‘Young Justice – Invasion: Happy New Year’ – Recap

Posted Sunday, April 29th, 2012 08:29 pm GMT -5 by

Young Justice Invasion

(This is a full episode recap, so if you don’t want any spoilers, please watch the episode first!)

So Cartoon Network and/or Warner Brothers decided to rebrand their ‘Young Justice’ show as ‘Young Justice: Invasion’… and didn’t tell anybody, so most of us that live by our DVRs failed to catch this show when it first aired on Saturday morning.  Luckily, they chose to rerun it on Sunday.

Not only is the title different, the show actually jumps five years into the future!  A startling move to say the least!  The Season 1 finale built to a point where I, personally, couldn’t wait to see what was coming next, now suddenly they skip five whole years?!

Clayface - Young Justice Invasion - Happy New Year episodeThe episode opens with Superboy being assaulted by Clayface in a sewer tunnel.  He is engulfed by the villain, until Miss Martian arrives and frees him with her telekinesis.  Superboy ends up taking Clayface out with a pellet that causes the villain to harden like concrete.  The pair are joined by a Robin, Beast Boy, Blue Beetle and Bumblebee.  Miss Martian identifies their team as Dealta Squad and radios Mount Justice.  She is answered by Nightwing!  Meaning that the Robin we saw just last episode, has now grown up and shed his Robin title.  The new Robin is Tim Drake.

The Delta Squad returns to their base, where Nightwing and Lagon (known as Lagoon Boy in the comics) are sparring. Also at the base is Mal Duncan, originally introduced as a schoolmate of Conner Kent and Meagan Morris, then and now the boyfriend of Karen Beecher, Bumblebee, who unfortunately is too busy to stop and chat with him.  One shocking change in the status quo is Miss Martian is now dating Lagon not Superboy, and it seems to irritate the Boy of Steel who gives them a nasty glance as they kiss.

Wonder Girl - Young Justice Invasion - Happy New Year episodeCaptain Atom contacts the team and reports that the United Nations is under attack.  Mal responds that the Beta Squad is nearby.  The attacker turns out to be none other than Lobo, intergalactic bounty hunter.  Just as he is about to attack a dignitary, Secretary General Tseng, who should intervene but Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark) who slugs him and sends him flying.  Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) enters and ushers Tseng to safety.  It would appear, however, that Wonder Girl’s initial blow was a lucky shot as Lobo grabs her by the head and flings her aside, knocking her unconscious.  He then goes after Tseng and Batgirl, who uses a smoke pellet to escape.  This gives Wonder Girl enough time to rejoin the fight.  The two heroes put up a good fight, but Lobo manages to knock them out of the fight long enough to grab Tseng by two arms and rip him apart… revealing an alien inside!  He takes it and flies away on his space motorcycle, leaving Wonder Girl and Batgirl with a lot of questions.

Batgirl - Young Justice Invasion - Happy New Year episodeLater, a political commentator, G. Gordon Godfrey (who if you’ve ever read the ‘Legends’ miniseries, you know is no ordinary political commentator) shows the security footage of Lobo ripping Tseng apart and extracting the small alien inside.  He demands answers.  He cuts to Cat Grant at the Hall of Justice who tries to get a statement from the two newest members of the League, Zatanna and Rocket, who were actually the two newest members of Young Justice just last season.  Catherine Cobert, the League’s publicist tells Cat that they will issue a statement in time.  (Ms. Cobert, in the comics, was the liason to Justice League Europe… so many Easter Eggs in this series!)  Godfrey accuses her of stonewalling and wonders what the League is hiding, implying even that The Amazons or Atlanteans and even other heroes like The Flash might even be from space.  “What are they keeping from the real earthlings… like us.”  (Once again, if you’ve read ‘Legends,’ there’s irony in them thar words.)

Captain Atom Adam Strange - Young Justice Invasion - Happy New Year episodeZatanna and Rocket beam aboard The Watchtower, where John Stewart is briefing Batman, Nightwing and others on Lobo’s background, explaining that he is dangerous but not likely to return.  The real threat is the small alien he extracted, which John identifies as a Krolotean and explains that they travel in packs, meaning there are more on Earth.  Martian Manhunter introduces the teams to Adam Strange, who tells the team about his experience being teleported to the planet Rann and meeting another scientist, Sardath, who like Adam studied Zeta Beam technology.  Sardath told Adam that some of his technology had been stolen and John Stewart remarks that Kroloteans built their whole culture around stealing technology.  Sardath detected transmissions from a single location on Rann and multiple locations on Earth.  He was investigating those, when he accidentally beamed Adam to Rann.  Adam gives the League a device that can pinpoint all the locations where Kroloteans have beamed to Earth.

Nightwing Batman - Young Justice Invasion - Happy New Year episodeCaptain Atom, who is apparently in charge of the League now, wants to order a two pronged attack, sending half their forces to locate the Kroloteans on Earth, while a second team goes to Rann to cut them off.  Strange informs them that Earthlings are not welcome in Rann’s sector of space and that Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, John Stewart and Hawkwoman are wanted criminals.  Nightwing deduces that this explains the missing 16 hours.

Blue Beetle - Young Justice Invasion - Happy New Year episodeJohn says he’ll contact Hal and Guy Gardner on Oa.  Captain Atom states that there are still 15 other active Justice Leaguers that can go to Rann, but Strange tells him that there is a planetary watch out for all Justice Leaguers.  Nightwing steps in saying not all of them are members of the Justice League.  He volunteers his team to go to Rann to seek answers.  Captain atom tells him to “Do it.”  Adam Strange tells Superboy, “If you’re going, don’t wear that shirt.”

As Nightwing, Superboy and Miss Martian depart, Zatanna tells them that all three have an open invitation to join the Justice League, but all three are happy where they are.

Lobo  - Young Justice Invasion - Happy New Year episodeNightwing dispatches the team to the 14 Zeta Beam locations on Earth.  Mal coordinates their communications from the base.  Nightwing and Wonder Girl (Alpha Squad) head for Philidelphia.  Batgirl and Bumblebee (Beta), along with Wolf and head to Vladavostok.  Robin, Lagon and Blue Beetle (Gamma) are sent to New Orleans.  Nightwing tells “Tim” that he is making him field leader on this mission even though he’s never led a mission before.

As they arrive in New Orleans, Lagon piloting Miss Martian’s Bio-Ship, Blue Beetle starts arguing with his sentient armor.  The team deploys and Blue Beetle destroys a tool shed thinking it’s a Zeta platform.  Robin is confused until he detects the Zeta radiation is eminating from below the water line and sends Lagoon Boy to investigate.  Once Lagon finds a secret entrance tunnel, he signals Robin and Blue Beetle to join him.  Lagon morphs into a giant hulk and forces the entrance open.  Inside they locate an entire Krolotean base with aliens teleporting in and out.  Mal tells them to lie low, but they’ve already been detected.

Lagoon Boy   - Young Justice Invasion - Happy New Year episodeBatgirl and Bumblebee report that they located their assigned platform, but the two Kroloteans they encountered teleported away before they could capture them.  Mal tells them to destroy the platform and return to base.  Nightwing reports a similar finding and Mal says the League is encountering the same thing.  The only ones to find anything of note is Gamma Squad who battle an entire army of Kroloteans on their own.  They are vastly outnumbered and at one point, Lagon is nearly overcome, but for some reason, when the Krolotean leader spies and points out Blue Beetle, they all turn around and flee, teleporting away.  Blue Beetle can somehow understand the Kroloteans and hears their leader, Hef ordering them all off-planet and setting the base to self destruct in four minutes.  He also says something about sacrificing the “play things” below… the abductees.

Superboy  - Young Justice Invasion - Happy New Year episodeBlue Beetle leads the way and captures a Krolotean.  The prisoners are thrilled when they see Robin, but are terrified of Lagon and Blue Beetle, whom they think are more aliens.  Lagon frees them and Blue Beetle discovers his armor can help him speak Krolotean.  He interogates the captured alien and guides them all out.

The heroes and prisoners escape just as the base blows sky high.  In a scene mirroring the very first episode, a ticked off Justice League descends from the sky above them.  (Worth nothing, Black Lightning is now among them.)  Robin thinks he is about to get chewed out, but Nightwing appears and yells, “Dude, way to get your feet wet!”

Finally, the Zeta Squad, Superboy (wearing a solid black shirt), Miss Martian and Beast Boy arrive on Rann with Adam Strange.

Young Justice Invasion - Happy New Year episodeWow!  How was that for a season premier?  I was put off at first, due to the five year time jump.  The first season just built to such a great point and there was so much potential for the Young Justice team to build upon.  To completely skip all of that and leap forward like that seems really crazy!  But I think it worked itself out by the end of the episode.  I liked that they immediately connected back to the missing 16 hours, but there are still a lot of questions left unanswered.  What happened to Red Arrow and Speedy?  Where are Kid Flash, Artemis and Aqualad?  (Is it possible that Barry Allen died and Wally became The Flash?)  I’m disappointed not to see the further adventures of the youngsters from last season, but the time jump was handled extremely well and I’m just as intrigued to see where this new alignment of heroes goes.  At the very least, I’m delighted to see a Wonder Girl on the team, even though it’s not the one I’d have picked (Donna Troy).

This show is proving itself to be quite an epic and a fantastic series carrying on the tradition of excellent animated shows from DC and Warner Brothers.  What did you think of the time jump and the all-new, all-different Young Justice?  Sound off below!

  • http://twitter.com/RoundTableNerds Chris Ferrell

    I love it, this is basically Young Justice (League) Unlimited.

  • Crypto682

    im liking it but i cant wait to see artemis and wally back

    • JasonMBowles

      I think Wally is now The Flash. (See comments above.). In the comics, Artemis is an out-and-out villain, so maybe they decided to follow that?

  • Rkblandy

    Bring back Kid Flash and Artemis the best characters from season 1.  I miss their chemistry and snappy dialogue.  What happened to Aqualad?  And please don’t tell me the real Speedy has been trapped in that Cadmus pod for the last five years. What does Miss Matian see in Lagoon Boy over Super Boy? I mean seriously!  Wonder Girl is hot.

    • JasonMBowles

      So Superboy can hook up with Robin… I mean Wonder Girl like it is in the comics.

  • Jay in Oregon

    My non-spoilery theory is that Kid Flash, Artemis, Aqualad, and Red Arrow have either split from the team or are on detached duty, looking for Roy Harper and the Light.

    Red Arrow – He wants answers. ‘Nuff said.
    Aqualad – helping his friend, Red Arrow, and his other friend, Roy Harper.
    Kid Flash – He’s friends with both Red Arrow and Aqualad, and possibly looking out for Artemis.

    Artemis – She’s gone from being an outsider to a trusted member of the team and wants to help Red Arrow get answers. Plus, Sportsmaster and Cheshire are mixed up in this…

    Given that Roy Harper was missing his arm when we saw him, I’m expecting him to appear as Arsenal. But on whose side?

  • sora2

    There’s a canon video game called “Young Justice: Legacy” coming out in 2013 that takes place between season1 and 2. That should give some answers, unless the events are referenced later in the season. The tag line is “One will rise. One will fall. One will die.”

    • JasonMBowles

      I’m betting the “one” who dies is Barry Allen!

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  • Mmcewen

    I’m not saying that I’m disappointed with what’s going on with the characters, but the five jump is really starting to scare me. The Season One finale ended with the other characters wondering what happened to the other guys in the past 16 hours, they jumped all the way to five years later and they’re still trying to solve the mystery. I’m also a little shocked about the fact that Zatanna and Rocket are now members of the Justice League, when they’ve only just joined the Young Justice team the season before. I didn’t really want anything to change, but I didn’t even think about what was going to happen until the new season premiered. Miss Martian, for some reason, is in a relationship with Lagoon Boy, and I could tell that Superboy didn’t appreciate it when they kissed. I’m hoping that he and Miss Martian will get back together by the time the next episode premieres, as they both went to the planet Rann with Beast Boy and Adam Strange. I also hope that we still get to see Artemis, Kid Flash and Aqualad. Why must they skip another five years instead of another few minutes? This is going to take some getting used to. If anyone knows the creators of this show, tell them that this is not cool!

    • JasonMBowles

      Thank for the very well thought-out response! I understand how you feel. We didn’t get to know Zatanna or Rocket that well, now they’ve graduated. There was still the potential to develope the teens as they were.

      I’m sure the present status of Kid Flash, Artemis and Aqualad will be revealed in time.

      As for Superboy, they’re probably follow the comics and hook him up with Wonder Girl.

  • Mmcewen

    F.Y.I., I do admire the fact that they’ve added some new characters and voice actors to the show.

  • Tradetreaty

    Are you sure this is permanent and not just a special event?

    • JasonMBowles

      I suspect this is the new status quo, but anything is possible.

  • DynamiteKitty

    I hate it when stuff gets rebranded, it just drives me up the wall. As long as it evens out, and the previous characters re-appear, then I’ll play along. I hate it when somethings built and they skip over it, it was like the first season was a huge piolt :P which sometimes happens, a lot of DC cartoons haven’t been successful lately, with this sorta reboot they got lucky, but I think they’re messing with luck.

    • JasonMBowles

      I forget where I read it, but someone on some message board posted something like “I like this cartoon better than ANY DC Comics right now.” I think I agree!

  • http://twitter.com/toychristopher toychristopher

    I’m really confused. It’s like I was watching a spin off of the first show. I’m still going to watch it, and it was still a good episode but I’m really confused why they did this. 

  • Terrellcampbell7

    I just want to know if you are going to bring back Aqualad, Kid Flash and Artemis

    • JasonMBowles

      Well I don’t have the authority to bring anybody back, but I’m certain they’ll be back at some point.

  • Ruffincl

    I like the new season spin! I think they have alot to explain, if done well it will make for a great new season. Like the rest of you guys I would have like to see the old young justice do a couple more mission before disbanding the team.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YTMMR2YUXDYZQSIMKPOR3RAXQI Alec

    It CERTAINLY THREW ME FOR A LOOP…but I think the justice league members that was missing for 16 hrs…did something to the timeline. There will be time travel envolved. I think we are actually in an alternate timeline. It would explain the 5 year jump and all. That is only part of it. It’s a hell of a way to jump start the second season….and a new subtitle…INVASION. NICE.

    • JasonMBowles

      Verrrrry interesting theory!

  • Laney_james

    I miss Wally! Put Bart Allen on the team or something. It needs a flash! but think you for giving the summary. I forgot to tape it when I went to work

    • JasonMBowles

      I strongly suspect Flash died and Wally tok over. It explains why the six heroes involved in the “missing 16 hours” were the cast of “Justice League” EXCEPT for Wally.

  • J Tevon

    This episode was VERY confusing, but by the end it all kinda pieced together.
    the sad thing about me is that i almost forgot it comes on in the mornings now, so i missed the first five minutes of the show, when i finally tuned in i was like WHAT HAPPENED HERE?
    but thanks to this and various other reviews and Young Justice Leauge sites i know whats happening.
    P.S love the new title : Young Justice: Invasion.

    • J Tevon

      also,  loving the new members.
       and that the once goofy, robin is all grown up.

  • J-2

    I like the show period, but as many have stated there are a lot of unanswered questions and twenty minutes did not do it….I think that the missing 16 hours created a paradox and when the Invasion series concludes, I believe the time stream will return to normal…..So if anyone’s lucky to be able to answer these questions”Please Post”…What was the second initiative that Vandal Savage spoke of:..What is the current state of Project Cadmus and the Genomorphs…What happened to Speedy/Red Arrow(Clone)..and lastly what are they going to do with Match and the original Speedy…..answer these questions and I won’t be confused (lol)…..”Enjoy”…….

    • JasonMBowles

       Honestly, I think patience is the key here.  This show is excellent and the writers haven’t failed us yet.  I have confidence that things will all add up by the end of the season.

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