“Volatile” is the third episode of Young Justice season 4 and it’s a great one. The team must deal with a new threat, while dealing with their own personal issues.
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“Volatile” is the third episode of Young Justice’s fourth season.
“I’ve let Conner down, just as I’ve let you down, Brion.”
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The first scene of “Volatile” is a flashback to Gar’s time as the leader of the Outsiders on Earth. When he awakens, he emphasizes the need of reestablishing communication with Earth. As his anger and headaches worsen, M’gann and Conner urge him to assist them with the inquiry. Bioship informs M’gann that she wishes to retire and return to Earth with her offspring Baby. M’gann recounts Priestess Smitt the tale of her connection with Bioship, and Em’ree glares. M’gann understands that the Priestess is Prince J’emm’s previous fiancée, and S’yraa explains that the relationship didn’t work out since she is a green Martian. Gar attempts to rescue Conner from a Brion hallucination by racing to the surface, but M’att believes Conner won’t be able to live. Em’ree and M’gann squabble, shattering the wedding canopy they’d just built. They face Em’ree’s rejection of anything related to her A’ashenn siblings, which is the root of their animosity. Gar’s psyche is healed by Saturn Girl after psychic blasts he received while posing as M’gann. Conner is saved by M’att and the other Martian men just before he runs out of air. J’ann embraces M’gann’s actual form as a Martian-Earth hybrid. M’gann admits that she wasn’t the one who cured Gar, but they didn’t damage him in any way. Saturn Girl is chastised by Chameleon Boy for meddling.
“Volatile” is an apt term for a tense event with interpersonal strife. Garfield’s mental issues remind me of Wrecker’s troubles in The Bad Batch. While the program stretched out the storyline for much of the season despite the apparent reason, I was shocked at how fast Young Justice tied it up. I appreciate how, after healing Gar from the brain blasts, Saturn Girl (as M’gann) informed him that treating his injuries wouldn’t help him deal with his psychological and mental problems. It would be foolish and unreasonable (roughly speaking) to expect this kind of assistance to transform him back into the joyful child he once was. It’s also understandable that Garfield holds himself responsible (even if incorrectly) for what happened to Brion in season 3. He is afraid that something similar may happen to Conner, or that Brion would seek retribution on him. It’s revealing how he attempts to retain control even when it’s impossible or the problem isn’t his fault. He compares what happened to Brion to losing his mother, which is a feeling shared by not-M’gann. Young Justice deftly combines levity and fun with real-world problems, even if they are presented in a fantasy setting.
However, I must confess that this season’s focus on Martian racism is a bit too obvious for my tastes. When M’att and Conner talk about Martian Manhunter’s tolerance, Conner even mentions that humans aren’t renowned for it. I agree with the spirit and goal here, and I’m not sure how it could have been done any better. It simply seems to walk the fine line between intellectual metaphor and preachiness. I’m prepared to wait and see how this plays out since I’ve never had a big problem with this in Young Justice before. The conversation has been a bit clumsy and artificial on this topic. Initially, I wondered whether Prince J’emm was somehow engaged in the Martian problems and was just using his father’s assassination as a convenient diversion. While this isn’t completely out of the question, I’m beginning to doubt it. He seemed sincere in his concern for Conner’s well-being. Of any case, the focus in “Volatile” is on his failed relationship with S’yraa. This gave me a better understanding of racism, how it impacts people, and how it eventually harms society. S’yraa entered the priesthood due to cultural conventions and expectations, while J’emm lacks a spouse, which he will undoubtedly need when he ascends to the throne.
In “Volatile,” the animation is amazing. Both in terms of design and movement, the characters are fantastic. The Martian environment has been a standout thus far this season, offering a stark contrast to what Young Justice has previously provided. The musical soundtrack for the episode is modest yet powerful. Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion, and Kristopher Carter composed the music for the performance. As a result, it’s tough to tell who deserves credit for what, but it’s all wonderful. The voice acting, which is nearly always great, is one element of Young Justice that I forgot to mention in the premiere. The chemistry between Nolan North’s Superboy and Danica McKellar’s Miss Martian is fantastic, which is particularly essential this season considering their characters’ situations. Beast Boy, a role he previously portrayed on Teen Titans, is played by Greg Cipes, who is amazing. Regardless matter the position she performs, Hynden Walch will always remind me of Starfire. She is, however, excellent as M’gann’s sister Em’ree, and she was given a lot of material to work with in “Volatile.”
The way “Volatile” digs into M’gann’s family and all of their turmoil is one of my favorite aspects of the book. This, like her relationship with Conner, may (and generally does) become corny, but the Young Justice team manages to find the perfect balance. M’comm’s remark to M’gann and her own issues with Em’ree strike me as a nice analogy. This is a fair assessment of sibling relationships, especially given the less-than-ideal circumstances in which they grew up. While Em’ree resents M’gann’s decision to leave Mars, she has effectively abandoned and separated herself from her family. She seems as if she doesn’t want anything to do with her, her parents, or anybody else in the family, so I’m amazed she wants to assist with M’gann’s wedding. M’gann instantly jumps into “I’m not racist” defense mode when she challenges her sister’s name change rather than explaining herself. I don’t believe Em’ree is a bad person, and she claims to have been a child when M’gann and M’comm were in danger. She, on the other hand, does nothing to assist her cause. It’s understandable that M’gann first assumed her sister was embarrassed of her and the rest of the A’ashenn family.
The dark entities from “Inhospitable” and “Needful” are revealed to be agents of good in “Volatile,” attempting to protect rather than harm the protagonists. I’m not familiar with these people, but I’m interested to see where this tale goes. The episode “Volatile” is excellent. Overall, I think it’s the greatest episode of the season thus far, but I’m hoping they don’t go too heavy on the social media message.
Plot – 8
Acting (10 points)
8 – Progression
10 Production Design
6 – Subtlety
The episode “Volatile” is excellent. Overall, I think it’s the greatest episode of the season thus far, but I’m hoping they don’t go too heavy on the social media message.
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