the conclusion to one of the best long form DC superhero sagas I've ever seen.
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I really liked how the previous four episodes demonstrated how none of the obvious traitors could possibly be the mole, because the bad guys were still working on them. That really left no question as to who the mole really was, especially since they kept reminding us about Red Arrow and how he was being inducted into the Justice League. Still, sometimes the obvious choice is the right choice, and this was one of those times. Both of the big punch-ups were really satisfying, and I suspect that next week Captain Marvel plays some sort of role in the outcome.
I love how the ultimate weapon was Starro. Great callback to the first Justice League adventure. Its not as good as Justice League Unlimited was, but damn is it close, so very very close. We are not going to mention Spiderman as a villain that the Arrows beat only for Artemis to enter into a Tardis at the end of the fight. Awesome. Next week maybe the best fight we are going to get in cartoons if done correctly.
The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
Originally posted by me in another YJ threadMy money is on Starro, and they're going to try and regenerate it and build up a Starro army.
Oh yes, Starro. Or something like Starro. Controlling every JL member.
Gonna be a fun time next episode.
John's right of course; best episode of the series so far. I loved the gradual episodic build up to "Usual Suspects", and how it all came together. Good characterization is a hallmark of this series, and it continues to deliver.
I agree with Tenken; Billy is going to do something cool, because HE'S BILLY. Plus there's still the reserves Young Justice can call in, either more sidekicks or other heroes (I recall Guy Gardner made a cameo in an episode).
OR, I can also see the recently inducted members take on the League. Plastic Man being immune due to being Plastic Man (in the comics he's immune to mind control), the Atom being a size changer. Icon...I dunno how they can change that up.
This is going to be an end to a fantastic season, and a great job by the creators. But considering some of the Gargoyles crew is on this show, should we really be shocked?
Somehow, I didn't know until tonight that the season finale was not NEXT week, but in fact was TONIGHT'S episode. (It turns out there's a "Reunion" immediately following - I guess that will take the place of the 13th episode.)