This episode of Young Justice Phantoms continues with the mystic characters getting some shine, Including Zatanna, Zatara, and Dr.Fate, who we learned the last episode is Vandal Savage’s son! We’re also given more flashbacks on how Savage and Klarion the Witch Boy continued to cause chaos throughout history. In the present, Dr. Fate tells Zatanna and the others how they should leave the infighting to the two Lords of Chaos to themselves and then take out whoever wins. He also doubts Zatanna’s new apprentices, as he feels they're not ready. Zatanna disagrees, so Fate puts them to the test. Each of them, Thirteen, Mary Marvel, and Khaled, must face their inner demons to survive and prove their worth.
As the young students struggle to overcome their worst fears, Fate himself is confronted by his physical host, Zatarra (Zatanna’s father.), and begs Fate not to be so strict of his code, especially since Fate has always had allies to help him in times of need. As the mystic students learn to overcome their fear and prove their worth, Fate and Zatanna look on. When they complete their trial, we also witness Klarion and the Child do battle outside Fate’s tower. Klarion boasts that his avatar can handle Child’s, but Child’s avatar Flaw simply breaks the neck of Klarion’s demonic cat. This leaves Klarion without a tether into the physical world. Another subplot is how Beast Boy is still struggling with the death of Conner Kent (Superboy.) While his team, The Outsiders take on missions, Beast Boy is suffering from depression, staying at their base sleeping or attempting to, at least. His friends are worried about him but don’t want to confront him about the subject.
While I do like these types of stories where we see character development, one has to wonder, what is the real main plot of this season. This season of Young Justice appears to have separate storylines that they want to tell, without much connection to them. Hopefully, they tie all of this in, because while entertaining, it’s becoming a bit of a drag to get through these episodes. Post your comments below, and till next time fellow blerds!
This review of Young Justice Phantoms will be a three-piece, sorry in advance! But I can promise you this! This show is what DC and Warner Bros need to emulate in live-action! Not just with the fights and powers, but with the character development deep lore that comes with them! Everyone has their moment to shine, however brief it may be due to the sheer number of characters in the show! From Superman and Lois trying to explain to their son about Connor to Megan and Beast Boy still being depressed about it, to the aspects of a family with Artemis and Cheshire. But enough of me, being in awe of this cartoon. On to the reviews!
“I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”
This episode concludes (for now, anyway) the confrontations that were set up; Cassandra Cage vs Lady shive, who is the BEST hand to hand fighter in the DC Universe. Not even Batman himself can take her, one on one. It also deals with Artemis and Barbara trying to make sure that Cassie doesn’t end up being just another killer, but a hero. The two fight and Cassie is the victor. As the Team leaves, Cheshire goes back and tries to fight the Sensei. After stopping her Artemis pleads with
her sister to come home, that she’s been away too long from her daughter, Lian. Ras Al Ghul lets Artemis, Cheshire, Cassie, and Onyx leave in peace. Cheshire does try to come home to her family, but guilt sets in, and she disappears again. On the Kent farm, Clark and Lois try their best to explain to their son Jon why Connor is gone, and we later see Clark break down. His younger brother is dead, and Superman, the Man of Steel, is in pain that we rarely see him in. Some great writing on the production’s part.