I miss Symbionic Titan. I would trade Young Justice for Symbionic Titan in a heartbeat. (I think when I saw the first episode of YJ after I knew SBT was getting cancelled, I referred to YJ as over-hyped trite schlock… my bad?)
But this episode - E19, “A Steel Foe” - has the best first half of any animated series I’ve ever seen, and as an ATLA/FMAB/Timmverse fan, I will stand by that statement. It has absolutely beautiful background art and a very strong sense of pacing and atmospherics. Every shot is an art shot, but it doesn’t detract from the story. The first 10 minutes or so are Lance and Ilana on the run, hitch-hiking across the country from seedy motel to seedy motel, trying to find a way to fix Octus. The episode took its time in establishing that these two characters are grasping at hope that’s really more like smoke at this point, and they’re getting more and more desperate. It’s also nice that despite their despair, the characters actually grow closer together because of it - they argue with each other and then laugh with each other. They sleep on each other’s shoulders. Ilana makes sure Lance gets fed. They are comfortable with each other not because they’re forced to be (Ilana being the only person Lance has left, and vice versa) but because by this point in the series, it’s natural for them.
God bless your soul, Genndy Tartakovsky, you brilliant genius animation god of a man you
and Cartoon Network’s marketing division can go [CENSORED].
Edit: LANCE’S FACE IN THE 5TH ONE LANCE YOUR FACE PUPPY
I am that serious! Who needs a healthcare providing nurse when you can have a high tech bio-cybernetic robot from Planet Galaluna who can shapeshift to any human, form titan with two other humans, display emotion and is BULLETPROOF!!
Tracks: 1. “Shock Me Into Love” by Lenka | 2. “Primadonna” by Marina and the Diamonds | 3. “Starry Eyed” by Ellie Goulding | 4. “Electric Twist” by A Fine Frenzy | 5. “Something Good Can Work” by Two Door Cinema Club | 6. “Parachute” by Ingrid Michaelson | 7. “Shock To Your System” by Tegan and Sara | 8. “Radioactive” by Marina and the Diamonds | 9. “When We Were Lovers” by Studio Killers | 10. “Saviour” by Lights