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Runaways
Original Airdate - February 2nd, 2013
Nightwing tasks Blue Beetle with chasing down a group of potentially dangerous super-powered teenage runaways. But Blue Beetle is not the only one hunting themů

Written by Kevin Hopps
Directed by Doug Murphy
Review by GregX
Media by Warner Bros. Animation


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Hmm, I don't know about this one. This episode was by no means bad, and it did advance the plot... but I can't help but feel that's all it did without any surprises or any real insight. We got to know some new characters, which is fine and necessary since they are obviously going to play a critical role down the line. Yes, that's a good word to describe this episode: necessary.

So Green Beetle turned out to be a villain, I cannot speak for anybody else but I saw that coming the moment he first appeared. I kind of wonder why they bothered to even keep it a secret from the audience. Blue Beetle now being under the control of the Reach wasn't a surprise, just a confirmation of what Green did to him last week. In an attempt to escape destiny, Blue created a self fulfilling prophesy. Of course, this pretty much means Blue is a mole on the Team, which is cool... no need to create another mystery about that after last season's.

Lex Luthor recruited the runaways to become agents of the Light, as he said he would do two weeks ago. No surprise there, although watching him play everybody was entertaining as always. Speaking of the runaways, they are intriguing characters, and I do like the new take on Ty's powers being a massive astral projection instead of physical growth.

Red Volcano's return annoyed me. He was pretty definitely destroyed in the first season. I know he's a robot, he can be rebuilt, but I guess I'm curious as to how, and why he is now an agent of the Light. Well, I guess they reprogrammed him, and I realize I am answering a lot of my own questions, but this aspect of the episode was unsatisfying.

I know it sounds like I was down on this episode, but I'm not. I liked it, I just thought it was the weakest episode of the season thus far. But this is a serialized show, and I know payoff is coming.

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