In an effort to discover more information on Earth’s alien invaders, Superboy, Miss Martian, Beast Boy and Adam Strange travel to the distant planet of Rann. For those of you who were worried that the character development would suffer due to an influx of new superheroes, I think you can put your fears to rest. Even though we didn’t see Aqualad, Kid Flash, Artemis or Roy for the second week in a row, it was nice to get the backstory on Conner and M’gann. Apparently Superboy was the one who ended their relationship, but why? He claimed that “she left him no choice,” but does that have anything to do with her darker impulses as a White Martian? Watching her lobotomize a Krolotean and then turn around to give her adopted brother a souvenir with a smile on her face was haunting. Has Miss Martian gone completely dark side, or is she just doing what needs to be done? Conner has some of Superman’s DNA inside him, so like Kal-El, killing is not in his nature (except for his Lex Luthor half). It’s early in the season, but M’gann’s story is already shaping up to be one of the most interesting arcs in the group. How do you see her character developing as the season progresses?
The surprise hero for me in “Earthlings” was Beast Boy. In last week’s premier I had no idea who he was, but the writers did an excellent job by giving us a small glimpse into his past. We discover that Queen Bee killed his mom in some kind of car accident, and now M’gann is his adopted sister. I assumed that he was indeed a “Beast Boy,” but it seems like that’s the characteristic he’d decided to mimic. Garfield is a Martian, but his exact origins are still unclear. How long was he on earth, and why did he choose the form of a beast instead of a normal looking kid like Miss Martian? All these questions are what keep me coming back for more Young Justice, and like I said in my review of last week’s episode, I have faith that the writers are going to slowly build these character’s backstories like they did in season one. What are your thoughts on “Earthlings?”
-David Griffin (Follow @griffinde on Twitter)