Young Justice

Season 1 Episode 1

Independence Day (1)

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Nov 26, 2010 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary


Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Speedy are finally ready to join the Justice League as full members. However, they soon discover that are to be treated as "junior members." An enraged Speedy leaves, while the other three strike out on their own to investigate a mysterious fire at Cadmus Laboratories. The trio soon discovers that Cadmus conceals a major conspiracy, and one of its goals is to create a clone of Superman for their own ends.


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  • A Good Start

    Great start to a new series - it's like a mix of Teen Titans and the Justice League. Brings back childhood memories. Solid action sequences, good character development, and an interesting initial plot line. Looking forward to seeing what will happen next.
  • COOL! This is just the beginning.

    This show is excellent! Well-drawn characters, stunning action scenes and a surprising storyline for the pilot episode. I've to agree that Superboy is a breakout star. If only he were real and get this award in maybe Teen Choice Awards. Apparently, teens these days are into supernatural live-action shows. Where are the fans of cartoon shows? Hope I'm not spoiling the mood of writing this first review of Young Justice. It's been a while that I thought it isn't necessary to write a review of the episodes of a cartoon show, but I'm intrigued by this show. Gotta show my enthusisasm more when writing on episodes of season 2.moreless
  • Very good start to a good series. To me this series will be like a combination of the Teen Titans and the Justice League series. I am glad that they will have both the side kicks and main heros in this series.moreless

    Very good start to a good series. To me this series will be like a combination of the Teen Titans and the Justice League series. I am glad that they will have both the side kicks and main heros in this series. Helping each other out and not just focus either on the side kicks or the Justice League. With Project Cadmus involeved it brings back old memories from the Justice League series. Instead of cloning Supergirl like they did in Justice League we get a new superhero: Superboy. I am very excited to see how this series will play out.moreless
  • Good Start!

    So, the first episode/two parter was very good. A little bland at times, but overall, the action is very impressing. Aqualad is much cooler than in Teen Titans: Animated Series. Him being leader is a little weird, but new and refreshing I guess. Robin's voice is so-so, he needs to sound more...Robin-ish. Kid Flash is amazing in speed as usual. I did feel he did virtually no fighting. Superboy is super cool! I love his angst. His powers too. Speedy, was just so...I can't even find the right words. I do feel the Leauge completely dismissed the kid's potential. The whole time I have to admit that I was waiting for the girls to come in. Miss Martian seems sweet and nice. The ending scene was really funny. I would like to see her and Superboy together.moreless
  • Justice League unveils their home to Robin, Aqualad, Kidflash, and Speedy, but they disappoint them when they find out they went be members. The young recruits decide to make a statement that they are ready by discovering and exposing a secret project.moreless

    Exciting pilot, lived up to the hype. I like it because despite the young audience and characters that they are appealing to, the story lines are very mature and doesn't treat the audience like kids.

    We've seen the characters before over and over again, so it's interesting how a show like this reuses and writes stories for comic book characters.

    The young recruits are basically snubbed by the Justice League team in being honorary members. The recruits feel they are ready, but it will be ages before Batman, Superman, and others will accept them, so they take the initiative and hack the Justice League computer uncovering a secret project.

    They stumble upon a project involving genetic geonome beings who are using Superman's Dna to clone him and possibly clone the Justice League.

    This episode was very well done, lots of actions, the character actions are pretty mature, we still have a few jokes here and there, but the tone is serious. They laid the groundwork as well for new stories as well. I am sure we ain't see the last of Cadmus and The Light. Overall this was a strong pilot for the new series. If you are a comic book lover, it's another must see series.moreless
George Eads

George Eads

The Flash

Guest Star

Nolan North

Nolan North


Guest Star

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr


Guest Star

Bruce Greenwood

Bruce Greenwood


Recurring Role

Nolan North

Nolan North


Recurring Role

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • The elevator buttons, which were triangular-shaped at first, changed into round ones when Robin was reading information about the elevator.

    • During the fight between Superboy and the three heroes, the test chamber and a glass pillar beside it were damaged when Superboy and Kid Flash crashed into them respectively. However, both objects were later fixed back to their original shapes.

    • While Aqualad is making his way up the Cadmus building, the firefighter at the fire engine ladder appeared to be spraying water much below the building windows, hence the fire source itself.

    • When a scanning device was extended to scan the Justice League members, you can see that in the first shot, a wire is attached to the device. However, in the next shot, the wire disappears.

    • At the bird-eye view of Star City, you can see that the bridge is a two-way road. But just before Icicle attacked the bridge, all vehicles appear to be driving along the same direction from both sides.

    • Although Aqualad, Robin and Kid Flash were at the top level of the elevator at first, when Robin went up to it, there is a button to go "up."

    • As the Robin descends down the elevator, the level numbers on the elevator door do not match with those on its adjacent walls at the same level.

    • At the Hall of Justice library, you can see five sofas on its right wing. The number would change to three as Kid Flash, Robin and Aqualad take their seats, change to six as Speedy leaves the Hall, before reverting back to five after the Justice League members have left.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • The Flash: Stealing ice? Seriously? Isn't that a big cliché even for Captain Cold?

    • Aqualad: Glad we're all here.
      Kid Flash: Have all four sidekicks ever been in the same place at the same time?
      Speedy: Don't call us sidekicks. Not after today.
      Kid Flash: Sorry. First time at the Hall. I'm a little overwhelmed.
      Robin: You're overwhelmed, Freeze was underwhelmed; Why isn't anyone ever just whelmed? (they enter the Hall of Justice, seeing giant gold statues of the League) Oh. Maybe that's why.

    • Mr. Freeze: The Boy Wonder. The Bat sent you to drag me off to prison. Frankly, I'm underwhelmed.
      Robin: Great, but I'm kinda in a hurry here.
      Mr. Freeze: Kids. Always in such a rush. I prefer to preserve these moments... forever.
      Robin: I'm not talking to you. (Batman swings in)

    • Male Tourist: Is that Batman?
      Female Tourist: I see Flash and Flash Jr.
      Male Tourist: Isn't his name Speedy?
      Kid Tourist: No, Speedy's Green Arrow's sidekick.
      Male Tourist: Well, that makes no sense.

    • Fireman: It's whats-his-name. Flash Boy!
      Kid Flash: Kid Flash! Why is that so hard?

    • Robin: Okay, I'm officially whelmed.

    • Robin: I disabled the door, we're safe.
      Aqualad: We're trapped.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Guardian: Doc, these aren't your typical meddling kids.
      Referencing the various Scooby Doo animated television series, starting with Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969). Typically, the villain at the end announces something along the lines of, "And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for those meddling kids!" Warner Brothers produces Scooby Doo, as well as Young Justice.