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TV Wasteland: Don’t Call Them Sidekicks

Cartoon Network previews its latest DC Comics series

By Rob Vaux     November 22, 2010


Young Justice takes hold in the TV Wasteland
© CartoonNetwork/Bob Trate

 

Cartoon Network is using Thanksgiving weekend to premiere a new superhero series, Young Justice, representing a variation on the Teen Titans formula. Robin the Boy Wonder joins forces with Superboy, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Miss Martian and Artemis (Green Arrow’s sidekick, not the cranky red-headed Amazon) to kick various forms of evil butt.
 
It sounds very by-the-numbers, but the producers have an interesting wrinkle to offer: the characters are still playing second banana to the big guns in the DC Universe. That means that Batman, Superman and the others will pop in semi-regularly, as well as enhancing the nature of the new don’t-call-us-sidekicks team. With the bad guys gunning for bigger targets, the kids have a chance to strike covertly without drawing as much attention. The animated superhero market is pretty crowded these days, with competition from Brave and the Bold and the new Avengers series. The twist here just might give Young Justice the distinction it needs to stay ahead (as does using great voice talent like Bruce Greenwood and Alan Tudyk.)
 
Young Justice premieres this Friday at 7:00 PM EST on Cartoon Network, though we’ll have to wait until 2011 for new episodes after that.
 
Monday
Chuck (NBC, 8:00 PM EST)
When a spy cracks Intersect’s security, Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) head to Southeast Asia to stop him. Did we mention that said spy was played by Richard Chamberlain?
 
The Event (NBC, 9:00 PM EST)
The President (Blair Underwood) knows who betrayed him and presumably has the muscle to enact a horrifying revenge. Meantime, Sophia (Laura Innes) has to quell dissent among her followers. Stupid followers; always dissenting…
 
Push (Showtime, 7:00 PM EST)
It’s kind of like the X-Men without those black leather outfits or code names. It actually works a lot better than it should.
 
Fight Club (Syfy, 8:00 PM EST)
It’s science fiction. Really.
 
Tuesday
No Ordinary Family (ABC, 8:00 PM EST)
Jim (Michael Chiklis) suddenly loses his powers, which means he has to find something else to do besides tracking down mob bosses. Bet the kids give him forty kinds of hell for it.
 
Stargate: Universe (Syfy, 9:00 PM EST)
The crew members left behind on that beautiful planet resurface again, presumably in some contrived pseudo-mystical way that erases all of the nice progress the show had made in the last few weeks.
 
The Terminator (AMC, 10:30 PM EST)
He’ll be back… in a series of increasingly threadbare sequels and one fair-to-middling TV show, so enjoy this one now.
 
In other news, IFC is running a Monty Python’s Flying Circus marathon all day, for those who need a little silly walk to brighten their day.
 
Wednesday
Human Target (Fox, 8:00 PM EST)
Chance (Mark Valley) ends up protecting the widow of a man he once killed. Yeah… awkward.
 
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (FX, 8:00 PM EST)
Could they just set up a loop of that two-minute clip where Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) chases the Surfer through the city? It’s not like the rest of the movie gives us anything worth looking at.
 
Beauty and the Beast (ABC Family, 8:00 PM EST)
I’m going to say it: it’s the best animated movie ever made. Yes, including Miyazaki.
 
Ghost Hunters is showing reruns all night, in anticipation of Thanksgiving. The Avengers is off today… but there WILL be new episodes on Friday (or so TV Guide assures me).
 
Thursday
Avatar (HBO, 8:00 PM EST)
You can tell me how beautiful the emperor’s clothes are all you like, but he still looks naked as a babe from where I’m sitting.
 
The World Is Not Enough (Syfy, 7:00 PM EST)
Nu-cyu-lear science is, um, really hard, and it takes, like, really smart people to do good at it, and stuff. But sometimes James Bond saves them!
 
Casino Royal (Syfy, 9:00 PM EST)
Ah… much better…
 
The Big Bang Theory, The Vampire Diaries and Nikita are all reruns. Fringe is off, as is Burn Notice. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
 
Friday
Sanctuary (Syfy, 10:00 PM EST)
A call for help may lead the team into a trap, in the only regular series running new episodes tonight.
 
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (Disney XD, 8:30 PM EST)
Disney XD is having an Avengers marathon all night, but the two to watch for begin at 8:30. They’re the new ones, involving a villainous plot to irradiate the Earth with gamma rays and turn everyone into (presumably Hulk-like) monsters.
 
Young Justice (Cartoon, 7:00 PM EST)
Robin the Boy Wonder gets a gaggle of fellow Boy (and Girl) Wonders together to whomp on some supervillainy. See the top of the article for more.
 
The Wizard of Oz (TBS, 8:00 PM EST)
TBS = ads. The Wizard of Oz = worth sitting through them.
 
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (TCM, 8:00 PM EST)
It’s not quite as good as The Wizard of Oz, but it’s commercial free and it involves a whole lot more shooting.
 
Smallville, Supernatural and Medium are all reruns tonight. Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Batman: The Brave and the Bold are off.
 
Saturday
Jurassic Park (Syfy, 7:00 PM EST)
You can luxuriate in the Spielberg-osity of this dinosaur epic before sitting through…
 
Triassic Attack (Syfy, 9:00 PM EST)
…which I’m sure is much different and not at all derivative.
 
Sunday
The Walking Dead (AMC, 10:00 PM EST)
The gang heads for the CDC in Atlanta. Seriously, what are we going to do when this show ends?
 
Dexter (Showtime, 9:00 PM EST)
Dexter (Michael C. Hall) uncovers a potential new ally to help him with… hey, what do they call what he does anyway?
 
The Rocketeer (Syfy, 7:00 PM EST)
A simpler era of comic book adaptation produced this thoroughly delightful number about the titular daredevil facing off again insidious Nazi spies. Check it out!
 
Eragon (Syfy, 9:00 PM EST)
None of what I said just now applies in any way to the derivative piece of would-be fantasy crap.
 
And… break!

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fatpantz 11/22/2010 2:55:16 AM

Finally a week to catch up on all of my shows i have backing up on my hard drive hahaha!  Happy Turkey Day USA....business as usual for us Canucks.

If anyone is looking for something interesting to watch, i am begging you all to download the first 6 episode season of Misfits.  It is an amazing British series that airs on E4, about 5 youths doing community service that develop super powers.  It is funny, smart and a lot of fun. S02E03 airs on Thursday.  Last week had a very interesting twist when the gang dropped E ata club and found out that the drugs caused their powers to work opposite to what they are supposed to.  Instead of travelling backwards in time, Curtis gets tossed into the future for a few minutes and sees some crazy shit.  Nathan also learn a new twist to his ability which will probably mess with his head.  We also move one step closer to learning who the masked guardian is that they have protecting them.  And as per usual, they somehow manage to kill someone by mistake, lmao.  Seriously guys, check it out...you wont regret it!!!

goldeneyez 11/22/2010 4:54:37 AM

I'm looking forward to Young Justice, but I will say I wish they'd have added Wondergirl to the team.  She has gotten no love, I don't even think she was mentioned in the Anime Teen Titans cartoon.  Also, I'm guessing that someone somewhere is blowing a gasket because Aqualad is black... don't know why they had to do that myself, but I really don't care that much.

EvilMonkey 11/22/2010 5:56:54 AM

New Transformers & G.I. Joe previewing on Hub chnl (replaced Discovery Kids) on Nov 26th at 4 pm.

karas1 11/22/2010 6:01:13 AM

SGU Review

Wherein: Destiny’s crew chase a fugitive across a desert.

The Plot: Rush discovers the body of Ginn. Since Amanda Perry was in her body when she was killed, Perry is dead too. The women were murdered by Simeon who was afraid that Ginn would tell the big wigs on Earth certain things about him when she was debriefed. But Simeon was too late, Ginn had already informed them that there was to be a Lucien Alliance attack on Earth and Simeon knew all about it.

Simeon escapes to a planet, taking Dr Park with him as a hostage. Rush follows him through the gate and rescues Park. Then he and various soldiers from Destiny try to track Simeon down.

Lt Scott wants to capture Simeon so he can be tortured to reveal what he knows about the attack. Rush wants to kill him in revenge for killing Perry. They play cat and mouse with Simeon on the planet. Eventually Rush tracks Simeon down and kills him.

Back on Destiny, Eli and the science team struggle to break the code that tells Destiny when to leave a certain area so that the search for Simeon on the planet can go on longer. They fail to extend the deadline but Chloe, with her alien knowledge, writes new code to allow them to steer Destiny back to a prior destination. Therefore they can return and pick up Rush who otherwise would have been left behind on the planet.

Some thoughts: Rush was suffering from grief and guilt. If he hadn’t tried to preserve his secret last episode then Perry wouldn’t have been on Destiny to have been murdered by Simeon.

It’s a good thing Rush can disarm alien bombs isn’t it?

Rush wouldn’t have necessarily been left behind. If Destiny couldn’t wait for him then he could have followed Destiny’s trail and been picked up on another planet like they did last season.

I loved Rush’s plan to ambush Simeon with a stampede of dinosaurs. But it did require Simeon to be in EXACTLY the right place at the right time.

Where did a large herd of fairly sizable alien critters get food and water in such an arid environment? Well, it’s possible that there were oasis where food and water were available that we never saw. Herds of elephants live in the Sahara by traveling between oases.

The alien critters looked like small T-Rexes. While herbivores might survive in herds in a desert, I doubt carnivores could. Single ones maybe, but not herds.

Eli wouldn’t have been able to shoot Simeon down in cold blood the way Rush could.

Lt Scott was stupid to let his troops get drawn into an ambush like that and Lt James wasn’t much brighter.

Next week the people left behind on that artificial planet return. Will they have TJ’s baby with them?
 

karas1 11/22/2010 6:02:37 AM

Sorry fatpantz, this Misfits show sounds interesting but I don't hink it's on in my area. 

okonomiyaki4000 11/22/2010 6:25:18 AM

 Kid Flash... Aqualad... suck.

LocoLobo73 11/22/2010 6:40:39 AM

kara The internet is for more then just bloging , check surf the channel. com, or sidereel, Pantz , I ve been really meaning to sit down and watch the MISFITS , i hear good thing about it , I also have been meaning to catch Sherlock, on bbc, They have some really great shows across the pond , use to love Robin Hood.

KARA: Also Nice review on SGU , but my question is what did you give it for a grade i would have given it a C , very much a middle of the road episode , The big stuff that happened that should have been important where passover (chole being able to operate Destiny's systems). This show needs to focus alittle more on the ship, with them finally getting a hold on the systems , now they need to focus on searching the ship for things that can be used , that may work now that they have control over main systems.

karas1 11/22/2010 7:01:22 AM

LocoLobo, I've tried watching shows on the computer screen but I prefer watching on the larger screen of my TV.

For SGU, I think a C is fair.  I enjoyed the scenery on the planet but most of the episode consisted of chasing around and action sequences.  I guess you need an ep like that every now and again but it didn't really advance the overall plot that much.  The biggest question is, how will contributing to the death of Perry, someon he loved (not romantically but real love) affect him and how he interacts with the crew of Destiny?

djcgmcse 11/22/2010 7:57:07 AM

Thanks for the review Kara.

I enjoyed this episode of SGU, I give it a B.   There does seem to be an endless supply of military red-shirts onboard Destiny that are available to kill.

It certainly would have been more interesting that even though Ginn's body was killed, that her contiousness would be trapped inside Amanda Perry and still be alive on Earth.  But I guess that would require changing the rules of the magical stones of which I know nothing about because I haven't watched past SG shows.

Jakester 11/22/2010 8:16:58 AM

Hey Fats, I've heard good things about Misfits.  I'll add it to my list of things to watch.

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