As the title states the salvaging of an old friend was at the forefront of this episode. Red Arrow, who we last saw five years ago, has kept his promise in trying to locate the original Roy Harper (aka Speedy) but to no avail. The problem is he’s taken his mission to the extreme and old friends emerge to show their concern. Meanwhile, Superboy (along with Blue Beetle) is on a mission getting reacquainted with some old “friends” of his own.
Seeing Roy again after the time jump was bittersweet. On one hand it was awesome to see an old character again, but on the other hand it was weird seeing him in the position he was in. He looked & acted like he’s had a massive hangover for the past five years. Pilfering from victimized shop owners, uncoordinated walking, and weak reflexes were this hero’s M.O. now. This course of action with Roy is a nod to the award winning story arc featuring the character as a drug addict in the comic but considering this is a Saturday morning cartoon they chalked up his inefficiency due to his obsession with finding Speedy. Green Arrow, Black Canary, Cadmus’s former director The Guardian, Nightwing, and the speedster formally known as Kid Flash aka Wally were in tow for Red Arrow’s impromptu intervention. After rejecting help from his old allies and sternly telling them to “blow”, the heroes wonder if they have lost their friend forever.
Superboy and Blue Beetle uncover a plot, made by Intergang’s Bruno “Ugly” Manheim and Whisper Adaire, to control an alien life form that has the power to control the elements. Conner has tussled with this gruesome twosome before but with this entity on their side, they seem to be a formidable threat. It was good to see Blue beetle and the origin of his powers in this episode. It’s nice to know that he’s more then just a weird kid who speaks to himself to provide comic relief.
The real shockers of this episode were the returning cast members of Season 1. Along with the surprise of Roy and Wally was the return of Artemis! It turns out that they’re still a couple & they’ve left the life of the heroics for more a practical pursuit — a college education. Cheshire also made an appearance on behalf of Roy/Red Arrow. Mainly because it was revealed that all those flirty antics she’d pulled with him during season 1 actually led to them falling in love and getting married. It was also stated that she also left Roy because he was so obsessed with his mission (and burnt out) that he couldn’t focus on anything else and she needed him to be there for her and – wait for it – their daughter. That was a great nod in showcasing another facet from the character’s comic book life. With that last revelation Cheshire vowed that with the piece of intel she attained, that if Speedy isn’t found, that Roy must excise him from his soul to move on or unfortunately she’ll be the one moving on.