The team gets their first mission as their caught in the middle of a war between Bane and the evil terrorist organization known as Kobra. Oh and the team still has no leader, and doesn't act like a team. Yeah they're doomed.
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So we have Batman's first mission for the kids, a simple recon mission to scout Santa Prisca Prison. Unfortunately they get smack dab in the middle with two factions battling for the facility: Bane and Kobra. To make matters even more intriguing, an agent of the Light (the super secret organization that was behind the events of the pilot) pays a visit as well to the island.
Yeah I haven't been this shows' biggest fan. In fact, I've been somewhat unimpressed thus far. A lot of the main characters annoy me with their quirks (Robin, Kid Flash, and alas even Miss Martian with "HELLO MEGAN!") and for me some of the bad guys have been underwhelming (aka Blockbuster in the pilot).
So I will admit, I found this episode.. entertaining. It helps when one of my favorite Batman villains, Bane, takes center stage in the episode and Kobra springs to life in a new superior adaptation of the evil organization (I really love the boss in this. He reminds me a little bit of Robin villain, King Snake even if he's not the character). But the real scene stealing rogue in this is Light agent, Sportsmaster. Who'd thought an ultra serious version of the character would work so well?
Back to Bane though. I love that finally a show adapted the character as he was fully in the comics. My only regret is, I'm not a fan of the mask. I know they're going for a somewhat realistic feel here. But why does every freaking Bane design always have to have an open mouth? Why not full on mask? But I digress it's a minor pet peeve, that his voice actor Danny Trejo makes me ignore given his performance. I hope down the line we get more Bane in this show. This was a great mix of brains and brawn as it should be for the character. Though I'm a bit surprised he didn't go for the old fashioned Venom when he had a chance to nab some and cause some real damage or insurance if he fought Young Justice. Also how did he and his gang escape Kobra? Where they let loose? Escape? I guess the later since they're armed when Young Justice finds them. I felt we need a bit of tiny exposition with that.
As for our heroes in this episode? Well, I found Robin lacking, but at least this time that was the entire point of this episode. Still, I really hate him. I guess that's the point since he appears totally unlikeable in this. But on the plus side, we didn't have to hear that annoying laughter when he disappears. Superboy appears to be mellowing out more which is good, but I can't help but wonder if his power set is expanding with each day that goes on (superhearing and supersight he's got in his arsenal, but what about heat vision, speed, and super breath I wonder?) Kid Flash, I'm still not really fond of and he annoys me. Really my two favs of this show are still Aqualad and Miss Martian. The way the former is using his powers really puts Aquaman to shame, well at least the comics version anyway. Though I do admit the whole crushing she with Superboy after zero hints the previous episode makes me wonder did I miss something? Though it appears with this episode the team is finally really starting to act as one, however who their leader will be (I'm hoping Aqualad) remains to be seen.
But then that's what this series seems to really be good at. Is it's fight scenes. All throughout the episode we're given some nice sweetly paced action sequences. My personal favorite was the opening one with Bane vs. Kobra's agent/guinea pig and Robin vs. Kobra leader. All of them are quite fluid and nicely paced.
As for the Light subplot, yeah I think it's safe to say this is the Injustice League. Any fan of DC Villains know the creators of this show tipped off one member of the group at least in this episode. I'll give you a hint, he's French, loves French male gorillas, and is a brain in a jar. Part of me does wonder who else is amongst this group, and just what their plan is with this venom/blockbuster formula hybrid they got going. Though I can't help but crack up and think random moments from the Venture Brothers with the Guild of Calamitous Intent. Thanks Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick for ruining my mind on this!
So yeah I actually enjoyed this episode. It's still not hitting it's mark for me as the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes did, but I'll be patient with this show as I was with Symbionic Titan. Hopefully it'll be as rewarding like my previous example was when it hit it's mark and boy did it find the bullseye. But yeah I'm totally not into this show yet. I guess it just needs a moment with the team to fully latch onto them.
4 out of 5
Review by: Zechs
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About the Author - Zechs
Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Character Spotlight, and Cartoon Reviews. He's also an aspiring comic book writer trying to get some of his works published on the Outhouse. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.
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