“Roy rescues a scientist from Shadow. He asks Young Justice to protect her and neutralize the weapon that she was working on. Artemis joins the team.”
Thoughts: The newest member, Artemis, is the exact opposite of Megan; she’s brash, arrogant and sarcastic. Like Megan she has to prove herself to the team in order to be accepted (already an old tune), but she fits in better in the next episode. As Captain mentions, her cover story is that she’s Green Arrow’s niece, but we soon learn from Red Arrow that this isn’t true. With her blond hair, it’s more likely that she’s Green Arrow’s daughter, possibly with Cheshire.
Speaking of whom, Cheshire is pretty awesome. The cat-masked assassin specializes in poisons, and she’s a formidable opponent for the team. Cheshire is usually overlooked but she was a nice addition to the episode, especially considering Red Arrow’s involvement (they have a kid together in the comics). She’s voiced by Tara Strong, probably best known as the voice of Batgirl in The New Batman Adventures, as well as Raven in Teen Titans.
We also learn in this episode that the Light (aka Cadmus) have an infiltrator in the group. While many might point the finger at Artemis, my bet’s on Superboy, as he’s Cadmus’ creation.
“When the team investigates the disappearance of Kent Nelson (formerly Doctor Fate), the scientific-minded Wally West is forced to confront his disbelief in magic while battling Abra Kadabra and Klarion the Witch Boy for the ultra-powerful helmet of fate.”
Thoughts: I love the magic side of the DC Universe, so it was great to see Dr. Fate highlighted in this episode. The story doesn’t shy away from the regular craziness that comes with said magic, such as the Lords of Order and Chaos, pocket dimensions, and Dr. Fate controlling Wally’s body in the final showdown. It was not so great to see the witch boy, whose voice was obnoxious, and I would have preferred more of the cat. (I vaguely remember the boy in a Batman episode with Etrigan, though I forget which series).
With an adversary as powerful as a Lord of Chaos on their hands, it’s rather shocking that the Justice League didn’t bring in another hero to help out the teens when things got out of hand–Etrigan or Zatanna could have made fantastic cameos (though that may have overburdened the episode). I find it unrealistic that the League would place so much trust in this new team so early.
I very much disagree with two things: the first full-team episode and Robin is absent, and that they didn’t have their uniforms on. While not an official mission, they weren’t undercover, and it feels less like a superhero show when they’re in street clothes.
Teen infatuations are starting to run amok here, particularly when Flash flirts with Martian relentlessly, even calling her “Megalicious” at one point (though the episode hints that he’ll eventually fall for Artemis). Speaking of whom, Artemis feels much more like a member of the team here, and her spunkiness is starting to balance nicely against Megan’s eagerness to please.