The third volume of the Young Justice - Season One DVD series brings us four more episodes of the Junior Justice League cartoon show, offering more of the superhero shenanigans and top-notch animation that has made the television show good fun thus far.
The basic set-up gets no overhaul here: Kid Flash, Aqualad, Superboy, Miss Martian, Artemis, and Robin are heroes in training, and when not sidekicking for their adult counterparts, they work as a team to stop international crime on their own.
Season One, Volume Three's selected episodes are as follows:
* "Bereft": An excellent start to the disc. The teen heroes wake up in a desert with no memories of anything that happened prior to six months ago--particularly troubling for Superboy, who didn't exist six months ago. The kids have to figure out who they are and why they are there while contending with the local army and a super villain who is pulling the strings. It's a strong script, and the adventure is exciting.
Young Justice - Season One, Volume Three has a particularly action-packed quartet of episodes. They are fast-paced, with solid plots and tension-filled fight sequences. The animation and character design is of consistent high quality, with smooth movement and fully realized environments. In terms of pure adventure-based storytelling, all the shows here are winners.
One thing worth noting is that there is a larger underlying plot being layered through the series. Many of the villains the Young Justice team faces are under orders from a bigger criminal organization. We are now about halfway through the season, so I expect this will pay off soon. Though most of the shows stand on their own, this side story adds a continuity that makes investing in the whole thing worth it. It gives the production team license to have the characters grow and change, something usually absent in superhero cartoon shows when I was a kid.
Of course, that also means that this edition ends on a cliffhanger, which can make for a frustrating wait until Season One, Volume Four....
French, Portuguese, and Spanish dubs are also available in stereo, as are Spanish and Portuguese subtitles and English closed captioning. No French subs.
Episodes can be chosen one at a time, or there is also a play-all function.