Green Lantern: TAS is a different experience, rewatching it while knowing what happens later.
Dear Ray Palmer: I hope you meet Hank Pym soon. I think he needs to save your ass. You are doing a pretty bad job of saving yourself.
Yeah, M’gann/Artemis is a more interesting ship than Spitfire.
Aw, Conner. You are kind of adorable.
You’ve only been in charge a year, huh, Nightwing? Hmm. Whatever, I miss Kaldur.
HEY, REMEMBER ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO BITCHED ON AND ON ABOUT HOW M’GANN WASN’T PROFESSIONAL ENOUGH AND LET HER FEELINGS FOR SUPERBOY INTERFER WITH THE MISSION? I HOPE THEY ARE BITCHING ABOUT LAGOON BOY.
Shut up, Lagoon Boy.
Hey, we are in the water. Can we have more Kaldur, please?
Christ, I hate this M’gann storyline. I hate it so fucking much. Nothing but hate.
Okay, “let’s endanger everyone because I am a jealous twit.” Awesome plan, Lagoon Boy.
So, M’gann is tampering with people’s minds and Artemis is “rusty.” NICE ,show. I can’t wait for Legend of Korra to wipe this shitty taste out of my mouth.
HI, KALDUR. Still sucks that you’re evil.
Kaldur, Kaldur, Kaldur.
Okay, Kaldur’s tricks with water are pretty epic, let’s be honest.
Of course, the mission succeeded, because THE VILLAINS ALWAYS WIN ON THIS FUCKING SHOW.
Show. Did you just.
Okay. Okay, I am pacified. KALDUR. KALDUR MY BABY. I KNEW YOU WEREN’T EVIL. And shipping Nightwing/Kaldur like whoa.
On to Korra.
I judge them too. I mean, I prefer Steph as Spoiler and Batgirl, but that’s mostly because her creative teams were better and far more competent.
1. KALDUR. I think I have squeed a lot about this character. Because he is my favorite. It’s rare that the animated universes give a new character that feels like they fit so perfectly, but this one absolutely does. I love him so much, I don’t even have words. I love his strength, I adore his kindness, and I flail over his dedication to his team.
2. M’gann. People who hate M’gann are not human beings worth my time. And her catchphrase isn’t a damn bit more stupid than “whelmed” (gosh, which one did fandom embrace?) And there’s nothing wrong with female characters making cookies, get over yourself, fandom.
3. Black Canary: I love all Canary, all the time, but I really love that this one is in charge of training the team for physical battle. NOT Batman. Not Wildcat. It makes me very happy. I also love that she was in charge of the therapy session.
4. Robin: I love his update! I gushed about that in a previous Top Five, but I adore him.
5. Red Arrow: I love all his little angry outbursts and his friendship with Kaldur is perfect.
Kaldur is rarely unsure of himself, but it does happen sometimes - especially when he has spent any prolonged time in Atlantis (Robin blames “the whole Black Manta thing,” and there might be something to that theory, but neither Kaldur nor his lovers discuss it.)
Conner would like very much to go to Atlantis (“I can’t drown!”) and punch everyone who might be responsible, until he finds the person who actually is.
But ultimately, Conner yields to M’gann’s wisdom, which means that the three of them spend the day curled up on the couch watching The Little Mermaid (until their own brands of Ursulas interrupt with their supervillain plots) and providing physical reminders of how wanted Kaldur is during the many musical numbers.
Awwwwww, poor Captain Marvel.
"You are so making this up to me later." LOL, show, I approve when you are completely inappropriate.
Ahaha, Mal’s Superboy costume. :) Conner’s reaction is pretty much the same as mine to the 90s outfit. So bad.
KALDUR, your FAITH IN YOUR TEAM IS PERFECT.
Also, I love that Roy gets invited to the adult (and Robin) secret meeting. I love more that Kaldur, Robin and Wally are OBVIOUSLy in the clear with Roy.
Hi, there, Secret!
AHAHA, Zatanna switching her shoes in the middle of her running sequence. Awesome.
"Harm doesn’t battle his demons. Harm embraces them." LOLOLOL, that’s a little too much cheese, show.
Harm is a little too much cheese, to be frank. The whole “referring to self in 3rd self” really only works for Doom.
I approve of M’gann, Conner and Wally’s prank. Sucks to be you, Marvin.
Okay, the “Secret” thing is annoying me now.
Ha, Artemis’ comeback. Saving that one up, were you, Artie?
To be honest, I didn’t like this one. Greta didn’t live up to the considerable awesome she was in the comics (where she was allowed to have actual dialogue, pft.) And the women on this show are fantastic, so Greta not being allowed to reach her full awesome (standing still is not a superpower, show) is especially disappointing, because this show could do better. Also, Harm sucked.
tl;dr: Eh, every show has at least one turkey.
BLACK CANARY. BEING THE TEAM’S COUNSELOR. SO FUCKING AWESOME.
It’s wrong to ship Batman/Conner, isn’t it? Whatever. It’s not even the worst ship I have.
Kaldur … protecting Robin. Hi, ship of my heart.
Speaking of shipping, am shipping Conner with all of the New Gods. (add M’gann and Artemis for the perfect orgy?… and Kaldur.)
"Glad my teams not that close." LOLOL, oh, Conner, don’t lie.
"Lower beings tend to fear intimacy." LOL, that’s like, a large portion of YJ fandom when it comes to certain ships, isn’t it? Oh, was that mean?
"I don’t want to be The Batman anymore." OH DICK HONEY I DON’T EVER WANT YOU TO BE BATMAN EIHER. THAT PERIOD SUCKS.
Seriously, I did not expect Dick to steal my heart. OH, baby. *so many hugs.* Kaldur’s still my favorite, but I love you too.
"Kill the boy and his little dog too." LOLOL. I love you, show.
tl;dr: everyone on this ep needed a hug, except for Wally, who was just annoying.
~ John Stewart got to TALK! :) Hi, there, my favorite GL.
~ Iris West-Allen. :)
~ Barry’s little touch on Iris’ shoulder before he ran away and her “Thanks … Flash.”
~ No lie I ship Iris West-Allen/Cat Grant a little.
~ OH, Aqualad. “The human race must know that there are still heroes defending them. There is still hope.” I love you the most.
~”Then we start taking back what is ours.” :) :)
~ Oh, Kon, good boy.
~ OH, KALDUR. *sobs* I know this is going to be a big reset at the end, but :(
~ Wally’s grief is not really something I’m buying. It’s a little too HULK SMASH for me. I don’t know. Way over the top.
So I had other thoughts about how the team cared more about Wolf than Aqualad’s death, but then J’onn explained the lack of grief. It still pissed me off, though. I am still mostly convinced that the only people who care about him are Aquaman and Roy.
Bitter, party of one.
… It still makes me want to write some Robin/Kaldur, though. MAYBE I WILL AND PRETEND THAT I DIDN’T SPEND 10 MINUTES YELLING AT THE WHOLE TEAM.
Also… uh. Justice League, a mental Kobayashi Maru? Douches.
Also, I am not even checking the YJ tag on tumblr for a while, because I just know there’s a lot of awful bashing on M’gann in this episode for bullshit reasons. :|
tl;dr: Kaldur is still my favorite and supermartian should just include artemis in a big ole threesome.
The “I feel like I’m naked and not in the fun way,” or whatever it was?
Yeah, I think that’s awesome.
I also liked that M’gann seems comfortable with herself and with being intimate with Superboy. There are many comic book examples where I am not sure that both parties are happy with their activities (Kori is NOT an example of this, but there are others.) Likewise, my girlfriend has a great love of romance novels, where the no-means-yes-have-this-sexy-rape-that-we-won’t-call-rape scenes are high.
And I actually think that, despite their heteronormative outlook on life, romance novels serve as an essential introduction to sexuality for young women. So I don’t think they’re all terrible, but some of the lessons taught in them are pretty bad.
tl;dr: younger female humans need healthy examples of older female humans being comfortable and secure with consensual sexual activity, and this show does an awesome job.