DC’s animated films and TV shows have always impressed critics and viewers. Young Justice is no different. Young Justice is a TV series composed of some of the Justice League’s finest sidekicks and other teenage heroes, coming together to form their own group called “The Team.” This is the perfect binge for all the DC fans! The team’s original and most prominent members are Robin (Tim Drake), Aqualad, Kid Flash (Wally West), Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis Crock (who, shockingly enough, is usually depicted as a villain).
The Team forms when Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, and Speedy (later Red Arrow), refuse to continue being sidekicks to the Justice League heroes. The characters demand more significance and want to go on missions and feel more useful. After some pondering, the Justice League agrees to let them go on covert missions that they feel are suitable enough for the Team. After discovering a Superman clone, who they name Superboy, the team forms with Miss Martian, Martian Manhunter’s niece, and eventually Artemis, Green Arrow’s protégé.
Every episode is only about 20 minutes long, making it perfect for a weekend binge. Each episode follows The Team as they go on Justice League-approved missions, and follows a specific plotline relevant to the episode. My favorite feature of the episodes is the amount of content they’re able to fit into a one or two-part story arc – character development, an awesome score, spectacular fight scenes, goofy comedy and, of course, young love.
I’m a fan of how this series really connects me with its characters emotionally. Character development is a prominent element of the series, so many of the former sidekicks go through intense development as the series continues. One of the bigger themes is leadership. While everyone agrees that Aqualad is suitable as the leader, Aqualad himself goes through many spells where he feels he’s not right for the job. Many of the members speculate that Robin is a suitable contender, however, his age (13, pitting him as the youngest), makes it “too big” of a responsibility for him.
Young Justice is an incredibly exciting weekend binge. With short episodes, awesome fight scenes, and extraordinary character development, Young Justice will keep you on the edge of your seat while fulfilling every craving that we viewers want from a TV show. It can be streamed with a subscription on Netflix and currently has 2 seasons available.
– Leo Rydel
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