Green Lantern: The Animated Series “Prisoner Of Sinestro”
This episode introduces us to none other than Sinestro. If you know basic DC Comics history then you know that Sinestro is one of the most infamous villains in that universe. Before that however he was a Green Lantern and that’s his status in this episode.
Sinestro is a Green Lantern who is known for bending the rules and we get to see some of that right from the beginning of the episode. Sinestro has infiltrated a prison ship and has taken a prisoner without permission. Shortly after coming on board The Interceptor with his prisoner, Sinestro tries to kill everyone but all is not as it seems.
This episode had a standard “alien takes over minds” story. Everyone gets taken over at one point and no one trusts each other. The “mystery” of what was happening was pretty apparent from the start but this is a kid’s show so maybe it was suspenseful for the kiddies. This typical plotline was told well but it was too predictable for me.
The episode ends with us finding out just how far Sinestro is willing to go while still technically following the rules. We all know Sinestro will eventually turn evil but seeing that journey play out will be very cool.
Young Justice: Invasion “True Colors”
The main plot of this episode had Young Justice infiltrating a LexFarms facility to find out what The Reach is doing to Earth’s food supply. Everyone thinks that The Reach is here to help humanity but our heroes know better. Everything goes according to plan until Arsenal (formerly Speedy) goes off script. This leads to another battle with the Black Beetle and an introduction to the Green Beetle. Things are getting crazy now with all of these multi-colored beetles.
As usual with this show, there were a few other plots happening concurrent to the main one. The Atom tries to remove the Blue Beetle from Jaime but doesn’t succeed. Jaime is still worried that he’ll cause a Reach Apocalypse in the future so he wants that thing off him. This isn’t going to happen without him being killed in the process but it appears that the Green Beetle may have a solution to the Blue Beetle Problem.
Sportsmaster doesn’t know that his daughter, Artemis isn’t dead and he wants revenge on Aqualad. He asks the leaders of The Light to let him have his revenge but he is denied. He is thrown out of The Light and replaced with Deathstroke: The Terminator after trying to kill Aqualad’s father: Black Manta. Now that he is no longer a member of the Light, Sportsmaster can do what he wants, namely, kill Aqualad.
Speaking of Aqualad, he’s still in a coma after Miss Martian forcibly extracted info from him head but Luthor has brought in Psimon to restore him. If Psimon digs deep enough into Aqualad’s mind then he’ll eventually find out that he is in fact working as a spy for Young Justice. Aqualad may be brought back to normal but the instant he does I suspect that he’ll be held prisoner. Or maybe The Light will let him continue on thinking that they don’t know he’s a spy. This is going to get very interesting for sure.
The episode ends with Luthor and Vandal Savage inspecting the real means by which The Reach will take over Earth. Not with the food supply but with sports drinks! Those crafty aliens! I don’t know why The Light has chosen to align itself with The Reach but I suspect that they have their own motives. Why would they want to let aliens take over their planet? As always, we’ll just have to watch and find out.
Batman In Shanghai
The short continues and this time it’s focused on Bane. After taking venom to make himself bigger and stronger, Bane goes on a rampage throughout the city. The short ends with Bane interrupting the fight between Catwoman and that mystery man from last week.
The animation on this one was a lot of fun. I liked how Bane’s transformation wasn’t uniform and how some parts of his body would grow before others. It was really dramatic. The scenes where he was climbing buildings and running around the city were also really cool too. Like I said last week, we need to have this as the next Batman cartoon because it’s great.
Amethyst: Princess Of Gemworld.
After Amethyst leaves the village, she is confronted by a snot monster that covers her in mucus. She goes to a lake to clean herself off but before long, everything starts talking to her. Every plant can talk and they all take an interest in her bathing. Bunch of perverts! Amethyst soon has to deal with a giant lake caterpillar that isn’t too happy about her being in its territory. Amethyst dispenses with the monster fairly quickly and leaves the crazy forest soon after.
This short felt like a demented Disney story with all of the talking trees and flowers. The most disturbing part was Amethysts’ Pegasus eating flowers that were smiling and talking as they were being devoured. The short was fun and it was nice to see Amethyst becoming a warrior.