This week’s episode of Young Justice finally gave us those character building moments we’ve been asking for, with surprising revelations about some of our favorite heroes. I want to begin by discussing the adventures of Blue Beetle and Connor Kent as they take care of some “personal business.” Being able to hear the artificial intelligence inside of Beetle’s head was enjoyable, as Connor just looks on in confusion. Beetle is not a character that I’m particularly familiar with, and when DC Comics relaunched their 52 titles, I didn’t pick up his comic book, so the refresher course on his origin story was a welcomed addition to the episode. It appears that the suit’s A.I. is more aggressive than Jaime, as it informs him that breaking bone would be a more effective way to subdue the bad guys. Most of the team don’t take him seriously, due to his schizophrenic behavior, but after his adventure with Superboy, he has proven himself to be a valuable asset. I assume that the question on everyone’s mind is, who was the mysterious figure standing next to Sportsmaster? Do you think he could be one of Darkseid’s acolytes from Apokolips?
Another of the many big reveals in “Salvage,” was the long awaited return of Red Arrow, who is in desperate need of a shave and some sleep. I’m not sure why he’s chosen to take on a life of crime. If he would just join the Justice League, than Bruce could help fund his campaign to find the real Roy Harper. The demons of his past are clouding his judgement, and it’s painful to watch him reject all the people that love and care about him. Apparently, turning to a life of crime is not the only activity that Roy’s been up to over these past five years. The return of Cheshire, or Jade as Roy calls her, revealed that he is a new father, and now there is a chance that he might be able to find the original Speedy. Perhaps exorcising “Speedy’s ghost” will allow him to move on with his life, but Cheshire is not the trustworthy type, so is Roy headed for redemption, or destruction?
In closing, let’s journey into Wally West’s little love nest that he has with Artemis. Some of you were saying that those two are your favorite couple on the show, and I would have to agree, due to the lack of “drama” that surrounds their relationship. I wonder if the situation with Aqualad caused Kid Flash to hang up his suit? He seems content with the way things are at home, and who could blame him? If I had a beautiful young lady buying me a Valentines Day feast, I wouldn’t want to fight arch villains either. Does this mean that Artemis has given up a well? As far as we know, Barry Allen is still The Flash on the Justice League, but I can’t help but wonder if they’ll kill him off in order to force Wally back on the team. He can’t stay cooped up with Artemis forever, can he? As always, I’d love to see what you all thought of this week’s episode in the comments section below.
-David Griffin (Follow @griffinde on Twitter)