This is it. Failsafe. The episode that broke us all in the span of twenty-five minutes. The episode that changed everything in the Spitfire ship forever. The episode that mind fucked us all because it was so much more intense than a “someone-is-actually-dreaming” scenario. The episode that showed us that nothing good ever happens in the Arctic in Young Justice. A fan favorite. A glorious roller coaster of feels.
Some people said that, in hindsight they should have known something was up because there was a distinct lack of time-stamp at the beginning of the episode. And while that’s true, what sort of time-stamp could possibly be used for outer space like that? It opens near the moon in outer space, there’s not exactly a sense of time or place out there, they couldn’t have time-stamped it. However, I suppose they could have time-stamped after that. (but I think we all knew something more than meets the eye was going on when the JL members seemingly got vaporized… we just didn’t know WHAT. And it was glorious)
That rather silent ass shot of the alien ship floating into view is so cool. Like, silent, impending doom approaching in the cold dark that is space.
John Stewart! <3
CASUALTIES, WE HAVE THE FIRST CASUALTIES. (man I love how you can see their fucking skeletons as they disintegrate. And I know that sounds really fucking morbid but I’m just appreciating the level of detail and, frankly, the darkness of it. That’s pretty fucked up and I love the stuff YJ was able to get away with.)
I like how J’onn, Atom, Supey, and Marvel were just waiting in the fucking launch bay of Batman’s jet like they’re living missiles or something. “FULL DEFENSES DEPLOY. FIRE ZE MISSILES!”
OH SHIT THERE THEY GO.
Batman’s like “THEY GOT ME? THEY ACTUALLY GOT ME? WHAT THE FUCK I AM BATMAN I DON’T GET GOT.” (also every time I watch this and Batman gets ejected from his vaporized ship, for a split second I always think he’s floating in open space in just a goddamn pilot’s chair instead of an enclosed pod, and I’m like what the fuck Batman you can’t survive that kind of– oh, wait, nope. He’s in a pod.) (like I know he’s Batman but I can’t imagine space being so scared of him that it decides NOT to instantly suffocate him in it’s vacuum, ya know? “Oh shit sorry Batman, sir, didn’t realize it was you, I’ll just make sure you have plenty of air, sir. Pardon me, sir.”)
THERE HE GO.
Oh, wait, they DID show a time-stamp once it gets to Red Tornado and the Team watching on the screens. So that really wasn’t any kind of giveaway, imo; in that regard, things are going pretty normally, tbh.
“But should we fail, the responsibility falls to you.” But, you know, no pressure. We’re just the entire fucking Justice League, full of power houses that are older and stronger than most of you because we have more experience, so if we die you’re actually rather fucked, but hey! Give it the ole’ college try, as they say, okay? (I’m not actually shitting on the Team here, I lava them to bits and they’re capable, I’m just being a little shit. Because as capable as the Team is, that’s STILL the ENTIRE Justice League and holy shit, that’s intense)
DEATH! DESTRUCTION! JUSTICE!
Okay, so when I started watching Young Justice, my knowledge of the Flash fam was next to nothing (that seems so funny in hindsight, because now I love them to bits and learn as much as I can about them). So I had no idea that Iris was married to the Flash, so I didn’t get why everyone thought this scene with Iris and Flash was so sad. But now I KNOW and it’s just heartbreaking to watch! Like, holy shit. Iris had to act like she doesn’t know who he is, and then he gets fucking vaporized and she’s just– UGH KILL ME. THIS EPISODE IS AWFUL BUT IN A GOOD WAY.
“We’re experiencing technical difficulties.” NO, NO YOU’RE EXPERIENCING A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, I’M PRETTY SURE YOUR NEWS WOMAN AND CAMERA GUY JUST GOT REMOVED FROM EXISTENCE, ALONG WITH THE CAMERA. SO LIKE, YOU’RE SO BEYOND “TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES” IT’S NOT EVEN FUNNY, YOUR CAMERA DOESN’T EVEN EXIST ANYMORE.
I like that you can see the wing bones on Hawkgirl and Hawkman.
OH GOD NO, NOT OLLIE AND DINAAAAAAH.
Whelp. Good-bye Justice League.
Nothing out of place here.
“So what are we waiting for, a theme song?” No, we already did that, Conner, get with the times.
Okay when Robin highlights all the aliens on the map, the way all the red splotches look kind of reminds me of Plague Inc. (Robin totally plays Plague Inc. Probably Wally, too. They’re diabolical little shits that destroy the entire world every single time. Ruthlessly, without mercy!)
“Yeah, break it down, build more! Hit those ugly aliens with their own mojo! Ow!” “Martian and Kryptonian in the house.” (Wally stop pretending it actually hurts when Artemis elbows you, you know you just like that she’s touching you/standing close to you, don’t even lie)
“Not that all aliens are automatically ugly.” Nice save, Wally.
I suppose the Arctic is the best place to build a Fortress of Solitude, considering no one in their right mind would come out there willingly unless they’re a fucking climate scientist or something. Or a penguin. (Superman befriends penguins don’t tell me otherwise)
Gotta love the snow stealth outfits! <3
ARTEMIS STOP FLIRTING WITH DISASTER OKAY, I KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING JUST STOP.
You’d think Conner would have heard that, too. Poor Wolf, sacrificed himself for his grumpy daddy. :(
You can tell that the death of Wolf jars them, for sure, but it’s not enough to cause Megan to take control of the scenario and make them forget it’s all real. I think that was kind of an interesting thing there, that when Wolf dies it’s the first time we see them get at least mildly shaken, but they’re able to shrug it off and keep going because, well… yeah.
ARTEMIS NOOOO DON’T BE A HEROOOOOOO.
(I’m so cruel, why do I have this screenshot? Oh yeah, SO I CAN HURT PEOPLE, MWAHAHAHAHAHA– and myself *cries*)
AND NOW ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE.
I remember, there were some people trying to claim that Miss M influenced Wally into being so upset about Artemis dying, and that is the biggest crock of shit. M’gann didn’t make anyone FEEL anything, all she did was make them forget. SHE forgot and they were all connected to her, so they forgot, too. and anyway, by that goddamn logic, don’t you think the rest of the Team would have been screaming and crying and swearing vengeance just as hard as Wally? Because if M’gann was making Wally feel that way, it would be affecting the other’s too. They all care about Artemis and they all mourned her, but M’gann and Wally took it the hardest, because Artemis is M’gann’s fucking earth sister and Wally fucking loves Artemis and doesn’t even realize it, and now she’s fucking GONE. (anyway I’m moving on, you’re wrong, good-bye)
Can we just appreciate Kaldur’s anger and how he just like… pwns the fuck out of that ship like a boss? I always thought those were some pretty sweet moves, especially the icicle spikes. Katara would be proud of your waterbender mastery, Kaldur.
God, Wally’s voice. The way he says that, that’s the kind of like… that kind of uncontrollable emotion, like, you’re feeling something so goddamn deeply that you can’t even keep a lid on it, you can’t sort it out, and it’s just roiling right underneath the surface. Like, Wally just hasn’t even fully processed what the fuck just happened, all he knows is that Artemis was there, and now she’s gone, and there’s something twisting in his stomach and all he can see is red at that moment, because those stupid fucking aliens took her away from him, and he wasn’t even fast enough to try and save her, and why did she have to be so fucking stupid and sacrifice herself like that? “They’re dead! Every single alien, if it’s the last thing I do!” He’s fucking pissed. If he hated those aliens before, it’s nothing compared to raw fucking hatred burning through him after they take Artemis. He only wanted to stop them before, now he wants to make sure every single one of them dies the same way Artemis just did. (intense emotions!Wally is the greatest thing ever. He’s so much more faceted than just being a clown/goofball, and people tend to forget that sometimes, maybe even me)
Then they’re on the Bioship and Wally is still fuming, he’s still hurting, and seeing her empty seat in front of him isn’t helping anything. And there’s probably a god awful ache in his chest where her sarcasm and banter used to be and he feels more empty than he ever thought he could just because she isn’t there, she’s not there and she’s not coming back because he saw her bones in the snow, and why wasn’t he fast enough? And I love the way he just loses it and screams and beats the consoles with his fists; I love that raw explosion of emotion, like, he can’t even speak, all he can do is just scream because everything hurts and nothing’s right anymore and he just wants her back because he needs her there, he needs her elbow digging into his side and he needs her sassy remarks and he needs her not letting him get away with nothing, and he needs that chance back. That chance for something with her that he barely even understands, but he just knows it’s gone now, the chance is lost, and he’ll never get to find out what it was.
Go away, Eiling, you piece of shit. We all know your game.
“We will help you salvage as many of the alien’s cannons as we can.” Uh, what good would that do? I mean, the Bioship was able to integrate it into her systems, but what the fuck is the military going to do with detached cannons? what could they possibly attach them to to use them? Or would they simply try to drive one of the alien ships? (idk)
“They’re really gone…”
And now Wally begins grasping at straws. Just sitting there listening to the convo, and then his scientific brain starts reeling, and his heart starts thumping a little bit because hello, Wally! Teleportation! (nevermind the fact that you saw their bones)
“I knew it, look! It’s giving off Zeta beams! The same stuff that powers our Zeta tubes, t-this thing doesn’t disintegrate, it teleports! Artemis is alive!” He sounds so fucking ridiculously happy, oh my god it hurts me. He’s like, 100% convinced there’s a chance that she’s alive, that she’s waiting somewhere for him them, that they’ll find her and she’ll snark about them taking so long and he’ll run at her and hug her and then make some lame excuse for it after he puts her down. Like, there’s this balloon of happiness and relief expanding in his chest because she’s actually alive somewhere, all they have to do is find her, and oh god he wants to find her, he needs to see her again so that he knows for sure, something solid and tangible.
“Maybe…” “No ‘maybes’, they’re all alive!” He’s grasping at it so hard that he won’t even give Robin the chance to puncture a hole in it. He’s desperate. He needs her to be okay. There’s no other option, because the only other outcome is that she really is gone, and he can’t fucking handle that, he can’t even fucking fathom that idea; she can’t be gone, she’s a spitfire, his spitfire. So he latches onto the idea of Zeta radiation with all of his heart and that’s the only thing that keeps him going for the rest of the episode. And Robin knows it, so that’s why he uses it.
Kaldur and Conner aren’t convinced either. Only Wally and M’gann are optimistic/desperate enough to believe it. Oh god, can I please just hug them both until they can’t breathe? Precious bbys.
“That… didn’t feel like…” Teleportation. T_T
Kid Flash starts to help and Kaldur’s just like NOT TODAY! And shoves him through.
Conner jumping into the Zeta tube instead of just walking seriously reminds me of how in World of Warcraft there’s an inexplicable need to jump INTO the dungeon instance portals rather than just walk straight into them. XD
Good-bye, Kaldur. :(
I love how Happy Harbor bay near Mount Justice is somehow completely untouched by the alien invasion. Wat?
“If we really believe the aliens are teleporting their victims.” “We do!” Oh, Wally, baby…
“Worst case, he’s teleported inside, and we set him free along with Artemis. And uh, Aqualad, and everyone.” God, he’s so concerned about seeing Artemis again that he literally doesn’t even give two shits about anyone else. They’re safe, they’re all safe, but the only one that matters is Artemis.
“HUZZAH!” Damnit, Alfred! XD
THERE GO CONNER.
“It’s alright, we’ll find him with Artemis. I know it.” WALLY STOP MY HEART CAN’T TAKE YOU ANYMORE. YOU’RE LIKE A BROKEN RECORD FOR HER, SHE’S THE ONLY THING THAT’S KEEPING YOU GOING.
“No, my mind is clearer now, the disintegration beam is exactly that. There is no detention facility, no prisoners to rescue. Our mission holds no purpose.” “No! You’re wrong! The Zeta radiation proves she’s alive, she’s–!” “Stop it, KF! I’ve been scanning for League and Team signals since we got inside. They’re not here. Artemis is gone.”
Wally is so fucking desperate and you can hear it in his voice. I feel like maybe a small, logical part of his mind, somewhere deep in the back, he knew that the beams weren’t teleporters. But he was so goddamn desperate for her to be okay that he latched onto it anyway and made himself believe it as hard as he could, told himself that he would see her again if he just kept trucking through. Robin knew that was the only thing keeping Wally going, too, without being wreckless or useless, and so he used that to his advantage. It’s part of the many things that make him say “I don’t want to be the Batman, anymore.” in Disordered. He hated fueling Wally’s false hope, but he had to.
And then I think maybe Wally goes back to anger. But it’s a defeated kind of anger, like, he can’t fucking take this shit anymore. She’s gone, but maybe she wasn’t, but now she really is. His emotions have been yanked all over the place and beaten to a pulp and now all he wants to do is blow this ship up and everything inside of it. He swore before that he would destroy every single alien, and now that’s what he intends to do. It won’t bring her back, nothing will, but maybe he can get some kind of revenge for her.
“You knew. You knew from the beginning why we were really here.”
^ That is the face of a boy that has been defeated. Istg. Wow. Okay. Fuck you, Failsafe.
“16 seconds and counting.” It’s always 16 seconds. 16 seconds and counting, 16 seconds til ceasing… ffs! XD I think I hate the number 16 because of Young Justice.
“We’ll follow as soon as we blow those doors.” Right. Wally and Dick never had any intentions of leaving that ship. Goddamn that tears me up. Holy shit NO. WHY. STOP SACRIFICING YOURSELVES OH MY GOD THESE POOR CHILDREN, NO FUCKING WONDER THEY NEED LIKE TWO FUCKING WEEKS AND PROBABLY MORE OF THERAPY!
And they’re not even scared about it. They just look at each other and nod. Because there’s literally nothing fucking left for either of them. This is their last fight, they’ve done all they can do.
And Wally literally thought, as he died in that fiery explosion, that he the last thing he ever did was destroy every single alien. He went out thinking he had blown their entire fucking armada up with Dick. And that probably gave both of them some kind of piece right before they went, too. (my shipper heart is telling me his last thought was of Artemis, too, considering how much he mentions her throughout this episode)
GODDAMN THESE ENEMY RESPAWN RATES, WE JUST KILLED THE RAID BOSS AND IT INSTA-RESPAWNED BEFORE WE COULD EVEN LOOT IT. (I’m sorry, I’m sorry I had to)
Goddamn, that part where J’onn STABS M’gann is like the most intense shit. Actually, this whole fucking episode is hardcore as shit, but like, he STABS her! Like, you see him use his fist but if you look at her back you can see it come to a FUCKING POINT, LIKE, HE MORPHED HIS HAND INTO A POINT AS HE WAS PUNCHING HER, SO THAT HE ACTUALLY WINDED UP STABBING HER. HOLY SHIT.
ME TOO, MEGAN, ME TOO.
That huge gasp of air as if she’s coming up from the water, or, you know, WAKING FROM A GODDAMN NIGHTMARE SIMULATION OR SOMETHING.
“Exercise?” God… jesus FUCK, they’re all so confused.
“But all that changed, when Artemis died.”
WALLY. BBY. Oh god. CAN I PLEASE GET OFF THIS ROLLER COASTER.
BUT CONSIDER a Young Justice crossover but after the series ended. After Wally disappeared it’s just like Artemis was in Paris for a week or something for a surveillance mission with M’gann and Conner (Kon what language can’t you speak like seriously). And so they’re doing a recon mission when an Akuma attacks at night and they don’t really know what’s going on, think it’s magic related or something.
Then LADYBUG and CHAT NOIR come in and then they’re seriously like what the damn hell is going on and the Parisian heroes think they’re villains. After a mini fight ensues they leave after M’gann summons the bioship and the next day Artemis and M’gann are visiting the Eiffel Tower and bump into Marinette, have a little conversation and plan on visiting the bakery because “Artemis, FRENCH pasteries! It’s been so long since I’ve baked something too and I’ve never made these c’mon it’ll be fun!”. And Conner is going around, somewhere I guess, maybe he’s trying to find a lead on kids they bumped into yesterday or he’s in the park brooding idk.
And that night they go out again hoping to come across the heroes and find out more about these villains. Is magic involved? Are they a major threat? Sent by Vandal or the remains of the light? KLARION FOR GODSAKE?! And they eventually come across them again, explain their biz and Tigress is just looking at Chat Noir kinda angrily and sad at the same time or whatever because he reminds her of Wally who’s gone. And M’gann is comforting her through the mind link.
And if Conner and Adrien met he’d just be like a big brother type guy because he knows what it’ll like to feel like you’ll never live up to the expectations of your father figure and/or (If he IS HM) coping with the fact you’re related to the enemy. And if Artemis is hanging out by the school at their lunch time and witnesses Chloe and Adrien and everyone, she it reminds her a lot of Gotham Academy. Like Chloe is like all the mean girls combined, Adrien is like Dick in his later years after she found out he was Robin, Alya supports her like Bette did and Babs always had Dick’s back whether she was Batgirl at the time or not. And the kids just kinda see her, maybe someone recognizes her or she name drops Dick, but there’s just a scream like “YOU KNOW DICK GRAYSON?!”
And she’s like “Yeah, we went to GA together” and Chloe just kinda scoffs her cause she’s a scholarship and she’s like “WELL this girl got into Stanford while Dick went to police academy, life’s strange ain’t it?”. Mari kinda asks her about it later “My dad and sister are criminals, my mom went to prison for taking the fall for my dad, I was mistrusted by some of my friends for with holding secrets I thought would ruin our bond, and had people who made fun of me for my background. I’m a tough girl but I’m glad I had friends to have my back in times of need, have a second family” and Adrien overhears and is like “yeah my friends are my family”.
Bonus: There’s a blue streak running around Paris. (SPEEDFORCE ENERGY CHRYSALIS AINT GOT SHIT)