- Recap: The episode begins right off the bat, with M'gann, Conner, Beast Boy and an alien woman in a jetpack fleeing through a Rannian jungle by some aggressive alien robots... which appear to have gained access to the Star Wars sound effects department, if my ears aren't deceiving me. Conner is blasted out of the air once, closely followed by the Rannian woman, and just before the credits roll, Conner tries to shield her body as one of the spider-robots charges its weapon to blast them...
Which it does, resulting in Conner and the woman being thrown down a hill and off a cliff, with Superboy hanging on by one hand. He grumbles about this wasn't how the mission was supposed to go... Which leads to a flashback.
The Zeta Team arrive on Rann for the first time, and Beast Boy has a moment or two when he's just amazed about how he's on an alien planet. Then he realises who he's with, and says Miss Martian must feel like this all the time. This leads to a nice moment when she tousles his hair and admits that she might of does. Adam Strange's contacts on the planet show up, the scientist Sardath and his daughter Alanna, and M'gann and Superboy immediately cotton onto the fact that Alanna and Adam might have a thing going on.
After some basic introductions, Adam admits that this is usually the point where they have to start playing charades, but M'gann just links them all telepathically, so that everyone hears what the other is saying in their respective languages. So the Rannians hear the humans in Rannians, while the humans hear the aliens in English. Alanna says that this will make communication much easier, and makes eyes at Adam. They head inside Sardath's lab, as Earthlings aren't welcome in Rann's section of space and interplanetary travel is heavily controlled by the government, making the combination of both somewhat awkward to explain.
Inside the Lab, Sardath and Alanna explain the reason why people from Earth aren't welcome here is due to an incident on the planet Rimvarr involving a group of outlaws known as the Justice League. The scientist then says that he hopes that his new friends aren't affiliated with this group of criminals. M'gann gives him the mathematician's answer of "We are not members of the League".
Sardath explains how the League members where identified by the aliens that were invading Earth in last week's episode, who also kept the interplanerary watchlist updated for all the new members, including Zatanna and Rocket. He then said that he's now working on a Zeta shield, which he intends to use to keep people from teleporting themselves to Earth from Rann whilst trapping those hiding there on the planet, only allowing travel to those with the correct clearance. Alanna then says that she'll guide the Earthlings to the aliens' Zeta platform, causing Conner to get irritated regarding the fact that he's actually half-Kryptonian while Miss Martian is, well, Martian. Sardath justifies this Earth is where they came to Rann from, at which point Conner just gives up.
Alanna and the people of Earth-origin go to a train station to begin their journey, all in Rannian disguises. Adam's actually looks sort of like his superhero outfit, which he has yet to actually get. Science policemen board the train, making Adam believe that he's got to cause a distraction to keep them from arresting his troupe. Alanna tells him that she should do it, but he reminds her that she's their jungle tracker and that he can just loose them and make it back to her dad's compound, where she can help him with the zeta shield. They hold hands, causing another awkward moment between Conner and M'gann, and Adam leaps into action... by yelling 'the Jabberwocky' at the science police at the top of his lungs. He then confuses the heck out of them for a few minutes, and then runs away laughing causing the baffled policemen to chase after him. Alanna questions Superboy and Miss Martian about what the hell Adam was just yambering about, and all M'gann can manage is "Well, his last name IS Strange..."
As they approach the co-ordinates of the alien teleporter, Beastie Boy decides that now is the correct time to start teasing M'gann and Conner about their past relationship, which neither appears to be that comfortable in discussing. They jump or fly off of the train, and begin their jungle trek, Alanna using a tracking device to locate the aliens. Garfield almost gest himself killed trying to grab something for the souvenir room, but Alanna tells that him not to touch anything pretty here, as it'd probably kill him. The team eventually find the aliens' teleportation platform, which is hidden within a giantic building whose size impresses even Alanna. She seems amazed that even this far out in the jungle that something that big could be built without the Science Council's permission.
- Review: Overall, a solid episode, not really anything super spectacular, but contains a lot of nice moments, such as the Alanna/Adam stuff and the interaction between Gar and M'Gann. It certainly gave me enough information regarding what happened during the five years since the last season to be intrigued as to what else happened.
For example, what happened between Conner and M'Gann that made him feel he had no choice but to dump her? Considering Gar's mum died as a result of the Light's Plan B, what else might have happened too? Is Plan B why we haven't seen Artemis or Wally in the series yet?
I have to say that I do like the new, more mature personalities of M'gann and Conner, though I am curious as to how they got the way that they are. Maybe it's the result of M'gann kind of adopting Gar, forcing her to be more like an adult than someone pretending to be a tv version of a teenage girl?
On the whole, I thought that this episode, despite having good bits in, really operated in a way that made expanding the universe in-story more interesting than the mission Conner and Co. were up to, if that makes sense. Alanna getting more screentime than Adam was interesting, though not something I'm complaining about, as she was interesting and cool in her own right.