The girls venture to Bialya in search of alien technology, while Jaime searches for his friend in the fifth episode of Young Justice: Invasion, entitled “Beneath.” While it was nice seeing the ladies in action against Simon and his goons, the highpoint of the episode would have to be Jaime’s adventure in El Paso, and his internal struggle with the scarab’s artificial intelligence. For a young kid, Jaime exhibits great poise, by not giving into the “easy way” that his internal-counterpart would like him to take. Although, I would have enjoyed seeing Jaime use his plasma cannon on that no good excuse of a parental guardian. As I said in my previous review, the writers have been giving us excellent character building moments as the season has progressed. Like many of you, I would love to see more interactions with Nightwing, Red Arrow, Aqualad and Kid Flash, but at least Greg Weisman and his writing team are developing the new characters that we’ve been introduced to this season more extensively. I have a feeling that once we’ve been more exposed to this new team, that the story will shift to encompass all of the main superheroes. Do you like the direction the story is going in, or would you rather spend more time with the previous season’s team?
With Blue Beetle handling “family business” in El Paso, the lovely Alpha Squad members of Batgirl, Bumblebee, Wonder Girl and Miss Martian were tasked with the mission to uncover alien tech in the highly volatile region of Bialya. Wonder Girl may not be the stealthy warrior that Batgirl and M’gann are, but she can sure throw a punch. I found myself gleefully anticipating her ability to catch the falling plane by herself, but it appears that she does not yet possess the same strength as her mentor, Princess Diana. Young Justice continually stresses the importance of teamwork, so even if Cassie could not stop the plane’s rapid descent, the other members of Alpha Squad were quick to lend a helping hand.
Linking the two unique stories of Alpha Squad and Blue Beetle at the end was a nice touch on the part of the writers. I hope Jaime is able to save his friend. What were your thoughts on this week’s episode of Young Justice? Do you think we’ll see the return of Kid Flash and Artemis to the team anytime soon? As always, let me know what you think in the comments section below.
-David Griffin (Follow @griffinde on Twitter)