*Apologies for missing (DC NATION) last weekend. I could say it was because there was a family emergency or some work thing, but the truth is that I simply forgot. Again, sorry for the missed week!*
Season 1, Episode 26
When Cartoon Network put Young Justice on a four month hiatus to prepare for ‘DC Nation’, it irked many fans. Primarily, people were upset because the first season was being cut in half, a mistake very prevalent in this final episode. What made this first season so great was the overarching storyline involving ‘The Light’ – some unseen entity/group that was controlling the villains connected to the Justice League and, by proxy, the Team. The writers did a fantastic job of creating self-contained episodes that all connected to a single endgame. By splitting the airing of episodes by a large amount of time, a lot of the momentum the show had built on the first 2/3 of the season was lost on the final run of nine.
The good news is, this is stilla fantastic episode of Young Justice. Last week, Vandal Savage was revealed to be one of the masterminds behind the mole within the Team, Red Arrow. Turns out ol’ Roy Harper isn’t actually Roy Harper at all, but a clone created and programmed by Cadmus Labs. Savage (and Klarion) have taken the entire Justice League hostage using Starro mind-control technology. Though it’s never actually explained, it can be inferred that the tech comes from the alien Starro, famous for once taking control of Superman in the comics (and in “The Call, Part 1 & 2” from the Batman Beyond animated series). Savage goes on a little ‘info dump’ monologue explaining the season’s worth of events and how they all connect back to him.
|Vandal Savage sports some tiger claw scratches…? and some giant lips. whoa.|
What makes this finale less than satisfying is the anti-climactic end. In conversation, Aqualad explains how it’s a miracle that S.T.A.R. Labs was able to create an antidote to the Starro-tech, thus allowing the Team to fee the League of Savage’s control. With such a build-up to the use of this mind-control against the Justice League, you’d think the writers would give more than (technically only) half an episode to the fight against the world’s most powerful superheroes. Also, Clone-Roy’s mini-breakdown is a little too ‘mini’ and fast-paced to feel authentic. Within minutes, it seems, the clone has come to terms with the grand questions of life and has resolved to find the real Roy Harper. It just feels forced, and that’s always a bad thing when it comes to superheroes.
And then, we see a group of villains – led by Ra’s al Ghul – breaking into Cadmus to steal not only the psychopathic first attempt at a Superboy, but the real Roy Harper as well (apparently sporting an amputated arm). This little vignette is necessary after Savage and Klarion escape and the immortal man explains how all this was just “phase one”.
|Hal has a grilled cheese sandwich….from a can.|