I'm just going to freewrite this:
Why does Kaldur alone get credit for foiling the Reach? The plan was his and Nightwing's, right? Isn't Nightwing responsible for the success as well?
Nightwing's had it rough this season. He's had to lie to his friends. Wally had the nerve to question his judgment. Meanwhile, the plan works out, but does Nightwing get a "I'm sorry for doubting you"? No.
Let's be fair: The Team overreacted when they found out about Kaldur's mole investigation in Season One. But they apologized to him. No one, not even Wally congratulated Dick.
Kaldur was a good leader. Let's not challenge that point. But what made Kaldur's leadership so special was his partnership with Dick. Dick was the one who vouched for Kaldur as leader. When Kaldur "died" in action, Dick stepped up to lead without hesitation. Kaldur wanted to leave the team afterwards for his "poor" leadership, and Dick still vouched for him. When Batman called a meeting to discuss the mole, Dick and Kaldur were side by side. The two of them complimented each other so well: Kaldur sticking by his team regardless of the intel, Dick logically reading the situation but standing by his mate. Those two were partners. All the credit going to Kaldur feels short-sighted.
It's easy to see why Kaldur considering leading to be a burden. Leading the Team forced him to make hard decisions that were sometimes unpopular. Worst comes worst, the Team could've died on his watch. Nightwing was afraid of all this and ending up like Batman. His worst fears almost came true, but it's hardly acknowledged by his Team. Kaldur was the only person to commend him.
It's funny: Nightwing started out Season 2 as leader. He didn't want to be leader, but he played along for the greater good. Jason's death probably spurred him on here. Season 2 ends with Dick having to deal with another loss and little credit for a job well done.
Thoughts? Does anyone still think Nightwing was a poor leader? Was the scope of the show too big for a Saturday morning cartoon?