Legion of Super Heroes

Season 1 Episode 9

The Substitutes

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Feb 17, 2007 on The CW

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  • Ah! When you need a Superhero... Just call the Substitutes!

    A group of failing Superheroes didn't appeal to me when I first read the info on this episode, but the GREAT thing is the way they were handled. You can laugh at their failures, cry at their sorrows and enjoy just watching them. It also highlights even the seemingly "perfectness" of the major Legion members, creating a nice contrast. The Substitutes constant bungling leds you to realise how far the Legion itself has come and makes you realise how little attention they pay to small details... Like where the creatures are coming from in the first place. And when the Subs find out, it highlights another problem with the Major Legionaires; the inablity to listen to the little guy when he is trying to tell them a critical detail. It wasn't they didn't want to, it was Brainiac and co didn't think they were going to say anything important becuase they were busy. So by the end of the episode, you can live with the idea that there is a bungling "team b" in the Legion and not find it a problem. The other great thing about this episode is seeing different Superhero powers put to use, from the show-off demostration of Matter-Eater Lad to the uselessness of Colour Boy's powers, just the variety is unbelievable. It was also nice seeing the Subs trying to find a use for their otherwise "useless" abilities in a situation clearly out of their league. You don't have to watch this episode - but you MUST watch this episode.