InitiationOriginal Airdate: July 31, 2004
The past two seasons have always started out as a bang. Season one started out with an alien invasion and season two also started with an alien invasion. Initiation steers clear of any alien invasions and for the most part is just a regular episode. Given the events of last year?s season finale, a lot of fans were expecting some sort of follow up, and were under whelmed. First of all, I don?t really have a problem with the way they introduced the new show. They could have had more of an intro, explained the new watchtower, and gone through why and how they selected each of the heroes, but it really wasn?t necessary. Obviously after the events of Starcrossed, the Justice League decided they needed new members and recruited the best and brightest of Earth?s heroes. The old watchtower was destroyed, so they built a new one. I?m glad they just did away with the obvious and got up and running with an action filled storyline.
Initiation is a Green Arrow episode. Everybody else plays a supporting role to him this time around. I think they nailed his character perfectly. He?s the fun loving, womanizing, normal guy who just happens to have a knack to be deadly accurate with an arrow. They got his arrows down perfectly too. Boxing Glove Arrow, Net Arrow, Explosive Arrow, Rope Line arrows, and more. Having Batman bring him into the League was also fitting and well thought out. In a League full of super-powered wizards and nuclear powerhouses, it?s Batman that understands the value of normal human beings and what they can contribute to the League. I found it strangely satisfying to see Captain Atom and Supergirl fail, and Green Arrow succeed. Here?s hoping we see more of Green Arrow in the future.
For the other Leaguers, they almost had bit roles, but helped round out the cast. We?re reunited with the inexperienced Supergirl, if you loved her in STAS, you?ll love her here. We get no background to Captain Atom, but we don?t really need it. He?s a nuclear powered soldier?I?m sure he could have had an interesting past, but it?s not something that?s necessary to move the plot. Green Lantern leads the group, and he seems it bit more hardened than his pre-starcrossed days.
The villain was pretty weak, and just served as something for our heroes to fight. He never said a word, and we never learn anything more than he was a freak science project. Having the Koreans refuse the League?s help was an interesting plot twist that we hadn?t really seen before.
So what was bad about the episode? It?s always going to seem unrealistic that with so many heroes the League can only send three or four heroes on each mission. I just pretend all the other heroes are on another mission. For a season premiere the episode didn?t live up to expectations. It was a good episode, and I love Green Arrow, it just wasn?t as ?big? or ?epic? as we?ve seen in past premieres.
So what?d I like? I guess I?ll just list them
- Green Arrow. Funny, great action, great lines. I?m a big mark out for the Arrow, so loved seeing him use just a bow to show up all the super-powered heroes.
- Captain Atom?s suit. It seems like whenever I see this guy he?s always getting his suit ripped and blowing up. Still as soon as I saw the rip I screamed ?Everybody?s going to die!!?
- Supergirl and Green Lantern?s ?You did good conversation.? Yeah, I saw it coming a mile away but it was fun.
- Green Lantern?s ?Shayera!? shout. Man those writers are just big teases aren?t they?
- Black Canary! Woot! I can?t wait for that ?double date? episode.
Overall, I think it was a fairly solid episode, that many people are either going to love because it has Green Arrow in it or hate it because it wasn?t what they were expecting out of a season premiere.
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