The Reach and The Light have a meet-up and talk. A lot. And then Fight. A lot.
"Things aren't going well, it's your fault, The Reach."
"Nuh-uh, this is your fault, The Light! …And you can just call us Reach. Not THE Reach. But it's still your fault."
"Oh. Well you still have to call us THE LIGHT! (It's your fault).
So that goes on for awhile, but at no time is it boring or unnecessary. I can start to see why this show might not be as new-viewer friendly as a network might hope, but that's the situation with any show that isn't formatted like The Simpsons, where no one ages or moves forward for more then a half hour.
And where does this all take place? A secret mountain fortress. I love this place. The entire thing is made of stone stairs, surrounding a giant metal plate. I had to think "Who designed this place? The Reach? The Light? And did they design it specifically for meetings? There are no chairs, or coffee machines with little evil mugs that read World's Best Villain. It seems like this place was built just for a 5 minute meeting which would then turn to fisticuffs."
Well thank goodness I guess, because it takes about 5 minutes of bickering before it turns to fisticuffs between the two sets of baddies, and it's pretty rad. I've always appreciated how this show treats the fight scenes, specifically with the martial artists. It's during this time of cuffing fists that Ra's Al Ghul starts to take notice of a certain little artifact that Tigress has around her neck. Things settle down for a second and Ra's just calmly walks up to her and rips the necklace off her, immediately revealing that she's actually Artemis. The look on her face is perfect, a mix of surprise and horror. Everyone is surprised and Artemis and Aqualad are shot to death by the aptly-named Deathstroke the Terminator. Aptly-named because of the Terminator part…not because he stroked them to death. With his dying breath, Aqualad hits a remote which triggers a hologram that does…more talking. "Hey two teams of bad-guys, your partners betrayed you because you're all bad guys." Like that, but with more wordings.
And then it is revealed that Aqualad and Artemis weren't murdered at all, but were faking being shot by Miss Martian who was masquerading as Deathstroke! Dun dun dunnn! Big dramatic reveal, with Superboy, Bumblebee, The Guardian, Nightwing, Kid Flash and Batgirl showing up, all dramatically!
But then, uh oh! Vandal savage calls in a bunch of ninjas! (All dramatically) But then, not to be out-drama'd, it is THEN revealed that some of the ninjas that just got called in are in actuality Blue Beetle, La'Gaan and Beast Boy. The action just keeps going round and round, focusing on each character just long enough to show off just how bad-ass they are. Whup, and now here comes Robin, Wonder Girl and Impulse! Finally, the baddies admit to underestimating our young heroes and try to beat feet out of there. Vandal Savage is whisked away by Klarion The Witch Boy, but when Ra's Al Ghul decides to leave, Black Beetle stabs him through the chest, leaving him to die. Ra's lackey makes off with the old man, attempting to get him to a Lazarus Pit to resurrect him. A showdown then takes place between Black Manta and Aqualad, wherein 'Lad finally kicks his dad's ass and Kid Flash passes his mantle down to Impulse, so that he can "carry on the family tradition." Man I wish there was a Flash family cartoon. I'd watch the boogens out that, no doubt.
During all this, The Reach's ambassador and scientist become trapped, and call for Black Beetle to rescue them. The awesome part? Black Beetle rescues The Scientist and LEAVES The Ambassador, having relieved him of his duty as leader!
The team is excited, they've won a great victory, and Vandal commandeers the War World and pilots away from Earth's orbit, into space. Cliffhanger: Black Beetle claims that they will destroy the Earth. Which obviously won't happen, but whatevs.
Some of the cool:
"Manta, keep your whelp-meat silent." - I just like the word whelp-meat.
"Huh..and I always heard The Great One was SUCH a gentleman"
Some of the not-so cool:
The Light, at the beginning of the show, insist that at the meeting, none are allowed to wear masks. The one making this demand? Black Beetle. And who keeps his mask on the entire time? Black Beetle. I've been curious about him and maybe I missed an episode, but have we ever gotten his back-story or seen his real face? I'm curious.
Everything finally pays off in one of the most explosive episodes of the season.