After two week of re-airings of a re-packaged premiere episode first seen back in November, Cartoon Network finally debuts the first original half-hour episode of Young Justice, their latest offering featuring Robin, Kid Flash and the rest of the teenage superheroes-in-training. In the role of this week’s villain, Mister Twister is former Days of Our Lives star, John de Lancie, but more about him after some spoilers.
When Welcome to Happy Harbor debuts later today at 7/6c, the newly-formed team settles into their new operation base, the not-so-secretive Mount Justice. Still adjusting to the fact that the Justice League is ok with them handling situations on their own, they are full of self-doubt, about each other and as a team.
Miss Martian, being the sole female member of Young Justice isn’t feeling very welcomed either. Robin coerces her into showing off her ability to morph, but because of certain female attributes she just can’t hide, the boys tease her. Speedy is still reluctant to join the group, despite their efforts to bail him out of a sticky situation. Robin and the rest continue to question the validity of their newly sanctioned partnership, where the Justice League is concerned.
Adding insult to injury, it seems Justice League A-listers are too busy to mentor the younger set, so they put Red Tornado at the helm of the youngsters. While Red Tornado may not be as well-known as Superman or Batman, to the occasional viewer, he’s been a part of DC comics since the 1960s, first appearing in Justice League of America #64, back in 1968. In more recent years, loyal Cartoon Network viewers might remember him from appearances on Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Justice League Unlimited. Voicing Red Tornado is Jeff Bennett, who’s voiced everyone from Johnny Bravo to The Joker and Captain Marvel on the aforementioned Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Back to this week’s episode: Thinking it’s just Red Tornado in disguise, the Young Justice team gets a little lax when confronted by the villainous Mister Twister. Giving voice to Young Justice villain Mister Twister is none other than daytime TV and sci-fi favorite, John de Lancie. Being a fan of both genres, I remember de Lancie first for his 1982-1986 hilarious turn as the brilliant but quirky Eugene Bradford on NBC‘s long-running soap opera, Days of Our Lives.
Of course, in sci-fi circles, de Lancie is best know for having played Q on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He recreated the role of Q on numerous occasions, including appearances on Deep Space Nine, Voyager and even a Star Trek-themed Q-centric video game, Star Trek: The Game Show. He also appeared in other sci-fi fare, including Stargate SG-1, where he played Colonel Frank Simmons. No stranger to animation, in 1993, he lent his voice to a single episode of Batman, then in 1996 he joined the animated cast of The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, as Dr. Benton Quest.
No word on whether Mister Twister will return for additional episodes, but as a fan of John de Lancie, one can only hope.
Young Justice Episode 3, Welcome to Happy Harbor airs Friday, January 21 at 7/6c on Cartoon Network. For more on the show, CLICK HERE.
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