REVIEW: Young Justice – Season 4: Phantoms Episode 25, “Over and Out”

This episode has a lot of emotional moments and the final arc, “Reunion” was one that had me in tears. The series finale is definitely worth rewatching!

“Young Justice” is an American animated television series created by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman. The show follows the lives of a team of teenage superheroes, led by Robin, who are based in a fictional city called “Gotham City.”.
The episode “Over and Out” was released on December 4th, 2018.

Young Justice – Season 4: Phantoms Episode 25, “Over and Out” REVIEW: Young Justice – Season 4: Phantoms Episode 25, “Over and Out”

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***SPOILERS***

Lor-Zod introduces himself to his parents in “Over and Out,” which takes up where “Zenith and Abyss” left off. Green Lantern Forager breaks through the Kaizer-Thrall’s ray just enough to attack the Zods and M’comm, but they push her back. Zod sent one of his men back into the Zone to round up the rest of the survivors before returning to Earth with Ursa, Lor, and Conner. As M’comm reopens the gate to the Zone, they arrive at the Fortress of Solitude and claim it as their own. Lor confronts Conner, but Dru tells him to back off and tells him how he got Conner’s allegiance by turning him. M’gann explains on Trombus that Conner has reverted to his Cadmus programming. As the heroes in the Zone strive to keep the captives within, they board the Bioship and go to Earth. Dick runs out of the portal to halt the Zods, but Lor attacks him with the statues of Lara and Jor-El. The Emerald Empress, a super-powered person from the 31st century, is selected by the Eye of Ekron. Lor meets Aquaman, Rocket, Zatanna, and Artemis in the Boom Tube. Except for Rocket, the Tube collapses, Lor returns to the Fortress, and the heroes flee. Ursa strikes as the Eye detects the approaching Bioship, breaking it in two and flinging the heroes to the ground. The Zods use Kryptonite to put Superman to his knees, and Lor begs his father to murder Conner once again. Dru, on the other hand, instructs Conner to murder Superman in front of the whole world. 

 

In “Over and Out,” a lot occurs. I wish the creative team could slow down and let the viewer take it all in on episodes like these. I know it’s ludicrous to say that about a 26-episode season full of character-driven plot arcs, but here we are. Every frame of this program seems to be jam-packed with crucial information. To some extent, I appreciate that about Young Justice, but I find myself interrupting the program often to ensure I’m catching everything. Phantoms even includes end-credits material that has an influence on future episodes! This plot could have easily spanned two seasons of Young Justice, but I have my theories as to why that isn’t the case. Historically, Warner Bros., HBO, or whomever is in control has been sluggish to renew this program; in fact, it was formally canceled after season 2 in 2012 and resurrected in 2019. In an ideal world, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti would make all of these choices, and Phantoms would have lasted two seasons. Instead of appearing in M’gann and Conner’s storyline, Garfield might have had his own devoted narrative arc, and then become a background character that appears intermittently throughout the season. Dick, too, might have been a bigger star in his journey. I don’t feel like we’re learning anything about him or getting to know him as an adult since there’s so much going on here. How do Boom Tubes and a brainwashed Conner link to Nightwing’s own problems? At the very least, Rocket’s experiences on New Genesis were intended to parallel her issues with her special needs kid; how do Boom Tubes and a brainwashed Conner connect to Nightwing’s own problems? 

Young Justice Over and Out

Is Nightwing no longer alive? Lor says this after seeing he doesn’t have a pulse, much to his suddenly super-powered parents’ pleasure. I can’t believe they killed off the hero of this arc so close to the end. It took me a while to comprehend what had occurred since the combat was so rapid; it makes sense, given that Nightwing is a typical human up against Kryptonians – of course, he has no chance. This is also one of the few shows that kills off enough people to keep the stakes high; no one wants to see Nightwing depart. What about Raquel, for example? She doesn’t make it out of the Boom Tube, but we don’t see her body as we do with Dick. Her entire disappearance is more believable than his skull gushing out on the Fortress floor; I expect we’ll see her again. I also doubt the authors would murder her off so soon after her kid had made such development. After the heroes have defeated M’comm and the Zods, I can only presume Orion will get his Mother Box from the Kaizer-Thrall at some time. I’m also curious whether Danny is still inside. When M’çomm zapped the Kaizer-Thrall, it was never specified whether he was “dead.” General Zod’s initial interest in allying with Superman rather than battling him is intriguing; it makes sense in context, but it’s not what I was expecting. Because of all the information of the House of Zod and how the House of El pulled it down, I was persuaded that when the Zods arrived on Earth, there would be an all-out battle. I’m interested to see how they’ll close up Conner’s tale next week while still giving Dick’s story arc a suitable conclusion. Conner’s mind and body may just be starting to mend with M’gann’s guidance by the conclusion of the season; in fact, I anticipate that to be the case. 

Young Justice Over and Out

Overall, “Over and Out” is a solid Young Justice installment. The stakes and tension are at an all-time high, with the Zods effectively winning, Superboy on the verge of murdering his brother, and Nightwing assumed dead in the Fortress of Solitude. I wish “Over and Out” had touched on the tale in Markovia, and I’d want to know more about Garfield’s situation. Such are the restrictions of creating a program whose plot strands can’t be carried over to the following season. But the action and language are terrific, the performers deliver as always, and I’m looking forward to next week’s climax. 

Plot – 5
Acting – 8 points
5 – Progression
10 Production Design
Taking Action – 10

7.6

Good

Overall, “Over and Out” is a solid Young Justice installment. The stakes and tension are at an all-time high, with the Zods effectively winning, Superboy on the verge of murdering his brother, and Nightwing assumed dead in the Fortress of Solitude. I wish “Over and Out” had touched on the tale in Markovia, and I’d want to know more about Garfield’s situation. For example, the constraints of producing a show where plot strands cannot be carried over to the following season. But the action and language are terrific, the performers deliver as always, and I’m looking forward to next week’s climax. 

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