Hey gang, Valkor here. And I’m back with another AniView treat, which much like “The Looney Tunes Show: There Goes the Neighborhood”, comes another from the folks at Warner Home. Though we missed volume one, two, and three of the set, I’m really glad I got to check out and catch up with “Young Justice: Dangerous Secrets” Season One Part Two DVD. And if you’re not watching this series and your fan of the DC Universe… then what the hell are you waiting for?
Young Justice centers on the sidekicks of DC greats such as Batman, Green Arrow, the Flash, and even Aquaman. When the series first aired Robin, Aqualad, Speedy, Kid Flash, Conner (Superboy), and M’gann made up the core of the group; their goal was to try and show the big guns that they can handle the same level of threats, deserve the same level of respect, and want to be full-fledge members of the JLA. Rather than make them members, Batman offers them the chance to prove their worth by setting them up in a previous JLA base, and pairing the team with Red Tornado as their guardian and Black Canary as their trainer/therapist. In later episodes the team will be joined by Zatanna, Red Arrow, and Rocket (Icon’s sidekick, who was also inducted into the JLA).Unlike Teen Titans where the team is left to their own devices, the show integrates the JLA alongside the Young Justice team and each episode is pretty much a who’s who of the DC line up - some make appearances more than others such as Batman, Captain Marvel, Red Tornado, and Black Canary. A lot of the show highlights each characters inner struggle and their need to form a cohesive team dynamic, which holds especially true for this round because their dealing with a mole. That’s right, someone amongst the team will betray them and they need to find out who it is before its to late. Another point that needs to be made is that this first season has crazy continuity, there really is no standalone episode as characters in one way or another will reflect or remind us of past events.
Season one Part two contains a total of 14 episodes on two discs following in order as the show aired (again gotta be able to stick with that continuity – boom!), fleshing out the remainder of the season. Highlights include:
Failsafe (Valkor favorite) – In the midst of an alien invasion, all of the JLA are killed in action leaving the Young Justice team to take up the reins. Later the team learns it was all a mental exercise brought given to them by Martian Manhunter. But Manhunter hadn’t counted on the abilities of M’gann whose powers are so great that she forces her team to forget the events that took place.
Coldhearted – It’s Kid Flash’s birthday and for the most part, he’s having an awesome day… until a mission arises that sees the team battling alien snow machines that are blanketing the planet in snow. However Flash’s duty is to pick up a heart and deliver it from Boston to Seattle. He thinks it’s a jip, but the heart actually belongs to Queen Perdita of Vlativa. And if her new heart isn’t delivered on time, the country would ring in a new, sinister ruler. And it is during this episode that Wally learns the importance of his powers.
Secrets – Artemis learns of Connor and M’gann’s relationship, so Zatanna offers her a night on the town busting chops. However the duo has a run in with a guy called “Harm”, who recently acquired the Beowulf sword. Harm’s powers are far superior than Artemis and Zatanna can withstand, but they receive help from a ghost, who holds the “secret” to stopping Harm for good.
Agendas – The JLA core meet to discuss new members, but the main story is that Superboy returns to Cadmus to confirm that the organization had secretly created another clone made of pure Kryptonian called “Match”, to which Connor learns that he is only half-Kryptonian and half human (the human half is made up of Lex Luthor). Since Match has all the powers and abilities of Superman, Lex gives Connor shield patches that inhibit his human side, allowing him full access to his Kryptonian half.
You don’t get much in terms of extras save for some trailers, however you do get a digital comic of the Young Justice series. I haven’t read it yet because I was too busy soaking up the awesomeness of this series.
And my god is it awesome! I can’t remember the last animated series that I found so… engaging! I was sold with Young Justice from the jump, but I was never able to catch up with the series given its early morning timeslot and my work schedule. And now that I’ve pretty much seen it in its entirety I can truly say that this is one of the best animated series on television today that so well written, topping it off with superb animation. It’s a great mix of heavy action and drama, plus the series does a great job of balancing the Young Justice team with the JLA. And the dialogue? Flawless! It can get hokey sometimes, but it’s never a distraction. The storytelling is amazing and the continuity is handled so well. If you jump right into this disc, without picking up the first three volumes, then you might be a little lost, but as the show progresses and past episodes are mentioned, you’ll find that you’re well caught up. Kudos to the choice of characters and their designs; my personal favorites are Wally (Kid Flash) and Artemis because they’re so funny and edgy respectively, but standout performance goes out to Captain Marvel because of how he’s portrayed in the show - he’s literally a big kid and it’s hilarious! In the end, Young Justice is one hell of a ride that you won’t wanna get off until it’s climatic end.
Sometimes an episode will wraps a bit too quickly for my taste. I mean given how the series handles the continuity, I’d say you can stretch an episode into another.
Young Justice Dangerous Secrets Season One Part two DVD is available now and it really is one of the best superhero animated series on television by far. This volume features an engaging storyline that spans the 14 episode set, creative takes on the characters, flawless dialogue, and animation and action that screams awesome! Fans and non-fans alike should heavily invest in this series, which is currently in its second season. And out of TOV 5 stars, I’m going all in and giving Young Justice Dangerous Secrets 5 stars perfect!