Revenge of the Reach!
Original Airdate - January 1st, 2010
Blue Beetle is finally ready for a mission of
his own and things go smoothly until he tries to
deliver his captured villain to Oa, where he is
attacked by the Green Lanterns! Blue's scarab is
revealed to be linked to an army of evil aliens
known as the Reach--does he have the power to
resist their influence?
Written by J.M. DeMatteis
Directed by Michael
Animation by Dongwoo Animation Co.,
Review by Andrew
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Diedrich Bader as Batman
Will Friedle as Blue
Ioan Gruffudd as Armor
Marsden as Paco
Armin Shimerman as Professor
J.K. Simmons as Guardian
James Arnold Taylor
as Guy Gardner
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis,
Taking a bold new direction with the episodeís teasers,
ďRevenge of the ReachĒ offers the first teaser to end
with a cliff-hanger, and the classic teasing promise of
ďTo Be Continued!Ē It holds a second surprise as well,
as itís not the usual brief superhero romp, but rather,
this focuses around a team called The Challenger of the
Unknown, a classic team of adventurers that are
exploring a mysterious meteorite. Although there isnít
much to the teaser to tell us much about these
characters, it ends on a shocking note with the
introduction of the frightening parasites known as
Starro that will leave you anxiously awaiting the next
The main story of the episode is
more the standard fare, but thatís not to sound
negative. Delving further into the saga of the Blue
Beetle, Jaime Reyes is dramatically introduced to the
origins of his Scarab through the Green Lanterns.
Coincidentally at a time in which the Reach, the Scarab
creators, have decided to attack the Green Lanterns in
vengeance for a war fought long ago.
the Scarabs seem over-powered with their ability to
materialize tentacles of never-ending length, the
episode comes out as the most solid of the season so far
with the further evolution of Jaime Reyes as a hero,
with Batman finally agreeing he is capable of solo
missions. Itís even more worth noting that this is the
best depiction of the Green Lanterns so far as it
actually shows them as skilled and capable fighters,
rather than being defeated in an instance or retreating
at the first sign of trouble.
Once they brought
in the Reachís army, I didnít expect much in the way of
varied appearances with the other Scarab hosts, but
fortunately they went the extra mile to design some very
detailed and exciting looking aliens for this purpose.
All of these elements come together to make what is
truly a highly recommended episode, especially if youíve
been interested in the mythos of Jaime Reyes!
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