|Posted: 22 August 2019 at 8:19pm | IP Logged | 1
Wow, anyone else watching this?
Next week they are dropping the last three episodes at once. I can't wait.
So much happening this season, and we just got the great news that they are working on Season 4.
A few outstanding points:
*I love that they allude to a much larger DC Universe than they ever show directly. We don't always need to see Earth-16 retellings of PARALLAX, THE KILLING JOKE, A DEATH IN THE FAMILY, or SON OF THE DEMON but the effects of those stories are seen and felt.
*That said, they do seem to be pointing towards a version of THE JUDAS CONTRACT, thankfully minus some of the rather unsavory and unnecessary parts (and middle-aged comic writers please take note: if you must incorporate your own fetishes and fantasies into your work at least try not to make it so blatantly obvious). I have a feeling though it's not going to end up the way we think. Slade's tough-love raising and training of Tara is an interesting contrast to Batman's penchant for turning orphans into living weapons.
*The blatant manipulation of the media and public opinion by both heroes and villians alike is quite disturbing, and G. Gordon Godfrey ends up playing both sides against each other. How typically Apocoliptan!
*We have one almost-standalone episode that nearly redeems Vandal Savage and presents him as an unsung hero, and then they go and pull the rug out from under us and make him both a right bastard and a merciful father in one feel swoop.
*I don't think there's ever been a better description and depiction of the Anti-Life Equation in any medium than what you get here. Or even the rest of the New Gods for that matter, though the DCAU/Timmverse versions are a very very close second.
*The X-pit and Anti-Life Equation has different effects on humans and metahumans -- an interesting development and a possible explanation for why there was such a rush to convert as much of Earth's population into metahumans to the point of unwilling volunteers/human trafficking. It doesn't bode well for regular humans like Dick and Artemis though (and it looked like Ralph Dibney wasn't having too good a time either).
*I'm intrigued by Granny Goodness being present in two aspects, yet both are aware of each other (and obviously share information, such as the civilian identities of Nightwing and Black Lightning - and likely everyone else in the League and the covert ops teams. It'll be interesting to see how this is explained.
*I'm floored by Khary Peyton's voice acting range this season. One of the best and hardest-working people in the business. In the scenes where Black Lightning is arguing with Aqualad/man I swear it's two different people.
*I don't think there's going to be any redemption for Dr. Jace, but I think that's what you get when you pick the Ultrahumanite as a mentor.
More later. I think I've rewatched the entire run of YJ four times over now and am contemplating another run through!
Edited by Rob Ocelot on 22 August 2019 at 8:20pm