Long on action. Short on logic.
This episode was fun, because I love the show, but it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. The internal logic is way off, and some decisions are way out of character.
Connor has no finesse on a super save that involves kids on a school bus. He and Superman have yet another confrontation. Superman just continually refuses to directly deal with both who and what Connor is. Connor keeps reaching out, but Kal won’t engage. That still feels a bit out of character for me. It’s not like Superman to run from his problems, even when they make him uncomfortable. What’s even more out of character is that Superman would let a powerful being like Connor run around and basically. Batman radios him and says, “We need to talk.”
Black Canary is brought in to help with training. Makes sense, because she and Wonder Woman along with Batman are masters at hand to hand. So the main villain then shows up, and right off the bat, let me say that Amazo is a problem by his very definition. A machine that can record & then somehow mimic ALL THE POWERS OF THE JUSTICE LEAGUE. Batman himself says that it took eight leaguers four hours to beat and dismantle him. But he doesn’t say how. So right off the bat I knew that when the kids beat him, it wasn’t going to make any sense after a set up like that.
But then….the biggest faux pas that I’ve seen on the show yet. Batman says that Amazo’s parts are going to be shipped to two separate Star Lab locations for study. ARGH.
First of all, two collections of Amazo’s part are too few. Batman would’ve had them split into six or more separate units, and he would’ve had at least one of them coming back to the BatCave.
Secondly, why in the world would Batman put them in armored cars when Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman and J’onn could’ve had them were they needed to be in seconds?
Thirdly, Batman says there will be four extra decoy trucks. The kids are assigned to follow the real trucks. Well…DUHR…if I was Professor Ivo, or ANYONE, all you’d have to do is follow the trucks that the YJer’s are following and ignore the others. *headdesk*
Lastly, Batman would’ve already known that the parts were GPS tagged, because he would’ve examined them for that very thing before shipping them off. Especially if Robin could figure that out in seconds. *smh* The writers dropped the ball on this one.
Eventually Amazo kicks Superboy’s butt all the way to Robin’s school. Robin, Kid Flash, and Superboy are all there to take him on. And continually get pummeled while Ivo looks on and laughs. Somehow then, Superboy gets an epiphany when Amazo accesses Black Canary, and he begins to fake a rage fit. I’m guessing to try and put the fight on his terms, and not Amazo’s. The team keeps coming at him, and predictably, he keeps switching powers. When he becomes intangible like J’onn, Superboy sticks his fist in his head, and when he resolidifies, his head explodes and he keels over. Aqualad and Megan come charging in after it’s all over. Ivo has escaped. There was also an arrow that was shot in the middle of the fight, signifying the presence of an archer, but not the one we think.
So they’re back at Mount Justice getting their mission debriefing. It’s “You did a good job, except for your screw ups,” which this time were all pretty much on Superboy. Batman congratulates them again on adapting in the field and learning the value of teamwork. Robin accuses Green Arrow of babysitting, but then they compare arrows, and they all see that it’s not Ollie’s arrow. They then assume that it’s Speedy, but maybe it’s Mia/Artemis. We’ll see. Superboy, of course, has humbled himself, and is ready to receive training from Black Canary. She reaches out in a mentorly/motherly way, which I thought was very heartwarming.
My main problem with this ep is how out of character Batman was written. It was extremely foolish of him to put the UNTRAINED KIDS in harm’s way up against someone like Amazo. Because Amazo could’ve killed them all. What if Superboy hadn’t had that idea? They would’ve been toast.
But in any event, it introduced one of the League’s deadliest villains. We saw some progress with Connor accepting help even though he’s still angry that his ‘father’ hasn’t accepted him. We know that there’s still an archer somewhere in the mix, and Ivo is free to wreak more havoc.
Still very excited about what’s to come!