It was another nail biter of an episode that already you had screaming “what?!” by the end of the opening scene. After a long hiatus, Artemis suits up for a mission at the request of Nightwing. The mission is to covertly safe watch the Space shuttle launch of an Earth/Mars communication satellite from anybody who would want to stop the launch from happening. Unfortunately they didn’t suspect the arrival of Black Manta aka Kaldur’ahm, formerly Aqualad of the Young Justice team, to arrive and spoil the party.
When La’gann sends word underwater that trouble’s afoot, the remaining air and land teams scatter to try and protect the shuttle from exploding. Superboy, piloting the bio ship, shoots down any missiles being fired towards the shuttle, while Nightwing & Artemis tackle the foot soldiers approaching the launch site via the shore. All was going well until Black Manta decided to take matters in his own hands. He approaches his former teammates and defeats them with his ease but sends a chilling message to any who opposes him by stabbing Artemis and leaving her to die on the battle field. After many attempts at resuscitation and Superboy no longer able to hear Artemis’ heartbeat, Nightwing pronounces her dead.
The title for the episode was very apropos because it delved deep into a slew of emotions for all the participants involved and the toll those emotions took was at the forefront of this tale. First, Wally & Artemis. Despite putting on the old red & yellow tights a couple weeks back, Wally wants no part of “the life” anymore and is saddened that Artemis would be so willing to return to it.
Another story that was both heart breaking and disturbing was the revelation of Miss Martian’s and Superboy’s break up. Since the beginning of the season we’ve seen Megan mentally strip intel from any of the perpetrators mind. Apparently she started doing this during the 5 year time gap and her excuse to do this was for the greater good of the mission and the world. Superboy has not taken a liking to her abuse of power but what really struck a nerve was when we found out she had altered his mind so he would stop being upset with her.
Essentially what this means is, she basically mind-raped him. Seems a little far for a children’s cartoon right, but take a look at Superboy’s exact words:
“After all we’ve been through, how could you think I wouldn’t recognize your touch inside my mind? Didn’t you know what that touch meant to me? And to have you… pervert it like that…”
Probably the most revealing of this episode was the complete ruse of Artemis’ death. Yes, that’s right, she’s alive and well. How? Well with the help of Kaldur of course. Oh yeah, a one –two punch for sure. Kaldur has been undercover for the good guys ever since he left the team. To prove his valor to his father and move up the ranks, he was put to several tests which he passed and as an extra credit “killed” his former teammate to show loyalty to The Light.
Now, Nightwing, Kaldur, Artemis and Wally are the only ones of this ruse. While the rest of the team is in mourning, the core four must keep this lie up for the betterment of mission.