LSH ep.8: “Lightning Storm”
Really enjoyed this episode (sorry for the blurry cap). From the title, I guessed that this would be Lightning Lad specific, possibly with his origin story, but I had no idea we were going to get the return of his brother Mekt and the early stages of a Legion of Super-Villains team! They’re called the Light Speed Vanguard. LSV. Get it? Tyr, Hunter, Esper, Ron Karr (with Chameleon King powers), and Wave - and shame on me for not recognizing her. I considered her a Spider-Girl stand-in, figuring they couldn’t use the codename “Spider-Girl”. But I totally forgot that Spider-Girl became Wave, blue hair and all, during the latter half of the Five Years Later Legion run. Tsk tsk, Rios. So of course she’s still Spider-Girl. Mad love to the writers on that one. And the two teams were matched up nicely: Superboy with Tyr (strength), Saturn Girl with Esper (mind), Timber Wolf with Hunter (ferocity), Lightning Lad with Mekt of course, and the team-up of Bouncing Boy and Triplicate Girl with Ron Karr and Wave (shape changing). Gotta love the seed of a relationship building with BB and TG. For all the warning that this cartoon is too kiddy, there are some nice plot developments going on here and there. Another subtle touch comes when Esper relives Lightning Lad’s origin with Mekt and his sister (Ayla!) and the Lightning Beasts. She says “Everyone has a past” and has a look on her face. Not sure if it’ll play out later - or even if the whole Legion of Super-Villains angle will come up - but I appreciated the characterization.
Other Legion bits: Colossal Boy! And in his eagle crest costume no less. Mekt actually uses his powers and they are a different color from Garth’s (in the books, Garth has yellow lightning, Mekt has white and Ayla has pink). It’s stated that Lightning Lad helped start the Legion. And the ending, the scene with Saturn Girl talking to Lightning Lad, is another push between the two towards something more than a friendship.
And who can’t love the Legion Tryouts! Or “auditions” as they call them in this ep. As I watched I noticed mostly future Legion of Substitute Heroes: Antennae Lad, Night Girl (beehive and all), Chlorophyll Kid with Infectious Lass (handing her a rose that dies - hilarious), Double Header, Polar Boy, Fire Lad, Porcupine Pete, Color Kid and Stone Boy. Other characters I saw were Invisible Kid II (with the stripe in his hair), Polecat, Quantum Queen (thought she was Calorie Queen at first) and apparently Absorbency Boy makes an appearance but I didn’t recognize him.
And then an added bonus: this episode was the Teen Titans voice actors reunion. With Tara Strong as Esper (she played Raven), Khary Payton as Tyr (he played Cyborg) and I SWEAR that Breath Boy sounded like Greg Cipes (Beast Boy). Even if it’s not, I’m still saying it is. Because that would be awesome.