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Young Justice: Episode Reviews

Season 1 - Episode 7: "Denial"

Reviewed by: Isaac Frisbie

5Rating - 5 (out of 5): This was a really great episode. I love pretty much anything with Dr. Fate. He is one of those characters that I think is really underutilized in the DC Universe. Dr. Fate is probably one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, superheroes in the DC universe. Of course there are god like beings but I mean among the regular heroes.

There was a nice nod at the beginning to Madame Xanadu, who is a lesser known DC character. This show does a good job of bringing in characters people may not know a lot about into the episodes.

The banter between Wally and Artemis was fantastic in this episode. He is obsessed with impressing Megan to the point of lying about his interest in topics of mysticism. Artemis sees right through this and is ribbing him the entire episode about his inability to believe in those things he cannot explain. Even at the end, when we know he does believe a bit more, he tells her he just has the helmet as a souvenir. She walks off in a huff and I got a good chuckle at that. I like how they are playing on the tension between Artemis and Wally really well, and they might even go somewhere with it.

Superboy and Aqualad did not play much of a role in this one, which was fine because it's too difficult to focus on multiple characters every episode. Character development would move much more slowly. Megan had more of a role than these two but only because Wally kept flirting with her.

I liked seeing Dr. Fate in action and how they were able to simply explain how the helmet of Dr. Fate works. So many things in the comics are too complicated to explain. When people around me talk about comic characters that don't know much beyond live action films, I have to bite my tongue or risk looking like a nerd telling them, "Well actually in the current continuity after the Crisis reboot...". I'm sure many of you can fill in the blank there. I might as well be talking gibberish. This episode took something relatively complicated and brought down to a level that comic fans and non-comic fans could understand and enjoy.

I am pleased with the direction this show is going, in general. The characters have been given great stories and the team has been given fun adventures to go one. This was no exception. Wally taking the leap of faith was a great story. I like how they have written Wally as someone who tends to not see much beyond what his own senses tell him and his internal logic.

I hope to see them bring in more DC characters like Dr. Fate, and highlight characters that are given the shaft in the comic books. Perhaps they can have a Spectre episode, who knows.

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