Young Justice "Intervention" Review: Runnin' Blue

Young Justice S02E18: "Intervention"

Well that turned out to be really easy.

In what was something of an ass-pull (unless I missed something, but I don’t think I did), the team had, in conjunction with the remaining members of the Justice League, concocted a plan to free Jaime from the Reach’s control by using a temple in Bialya that was doubling as a hangar for Queen Bee’s operations that just happened to be covered in scarab hieroglyphics. Zatanna did some backwards incantations, as is her thing, and channeling the spirit of the cavern, managed to free both Jaime and Green Beetle of the Reach’s control. She had been practicing the incantations for a while, too, and everyone but Jaime was in on the plan.

So... yeah, it’s not making sense for me. Some members of the team had been in the hangar before, but I don’t remember Batgirl taking any hologram shots of it. Maybe they went back? Whatever. My main issue was that Zatanna had been practicing the spell for at least a month. But that doesn’t make sense. It’s been only a couple of weeks since suspicions were cast on Blue Beetle in the narrative. The Warworld battle and the Reach/Blue Beetle press conference occurred on May 26 and May 27. “Intervention” spanned June 13 and June 14. I can only assume that they started doing the spell in an effort to remove the scarab since that story started back in early April for the characters. But since it was all explained in a flashback infodump at the end of this episode, I really don’t know.

It’s incredibly frustrating, because the entire thing just felt so very rushed. There are only two episodes left, and I get the need for narrative expediency, but this seemed like a very sloppy way to achieve the episode’s goals. Feel free to correct me/explain if I missed something; I’ll be happy to recant in the comments.

Narrative contortions aside, the episode really wasn’t that bad on an action and humor level. Both the diversionary fight between Blue Beetle, Barbara, and Bart (lots of Bs in this episode...) and the fight in Queen Bee’s hangar were exciting and well-storyboarded. I particularly liked the bit where Bart used Cassie’s lasso to hurl Green Beetle into the mystical energy field and his own attack. It looked very sharp.

But I couldn’t stop laughing at the Ambassador using a hi-tech CB-esque microphone to project the words out of Blue Beetle’s mouth. It was so ridiculous that I was tickled every time the show cut back and forth between it. Then Peter David’s script anticipated this, and had Jaime heckle the Ambassador’s inability to properly mimic Jaime’s style of speaking. I can appreciate that the show sort of acknowledged how silly that bit may’ve played, and decided to give us the room to laugh at it. To top it off, I really appreciated the bickering between the Ambassador and the Scientist. It was pretty standard gender sitcom-y stuff, but between two high-ranking alien overlords, it becomes a little funnier.

In between all the action and hilarity, the show remembered to wrap-up M’gann and La'gaan’s relationship by ending it. I wish I cared more about that, and I do care more than I did about the patching up between Mal and Karen, but only barely. M’gann’s been the only member of the original cast with something resembling character development this season, but it’s been pretty spotty given the show’s shift to more action- and plot-oriented storytelling. I appreciate the effort at trying to making this compelling, and I think Danica McKellar and Yuri Lowenthal did solid work here, but the lack of space to let this dynamic breathe (and the damnable timeskip) made it feel pretty hollow.



NOTES & QUOTES

DC Nation Short: The final (?) level of the “Amethyst” series, and her fight with Dark Opal. It wasn’t much of a short as it consisted of a brief fight, a quick magical girl transformation, and then she blasted his cloak pin off. Amusing enough that it caused Dark Opal’s clothes to fall off, leaving him in boxers, of course, but then he fled into another dimension. I imagine there’s got to be at least one more that shows her returning to the real world, right?

– “We have to set him free. Before he, you knows, conquers Earth and enslaves all mankind.”

– Of course Toyman is a fat nerd with long hair who wears an army jacket.

– “Nice death threat. Could it get any more technical and dull?”

– “Someday you’re going to have to tell me how you figure out those backwards words so fast.”

– The Ambassador’s refusal to call in Black Beetle sort of made sense—he’s guarding the key chamber on Warworld—but it definitely also seemed like it was grounded in a concern about Black Beetle’s ego getting in the way of things, and the Ambassador not wanting his enforcer to get too big of a head. Thoughts?

– My “biggest complaint" (note the use of quotation marks, please) about Young Justice is that Queen Bee hasn’t had a larger part. Who wouldn't want to listen to evil Marina Sirtis all of the time?

– Two episodes left, and the whole beetle thing this week was something the Light had planned all along! (Of course it was something they'd planned all along.) A reckoning’s coming between the Light, the team, and the Reach. Let’s hear some ideas on how it’ll play out in the comments.

– And like a few weeks ago, here’s a picture of Batgirl. Because I’m drunk with power.


What'd you think of "Intervention"?

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I really hope that Superman and the other heroes get off RimBor trial and come back to help the team in this desperate time in need I wish this show would come back for another season
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Was their supposed to be some "innuendo" with Zantana's "maybe backwards is my native tongue"

That was a pretty weak line, unless there's something I was missing; like she was hitting on the person that asked her or otherwise trying to act s*xy. But if so, I didn't get it.
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It's possible that they've had this plan in development since Black Beetle appeared, and it was reveled by Impulse that Blue Beetle would enter the Mode and turn on the League.


I assumed that they took pictures of the temple during the recon mission from Beneath, or 5 years ago.
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Who was the guy in the stasis pod above where they threw Mongol?

As for the end it seemed like the Reach controlling three Beetles rather one was an unexpected road bump the Light needed to remove before their plans could move forward. So rather than freeing the Beetles being part of the plan all along it was just something that needed to be fixed before proceeding. And apparently Green showing up and freed being a bonus.
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Despero.
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Evil Marina Sirtis you say? the Disneys Gargoyles it is!
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I usually don't complain about this, in fact I hate it when people do, but it all seemed kind of convenient, still a great episode though, it's kind of nice to have the light pulling the strings again.
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It's possible that they knew that blue's beetle had been disconnected from the reach, and with black probably in the same boat they were looking for a way to free him, but blue became the priority
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I didn't really have a problem with how they dealt with Blue Beetle. With three episodes left they had to get it done somehow. I did laugh at the end though when one again it was somehow part of the Light's plan, because of course it was. Also liked the flashbacks to the previous Blue Beetles.
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I dunno, I felt like this was a pretty solid episode. It's not that hard to believe that the team had planned on Blue Beetle going rogue, especially because Impulse was in on the plan and he knew what would happen in the future. At least the temple was foreshadowed and not just thrown into the episode for convenience's sake.
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I have to agree I felt it way to easy the way they were able to free Jaime from the Reach's clutches and almost anti-climatic. So their in a battle with Blue Beetle and Green Beetle and don't have enough common sense to bring Superboy in case things turn out badly and Black Beetle possibly shows up? I actually liked the Second Season but I think they overcomplicated everything and added too many characters and storylines within a 20 episode frame that now their trying to fit it all in and they've dug themselves in such a big hole that like you mentioned their pulling things out of their rears.
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Yeh, where IS SuperBoy. Having his muscle around would have been good in case, as you said, BlackBeetle showed up. Nightwing said something about him when M'gan asked, but I forget what.
Is it possible they'll show that while all of THIS was going on, some people were on another mission? After all, they must have known that The Reach would be quite pre-occupied with their emissary being kidnapped and everything. Which would make a good time to strike.
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I believe the writers said that the expanded characters were supposed to have more storylines, then the axe went down on the series. They have to tie most of the current plot lines with what's left of this season, hence limiting some characters' story. They also said they won't conclude all plots since they hope to come back to this world again...
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I'm not surprised, they've decided to keep the 90's DCAU world going with their comics... immediately afterwards and yet again by recently dipping into the "Beyond" era of DCAU to keep that going.

Plus they have the Young Justice animated comics going even now. I enjoy them.
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I liked the way this episode ended when Superboy has gone out with Wendy, because Conner and Wendy are ment for each other, but I do hope that he tells her his origins that he is Superman's clone.
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Personally, I love all the secrets and this-happened-in-the-fade-to-black and see-how-different-it-looks-from-this-angle (it reminds me of Leverage) and the villians having all these plans that seem to account for everything YJ and the Reach do,so this episode didn't bother me, but I have a question:

In Impulse's future, did The Light even win? I mean, for all their machinations and games and whatnot, Earth seems under Reach control. Maybe that's what they wanted, but I doubt Luthor would truly want it that way.

This is hard to explain, but I'll try. These plans have been in the works for *years* and in version one, the Light fails (or at least most of its members). In version two, the one in which Impulse gets sent back, we're still up in the air. With Impulse around, things are progressing differently -- just imagine how the battles would be in Bart wasn't there, and that's probably how it originally went -- but is it enough for the Light's plans, which have already proven to have failed, to succeed as they actually want? Clearly in this episode they planned to allow Blue Beetle freed, and likely they would have in the original to keep the Reach from getting too much power. Did the team fail in that universe or did they succeed and something else made them fail? And in the last episodes, Savage clearly tricked Mongul into attacking Earth, which made it possible for the Light to get the crystal. Are things that different or are they progressing as they had been? I would think Bart would know about a giant Warworld circling Earth if it was still in the sky.

It seems to me that the Light, while in control, actually have no control. Yes, they made plans and everyone is playing their part, and maybe they changed their plans with the knowledge about the future Impulse came from. Yet even still, for all their planning, in one timeline, as far as we know, they failed.
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To play Devil's advocate... not remembering the timestamps on the various episodes...

If Babs DID see those Beetle symbols and took what amounts to an advanced Digital Snapshot of them... then (as they said) it revealed a magical ceremony to break the Reach's control over the Scarab. In which case they would have known that their was actually a NEED to perhaps break their control. it works out that they might have known that Jaimie might be in danger but kept it to themselves just in case.

And, again, not remembering the timestamps... my impression was Static and the lot were being experimented on by STAR labs after their rescue for a while... an ANNOYING while. And since that tipped them off that "armored Reach peeps aren't nice" and "Jaime is afraid of what's going to happen" then "months" might fit. But if the reviewer is correct and that was only a couple of weeks prior then I guess it doesn't.
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I forget... In the older episode did we see Babs find the big Beetle hieroglyph?
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I guess when you think about it, the team is full of secret planning, from Blue's magical ritual to Aqualad's triple agent. Everyone just seems to be a step ahead of each other. Zatanna is my all time favourite DC character, I'm glad they showed more of her. I actually didn't know Blue Bettle's legacy/history that much and I'm glad they actually showed some of it.

If the show is truly ending, then its easy to forgive the writers or whoever responsible for the story's progression. I for one am truly appreciative that they are even attempting to finish it knowing that their show is cancelled. Plus its a superhero cartoon. Sure its more sophisticated than your average Spongebob cartoon, but its still aimed towards kids. I've actually read some of the New 52 and I must say, this show has better way better writing than some titles out there.
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It was definitely rushed. I mean, I'm glad both beetles are rescued and all, but it was ridiculous. But we have to understand that since this show is getting canceled (courtesy of cartoon network >:() the writers have to come up with a way to wrap everything up fast in just a couple episodes. If it wasn't for the show's cancelation, it probably would have been a lot better. I am curious to see how the last to episodes will go.
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This episode had to have been completed the cancellation (animation needs a sizable pre- and post-production time), so it's not an issue of being rushed on the production side of things. It's just that the narrative might've gotten away from them/compacted in really unproductive ways.
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It was an ass-pull, they cheated, they used flashbacks and dialogue after-the-fact to get out of it. Note how much exposition is slammed into the screen in the last few minutes of the episode. That said, I don't mind too much as I really was tiring of not getting anywhere with Jamie and the Reach - and I've seen comic books pull similar stunts. It seems reasonable I think to believe that they'd be trying to get Jamie free of the scarab - that was his goal all along, before Impulse came back with his bad news, and before Green Beetle appeared, both of which also would have been reasonable times to start practicing to handle the situation.

And keep in mind, it's been months since we, the audience, learned that Blue Beetle would go bad, and that the Reach were bad and there to screw with the blue scarab to enslave mankind - that stuff has been weighing on the audience's shoulders for a while now. It's also been several episodes since Jamie got entirely co-opted, so unless you wanted to watch a whole year of Blue Beetle being nasty, I think a month is a good enough run to work through that story, even if the solution was all on this episode's shoulders.

I will give you big points on dogging the Reach Ambassador's lame-ass controller stuff, that reminded me of Super-Friends level of silliness - it even had a green button, a blue button, and a black button... didn't the Reach send out more than 3 scarabs? On the other hand, the Scientist's nagging was on the money even if it was cliche right until he failed, turned at her, and gave her a deadly look, that was a dramatic turn I could live with.

Lagoon Boy's storyline was a bummer, M'Gann couldn't have been useful on the main mission instead of tracking down her boyfriend ONLY so she could break up with him? His responses were spot on, I loved the annoyed comment about going to watch TV - going from swimming in the infinite sea to being forced to deal with stupid teenage relationship drama. And then M'Gann says she's not doing it about Conner, and what's the very first thing she asks about? That was ugly - accurate to a teenage girl perhaps, but ugly none the less.

I read the credits for Toyman's voice actor, but entirely forgot to actually read for who voiced him when I got there. His stuff was good, I also liked the mixed reaction voice extras in the background watching Blue Beetle fight - some liked it, some were distrustful, thanks G. Gordon!

You are giving the Reach Ambassador too much credit to Black Beetle, but now I'll pretend like the writers thought as smartly as you did there - I think they just got lazy and gave him a MacGuffin to deal with, why weren't their other guards there enough to handle the non-situation there? It cost them 2 beetles!

Yeah, evil Marina Sirtis is great, even on Trek when she'd get brain-snatched she was the best (and that happened like 3 or 4 times!). They bring up Queen Bee in dialogue a lot here but they don't back it up enough with action. At least here she let the good guys win, which is nefarious.

I can't even pretend to imagine how this series will wrap up all those threads in 2 episodes, but I can almost guarantee the Justice League main guys will play deus ex machina.

Oh Batgirl, your "sleeeeeep!" smoke was so stupid. Actually, once again Wonder Girl and Batgirl wore the brunt of failed moves on YJ, kind of annoying.

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Amethyst was such a cop-out ending, she didn't even DO anything, she looked at a brooch and then her own brooch took over, that was a disappointing way to handle it. It felt like greater ideas were in mind for this scene, showing her failing at the same level on the game, but got lost in the short format. Disappointing.
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I always loved Marina Sirtis as Demona on "Gargoyles". She always did great with that evil yet damaged *itch
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I'll admit they were in something of a damned if they do, damned if they don't sort of situation about resolving the Beetle issues, but it's just the way they constructed the timeline in-world that was incredibly frustrating, and that expository-after-the-fact infodump. Lazy, frustrating. Blah.

Dogging it but loving it, too. It was such a weird choice they made, but I couldn't not like it because it was so weird and just...light-hearted.

Certainly it's a MacGuffin, but the performance, both vocally and animated, hint at something larger. I doubt it's really that significant, and it could've just been a weird choice of subtext, but I'm always trying to find such things in animation.

And now I think I'm going to watch some of those Troi brain-snatched episodes. Or Gargoyles. One or the other.
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I did take issue with the infodump at the end of the episode, but before that I definitely didn't recognize any in-world timeline issues, they didn't drag on my enjoyment of the episode itself. I guess I didn't feel frustrated by it, but I also don't let this show's timeline get to me too much because they throw it at the screen almost as much as an episode of "24" that the timestamp removes itself from the equation and I take it in as a natural flow rather than specific hard-time events.

Black Beetle has never been subtle, so finding subtext there seems like a... reach. DAMNIT that's a terrible pun, I'm sorry, I couldn't help it.

My favorite Troi brain-snatch episode is where these cloud brain guys take over her body along with Data and O'Brien but not Riker because he bwoke his widdle arm. She's a total bitch in that one!
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I have to re-watch the episode with the girls, but I do believe Batgirl found something of interest before she was captured and we never found out what it was. I do think the writers planned this from the start and the reason we never found it is because they wanted to keep it a secret from us. A in universe answer could be that JL and YJ teams didn't make it their top priority until Jamie told them the dark future and JL and YJ kept it a secret to study it and kept Jamie in the dark, because they didn't want to risk the Reach figuring it out in case he turned.

On the other hand I see what you are talking about. Nightwing didn't give us any hints they had a secret plan,which they could have done as far back as Green Beetle joined the team to one of the Leaguers to at least lt us know they were working on Blue's liberation. I still liked the episode even if it did feel rushed. I got annoyed that the team won again, because the Light allowed them to win. The Light always wins crap is getting reall annoying. They played the Reach (somehow even without Impulse's knowledge of the future) completely changing the future... This is getting kind of ridiculous tha Savage has this much infulence and can maniplate even the Reach without getting double crossed.

I remember they have some sort of dea with Darksied, given how Ship came to Young Justice and the Light's use of Boomtubes. I cringing thinking Savage may even be playing Darkseid too, without getting burned.... I liked the winning villan format, but it is getting played a little too far when it goes on the universa threats of the DC universe.
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I think that they began preparing to free Blue Beetle before he was ever compromised. Bart informed the team that Blue Beetle was going to take over earth so they began this plan in response should the day ever come, which it did.

I liked that they payed homage to the Blue Beetle legacy even if it seemed a little tacked on and rushed.
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It could be worse, it took DC comics 25 years to explain what happened to the scarab that Dan Garret found and why Ted Kord didn't have it.
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I can believe that Batgirl scanned the chamber, remember she did recon in the hangar/temple when she disappeared before Psimon blasted her unconscious back in Beneath. I think that may have been intentional, and I think it was definitely intentional that they placed the Hangar where they did.

Other than that I agree with you about the time-frame being wrong.

I think with the Lagoon Boy/ Miss M thing didn't start very long ago, Nightwing asked in the companion comic, on the 1st december whether after a recent breakup Superboy/Miss Martian could work together (I believe) so they couldn't have been in a relationship at all for much more than a month before the series started.

Toyman was a throwaway character, nothing particularly interesting, design choice arbitrary, doesn't matter, we'll never see him again.

Interesting the public reaction to him. I do remember hearing 'The Reach sucks' in the background.

Is Blue still getting that award for saving the world from the War World, will he give credit where it's due, or would that ruin what was left of covert in this covert ops team? And could he use his new-found fame to turn the public against the Reach.

We all knew it, it's confirmed now. the light was using the reach, and are about to betray them, can't wait for summit next week.

Speaking of, why are most of the promotional images for this week, actually from another ep, most likely Summit?
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Oh, but at least they haven't resorted to the cheesy 'appeal to their inner good nature' plot, like they seem to be in GL: TAS. I for one am sick of them.
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I don't think it matters when M'gann and La'gaan started; it just matters that the series wanted us to feel something about it, and then never really laid the foundation to do that. It's going through story motions, not emotional beats.

And, yeah, the promotional images this week were all over the map. As I watching, I thought, "Hey. This isn't right at all." So, yeah, most likely next week.
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No argument there, my point was that you can't blame the time-skip, had there not been one, there still would've been very little insight on this relationship.
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No, I think I can still blame the timeskip since it glosses over the break-up of M'gann and Conner, the event that led to her and La'gaan getting together. This is the whole issue with the timeskip: It short-circuited a lot of character development that the show then paid bits of lip service to.
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This isn't the first superhero show to have a time-skip, only difference is the date-stamps make it obvious how long in Young Justice, and it's not like we haven't had enough time dedicated to Miss Martian as it is.

Anyone else get the feeling that Savage knows about Aqualad and Tigress for that matter

Point 1: Had Aqualad not provided the information to the team, or taken abductees from the team, the Team wouldn't have discovered the Reach, forcing them to go public, which the Light required to get Mongul to send War-World to Earth

Point 2: Blue Beetle couldn't have been saved had Psimon still been in Queen Bee's employ. It's almost impossible for Psimon to throw a fight without it being obvious, especially if Miss Martian isn't involved. I kinda feel like Psimon was deliberately sent to help Black Manta, so Tigress would send him in. (Could the Light have foreseen Miss M's psychic attack on Kaldur?)
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Seriously asshole? The first post in this thread is spam? NOBODY IS EVER GOING TO VISIT YOUR SITE, YOU ARE WASTING YOUR RESOURCES AND OUR TIME!
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sorry all as i'm new to this site,and so please can anyone explain how they watched Y.J ep 18 "intervention" on here(as i'm only able to watch upto ep 17)i am logged in etc..unless you all watched it elsewhere,as i can find only poor quality episode links for this ep on the sites i normally watch this on,but i assume better quality versiions will be up soon..thanks for any help/advice on this topic also from anybody!
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This site just has news, reviews and a variety of tv related info, no way to watch the episodes they review. However I watch this show on animeflavor.com or watchcartoononline.com and they both have decent links, I would suggest animeflavor though because there's a variety of links and they're usually better quality than I can find anywhere else.
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TV.com has some shows available online here, and links to any legal sources for an episode when possible. In this case, the only legal sources for this episode are Amazon instant video and iTunes which are both pay sources.
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