After nearly a year and a half, ‘Young Justice’ season one has finally come to an end with a thrilling finale that sets the stage for season 2, which premiers next week on the Cartoon Network. Although not all is revealed, it seems like Vandal Savage is not only trying to conquer earth, but desires for our planet to be the most powerful in the universe. For a man who is 50,000 years-old, who knows what that plan might entail? According to Savage, phase two of his scheme has not yet begun. Before we delve into the final minutes of “Auld Acquaintance,” let’s take a look at how this season has progressed.
As a whole, I thought this was an excellent first season, and what made it so compelling was how the team at Warner Brothers Animation took the time to develop its main characters. One of my favorite moments from this season was in the episode entitled “Downtime,” where Aqualad returns to Atlantis only to discover that his best friend is currently dating his old girlfriend. I loved how that moment came full circle in the finale as Red Arrow asks Aqualad to tell him when his heart was broken. It’s those small, yet intimate moments between the teammates that make this show special. The action is fantastic as well, but without characters to care about, what’s the point in watching the show?
Looking back at the finale, I’m curious to see what you all thought of Vandal Savage leading this villainous group, with Lex Luthor and Ra’s al Ghul following close behind. I can’t imagine those two are going to let Savage rule the galaxy without having an ulterior motive of their own. Something I’d like to see in season 2, would be a deeper exploration of the villains. I like how they kept them shrouded in mystery for most of the season, but now that they’re exposed, I’m interested to see what parts they’ll play as the story unfolds.
The end of this episode had some of the best action we’ve seen all season, with duels between Superboy and Superman, and a highly anticipated matchup featuring Batman and Robin. It was nice to see Robin admitting that they couldn’t take down the Justice League one-on-one, as Superboy violently launches Robin into an oncoming Batman. As usual, the fight choreography is superb, making the final minutes of this season a joy to behold. Another of my favorite moments was watching the interaction between Clark and Connor, as Superman finally gives Superboy some words of encouragement, and approves of his decision to carry on the Kent name. As with most finales, the questions about what we’re going to witness next season are endless. Personally, I’m anxious to discover more about Red Arrow/Roy/Speedy, and how his discovery of finding out he’s a clone will affect him. What were your thoughts on this season, and what are you most looking forward to seeing as the show moves forward?
-David Griffin (Follow @griffinde on Twitter)