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Green Lantern Episode 1.22 'Love is a Battlefield' Review

Aya attacks Zamaron, believing Star Sapphires cause the universe too much harm and suffering.

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I can't believe this show isn't being renewed. Are the executives over at Cartoon Network even watching these recent episodes? It's insanely impressive how good the show has become and 'Love is a Battlefield' continues the animated show's hot streak.

Aya, now possessing the Anti-Monitor's powers, heads to Zamaron and blames the Star Sapphires for her own heartbreak. Wanting to prove her own belief that love brings nothing but pain, Aya sets up a deathmatch between Love and Hate's champions -- Carol Ferris and Atrocitus.

While the last episode was filler -- amazingly fun and hilarious filler -- this episode switches back into a very serious tone and tackles the complex topic of love. The script won't give you any epiphanies about the powerful emotion but it's still addressed in an engrossing manner and I find myself fully invested in each character. I was initially concerned where they'd go with the Razer / Aya relationship and I'm beyond pleased with how everything is turning out. I feared something super cheesy but this direction has blown me away with each episode -- it's a shockingly powerful tale.

CN cancelling this show is illogical.

The action in this one is a blast. The initial battle between the Manhunters and Star Sapphires is energetic and well executed, especially when their leader jumps into the fray and slices apart a few bots. Shortly later, this is topped with the Atrocitus melee. The impacts are fierce and it spirals into a brutal slugfest that'll keep your jaw on the floor.

Even if you're not a fan of the animation for characters, there's no denying the space sequences look fantastic. The Interceptor maneuvering near the surface of a star was a vibrant and gorgeous sequence. The previously mentioned action sequences look solid as well, especially when the interior of Manhunter's are exposed or a Lantern is sent violently crashing into a surface.

Simply put, I love where the second half of this season is going and it's being handled in such a brilliant manner. The brief Razer / Aya encounter makes it clear she isn't entirely devoid of emotion and I can't wait to see how this develops. It's just a shame we know this amazing program now has an expiration date.

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Posted by lilben42

@sethysquare: @BlueLantern1995: @BlueLantern1995: @CadenceV2: We all need to buy the DVDs of green Lantern and Young Justice.

Posted by Pokergeist

I am definitely buying the YJ Seasons.

Posted by sethysquare

@lilben42 said:

@sethysquare: @BlueLantern1995: @BlueLantern1995: @CadenceV2: We all need to buy the DVDs of green Lantern and Young Justice.

no use though, they already cancelled the show. I'll still buy green lantern though cos its that good.

Edited by lilben42

@sethysquare: Actually I don't think its been officially anounced and they can still bring it back after they cancel it.

Posted by sethysquare

@lilben42 said:

@sethysquare: Actually I don't think its been officially anounced and they can still bring it back after they cancel it.

really? I thought they already officially announced they're not picking up gltas for a second season?

Posted by comicace3

WHHY!

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Posted by lilben42

@sethysquare: I don't think so, it got leaked apparently.

Posted by Perfect 10

i did like it except: WHY did carol have to so weak? not saying she had to defeat atrocitus by herself but just running from him in a panic is so lame and not a good/true depiction of the character. after she went "think carol think" she should have come up with some constructs to constraint and attack atrocitus with. once that didnt work THEN call for hal. carol has wielded the star sapphire ring before with great skill in this episode it was the old "oh save superman" lois lane crap. its 2013 not 1913

Posted by k4tzm4n
@lilben42 said:

@sethysquare: I don't think so, it got leaked apparently.

 Giancarlo Volpe has confirmed the show won't be renewed on CN.
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Posted by lilben42

@k4tzm4n: Who's that? Won't be renewed yet.

Posted by TeamUnitedNerds

@Perfect 10: I agree. Mischaracterization is the worst part of the show.

Edited by Raw_Material

Overall, I liked this episode as it elaborates on the strength LOVE is capable of possessing. Really enjoyed the fight between Aya's Manhunters and Queen Aga'po in the very beginning of the show as well as the battle that Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris fought against Atrocitus in the "deathmatch" between love and hate. There's also a great moral that comes with this story line which you'll have to answer yourself. Make sure you watch this episode!

Posted by k4tzm4n
@lilben42 said:

@k4tzm4n: Who's that? Won't be renewed yet.

He's one of the 3 that developed the show.
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Posted by lilben42

@k4tzm4n: oh okay, well they can stil bring it back.