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Come to think of it, Black Canary being both a florist and a therapist is ironic in light of both Buffy ("Doppelgangland") and Angel ("Spin the Bottle") making jokes that wanting to be a florist is a sign of mental instability.
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I haven't seen it yet, but I didn't like the sound of that premise either.
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Truthfully, I'm a little baffled by the positive feedback the movies getting. A lot of people are saying it's funny and I just wasn't getting any of the humor.

Of course, everyone's entitled to their own opinion and mine only means as much as the next person's.

Matthew
When you return to your unobservable but empirically determined dimension of origin--tell them CARL SAGAN sent you.

At least it led to that re-airing of the original episodes on Disney XD; I caught a few of them for nostalgia's sake, including the Sewernose episode I mentioned earlier this week. (It had a couple of Disney self-references that probably aren't as meta as what you were talking about, Matthew; at the start, when the Rescue Rangers think they're going to see a movie, Dale says that he hopes the cartoon preceding it will contain "that stupid duck" - all the more apt given that a few Donald Duck cartoons did pit him against Chip and Dale. And Sewernose was modeled on those crocodiles in the "Dance of Hours" segment of "Fantasia".)
Todd Jensen

Just caught the new Chip 'N Dale movie, haven't written out a proper review yet but I will say this. It's kind of depressing that modern movies like this or Space Jam 2 are awash in corporate cynicism and the need to be meta in its storytelling.

I mean, whatever happened to letting your characters be characters?

Matthew
When you return to your unobservable but empirically determined dimension of origin--tell them CARL SAGAN sent you.

[SPOILER] If Brion had his own independent source of money in S3, then Gregor probably does too; I also had a theory that he'd be an ops manager for the League/Team/etc. If he has an actual job, he might be consulting on or organizing some kind of response to the refugees coming out of Markovia. [/SPOILER]
Karrin Blue

[SPOILER] "Welcome to Burger King, where if the food does not kill you, the irony will." [/SPOILER]
Friendly CIA Spook
Secretes secrets

[SPOILER] I'm pretty sure that the Phantom Girl, Lord-Zod on Oa, and Phantom Zone prisoner storylines will converge, since they're all related.

I think Black Canary is a therapist because she's admittedly Greg's favorite character and it gives her a significant role in which to interact with the protagonists on a semi-regular basis. I like that, as opposed to many other superhero and monster hunter shows, Young Justice doesn't ignore the question of therapy for people who get into these extraordinary situations, quite the opposite.

I wonder what poor deposed Gregor is doing? Presumably he's in America with Tara, since he's her legal guardian. It would be funny if the former king is in an office job now, like investment consultant.
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Not to mention that he's not exactly white himself and neither are his kids.
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To respond to Charles's question, I would imagine that Vandal would be opposed to Nazi race theory because he could see it was based on junk science and didn't actually make the non-exterminated groups stronger.
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I bet Lizard Johnny would get along with Marvel's Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
Friendly CIA Spook
Secretes secrets

[SPOILER] Good to see Garfield on the proper road to recovery this time and with a corgi companion to boot. I like to think he and Cyborg became pals during their time on the Outsiders, and maybe as a nod to their friendship from the Teen Titans as well. [/SPOILER]
Matthew
When you return to your unobservable but empirically determined dimension of origin--tell them CARL SAGAN sent you.

[SPOILER] Don't have a ton of thoughts here. I think the junkyard scenes were a bit too predictable and didn't really have enough dramatic tension for when our heroes are basically going on a potentially dangerous mission against a big bad in a place they know nothing about but I think it was also a pretty good palette cleanser after last week for them, so... eh. I think it was fine, but I do wish they had, had a story with a little more meat on it's bones here.

The Markovia stuff was *great*. I've always really liked Violet, so it was cool to see them come back center-stage here. We've also been getting little snacks about what was happening in Markovia (and with Violet and Brion) through out the season so this was cool too.

Having said that, there are only *3* episodes left, and we still have to see what happens with Lor-zod and Oa. It also seems like *none* of these plot threads are going to really consolidate themselves, so it just seems like we'll somehow have to deal with Phantom Girl, the Bioship group, the Phantom Zone confrontation, AND Markovia in 3 episodes. Which... seems CRAZY to me. I also feel like we *do* need to check in with at least Vandal Savage and the Light again at some point. They're involved in Markovia but have almost nothing to do with the other plot lines.

The therapy scene was scripted awkwardly, but I LOVE the sentiment. It's nice to see people just... doing a therapy group and talking about what's going on. It's nice to see Beast Boy doing better. Good little Terra cameo. I really liked the Harper/Violet stuff in this episode. I'm still... very confused about the decision to make Black Canary a therapist, even four seasons and ten years later, but I'm pretty used to it now anyway.

So overall, I think the Markovia stuff is coming in a bit late, and is maybe one plot too many but I'll see how it's executed. Looking forward to the battle next week. That's about it. [/SPOILER]

Alex (or Aldrius)
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Ok!

[SPOILER] So, I don't think it's any secret I've been looking for more stuff about the Markovs, so this was a very interesting episode! I appreciate how Brion spends the entire episode nearly catching on, even with interference from Baazovi - he really does earnestly want to do right, he's just got a massive case of sunk cost fallacy and, I think, wanting to prove to himself and everyone else that this was right before he can ask for help. Meanwhile, Baazovi definitely seems to be getting confident he can do whatever he wants, and I'm hoping that hubris starts biting him soon. Everything he does is low, but whammying Violet and Brion to start fighting strikes me as especially cruel, when they'd been having such a good talk before (and the genuine happiness Brion had on seeing them was sweet.) Hopefully Fury will help? Actually, I thought that when she showed up, it was going to be Everyman disguised as her, on Baazovi's orders, to... well, to flirt with or seduce Brion to stop him thinking about Halo or the political situation, or something. But it seems to be the real her, since she's actually telling him what's going on.

Speaking of Vi - man, that's a nice new outfit, both the civilian and hero ones. I love colored palms on superhero suits, too, that's one of my favorite details. And they might be hooking up with Harper too - though I do feel bad that the closure Violet thinks they got was mind controlled, and hopefully we'll get a scene of them really properly clearing the air sometime (unless the plan is for La'gann to not be the only polyamorous character, which... well, I'd be willing to be sold on it.)

The therapy check in was nice, although it struck me as instructive to the audience in the same way Clark's talk with Johnny was. It's still a good thing to tell people about, but I feel like Gar talking about how good therapy animals are could've been worked in more smoothly. That's a bit nitpicky though, I think. And Beast Boy and Cyborg being pals was fun.

(sidenote - I still want to get Terra's POV on this situation. Also I wonder if she specifically learned 'crushing on you' for this eventuality, because the rest of her speech is still fairly formal, and because it would be quite funny if she's learning American slang only to be able to accurately teen-speak specific situations.)

And to the rest - oh, Conner. How long has he been in this little cult now? And poor Tynya - thankfully she can fly, but her hand being like that is no joke. I wonder if she'll manage to find B'aarz and get to Earth with him? Or signal the League or something? If she can luck into calling when Superman is running comms, then he'd be able to put some pieces together.

And finally, the Team in the junkyard was just fun. Nice to see them all working together. Though the thing with M'gann - I get the logic, but somehow I feel like this is going to lead to them being all dumped out of the Phantom Zone together and M'gann restoring Connor's mind in a parallel to Bereft, and that before that happens it's going to be a bad time for everyone. (And the bit about keeping it a secret, and Artemis agreeing, and Zatanna nodding - did that strike anyone as echoing Zatanna and M'gann's psychic closure sandbox gambit from the end of S3? If Wally really is in the Zone too, and they find him somehow, I wonder if Zatanna and Rocket will use that same logic to explain to Artemis why they tricked her.)

And... well, next episode things will hit the fan, I guess! [/SPOILER]

Karrin Blue

I swear that pun wasn't on purpose.
Matthew
When you return to your unobservable but empirically determined dimension of origin--tell them CARL SAGAN sent you.

[SPOILER] Heh, "Trajectory".

The sooner Bad Samaritan gets exposed, the better. [/SPOILER]

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Hey, this episode takes place on my birthday. Awesome.
Anyway, some quick thoughts on episode 23, "Ego and Superego."

[SPOILER] Lot happening in this episode, especially in Markovia. Not yet sure how it's going to go down but if it continues in the trajectory I imagine, I kind of wish we sprinkled some of the drama with Brion and the Infinitors throughout the season rather than saving it solely for the last arc. I like that despite everything, Brion is committed to being a proper hero, a fair king and a leader for the Metas to look up to. And all the more tragic that Baasovi is constantly sliding up to him like a leech and turning everyone around him into their worst selves. Ever since it was brought up I had wondered whether a relationship between Halo and Harper was going to happen, kind of a shame that it look to be that way because Baasovi stepped in and ruined whatever care Brion and Violet still had for one another.

Of course things are going to get complicated soon. Fury as it turns out has more of a conscious than the rest of her teammates and she specifically name-dropped Baasovi in her list of grievances. I wonder if this is going to Brion trying to distance himself away from that shoulder devil or if it will lead to confrontation. If the latter, it might bring up my prediction on the Light weighing in on how useful Brion may be and whether he's worth keeping around.

Poor Phantom Girl, tried so hard, probably ruined her hand (I hope Martian medicine can treat that) and Conner is just too far gone to be convinced. And wouldn't you know it? There had to be one more secret to make things complicated. I know the Team was trying to spare M'gann's feelings if this doesn't work but of all the times to leave someone who can repair a fractured mind. At least this fallout will be by genuine ignorance rather than a conscious choice like the previous season.

And nice to see they're finally going to rebuild the Hall of Justice. Jeez, the spokes of government turn slow. [/SPOILER]

Matthew
When you return to your unobservable but empirically determined dimension of origin--tell them CARL SAGAN sent you.

[SPOILER] Rewatching the last episode, I can't believe I forgot to mention how nice it was to see Tye, Asami and Mr. Longshadow. We haven't seen them since season 2 and now I'm both curious about how Tye and Asami are doing and whether Mr. Longshadow actually did know something about the "spiritual journey" that Tye and Jaime went through. [/SPOILER]
Matthew
When you return to your unobservable but empirically determined dimension of origin--tell them CARL SAGAN sent you.

Thanks, Some Geek. (I'd read about that bit while finding out more about the movie. I also found out that Disney XD is airing a "Rescue Rangers" marathon on Thursday and Friday, presumably to help promote the movie.)

I remember one episode of Rescue Rangers" which must have been aimed as much at the parents as the children; the villain in it was either an alligator or a crocodile (I can't remember which) named Sewernose de Bergerac, who matched his name by dressing up as a seventeenth century French gentleman with a fencing sword. While the Cyrano parody itself was the sort of thing the grown-ups were more likely to get, one detail about him entered that category even more; he had a couple of hand-puppets named Euripides and Voltaire (even dressed in the styles of ancient Greece and eighteenth century France, respectively); Euripides would praise him, while Voltaire was far more critical.

Todd Jensen

Todd J - response to your last week comment.... Rescue rangers two different animation types. The conceptual reason is in-story. Not something I'd consider a spoiler but I"ll tag it non the less...
[SPOILER] As one of the actors said in an interview promoting the movie, after leaving the show Chip goes to be insurance salesman Dale undergoes "CGI Surgery" (a stand in for plastic surgery) to keep working the convention circuit and keep living off the height of his career and trying to hold on to that. [/SPOILER] So it's explained in story...

Some Geek

We now know the name of Captain Chavez's daughter from "Future Tense".
Todd Jensen

Unfortunately I missed it as well, hope those who joined in enjoyed it.
Matthew
When you return to your unobservable but empirically determined dimension of origin--tell them CARL SAGAN sent you.

First! Did anyone check in on the watch party on Twitter last Thursday? I missed it, but backbreaking the tweets was fun. Apparently Virgil lives in Noble's building! I wonder if he ever helps babysit?

Also, a few more teaser pages for Targets were released. [SPOILER] We got a quick glimpse of Mist's hero costume, and Brion on a zoom call with the League/Outsiders/etc. I'm hopeful that means we might get some interactions between the Markov siblings, their bond is still really interesting to me. [/SPOILER]

Karrin Blue