The Story- The bad news
Young Justice is the Cartoon network’s animated Superhero show based on the DC comic book series that shares the same name. It started its second season back in late April 2012, picking up exactly where the first season had ended; with a cliffhanger. Several of the main justice league members had gone missing for 16 hours, and no one knew where they went or what they had done. This new season starts by answering some of those questions. I won’t go in too much detail about the story because in my opinion it makes it more exciting to learn as the show goes along, so instead I’ll just tell all the pros and cons of the season.
One of the biggest cons is that this season’s timeline jumps a full five years into the future. At first you think “Oh, that’s not a big deal”, and then you see Robin is now all grown up and has turned into Nightwing, which also brought in a new younger Robin to take his place (Tim Drake). Kaldur, Kid flash and Artemis are all completely missing for the first few episodes, and the storyline does a huge shift taking us to a completely new planet of alien beings which sparks the new season’s title “Invasion”.
On top of all of this, we were introduced to a slew of new characters and team members, such as Lagoon Boy, Wonder Girl, Beast Boy, Blue Beatle, and Bumblebee to name a few. Only a very small few of the originals have remained on the team. This new team of characters and the change in story was slightly confusing at first and it took a lot of getting used to.
Another problem was the frequent breaks between each episode. We would have huge delays from one episode to the next, sometimes waiting months before the next episode aired on TV. I’m pretty sure this had something to do with production issues, and if I had to guess I would say that Cartoon network is to blame. They seem to be having trouble sticking to a proper TV line up, seeing how they randomly removed DC nation without proper notice and constantly keep changing the air date and time for Young Justice. These last few problems are more of the networks fault and not really a problem with the show, but it does become annoying when you miss an episode because you didn’t know when it was coming on.
I have also found out that season 1 of Young Justice had a total of 26 episodes, while season two only has 12 episodes which is almost half of what we got for the first season.
Season two- The good news
The good news is that after watching more than half of the season, it all started to grow on me. I thought that the acting was amazing, especially the Roy Harper and Green arrow conversation in the hospital. The writing and storylines are also brilliant, even though the show has less episodes it doesn’t really feel like they are rushing along. What I first thought was confusing, I now look at it as being good storytelling. I found that all of the new characters have slowly begun to grow on me with their new personalities. I like how they all have their own place in the story and how their own personal back stories are adding to the show to fill in the gaps of the overall story of both seasons.
As the season is now coming closer and closer to an end I find myself looking forward to seeing more of the show to find out what happened in the past. As the season continues to progress we get more and more back story to piece together the five year gap. The new twist with Kaldur has me on the edge of my seat as I try to figure out what he is going to do next and how far he is willing to go to get it done. The animation quality for the show always amazes me with the amount of time they put into their movements. My favorite was the animations in the episode “Satisfaction”. The fight scene in the parking garage was extremely intense and very well done.
All in all I will say that the season started out rough with the odd plot choice of jumping ahead by five years. I think I would have preferred watching every episode jump by several months so that it was a slow build up to a yearly jump, but nonetheless I have still enjoyed the second season. If you haven’t seen it yet or you are afraid to watch it because fans are complaining about the time jump, I say to ignore the complaints and give it a try anyways, you won’t regret it. The show starts to pick up and explain the time jump, and you will find yourself enjoying the mystery of trying to figure out what happened in the past. It really is good stuff!
If you want to watch Young Justice tune in to the Cartoon network on Saturday mornings at 10:30AM EST.
The show is currently on yet another break and there is no word for a specific return air date. However, there is word that it will return sometime in 2013. I will update this post again with more specific details when they are properly released.