July 4, 2022

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Going Through Young Justice Part Twelve

Jimmy and Tom finish off season one with "Usual Suspects," and "Auld Acquaintance".

Well, after an unexpectedly long delay, Jimmy and Tom got back on track and finished off season one, learned who the mole was, and a host of other things.

Regardless, here they are to wrap up the first season with the episodes “Usual Suspects” and “Auld Acquaintance”.

“Usual Suspects”

The League and the Team get some new members, and the mole is revealed!

jimmy:  On Roy…

tomk:  You didn’t see that coming, did you?

jimmy:  No. I actually suspected Batman and when the end started I thought I was right.

tomk:  You thought Batman was the mole?  Interesting theory.

But nope. It was Roy. And even he didn’t realize it.

jimmy:  I thought maybe it was just some sort of training exercise to test the Team. See how they’d react, treat one another, etc.

tomk:  Nope. There really was a mole.

jimmy:  Does it count if they didn’t know?

tomk:  Was he acting as an agent for the Light?

jimmy:  Not intentionally.

tomk:  Well, then they won’t intentionally throw him into prison.

jimmy:  I sure hope not.

tomk:  I mean, how would you feel if the Ms or the Moose or Malin Ackerman was a mole working for Watson, knowingly or not?

jimmy:  It’s not great, but knowing they were mind controlled or blackmailed or otherwise behaving against their will would certainly be a factor into my feelings after it was discovered.

tomk:  That’s true. But now the Justice League has been mind controlled by the Light with that Starro tech.

jimmy:  That’ll all work out fine.

tomk:  And while the Team and even the League probably won’t hold anything against Roy, he may hate himself. And how did he become a mole anyway?

jimmy:  You’re not segueing to the next episode already are you?

tomk:  No. But I was curious if you had any thoughts.

jimmy:  Not that I recall, but you know me.

tomk:  You were distracted by beer, boobs, or food?

jimmy:  “Or”?

tomk:  Multitasking is never a good idea.

jimmy:  Well, you’ve seen these before. Knowing who the mole was, where there things involving Roy that were obvious that you missed the first time around?

tomk:  Um, ask me after the next episode.

jimmy:  Heh. Well, as a first time watcher with bad recall, I don’t remember anything specific, but our long break between episodes certainly didn’t help.

tomk:  Aside from Roy’s general suspicion of, oh, everybody, there isn’t much to see yet. I mean, Roy was the one that was told there was a mole in the first place.

jimmy:  But told by who?  Duh duh dah!

tomk:  Wasn’t it Lex Luthor?  Or Sportsmaster?

jimmy:  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

tomk:  You know. Bad guys.

jimmy:  Duh duh dah!

tomk:  But they knew there was a mole. It wasn’t Connor or M’gann or Artemis. It was Roy.

jimmy:  As I suspected from  the start.

tomk:  Well aren’t you smart. You probably suspected Wally with his sandwich-making skills.

In fact, I found a guest who wants to comment on your suspicions.

jimmy:  And anyone that eats that much couldn’t be the mole.

tomk:  And Superboy doesn’t mind that M’gann is sometimes a hideous monstrosity.  She should hold onto that guy.

jimmy:  They were so insecure about their secrets, both others already knew and didn’t care.

tomk:  Robin knew because he’s such a Dick.

jimmy:  And he’s Robin.

tomk:  Batman taught him well.

jimmy:  He’s a good dad.

tomk:  In this incarnation. Not like that awful Superman.

jimmy:

tomk:  But now we know Connor, M’gann and Artemis are truly good people. Also it’s a good thing Rocket wasn’t the mole. That would have been bad and fairly unlikely.

jimmy:  And it would have made Groot sad.

tomk:  Was that a decent joke, Judges?

jimmy:  Nice.

tomk:  No questions about this Rocket?

jimmy:  Had we seen her before and comment on her being annoying?

tomk:  She’s literally been in the background as a sidekick to Icon.

As for her being annoying…I will respectfully disagree.

jimmy:  You like her?

tomk:  Honestly, she doesn’t get a lot of screen time, so I don’t have much of an opinion one way or the other. I mean, she joined the Team in the next to last episode of season one…

jimmy:  Maybe she’s the mole!

Wait, we know who that is now.

tomk:  Yes.  It’s Bob.

jimmy:  Bob Arrow.

tomk:  It’s always the one you least suspect. If it was the one you most suspect, it would have been the Riddler.

jimmy:  God I hate his design here.

tomk:  Go back to this then?

jimmy:  Did I say “hate”?  I meant, love the new design!

tomk:  Amazing how quickly we realize our mistakes.

Not unlike a certain scarlet-hewed projectile guy.

jimmy:  So at the end, when Vandall Savage arrives, Roy (and only Roy) is suddenly freed from his mind control. Was this simply so he could say his, “I was the mole?” line?

tomk:  Well, there’s an explanation in the next episode.

But yes.

jimmy:  I see.

tomk:  But now there’s a Savage in the Watchtower, and Earth’s mightiest heroes are his mind controlled minions.

And the kids don’t know because they’re still basking in the afterglow of praise from Batman.

jimmy:  I’m guessing they find out soon enough.

tomk:  Yup!  In season three!

jimmy:  We’re…gonna be awhile.

tomk:  Or I made that up.

jimmy:  Or that.

tomk:  I  mean, lots of things could happen.  Rocket could save the day by annoying everyone into submission.

jimmy:  I can see it.

tomk:  That’s only because you always hate the last person to join a group.  You probably despised Roy or Zatanna beforehand.

jimmy:  No, just Watson. I mean, Rocket.

tomk:  Watson is Rocket?

jimmy:  I said she was annoying, not that I wanted her to Doctor Pulaski down an elevator shaft.

tomk:  You want to Dr. Pulaski down an elevator shaft Watson?

That is a very unwieldy verb.

jimmy:  Let’s just move on.

tomk:  You wanna see how all this ends?  At least season one?

jimmy:  I do.

tomk:  Well, then, let’s find out how this whole mole thing came about.

“Auld Acquaintance”

The Team needs to take down the Justice League!

jimmy:  Oh yeah, hook me in for season 2 why don’t you. Damn you, Netflix Canada!

tomk:  You sound disappointed in the season finale.

jimmy:  Disappointed I can’t start season 2.

tomk:  Well, at least you finished season one.

And here’s a cheerful thought:  remember when Kaldur, Wally, and Dick were captured by Cadmus when the series started?  The Light said they’d just clone the boys and send them back to the League as spies and no one would notice. They knew that would work because they had already done it to Roy.

jimmy:  Apparently so. Though it looks like he lost an arm in the process.

tomk:  Roy?  Lost an arm you say?

jimmy:  That was him in the tube at the end right?

tomk:  Yes.

But it’s happened before.

jimmy:  Prometheus?

tomk:  It’s not Promootheus.

jimmy:  lol

tomk:  Promootheus makes programming decisions for Netflix Canada.

jimmy:  Sounds about right.

tomk:  But hey, you got one mystery solved while another was set up.

What does the Light want?

jimmy:  I bet it has something to do with whatever that jerk Superman and his companions disappeared to do.

tomk:  Yeah. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl, and John Stewart. Something about that group seems familiar.

Maybe if Wally went with them.

jimmy:  He was busy making sandwiches.

tomk:  Or he turned into his DCAU incarnation.

jimmy:  That sounds like multiverse talk.

tomk:  Or they deliberately sent the DCAU Justice League off to cause trouble.

jimmy:  In the multiverse?

tomk:  Maybe it happens with everything everywhere all at once.

jimmy:  I need to watch that.

tomk:  You should since you live under the unbearable weight of massive talent.

jimmy:  Should I see that too?

tomk:  Do you like Nic Cage?

jimmy:  Sure.

tomk:  Then yes.

jimmy:  Man. So many things getting added to the list, except season 2. 🙁

tomk:  Well, if you can’t get to season two…

jimmy:  I know they sorta kinda tried to explain this in story, but the Team so easily taking out the entire Justice League seems a bit of a stretch.

tomk:  Blame Klarion.

And it did get harder as it went along.

jimmy:  Well, the big guns were coming back.

tomk:  Big guns?  Bigger than Captain Atom, Hal Jordan, and Dr Fate?

jimmy:  Apparently, since they went down without much of a fight.

tomk:  Like you and Moose Man would do better…

jimmy:  We’re not in the Justice League.

tomk:  Are you sure?

jimmy:  I think I’d remember something like that.

tomk:  You do forget things. Do you even remember all the heroes Captain America recruited to fight Thanos?

jimmy:  You know. I’ve never actually seen the trailer for Endgame, so maybe that is what happened.

tomk:  Regardless, you got to see how the season played out. Lots of call backs, like Red Tornado’s back-up body and Zatanna’s attempt to remove Fate’s helmet.

And Clark finally did right by Connor.

jimmy:  Finally.

tomk:  And lots of kissing because it’s New Years Day after starting the show on July 4th.

jimmy:  A LOT of kissing.

tomk:  Well, Kaldur and Rocket were kinda chaste.  I guess she didn’t want to get left out.

jimmy:  When in Rome.

tomk:  It beats trying to kiss Batman.

jimmy:  How do you know?  Have you ever tried?

tomk:  Do I look like Bruce Timm’s Batgirl?

jimmy:  I’ve never seen you in person, but I’m guessing no.

tomk:  But Jimmy, I’m right here handing you a cupcake.

jimmy:  My eyes are closed, but thanks.

tomk:  Suit yourself.  By the way, you might want to get that mole on your neck looked at.

Oh wait, that’s a cupcake crumb.

jimmy:  From the one you just gave me?  If not, I really should get a shower.

tomk:  I didn’t want to get close enough to check.  And it’s not like the time Watson had a whole chicken wing stuck to his face for three days.

jimmy:  Ugh.  Don’t remind me.

Speaking of moles…Roy…all is forgiven.

tomk:  It wasn’t his fault he was a clone programmed by bad guys.

jimmy:  Agreed.  But harkens back to a conversation we had recently about forgiving actions of your friends who have been brainwashed or possessed or otherwise turned against you by forces beyond their control.

tomk:  That sounds like a Star Trek conversation.  You want Brent Spiner’s Joker back?

jimmy:  Ah…no.

tomk:  That’s good.  And you’ll be more forgiving when you learn Watson has been under mind control by, let’s say, Moe for the past decade or so?

jimmy:  It does explain a lot.

tomk:  Well, he isn’t.

jimmy:  Then I won’t forgive him. Nor become his namesake super buddy.

tomk:  Kid Watson?

jimmy:  There’s already two of those.

tomk:  They start fights. Like Connor and Dick fighting Clark and Bruce.

jimmy:  Which the kids should never win…until ya brings da kryptonite!

tomk:  They had to take drastic actions.

Like when Jenny found your donut stash.

jimmy:  That’s why Jenny’s not allowed in my office unsupervised anymore.

And it’s a good thing Batman cheaped out on the lock.

tomk:  Or he taught Robin the art of lockpicking a little too well.

jimmy:  “I learned it from watching you!”

tomk:  It’s what Batman wants. He wants people as good as he is in case something goes wrong.

jimmy:  This is true.

tomk:  Like how the Moose encourages his pal the Beaver to grow some mighty antlers.

jimmy:  Like that’ll ever happen.

tomk:  Batman is a better teacher.

jimmy:  This shirt says differently.

I want that shirt now…

tomk:  Who do you think taught Batmoose?

jimmy:  Game, set, match: Tom.

tomk:  That’s right. Aquaman.

jimmy:  Geez, no need to resort to name calling.

tomk:  That’s a period, not a comma. No one called you King of Atlantis.

jimmy:  I did misread that.

tomk:  That’s ok.  You’re still fuming over that donut stash.

jimmy:  Jenny!!!

tomk:  Jimmy, the donut truck just pulled up. Jenny put in an emergency order. No one wants to see a Rogue Canadian.

jimmy:  Calm blue ocean…calm blue ocean…

tomk:  See, now you’re less upset about Netflix Canada and all those programming decisions made by Promootheus.

jimmy:  I dunno about that.

tomk:  Well, what are you gonna do?  Use the nonunion Canadian equivalent of Starro tech to mind control the show back?

jimmy:  There’s an idea. I’ll work on that and get back to you.

tomk:  Ok. I’ll wait.

jimmy:  Or we could play Hungry Hungry Hippos.

tomk:  Too dangerous.

jimmy:  Indeed.

tomk:  Did you notice that the various Team members all took out their own mentors, even if it was just Artemis, Kaldur, and Wally letting a solid door do most of the work?

jimmy:  I did. Nice but expected parallel.

tomk:  But when you’re dealing with Superman and Batman, then you need to pair off.

You gotta doubleteam that Man o’ Steel!

jimmy:  They are the GOATs after all.

tomk:  They’d be unstoppable if they ever recruited Worf.

jimmy:  I smell crossover!

tomk:  Then we can have Alexander on the Team with his awesome power of…uh…

jimmy:  Head ridges?

tomk:  Sure. Why not?

jimmy:  My last gold star for season one. I shall cherish it.

tomk:  Do you have any final thoughts for season one?

jimmy:  Good season with a good mystery that you’d never really figure out.

tomk:  Someone should tell Jenny.

jimmy:  She’s still on BTAS.

tomk:  She didn’t get very far.

jimmy:  Her loss. Though it definitely carries over some ideas and themes from the DCAU, you could certainly start from scratch without having watched those shows.

tomk:  That sounds like an endorsement to me. So, are we ready for more?

jimmy:  Eventually… 🙁

tomk:  Life is so unfair.

What do we do in the meantime?

No Hungry Hungry Hippos!

jimmy:  I was going to suggest go outside and get some fresh air, but I guess that’s ruled out now.

tomk:  How do you know I wasn’t doing my bit from outside?

jimmy:  I’m no fool.

How about we go from DC’s youngest team to Marvel’s oldest?

tomk:  The Invaders?

jimmy:  Huh. I thought you would come back with the Fantastic Four, but Invaders works too. Well done.

tomk:  I didn’t think you meant the great team of 60s animated Spider-Man, racism, and insanity.

jimmy:  The less I think about that team, the better.

tomk:  Do you mean the FF cartoon from that French animation company?

jimmy:  I’ve never heard of that, so no.

tomk:  The 90s Avengers animated series?

jimmy:  Close.

tomk:  Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends?

jimmy:  I’m not there on the chronology yet. Stuck on the Emissary of Hell.

tomk:  The 80s Hulk cartoon that ran at the same time as Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends?

jimmy:  Colder.

tomk:  Watchmen the Animated Series?

The League of Extraordinary Freelancers?

jimmy:  Now you’re just being silly. (PS. That Saturday Morning Watchmen is gold.)

tomk:  Well, what did you have in mind, James of House Impossible?

jimmy:

tomk:  I see. And unlike other shows, that one is complete and not going anywhere.

jimmy:  Hopefully.

tomk:  Why?  You ditching D+?

jimmy:  Nope, but you never know.

tomk:  In that case, I guess we can check out that other superhero all-star team.

You know. Ultraforce.

jimmy:  Was there actually an Ultraforce cartoon?

tomk:  Oh yeah. I found some episodes on YouTube.  I…do not recommend it.

jimmy:  Maybe we’ll stick to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on our Young Justice sabbatical.

tomk:  Sounds like a plan.

So, are you ready to do some…assembling?

jimmy:  Until the next time we can disperse some (young) justice.

NEXT

Thanks to Netflix Canada, the guys are switching to something else, so be back soon for the first episode or two of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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