The second episode of season two of "Young Justice," entitled "Terrors," saw two very pivotal moments in the show's short history unfold. First, we got to see Miss Martian finally get her way when Superboy passionately gives her a kiss after thinking she might have died. Next was the introduction to Hugo Strange, who is one of Batman's classic archenemies from way back.
"Terrors" takes Miss Martian and Superboy undercover as the Terror Twins. After the real Twins are caught, the two junior super heroes disguise themselves and take their place at the prison/sanitarium Belle Reve. It appears that Mr. Freeze, Icicle, Killer Frost, and Captain Cold all have some hidden agenda and want to be imprisoned together to see it to completion. It's up to Miss Martian and Superboy to uncover their scheme.
After several episodes of Miss Martian fawning over Superboy, it looks like the boy Clone of Steel actually does have feelings for her. Killer Frost freezes Miss Martian in a block of ice. Fearing she might be dead, Superboy mentally laments, ""M'gann please, don't leave me." This apparently awakens strength in the frozen super hero and she breaks out. Superboy embraces her and kisses her as she's trying to explain to him that it's cold where she comes from and she's fine.
This marks the first time that Miss Martian and Superboy have ever had a relationship in the DC Universe. In the comic books, the two have never been romantically linked. In fact, she's never even shown any interest in Superboy at all. The same can't be said for Robin (Tim Drake) and Red Devil (Eddie Bloomberg).
Hugo Strange makes his first appearance in "Young Justice" as the psychiatrist of Belle Reve. However, his history in the world of DC Comics goes back much farther than this. Strange first appeared in issue #36 of Detective Comics in 1940. He was one of Batman's first recurring foes, showing up in the comics even before the Joker or Catwoman. Bob Kane and Bill Finger created the character.
In his first appearance in 1940, "Professor" Hugo Strange is a scientist who creates a thick fog every night using a stolen "concentrated lightning" machine. This allows the scientist's gang of bank robbers to strike their targets. Batman foils Strange's plans and imprisons him, although we are left with the sneaky suspicion that we'll be seeing him again soon.
Adrian Pasdar voices Hugo Strange on "Young Justice." The actor is known for his roles on "Heroes" as Nathan Petrelli. He also does voice work for "Marvel Anime: Iron Man" and will be involved in the upcoming "Ultimate Spider-Man" series.
The character of Hugo Strange in "Young Justice" is shown to be a scheming psychiatrist who is working with the group of icy villains that have come together for some unknown purpose. It appears that it has been his goal to take over Belle Reve as part of a bigger plan. Strange reveals that he is in fact working with Project Cadmus' mysterious Board of Directors, who call themselves the Light.
"Terrors" pushes "Young Justice" forward with a good dose of suspense. The episode leaves you wondering how everything ties together and what the Light are ultimately planning. The addition of a new romantic element and Hugo Strange adds more depth and legitimate ties to comic book history that will keep fans coming back.
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