I'm awful I know. But this show is just so good and it keeps getting better.
But I think I need to stop hanging around the Tumblr fandom. Too much hatin' on M'gann and Superboy/Miss Martian. It maketh me sad. Why do you not like awesome female characters and happily UST-resolved together couples Tumblr? Do you want to spend five seasons waiting for a couple to actually hook up? Do you know how frustrating that is?
Whatever, HATERS TO THE LEFT, I love them.
Episode 12- "Homefront"
I have more coherent thoughts than I did when I gushed about this episode in my LiveJournal entry. Also, it went by quickly and I feel like I didn't get quite enough time to completely appreciate all the awesome.
Anyway, we open in Gotham, at Artemis's apartment. I MISSED YOU ARTEMIS. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN MY HOMEGIRL?
...No way it is 6:00 AM you lying clock. It's NEVER that bright outside at six in the morning. At least where I am.
Artemis is in her room and looks up at the symbolic Alice in Wonderland poster on the wall. (GET IT? BECAUSE CHESHIRE'S HER SISTER AND ARTEMIS IS BLONDE LIKE ALICE? I KIND OF THINK THIS IS AWESOME.)
Flashback to Still Very Hot younger Jade and Mini Artemis. Jade is bailing because Mom Tigress got sent to jail and she's not hanging around with just Daddy Sportsmaster. (Holy cow, Cheshire threatened to kill her dad back in "Targets", girl is gutsier than I thought.) Little Artemis is the cutest thing in the world. Just so y'all know.
The flashback is brought to an abrupt halt as Mom Tigress yells at Artemis to get up and get ready for school. Artemis's hair looks good down. She should wear it like that more often. Lol and then she just moans and collapses back into her bed all like, "Five more minutes, Mom."
Cut to Gotham Academy. Nice cute little bit with Artemis tugging down her schoolgirl skirt. CLEARLY SHE PREFERS PANTS
BECAUSE YOU KNOW SHE TOTALLY WEARS THEM IN THE SPITFIRE RELATIONSHIP..
Oh hello Bette Kane cameo. How are you.
LOL and Robin just comes up randomly and snaps a picture with her, then ghosts off like the ninja he is. "We'll laugh about this someday." Oh you little troll you.
Bette leads Artemis off and pan over to a Babs cameo. She is also wondering what the heck the photo thing was about.
HA HA HA not shipping them. No way, no how. Not happening. Though if it were going to appeal to me in any form it would probably be this one, because of the return to the obvious Older Girl/Younger Boy appeal, and the lack of any obvious siblingistic dynamic. Hard to form an opinion based on a two second cameo.
Cut to Mount Justice, and a ridiculously pretty sunset. Inside we have-ASFLKAHSF SUPERMARTIAN MAKE-OUTS. LONG, LONG, SLIGHTLY INAPPROPRIATE MAKE-OUTS. HECK YES. Once again they are interrupted by that electronic ball thing from "Bereft". (Such a Moment Killer that thing.) Only it's actually warning them of the approach of Kid Flash.
...who is oddly really happy.
Totally headcanoning that he and Artemis shagged the previous night. Come on, her hair was even messed up when we saw her that morning.
Anyway, Wally observes that Conner and M'gann spend an awful lot of time fixing the bike. (Too dense to see why though.) And Conner and M'gann pat the little ball thing like a Mommy and Daddy. Aww.
Next, Aqualad talks with Red Tornado about the mole problem. And Red Tornado departs with a quip about Ollie and Dinah being off together having a "hot date".
At one of the secret Zeta Beam entrances to Mount Justice, Robin runs into Artemis and proceeds to troll her. Artemis stumbles out a fib about seeing a cousin who was in a spelling bee. Then there's this exchange:
Robin: C-O-O-L. Did she W-I-N?
AHSFLKAHF THEY'RE HAVING SNARKY BANTER JUST LIKE I WROTE IN MY FANFICTION. OH SHOW HOW YOU KNOW ME SO WELL.
They beam into the hideout and-HOLY COW THE HIDEOUT'S BEING ATTACKED RIGHT AT THAT VERY INSTANT AS SOON AS THEY GET IN oh my gosh not prepared at all. (Yes, I know, I've seen it before, I'm just trying to recapture my original reactions.)
And cue opening.
After the credits, Robin and Artemis immediately jump into action, dodging fireballs and floodwaters. They also try to call the rest of the team. The two heroes do not get a break from pursuit however. So they decide to escape... IN THE AIR VENT? REALLY? LIKE I ALSO HAD IN MY FANFICTION? Am I genre-savvy or does this show have a psychic link with my brain? Anyway, Robin downloads hideout blueprints and they crawl through the vent and emerge in the boiler room. GAH! CREEPY FIRE DUDE RIGHT THERE AN INSTANT LATER! They get into another access tunnel, Robin shuts off heat and motion sensors, and finally they get a chance to rest and take stock. Robin looks up security footage from earlier. Wally's working on the cycle with Aqualad, Miss Martian, and Superboy nearby.
Kid Flash: Dork wrench.
Miss Martian: (floats it over to him)
Kid Flash: Thank you, Green Cheeks.
UUGGGGH STOP BEING GROSS WALLY. SUPERMARTIAN IS CANON NOW, YOU CAN STOP HITTING ON M'GANN.
Go make out with Artemis, it'll make me feel loads better.
Aqualad asks a veiled mole-digging question all like, "Artemis having trouble balancing her schoolwork eh, eh?". And Kid Flash is casually confident like, "Nah, she'll manage all right. I mean, how much more hostile and annoying can she-"
Oh Wally. You so totally love her.
Feed is broken by the attack. Robin looks for another angle. All four are "dead". Noticing Artemis's worried look, he quickly clarifies the cameras are dead. Then they emerge into the library and there is more cute Robin+Artemis snarky banter. Someone approaches, they hide, Red Tornado calls for them, Artemis leaps out, IT'S NOT RED TORNADO IT'S HIS EVIL BROTHER OH NO, and Robin tackle-saves Artemis out of the way. They flee again. GAH AND THERE'S RED TORNADO'S EVIL SISTER!
On a side note, I completely adore how calm and collected Robin is being. Artemis grabs his hand and starts to have a minor freakout. Not!Red Tornado gives them an ultimatum to surrender, otherwise they'll kill the others. Robin and Artemis look at each other worriedly. Cut to M'gann and Kaldur in a fire cage (crud) and Conner and Wally stuck in some silver goo (double crud). Even the ball thing is stuck.
Commercial break. We return to Robin and Artemis getting stuck in a flooding tunnel. Robin ditches his cape and shares his rebreather with Artemis. Then Not!Red Tornado #1 comes in and grabs her ankle. Robin does this awesome thing where he stabs Not!Red Tornado in the eye with one of Artemis's loose arrows. And leaves behind a trail of exploding shuriken. Of course. The duo emerge in the hanger with their teammates.
Robin: You guys okay?
Superboy: Forget us! Help M'gann!
AWWWW! Supermartian! Conner is all worried about his M'gann! Not surprising, given that out of all of them she's the only one unconscious and unresponsive. HANG IN THERE MISS MARTIAN!
Robin and Artemis are forced to flee (again), and wind up in another tunnel (again). Artemis proceeds to continue her freakout, with Robin being all awesomely calm. Also inappropriately sexy without his cape. Stop it Robin, you're already way too hot for a thirteen-year-old. He contacts Wally (through a batarang? Weird) and they proceed to make an EMP pulse device thing. Technobabble ensues. As Robin and Artemis try to set up the device, Wally and Conner distract the Tornado Twins (totally calling them that, and it might actually be their name too? IDK.) Their taunting is strangely hilarious to me.
Plan goes sour. Robin gets swept off by a wave and Artemis hotfoots it, pursued by fireballs, and watches in horror as an unconscious Robin is captured. And kind of has a panic attack. Poor woobie Artemis. Commercial break and then back to Artemis deciding she has to get out and call the League. As she's going along, she drops into Wally's souvenir room. GET THE ARROW ARTEMIS. THE ARROW THE ARROW THE ARROW.
Oh, poignant flashback first. Back to saying goodbye to sister Cheshire. Let me hug you Mini Artemis! Back in the present, Artemis calls the team her "new family" aww and then gets the arrow and pretends to surrender to the Tornado Twins. AND THEN SHE LEAPS UP, KICKS THEM BOTH IN THE FACE, FLIPS, AND MAKES A ONE-IN-A-MILLION SHOT THAT COMPLETES THE CIRCUIT ON THE EMP DEVICE, DISABLING THE DOOMBOTS AND SAVING HER TEAM. YEAAH-HEAAH GO ARTEMIS!
Aww and Conner's still worried about M'gann. And everyone's okay.
Later that night, there is SUPERMARTIAN HAND-HOLDING AWWWWW! Lol and Spitfire arguing. Red Tornado appears on the scene. The EMP pulse wears off and HOLY CRAP RED TORNADO TURNS ON THE TEAM AS THE TORNADO TWINS RIVIVE HAKLSFHKALSFHLF RED TORNADO WAS THE MOLE! HE WASN'T ON MONITOR DUTY HE WAS CALLING HIS SIBLINGS. Okay maybe not consciously since he didn't seem to be aware of anything untoward at first. He might still not be the mole. ANYWAY, HE SUCKS THE AIR OUT OF THE TEAM'S LUNGS AND THEY FALL UNCONSCIOUS. Artemis wakes up and the League members are there taking care of their kiddos. Aww.
And on the ominous note of the Reds being gone, the episode ends. Just like that. Crud.
Episode 13- "Alpha Male"
We open on some guys hunting. Or poaching? Not clear. They are attacked by Monsieur Mallah. Holy cow. And was that offscreen implied murder there? Credits and then cut to the Leaguers helping clean up the cave.
...That little mechanical ball thing is SUCH a puppy.
LOL and Wally tells Ollie to leave the bowl of food. You and your metabolism Wally.
Superboy tunes in with his super-hearing on Kaldur's talk with Batman about the mole. Naturally, he gets very pissed off. "You knew?! That android and his maniac family nearly killed M'gann!" <3333 Can I hear you being protective over Miss Martian forever Superboy? The team gets understandably miffed that Aqualad didn't tell them about the mole. "You almost died!" Superboy says to M'gann. (Oh shades of Robin/Starfire HOW I LOVE THEE!)
Batman shuts down the fight and gives them their (admittedly absurd-sounding) mission. Oh hey, Hunter Dude survived... somehow... Captain Marvel comes along as their new babysitter. Ball puppy gets told to stay. (Heeee!)
In India, the team immediately disbands off into chaotic different directions, still not trusting Aqualad. Kid Flash and Robin run off as a team, Superboy tries to go with Miss Martian who is all like, "SCREW YOU I DON'T NEED YOUR PROTECTION." telepathically and goes off with Artemis. (Artemis once again demonstrates how awesome she is by sticking up for M'gann and telling Conner off. I love her.) That leaves Aqualad and Captain Marvel together. They're all followed by ominous shadows. Kaldur angsts to Captain Marvel and then they're attacked by giant elephants. And then the rest of the team is also attacked by giant animals jacked up on Cobra venom from "Drop Zone". Artemis gets in an awesome line about having to almost drown two nights in a row and how NOT fun that is. Kid Flash gets A COMPLETELY AWESOME MOMENT WHERE HE RUNS UP A TREE AND THEN FLIES TOWARDS ONE OF THE OVERSIZED VULTURES IN A SPINNING SONIC THE HEDGEHOG BALL. Kaldur figures out the collars are controlling the animals and cuts them off.
Then Kaldur and Captain Marvel have a nice convo about Kaldur's leadership. Captain Marvel wanders off after a tiger and gets captured by Mallah. Kaldur gets M'gann to establish a mindlink and the team continue beating on the mole issue until Kaldur gets awesomely Batmanish and shuts them down and takes charge. Yeah. (Also Conner gets a funny, "Busy. Call Back later." line, as he's beating off his animal attackers.) Oh sexy Kaldur, come order me around.
Cut to a hideout where Captain Marvel is and IT'S THE BRAIN I KNEW IT I KNEW HE WAS IN THE LIGHT! I TOTALLY CALLED IT! The team reaches the hideout. Aqualad shorts out the electric fence enough to make a small hole that Artemis shoots through, disabling the perimeter. A monkey alarm is sounded. They fight. Artemis is awesome and saves Robin's bacon and he returns the favor. Yay tag-teaming! Then Mallah comes out to fight them. Things happen. The team is all awesome and stuff. There is cute Spitfire banter about the Brain. Aww. Superboy then comes in with his new dog. The team is awesome again, tag-teaming and just pounding Mallah and the Brain and freeing Captain Marvel and the tiger. The Brain is smarter than his Teen Titans version and books it out of there with a teleportation... thing.
AND THEN THERE'S SPITFIRE FLIRTING!
Artemis: What are you grinning about?
Kid Flash: One word... souvenir!
Artemis: Two words... gorilla lice.
Kid Flash: *SQUICKED*
HHNNNGGH I LOVE THEM. I MISSED THEM. THANK YOU SHOW FOR GIVING ME MORE WALLY/ARTEMIS.
Awww and then there's a private Supermartian mind conversation about how Conner was worried but should treat M'gann more like a teammate on missions.
Robin then asks about why Kaldur kept the mole thing secret. He reveals the source-Sportsmaster-and Artemis is naturally immediately incredulous and defensive. But all of them still want Aqualad as leader. And then Captain Marvel goes home and depowers and goes to bed. Cute. I love him.
Episode 14- "Revelations"
BACKGROUND ARTISTS OF THIS SHOW, WHOEVER YOU ARE, PLEASE HAVE MY ARTIST BABIES. Oh gosh Metropolis so pretty.
And random giant plant attacking things. *hopeful* Ivy? This is the episode with Ivy yes?
YES IT IS! THE INJUSTICE LEAGUE! COUNT VERTIGO! IVY! BLACK ADAM! JOKER! ASHFLAFHSLAKFHALFAS! And the show is totally trying to fake you out by hinting that they're the Light which I know is not true 'cause Ra's and Luthor and Queen Bee and the Brain are on the Light and none of them are here. Anyway, credits time.
At Mount Justice, my two favorite YJ boys are sparring. Nice. And then Robin whispers an aside to Aqualad, as Superboy and Miss Martian come in, about how they're totally a couple. And Aqualad is like, "Pfft, totally called that episodes ago." Then Kid Flash and Artemis come in, together (SPITFIRE OMG), and Robin's like, "Do we tell them about the Supermartian?
Or their obvious UST for each other, whichever one works."
Then Batman comes in, reveals the plot, and there's a massive continuity dump. Show, I love you so much. Never change.
More plants are popping up, and then Joker reveals the Injustice League and they reveal their ransom. Ah, the three I didn't know are Ultra-Humanite, Atomic Skull, and Wotan 7. Batman says they're not handling the plants and Artemis punches Wally in the arm when he whines. And again when he's dense and doesn't pick up on the fact that Young Justice is going after the Injustice Gang themselves. D'aww.
And there they go, off to save the day. GAH THE PLANTS ARE DOZED WITH JOKER TOXIN! CREEPY! As are the Injustice League members working together here. Over in the Bioship, an obvious Chekov's Gun is set up. And... the ship is dizzy? The ship is a her, okay cool. She gets knocked out of the sky and attacked by plants. Commercial break. As water starts filling up the ship, Artemis is like, "OH HECK NO, I AIN'T ALMOST DROWNING THREE MISSIONS IN A ROW, Y'ALL." and produces a rebreather for herself and one for Wally. (More Spitfire! Yay! And some Superboy holding of M'gann's shoulder. Oh show, you're just spoiling me now. This is almost too much.)
On shore, they're immediately attacked by Count Vertigo and Black Adam. Robin and Miss Martian go ninja to fulfill the mission objective. And there they go, off to save the day again, while there are cameos from Justice League members fighting the plants this time. Aqualad, Flash, Blue Devil?, OLLIE AND DINAH AND ROY ALL WORKING TOGETHER HURRAH ARROW FAMILY, etc.
Joker is still creepy. Most of the team is captured. Robin and Miss Martian are... immediately attacked by Ivy. Joy. After the break, Miss Martian breaks them out. More Justice League fighting the plants and stuff. Hi Plastic Man!
The Bioship frees the rest of the team. Action ensues. Artemis has this line, upon missing her quiver:
Artemis: Ugh, I feel naked. And not in the fun way!
LOL OH MY HOMEGIRL TOTALLY GETTING CRAP PAST THE RADAR.
...GUYS GUYS GUYS, REMEMBER HOW I WAS JOKINGLY HEADCANONING THAT SHE AND WALLY WERE TOTALLY DATING AND SHAGGING IN THE INTERMITTENT TIME BETWEEN "BEREFT" AND "HOMEFRONT"? THE NAKED IN THE FUN WAY THING? NEW HEADCANON IS THAT SHE'S TOTALLY REFERRING TO HAVING HOOKED UP WITH WALLY.
Anyway, Maneuver 7, which is of course a lead-in to Artemis kicking Ivy in the face. GO HOMEGIRL! Vertigo wonders where Robin and Miss Martian are. An answer cut reveals that they're totally blowing up the facility. BADASS PALS YO. Joker is Joker and hilarious and creepy at the same time. Then Vertigo breaks the not saying kill rule and attacks Artemis and WALLY TELLS HIM TO LEAVE HER ALONE OMG MY SHIIIIP! Wotan holds them with energy. Then the Chekov's Gun is fired and it's... the HELMET OF FATE NO KALDUR! THIS IS AWESOME AND SCARY AT THE SAME TIME.
Crap. Now Joker's going after Robin. I DO NOT LIKE THIS! HE'S TOO CREEPY!
Action ensues. The team is completely awesome. Artemis kicks people in the face a lot. AND THEN SHE BANDAGES WALLY'S ARM IN A SLING! AND THEN WHEN SHE GETS KNOCKED AWAY KID FLASH SCREAMS HER NAME! HE SCREAMS HER NAME! SHOW! YOU ARE SPOILING ME! TOO... MUCH... SPITFIRE...
Things look grim and then the Justice League comes in. (Yay protective Daddy!Bats saving Robin!) Joker gets off one last venom shot then gets punched in the face. Nabu, surprisingly, lets Kaldur go. I like this Wally and Kaldur moment. The team did good.
AND THEN THE REAL MEMBERS OF THE LIGHT ARE REVEALED. KLARION, VANDAL SAVAGE, QUEEN BEE, LUTHOR, RA'S AL GHUL, BRAIN, THE WHOLE LOT OF THEM.
Whew! Well, gotta go to work now, but that was a fun recap!
Current Ship Tally-
KID FLASH/ARTEMIS: AHFLASFHALKSFHA EVERYTHING IS SPITFIRE AND NOTHING HURTS! OH MY YJ OTP! I LOVE THEM! I LOVE THEEEEM!
Superboy/Miss Martian: Haters to the left, they are cute and canon and together. Which is incredibly refreshing. And I love them so much.
Red Arrow/Cheshire: They need to kiss. At least once.
And then bang until Lian exists in this continuity. Then I'll be happy.
Herald/Bumblebee: They're still cute and canon. I'm content. Don't know if they'll show up at all in the show again though. Darn.
Robin/Artemis: ......I maybe kind of sort of might ship this a teensy bit now. SHUT UP OKAY. THEY HAVE AN OLDER GIRL/YOUNGER BOY DYNAMIC
and they're not Dick/Babs AND YOU KNOW HOW I'M A SUCKER FOR THAT.
Listening to: News downstairs
Reading: "Vector Prime", Star Wars novel
Watching: Young Justice awesomeness