Is "Young Justice: Invasion" TOO Diverse?
With this past Saturday bringing us the premiere of season 2 of Young Justice, subtitled "Invasion", we got a glimpse at how the Team has expanded. But are there too many characters for this tv show?
This past Saturday, fans of the show "Young Justice" witnessed the premiere episode of season 2 of the series, now called "Young Justice: Invasion". The episode "Happy New Year" starts where the season 1 finale left off, but then quickly jumps 5 years into the future where we get a good look at familiar faces, and are also treated to some new faces.
Superboy and Miss Martian still look pretty much the same, but are no longer a couple. And perhaps the biggest change was Dick Graysons growth spurt from Robin to Nightwing and leader of the Team. While these are all GREAT things to be excited and happy about, we also saw that the Team roster has been VASTLY expanded. While Zatanna and Rocket have graduated up to the Justice League, Nightwing, Superboy, and Miss Martian remain as part of the Team. New members include the new Robin (Tim Drake), Blue Beetle, Lagoonlad, Beast Boy, Bumblebee, Wonder Girl, and Batgirl. It is yet to be revealed who else is currently on the roster.
The question that I am posing to all of you is this: Are there too many characters/members in this show now? As of right now, if they maintain all characters from last season, we've got: Nightwing, Superboy, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Miss Martian, Artemis, Zatanna, Rocket, Robin III (Tim Drake), Blue Beetle, Lagoonlad, Beast Boy, Wonder Girl, Batgirl,Bumblebee, and hopefully still Red Arrow. That's 16 characters, not to mention the members of the Justice League who make appearances. My point is, how do you A. devote enough time to each character throughout the season? And B. Don't you risk losing the audience's interest if there are too many characters' storylines and personal plots to keep track of throughout the season? It seems to me that this is what happened with "Justice League Unlimited".
Since I am a HUGE DC Comics fan, with Young Justice: Invasion I am getting to see all the members of the Teen Titans like when Geoff Johns restarted the title back in 2003 with the line-up as we know it now. Of course I find it great to see Nightwing and Tim Drake and Blue Beetle and Wonder Girl and all these characters that I loved reading in the Teen Titans comics. But they spent a year developing Aqualad, Kid Flash, Dick Grayson's Robin, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis into a cohesive team that started out rocky, but eventually learned to work together so well that they were able to take out an out of control Justice League. I feel that by having all these characters, they're taking A LOT of time and attention away from the characters that we spent a year getting to know and love.
Yes, I know this is only the first episode of the season, and it really was truly awesome to see these characters introduced onto the show, but I just fear for the integrity of the show because it's always had such great, tight storylines and episodes, and I fear that by having THIS many characters on the Team, the storyline and season long plots might suffer.
What do you guys think?
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