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  • Episode: INTERVENTION (Season 2, Episode 18)
  • Starring (Voice Talents): Denise Boutte, Cameron Bowen, Lacey Chabert, Kevin Grevioux, Phil LaMarr, Eric Lopez, Jesse McCartney, Yuri Lowenthal, Jason Marsden, Danica McKellar, Masasa Moyo, Marina Sirtis, Alyson Stoner
  • Written By: Peter David
  • Directed By: Mel Zwyer
  • Network: Cartoon Network
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
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Impulse Needs His Own Show.

By Johnny Destructo     March 07, 2013

An episode written by Peter David? Yup, this is gonna be good.

Black Beetle finally finishes his battle with Mongul from last episode, or should I say Green Beetle finishes Black Beetle's fight with Mongul from last episode. In seconds.

We finally learn the answer to the question I've been asking "how exactly is The Reach controlling Blue Beetle?" It would seem that inside Jaime's head, there are 3 personalities. There is the Reach Ambassador, there is the Scarab and underneath it all, there is Jaime himself, unable to communicate or control his body. Man, that has to be embarrassing when he has to use the bathroom. Anyway, he's flying around, saving people, gaining the trust of the Earth, defeating villains like Toyman, when The Team decides to get involved.

Meanwhile, M'gann and Lagoon Boy have a heart-to-heart about their relationship. Poor La'gaan get's his fishy face dumped. Of course, he asks if it's about Conner and of course, she says it isn't…and OF COURSE as soon as she gets back to base, she wants to see Conner. And of course, he's out with Wendy Harris! Sorry, I'm just flashing back to the myriad of times I've been dumped by a girl for Conner Kent. That guy gets all the girls. Stupid flying stupid-face.

Back on the Beetle front, Batgirl and Impulse attempt to take down Beets and quickly discover they are outmatched. As Blue approaches the unconscious heroes for the kill, it's revealed that they were only a distraction so that Zatanna and Rocket can encase him in a force bubble made up of Cooperative technology and magic. (I had to look up The Cooperative, since I'd never heard of it before. As it turns out: 

"The Cooperative is an alien organization. Rocket's belt was made by them. They also had a delegation on Earth. The Cooperative is a concept from Milestone comics. It is a union of thousands of planets, including Terminus, Icon's native planet, and Taldega, his later home." 

There, I saved you a quick Google-ing. You're welcome.

At any rate, this tech, mixed with Zatanna's magic are too much for the Scarab to handle and Blue is captured. They then take him to the Bialyan facility that houses Queen Bee's forces and they have to take out Devastation, Mammoth and Shimmer before getting down to brass tacks: putting Jaime Reyes back in control of his Blue Scarab. Take some ancient ruins, hieroglyphic pillars, (a la The Fifth Element) and the power of Isis, and you get not only a cleansed Blue Beetle, but Green Beetle as well!  Jaime and B'arzz O'oomm are back on the side of the angels! 

What follows on their way home is a whole lot of exposition on how they came up with this plan. Yadda Yadda Yadda.

During the end sequence, Queen Bee reveals that all of this was necessary and part of the plan. That "Now the Light's plans for the Reach, the League and Team my proceed on schedule." That does NOT bode well. 

I do have a question though. Why is the gathering of our heroes called The Team? I mean, I realize that they don't have an actual designation in the show and so when the people IN the team refer to it, they just refer to it as The Team, but why would Queen Bee call it…The Team as well? Doesn't that seem sort of strange? Oh well. I'm just picking nits.

Some of the cool: 

"Don't blame Blue…he's just as much a captive of The Reach as we were! We have to set him free….you know, before he conquers the Earth and enslaves all mankind."

Impulse running up a zip line to attack Blue Beetle. Impulse using Wonder Girl's lasso to throw Green Beetle in front of his own blast? Come ON! Why isn't there a FLASH movie yet???

Some of the not-so cool:

Really? Toyman is more afraid to deal with Blue Beetle then Superman? That seems to go a bit far, but whatever.

Gawd, I still hate Black Beetle's voice.

The wrap-up:

I'm going to say the same thing I say every time. This show is amazing and I want to physically abuse the person who cancelled it. It is THE BEST cartoon on television.


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Moz72 3/7/2013 6:02:43 AM

Totally with you Johnny! I want to kick the ass of the person who decided to cancel  YJ. Like you said, THE BEST cartoon on Tv!  Curious to know when Superman and the rest of the League are going to get back in the fight.

millean 3/7/2013 9:33:32 AM

I never caught Green Beetle's real name until now.  B'arzz O'oomm?  I love the wink and nod to the John Carter of Mars (Barsoom) books!  That made me simle.  :)

Only reason I might fear a Reach infested Blue Beetle more than Superman is because Blue Reachtle might actually kill me.  That's it.

I know this is a trivial question, but how is Flash and Aquaman guarding the Warworld when they are on trial in another galaxy?  Wasn't sure if Aquaman was on trial, and I suppose there could be two Flashes (Barry/Wally).  That just puzzled me.

Love this show.  When is the last episode?  Sniff, sniff.

millean 3/7/2013 9:37:27 AM

Oh, and I always took it as "the team" (as in "when the team gets back...") rather than "The Team" (as a name).  Didn't catch it when Queen Bee referred to them.

irockdiesel 3/8/2013 10:50:49 PM

Can't say it enough... gone too soon... hopefully we'll get 52 episodes out of the deal... and possibly a direct to DVD feature...#crossingfingers

CalamityJohnson 3/11/2013 10:09:58 AM

I despise the money pincher who decided to ixnay YJ for some ill-begotten mindwipe of a nubtrance toon for under 5's. If I knew who you were, I had nothing to lose, and a 12 guage, just think the end of Godfather I and II. CN - once YJ is gone, the moratorium on all things CN begins...

millean 3/11/2013 10:38:54 AM

All of us here seem to hate that this excellent show is going away.  However, I would imagine that we aren't exactly the network's target audience.  Can't say as I blame them for going for the younger crowd.  (I don't like it, not one little bit, but at least I can see their possible reasoning.)

I think back to when I first heard the premise for this show.  I thought it was going to be a lame, glorified replacement for that horrible Teen Titans toon.  I think it is safe to say that I misjudged it.  :)

johnnydestructo1 3/12/2013 8:54:34 PM

Agreed @millean, when it first showed up, I didn't think I'd care about it, BOY was I wrong!



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