Artemis and Green Arrow kick into high gear when they spot Black Spider attempting to kill a reporter. Amongst the many arrows whizzing pass Spider’s head, he manages to take down The Emerald Archer leaving the young heroine to battle the perpetrator. After some quick strategizing, the villain goes down quickly leaving Green Arrow impressed with Artemis’s work.
While discussing her alternate life with her mother, Artemis discovers that her skills weren’t the only reason she was inducted to the team. Her mother, formally known as the criminal Huntress, was visited by Batman & Green Arrow to alert her that her child had taken up vigilantism. At first she thought Artemis was going down the dark path like herself and her other daughter Jade (otherwise known as Cheshire). So, she begged the heroes to keep an eye out for her and make sure she swayed to a life of good. What her mother thought was an innocent request, actually made Artemis feel inadequate. She’s convinced herself that her inclusion on the team was for pity’s sake as opposed to her prowess. Artemis took it upon herself to prove that she’s deserving of being on the team.
This episode really delved into the mind of the young archer, and more importantly, the weight of the secret of her family she’s been keeping from the team.
Not only is her mother and sister criminals but her father (we learn in this episode) is Sportsmaster! She’s been so driven to prove herself to everybody because she’s ashamed of the path the rest of her family has taken. The problem is that her stubbornness takes precedence over proper judgment and jeopardizes this episode’s mission. Her focus waned as she battled against her father & sister while emotionally battling her teammates bringing a conflict of interest to her psyche. With all the chaos of emotion going on, it cost the team the mission allowing Professor Ivo, Klarion and the Brain to escape with weaponry of mass destruction (delivered by Sportsmaster) unscathed.
The final blow to Artemis’ ego is when her selfishness and insecurity are brought to the light as Red Arrow discovers that Artemis had led the team on a wild goose chase so she could battle Sportsmaster & Cheshire on her own. The team is at a loss knowing where Artemis’s state of mind is at. Feeling at her utmost worst Artemis goes home only to find her father waiting for her. He asks her to join his team because of her family ties and that no one will understand her more then her real family. We’re left with Artemis looking guilty and broken. Will she let the team assure her that she’s a valuable asset or will she succumb to her father’s words and claim her apparent destiny with her family?