Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Independence Day, Part One

Season: 1
Episode Number: 1
Season Episode Number: 1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: November 26, 2010

Writer: Greg Weisman
Director: Jay Olvia

Voices: Jesse McCartney (Robin), Crispin Freeman (Speedy, Guardian), Jason Spisak (Kid Flash), Khary Payton (Aqualad), Nolan North (Superman), Bruce Greenwood (Batman), Alan Tudyk (Green Arrow), George Eads (Flash), Phil LaMarr (Aquaman, Dubbliex), Kevin Michael Richardson (Martian Manhunter), Keith Szarabajka (Mr. Freeze), Yuri Lowenthal (Icicle), René Auberjonois (Blockbuster) Unknown (Zatara, Fireman, Scientist).

Plot: Determined to prove that they are more than just sidekicks, Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad break into Cadmus Labs to uncover a mystery that involves Genomorphs and mind control!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): And here we go! Young Justice takes off at a speed only the Flash can keep up with, delivering the first twenty-two action packed minutes with a bevvy of super heroes and villains!

The episode starts off with four separate attacks by ice-themed villains, Mr. Freeze, Icicle, Killer Frost and Captain Cold. Whether these attacks will have any relevance in the coming episodes is unknown, but it serves as a perfect way to introduce the characters.

They are not brought together to save the world like the Justice League or Avengers, or have a similar origin story that ties them all together like the Fantastic Four. This young team of heroes is formed in order to prove their self-worth. Not exactly a great reason to form a team, but it will most likely provide some great character building.

The main bulk of the plot revolves around Project Cadmus, a science lab created by Jack Kirby in the 70s. Inside Cadmus are two other Kirby creations, Guardian and Dubbliex, as well as Dr. Mark Desmond who will soon become Blockbuster!

The voice talent in this show draws on that vast network of actors that have been involved with past DC projects, such as Bruce Greenwood reprising his Under the Red Hood role as the Dark Knight. The voices suit each character, even pop star Jesse McCartney as Robin, whom I was quite weary of upon hearing his casting.

The animation is top notch, as usual with Warner Bros. Animation. They always put a lot of care and attention into their cartoons and this one is no exception. It may even be better than Justice League.

With more characters to be added to the team and a whole universe of DC villains to introduce, Greg Weisman and his team have their work cut out for them, but they sure are off to a good start.

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Anthony said...

Easily some of the best animation done in a series. I really enjoyed the intro of Speedy and his quick departure (it was clever). I'm of course hesitant of Miss Martian, but Robin and Aqualad are really great.

Anonymous said... has to be one of the BEST SUPER HERO toons going ...with THE AVENGERS being a very close 2nd!!


Orphen said...

A cool episode, Can't wait for this show to come out each week.