Young Justice: Targets   Rewatch 
December 7, 2016 6:28 PM - Season 1, Episode 10 - Subscribe

Red Arrow, ostensibly working solo, calls upon Aqualad to help him protect Lex Luthor, who is being targeted by the League of Shadows. Meanwhile, M'gann and Connor have their first day of Earth-school.

So many Easter Eggs for the discriminating DC nerd in this episode! Kat Grant and Snapper Carr have wildly divergent career paths than their Supergirl TV-series versions.

Cheshire and Roy Harper end up as lovers in the comics, and there are hints of a budding romance here, too. The YJ version of Lex Luthor hews closely to the DCAU version, which everyone knows is the BEST version, although the Young Justice Luthor is inferior because he isn’t voiced by Clancy Brown.

Wendy and Marvin are, of course, a shoutout to the first season of the Super Friends TV show (no Wonder Dog, though). Mal Duncan is a member of the Teen Titans in the comics.

This episode was originally scheduled to air in March, 2011, but it was abruptly pulled from Cartoon Network’s schedule at the last possible moment, and did not air until several months later, pissing off fans of the show. Meanwhile, bootleg copies of the episode were easily obtainable on the Internet. This was the first hint that the show didn’t exactly have a bright future on CN.

The scene where Mercy Graves protects Luthor from a ninja assassin was presciently echoed in real life when Rupert Murdoch’s then-wife protected him from a pie thrower.

And can somebody please explain to me exactly how Sportsmaster carries a concealed track-and-field hammer on him?
posted by 1970s Antihero (2 comments total)
Miss Martian thought-said in class that the Green Martians were the majority on Mars, is that standard for DC? I got the impression from watching Supergirl that the Greens were the minority, what with them being victims of genocide by the White Martians.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:42 PM on December 9, 2016

In the comics, and in the Berlantiverse, the White Martians are evil and genocidal (M’Gann being the exception). Here, though, Mars is still fully populated by Green and White Martians, and the White Martians are an oppressed minority. And, according to Greg Weisman, J’onn and M’gann really are blood relatives, even though they’re of different races.

YJ certainly does get dark in places, but I don’t mind that they’ve dialed way back on the genocide here.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 3:52 AM on December 10, 2016

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