Episodic Review: Young Justice 20 (“Coldhearted”)

Whee, the Wally episode!

Comparing everyone’s home life, Wally definitely has the most normal of the group and as such is one of the most relatable of the cast. Add monologues to the mix and you essentially have the DC equivalent of a Spider-Man episode… which isn’t a bad thing.

So the floating island from the Gorillaz Feel Good Inc video is causing weather related chaos and it’s up to a Justice League plus their minor counterparts to put a stop to things.

(Random aside: I haven’t heard from Gorillaz in what feels like forever. Checked out one of their latest music videos on a whim and… wow. The CG is slightly off-putting at first, but honestly, it’s a good notch or two better than the CG’d crap they’re passing as cartoons lately. Check ‘em out. Really.)

… and more fodder for Robin/Zatanna shippers. Again, both characters’ adorableness is off the charts, so I don’t mind the non-canon-ness of it all. A++, Gabe-approved, would do business with again.

Super awkward for Wally/Artemis shippers, though. I’m glad the whole shtick with Wally hitting on Ms. Martian is finally over, but it begs the question of just how the writers are gonna gradually introduce Artemis into the mix. Signs point to the team possibly thinking of her being the mole. Then again, I’m pretty sure their guard’s been down ever since the whole Red Tornado dealie. Meh… iunno.

Wally’s face when he finds out he’s not invited to the big superhero crossover shindig. Real world equivalent: logging on to facebook to see a ton of your friends tagged in an album during an event you weren’t invited to. Don’t trip, Wally; your solo adventure was a million times more fun than any group shenanigans with the Justice League.

… so the YJ group’s got winter camouflage, but the Justice League doesn’t? Something tells me the League won’t like knowing that budget cuts are going on in favor of investing in the younglings. Then again, it’s not like the YJ group’s got a watch tower, so I guess it balances out.

(Second random aside: What is the deal with Warner Home Video releasing Young Justice in single discs? I thought we abandoned the single disc release ten years ago. Are people actually still willing to hack over $3.75 an episode in 4-episode-per-disc chunks? Even Amazon’s instant video for the series has a better option, which is saying something. The last multi-season DC title that I can think of was the DC shows from ten years ago, and those all had perfect season DVD releases, so I must repeat… what’s the deal? If a season set’s not announced by the end of the first season’s airing, I just might have to invest in Amazon’s instant video release which doesn’t nearly look as pretty sitting in my video folder in comparison to on my shelf. Guess it’s a balancing act between aesthetics and practicality.)

Geez, Wally just can’t catch a break today. Having to deliver a heart to a Vlativian Queen with second-rate bad guys hounding him… not exactly the best of days. Still, the story itself was solid and was more than enough to make up for villains I’ve never heard of (also helps that a good chunk of the plot was taken from the comics). Kid Flash’s greatest physical strength would be his speed, so to have him fail to deliver something when given a time limit gives great depth to his character. Hands down the best YJ member when it comes to straight-up sympathy from the series episodes and not comicbook backstory when looking up other characters’ respective Wikis (that would go to Robin).

Not one, but two fake-outs? With the second time involving recording the villain admitting to his heinous crime? Best kind of justice—via tape-recorder (or whatever modern day equivalent that was).

Who else thought it was a giant Chinese take-out box at first? Really digging Wally’s souvenir wall. All he needs now is a giant penny and a replica of a T-Rex and he’s set.

Best episode of the bunch so far, with lots of character building without having to go with the ol’ reliable that’s dipping into character backstories. I’d say it played well to Wally’s strengths and weaknesses, but to say that wanting to defeat a baddie when time’s of the essence of more of a priority issue than a full-on weakness. Either way, it does a good job of building up Wally’s likability, which when you’re given a full cast of heroes to deal with is more difficult than you’d think.

About daemoncorps
Gabe (daemoncorps) has been writing about anime and the like since 2005, but has been babysat by it for much longer. He primarily spends his days distracting himself on twitter or writing for Fandom Post until he realizes he has a weekly webcomic (tapastic.com/series/scramblebouquet) to work on. He also just finished writing his first full-length graphic novel about unemployment (https://tapastic.com/episode/293804).

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