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  • Episode: SATISFACTION (episode 208)
  • Starring: Crispin Freeman, Alan Tudyk, Jason Marsden, Nolan North, Eric Lopez
  • Written By: Greg Weisman
  • Directed By: Doug Murphy
  • Network: Cartoon Network
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Apparently, the Rolling Stones just didn't know where to look

By Johnny Destructo     October 02, 2012

"So….let me get this straight: While I  was on ice, you found another Roy Harper, the side-kicks formed their own team, aliens invaded the Earth and Ollie grew that dopey goatee?"

So begins Satisfaction, episode 8 of Young Justice: Invasion. The second season of one of the world's best superhero animated series continues! Yes, the kids took the summer off and are finally back, but first things first for the uninitiated. 

The show started out titled Young Justice, but with Season 2 came a 5 year Marty McFlight into the future and a new title of Young Justice: Invasion. Much of the original team has grown since Season 1. Robin (Dick Grayson) from the first season has since become Nightwing, and a new Robin has taken his place as the resident Boy Wonder.  The team has expanded in that time as well, bolstering a roster of very familiar faces!  Beast Boy, Batgirl, Wondergirl, Bumblebee, Lagoon Boy and Blue Beetle have joined, there's a new Robin in Tim Drake and there's a new character that I'm unfamiliar with, The Team's mission coordinator, Mal Duncan (known to comic readers as Vox).

Let me stop for just a second to make myself clear on this. I felt that the first season of YJ started off "pretty good", and as the season zipped by in a blur of red and yellow, it became "REALLY good". Like, Batman The Animated Series or Justice League Unlimited good. However, it wasn't until Season 2 that I realized that this show is AMAZINGLY GOOD. I *think* it might be my favorite superhero series so far. This is not something I say lightly. I'm a long-time comic book fanboy, and this is without a doubt one of the most faithful and satisfying comic-vision (comics + television, natch) experiences I have had to date. Not only are the characters spot on, the action intense and the emotional beats realistic, this show has some stones. I was flabbergasted when I witnessed the 5 year jump, creating a vastly different dynamic for the audience. I've always touted a theme of progress and change for the comics medium that I hold so dear, but rarely do I get that. Things seems stuck in amber in the universe of the comics page, and even the DC Universe, the purveyors of super-hero legacies (Barry Allen Flash to Wally West Flash to Bart Allen Flash and The Justice Society to the Justice League) recently reset itself, destroying all the previous advancements. Thankfully I can come here to have that particular continuity itch scratched. 

And speaking of continuity, holy cats is this episode filled with it. So to catch you up, 8 years ago, the original Roy Harper (Speedy) was on a stakeout, keeping an eye on Lexcorp, when he was captured, put on ice and cloned. "But JD, you silly so-and-so, that couldn't have been 8 years ago, Roy has been the grouchy fella who shows up here and there every couple of episodes, right?" Well, gentle viewer, the Roy Harper you've been seeing on the show (who's been going by the name Red Arrow) is a clone! Duhnn Duhn-Duhn!! As viewers, we hadn't actually ever met the original Roy until Episode SE2E6: Bloodlines, two episodes ago. Well, now he's back all caught up on what's been going on, and he is NOT happy.

This episode starts with a surprisingly emotional and heart-wrenching scene, where Speedy is confronted in his hospital bed by Green Arrow, Red Arrow and oh yeah, his LACK OF A RIGHT ARM below the elbow! It turns out Luther, the Big Bad who's been holding Roy 1 and cloning him got a little greedy when selecting some DNA to steal and just lopped off my man's page turner. It's stuff like this that makes this show so much more interesting then some of its predecessors. I can't remember the last time a character in a cartoon lost an arm. Anyhoo, Roy takes the clone thing surprisingly well, but lashes out at GA, who he feels should have kept searching for his missing partner and his missing partner's missing part. It's at this point that he decides to get his revenge on Lex Luther and it's at this point forward that I kept going "Oh dayyyammn" as each bad-ass scene unfolded. There is a missile launcher, something called Detonation-Cord that's pretty rad, a hot robot-armed body guard fight in a parking lot that is just so much fun to watch, and there is a decision to be made for young Roy Harper. Does he "want revenge….or satisfaction" in the form of the mysterious cargo of a mysterious briefcase? What is in the briefcase of mystery and how does that effect our young Speedy? I'll let you watch and discover that on your own. It's pretty rad.

That is the meat of the episode, but there is also some time spent with other characters here. Artemis's grave receives a visit from her mother and Wally West in the open while Cheshire and Sports Master conspire from the bushes. Jaime Reyes (Blue Beetle) and Bart Allen (Impulse) start to test the waters of a burgeoning friendship, there's some flirting between Superboy and Wendy (side note: Sboy's bday is March 21 and he's now 6 years old…er…22 years old), and the girls throw a bridal shower/bank-robber-thwarting party. It's wicked impressive how much quality the creators can fit comfortably into a half-hour show. That actually about sums up the show itself: Wicked Impressive. 


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millean 10/2/2012 9:15:01 AM

Holy crap!  I didn't think to put spoiler warning up there, but I guess I should have.  My apologies.  I'll delete and repost it for other peeps.

millean 10/2/2012 9:15:40 AM

Yep, when this show was first announced, I rolled my eyes and said "Epic Fail" to myself.  How wrong was I?  While I'm not ready to call it better than BTAS & JLU, it is right on par with it.  (Though I do like the animation better).  And to have such a great DCU series that treats Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman (and the whole Justice League for that matter) as throw away characters is practically mind-blowing.

I LOVE this series.  Can you tell?



That said, this episode was good, but not  one of my favorites.  Roy Prime/Speedy/Arsenal basically committed attempted murder (at worst) and an act of terrorism (at best) and it looks like Red & Green Arrow and going to just look the other way.  Not to mention the fact that Arsenal appears that he is going to blindly accept a high tech prosthesis from Lex Luthor (the man who ruined his life).  I understand this gets us to where the writers want us to go, but all of that is a tad too much to swallow (but I will anyway).

Finally, YJ jumped 5 years into the future.  Evidently that is more than enough time for all of the following to happen:

  1. Dick Grayson outgrows the role of Robin to become Nightwing.
  2. Jason Todd becomes Robin II.
  3. Jason Todd dies & they erect the monument to Robin II that we see in Mount Justice.
  4. Batman copes with this enough to get over that fact, enough so that -
  5. Tim Drake becomes Robin III.
  6. Tim Drake gets enough training under Bats in to become a member of Young Justice himself.

Also, though not necessarily a requirement, Robin II likely joined the team as well.  Otherwise I doubt they would have had his monument at Mount Justice.

Yep.  I'm fine with all of that, too.  :)


irockdiesel 10/2/2012 9:45:08 AM

Yeah, I can tell you enjoy the series.  I enjoy it as well.  it is on par with Batman:TAS, JL, and JLU; my other favorite DCAU shows.  It reminds me of Teen Titans a bit except without the anime elements.  Teen Titans never crossed over to JL or JLU ever even though Speedy was on an episode of JLU.

Good show.  I'm glad it's back.  I can't wait to see where this goes especially when the others get back from their trial.  It'll be awesome NO DOUBT!!

lazarus 10/2/2012 12:41:07 PM

Not True Milean, the original Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) was honored in the same room as Robin II and Artimas, so it not necessary they were members of the Young Justice squad.

millean 10/2/2012 2:39:17 PM

Good point lazarus.  In any event, that Robin memorial all but has to be for Jason Todd.  Are they foreshadowing Red Hood???

wildwestie 10/2/2012 3:59:23 PM

i was thinking the same millean.  seeing the monument for another robin that hasn't been mentioned so far had me thinking they had some holes to fill in future episodes, which will be awesome.  love the series, spent the summer catching up on season 1 and rolled right into the current story line. Perfect!  The only thing that sucks is that now, instead of watching one episode after another, I have to wait a whole week to get the next installment.  Oh well...

Mayhem101878 10/2/2012 4:16:37 PM

I hope this isn't a spoiler for anyone since it happened in the last episode of last season, but    


If I remember correctly isn't Artimis alive and Aqualad a double agent? They didn't touch on any of that in this episode so I wonder if they are still going with that.

Dazzler 10/3/2012 4:24:42 AM

This show is shaping up to be better than the Justice league show.  It prob is now anyway. 

doublec 10/3/2012 4:22:10 PM

 "Lagoon Boy"?

lazarus 10/4/2012 4:48:21 PM

Yes Mayhem, Artemis faked her death to go undercover with Aqualad, and Lagoon boy was captured by the Black Manta and is but dead by now. And the best part, the core JLA members are off world currently under trial for crimes committed while under the influence of Vadal Savage. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, John Stewart GL and Flash are all on trial in another part of the galaxy. Now here is the part I have an issue with. Bats would have NEVER gone along with this.

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