EPISODE REVIEW: Young Justice: “Pilot” (Episodes 1 and 2)

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This is another one I’m unsure about. I don’t know if we have the manpower to review this series when it starts its regular run or not, but I thought I’d give it a shot, what with it being a slow night and all.

PLAY BY PLAY

Batman, Green Arrow, Flash, and Aquaman are each separately fighting an ice-themed super villain. After winning, they and their sidekicks head off to the Hall of Justice. The Sidekicks are promised membership, but in reality they’re just allowed to use the gym, library, and snack bar. Speedy (Who may or may not be a heroin addict) quits and storms off. Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad hang around.

Despite having been told specifically to stay in the building and not get in trouble, they decide to investigate a fire in a building that quickly proves to be a front for a much larger, more insidious operation - Cadmus - which is breeding a clone of Superman. They free the clone and escape (Eventually) and the evil Rene Auberjonois is defeated (Oh, Clayton, will you ever win?).

Despite the results, the League ain’t happy with them running off on their own, and tells them it won’t be allowed again. Robin says that it *will* happen again, and so the heavy hitters of the league decide to set the kids up as “Young Justice,” a covert ops superhero team for handling less conventional super villainy.

OBSERVATIONS

Animation is the typical Warners style they’ve been cranking out since Batman TAS, but it’s way above their standard for TV. It’ll be interesting to see if the visual quality of the series itself is lower than the pilot. Music made no impression on me. Direction was good in the character bits, a little flat in the fighting stuff. Voice acting was pretty good, though it’s weird to me to see Robin and not hear Scott Menville. This was made worse by Aqualad having Khary Payton’s voice. He was Cyborg on the old Teen Titans show.

The plot was basically make-work kind of stuff typical of pilots, and a little why-bothery, though they made the right decision to tie it directly into the origins of one of their characters.

I liked that each of the characters seemed already to have a pretty distinct, well-developed personality. Kid Flash was the weakest of the bunch, but even he wasn’t bad. The “Covert ops” aspect is interesting. I like that they’re operating with some oversight from the league, but a lot of latitude.

First Tourist: I see Robin and Aqualad and Speedy…
Second Tourist: Speedy is Flash’s sidekick?
First Tourist: No, Speedy is Green Arrow’s sidekick.
Second Tourist: Well that just makes no sense at all.

So why were all the cold-themed villains acting in concert? Who is “The Light?” Can Superboy be trusted? Where did Speedy Go? What are the Genomes planning? Have we seen the end (Please) of the cheap hulk knockoff that is “Blockbuster?”

Definitely worth a look-see when it goes to series.

WILL CONSERVATIVES LIKE THIS EPISODE?

Yeah, why not?

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