I’m really proud of Cartoon Network right now. Despite their weirdness of having freakin’ reality TV shows (what the hell?) and dropping amazing shows like Teen Titans or not buying up new seasons of them like Secret Saturdays, they have a really good lineup right now. Aside from their good comedy shows like Regular Show, Adventure Time or sometimes Mad, they have their Saturday morning action show lineup. Which is, by the way, incredibly good.
This Saturday in particular was an excellent example. I mean, Thundercats was just alright like usual, and while the Pokemon Black & White episode was really good, the show can be a little dull sometimes as well. But Green Lantern and Young Justice really just highly impressed me.
The previous episode of Young Justice had a confrontation against the villains, who revealed a large portion of their plan up until this point (although there was clearly a lot more to their plan yet to be revealed). However, in this episode they pretty much just skipped ahead five years, which was pretty confusing for about 5 minutes. They introduced tons of new characters like Lagoon Boy, Beast Boy, Blue Beetle, a second Robin, etc. Odd choice, to just skip ahead with the new guys already there without showing how they joined up or how the changes happened, but they’re clearly trying to follow the plot of the villains, so meh, it works.
The clever aspect of this I thought was how they dealt with with the chaos of it. As I said, the timeskip was highly confusing, and it introduced a lot of elements all at once — not just new characters, but changed in character relationships and everything (perhaps Young Justice’s one weakness; it crams a lot into a single episode). But in this episode they made tons and tons of jokes and just made the new characters so hilarious and endearing (especially Lagoon Boy and Blue Beetle) that it’s pretty much impossible to be upset about it. Good job Young Justice.
The other one is Green Lantern: The Animated Series. This show has been impressing me since it premiered, and the last episode was just… not something I expected.
The episode “In Love and War” has the Star freakin’ Sapphires. Yeah, not exactly known for being friendly for children’s television, what with those outfits. But to my surprise, the show actually portrayed them pretty tastefully. I mean don’t get me wrong, they’re all extremely hot and they absolutely make a point of this… but it never gets to any degree that I felt was outright indecent. They dealt with it well, and surprisingly they did so without actually changing the Star Sapphire Corps much.
I’m not really familiar with the Green Lantern comics, so anyone who is can correct me, but from what I’ve gathered, the Star Sapphire Corps was pretty much the same as it was in Green Lantern: The Animated Series aside from some changes in how the events play out.
It’s not every day you see an animated show with an entire race of sex bombs that doesn’t make you feel like you’re watching porn. I’m impressed.
On the other hand, I still felt compelled to make this image:
(You didn’t think I was going to let this post get away without me saying something funny, did you?)