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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 Chang
Animation by Dongwoo Animation Co., LTD.
Review by Andrew
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Cast
Diedrich Bader as Batman
Will Friedle as Blue Beetle
Ioan Gruffudd as Armor
Jason Marsden as Paco
Armin Shimerman as Professor
J.K. Simmons as Guardian
James Arnold Taylor as Guy Gardner

Music
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter
Media


Video Clip



Review
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 installment.

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.

Even though 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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