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Sterling: So what do you call this, the Arrow Boat?
Red Arrow: I call it a rental.
Artemis: [after being telepathically linked by Miss Martian] This is weird!
Sterling: And distracting. Coding a distributed algorithm virus on a kiddie computer with less RAM than a wrist watch is hard enough. Now I have to have teen-think in my skull!!
Aqualad: Stop it – both of you!
Kid Flash & Artemis: WHAT?
Aqualad: I can hear you glaring.
Previously: Speedy had stormed out of the Hall of Justice after the induction of Aqualad, Kid Flash, Robin, and himself into the Justice League was revealed to be less than he expected (“Independence Day”). The other three, along with Miss Martian and Superboy, later formed a new group under Batman’s direction. However, Speedy was dismissive and refused to have anything to do with them (“Welcome to Happy Harbor”). Nevertheless, Amazo’s attack on Kid Flash was stopped by an arrow fired by an unknown ally (“Schooled”).
August 7th - It is dark as Red Arrow (the sidekick formerly known as Speedy) sneaks into the League of Shadow’s heavily guarded base on Infinity Island. He takes out masked gunmen and security cameras until he reaches the workshop of Dr Sterling Roquette – a young scientist who is being held prisoner on the Island until she finishes her secret project. Roquette is worried about leaving her work behind, but Red Arrow says he only has time to save her or her work, not both. She decides to leave with him and they escape down a zip line to a camouflaged speedboat he left by the shore. Behind them Professor Ojo tells his master, the Sensei, that she had completed her project.
August 8th – Wally West (Kid Flash) has to endure the first day back at school in Central City while the rest of his team relax with a BBQ on the beach behind their Cave headquarters. The Kid is all ready to join in the after school fun, but discovers that everybody is gathered in the Cave’s hub. Green Arrow is introducing them to Artemis – his “niece” and new protege and their new team-mate – moments before Red Arrow teleports in. He tells them he’s now working solo as Red Arrow, but questions Green Arrow’s speed at replacing him.
Red Arrow has come to them about Roquette’s kidnapping. Two weeks ago the League of Shadows kidnapped her from Royal University in Star City and forced her to create a weapon called the Utility Fog, a swarm of thousands of minuscule robots called Infiltrators. They can disassemble just about anything and can copy any digital data in the machines they destroy. They are the perfect weapon for blackmail and espionage. The mysterious Artemis knows about the Shadows leading Kid Flash to more than once shout “Who are you?!”
Red Arrow has hidden Dr Roquette at Happy Harbour High School where she is now working on a computer virus to disable the Infiltrators. He had sought Young Justice’s help in protecting her, but leaves after Green Arrow makes it clear that Artemis’s presence is non-negotiable. Roquette’s protection will now be their responsibility with out Red Arrow’s help. Young Justice fan out around the school grounds and Miss Martian links them telepathically as to provide silent communication. However, the constant snipping between Kid Flash and Artemis is distracting everybody.
At Aqualad’s request Roquette goes online and traces the Fog to an aeroplane near Philadelphia. Miss Martian reconfigures her bio-ship so that Robin and Superboy can pursue it while the rest of them remain behind to protect Dr Roquette. She still needs their protection as the same tracking signal which allowed them to trace the Fog will also allow the Shadows to get a fix on her location. This news is relayed to the Sensei who orders the closest Shadow operative to Happy Harbour to attack.
Miss Martian and Artemis are patrolling the outside of the School, but are unaware that they are being watched by Cheshire (a cat-masked assassin from the League of Shadows). She sneaks past them unnoticed and then lures Kid Flash into trap which leaves him floating unconscious in the school swimming pool. Her next attack is direct and Aqualad takes the poisoned throwing stars meant for Roquette. He duels with Cheshire as he sends a telepathic alert to his team-mates. Miss Martian pauses to pick up the unconscious Kid Flash as Artemis runs to the computer labs. The assassin deflects all of Artemis’s arrows, but vanishes using a smoke-bomb after the others turn up.
Kid Flash blames Artemis for Cheshire’s escape, but Miss Martian argues that she’s still new to being a sidekick. Robin and Superboy report that they were too late to stop the Infiltrator swarm from consuming STAR Labs Philadelphia. The Fog’s next target is a WayneTech facility, but Robin is alarmed that they won’t be able to evacuate the 24-hour work force in time. Aqualad moves Roquette to a nearby shop in an attempt to distract the League, but Cheshire returns with two accomplices. They knock out Aqualad and then burst into the shop where they discover that this Roquette is actually Miss Martian in disguise. The real Roquette is at nearby internet cafe working on the anti-Fog computer virus. She works quickly to finish the virus, but Cheshire has their scent and is being chased by Artemis while Miss Martian and Kid Flash fight Cheshire’s allies.
Artemis thinks she has gassed Cheshire, but it’s a feint and she is herself knocked-out. The assassin uses a massive dose of jelly-fish poison to drop Aqualad, leaving Roquette defenceless. However, her computer virus has already been uploaded to Robin in Philadelphia. He uses the check out in the cafeteria to upload Roquette’s virus into the WayneTech mainframe from where it is downloaded by the Infiltrators. The virus rapidly spreads through the entire swarm causing the little robots to self-destruct. Professor Ojo, the Shadow operative overseeing the swarm, is knocked out by Superboy.
In Happy Harbour, Cheshire stops her attack. Her orders were to kill Roquette before she sent the virus, but that reason is now moot and the League no longer has a reason to kill her (beyond “the entertainment value”). However, Cheshire threatens Roquette that one day “the Shadows may find another use for you.” Artemis stops Cheshire with explosive arrows as she leaves the Internet Cafe. Artemis recognises the woman beneath Cheshire’s mask and allows her to escape rather than let her reveal her own secrets to her new team-mates. The rest of Young Justice are unaware of this and finally accept Artemis as a team member.
August 9th – Artemis teleports to Gotham City, but is met by Red Arrow. He tells her that he knows her cover story about being Green Arrow’s niece is a lie and warns her about hurting his friends. Elsewhere, the Sensei reports to the Light that they stole the STAR Labs data, but were stopped from acquiring the requested WayneTech data. One of Light then comments that it is good that they now have an operative inside the heroes camp.
- Red Arrow’s rescue of Dr Roquette takes place on August 7th. The attack on her by the League of Shadows happens mainly on the 8th and Red Arrow’s warning to Artemis happens on the 9th.
- Wally goes to Keystone High School in Central City.
- Speedy has split from Green Arrow and has changed his codename to Red Arrow. His teleporter code is P06.
- The Happy Harbour swim team is called the Happy Harbour Hornets.
- “Atlantean skin is quite dense.” Aqualad has a natural immunity to jelly-fish poison.
- Miss Martian has twelve sisters back on Mars.
Sterling Roquette’s character. She’d make a great reoccurring character if they ever need a scientist.
Okay so by now the Light must have a pretty good idea where Young Justice are based as this is the second of their plans to be conveniently thwarted in or near Happy Harbour (e.g. the Mister Twister android and Roquette’s botched assassination).
There is a lot going on under the surface of this episode. We have a new character who is implied to be the secret daughter of Green Arrow and Cheshire. The Light hint that they have their own infiltrator within Young Justice. That, however, is a growing list of candidates. It could potentially be Artemis (her mother is in the League of Shadows), Superboy (the Light said in the pilot that they hadn’t finished with him), or even Red Tornado (T.O. Morrow was trying to reprogram him).
One thing that makes Young Justice stand apart from some other shows is their use of computer “lighting” and computer models. These models were only experimental during the Justice League’s second season and were introduced as the solution to the problem of animating solid objects. Its use in Young Justice is almost unnoticeable and is a testament to how far the technique has come. The Photoshop lighting is a new effect and can give the scenes a greater depth of tone than simple flat colouring. So far they haven’t gone overboard with it. That said, some of these episodes are really dark (in terms of light not content) and are giving Batman The Animated Series a run for its colour palette.
I wanted to give this episode a higher rating, but it felt like we were repeating the “girl proves herself worthy of the guys” plotline from “Welcome to Happy Harbor” and the repartee wasn’t quite as sharp as last episode. Red Arrow/Speedy’s return was welcome. The age difference between him and Robin works well as it stops the two non-powered sidekicks from appearing too similar. I also liked the use of Happy Harbour and the work that’s been put in to give the town a real world feel.
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