Add another great episode to an awesome season for the series. In Misplaced, Klarion the Witch-Boy, with the help of Wotan, Felix Faust and other sorcerers from the DC Universe concoct a spell to get rid off all the adults in the world. The young team witnesses their adult counterparts disappear in front of them calling the team into action. Meanwhile Billy Batson is forced to stay as a child because if he transforms into Captain Marvel, he too will vanish with the rest of the adults.
For long time DCAU (DC Comics Animated Universe) fans, while watching this episode one can’t help but remember the Justice League Season 1 episode “Kids’ Stuff”. For those not in the know, “Kids’ Stuff” dealt with the boy wizard Mordred banishing all adults from the realm of Earth. To stop Mordred Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, (with the help from Morgaine Le Fey, Morded’s sorcerer mother), changed into 8 year-olds and did battle with the spoiled adolescent. This felt like a sort of homage to that aforementioned episode but the difference was in the execution which is what blew this episode out of the water.
Moments before the vanishing spell takes effect, we see the scene play again where the adults are talking to one another in front of the Young Justice members. All of a sudden -ZAP- it is now the teens disappearing in front of the adults eyes. The Justice League confirms that the world is void of children. They have no idea what has happened and quite probable at this point some audience members were in the same boat. Through Billy having no choice but to change into Captain Marvel, we discover that Klarion and his magic marauders pulled a fast one and actually split the world into two dimensions. An adult world and a kid world where neither demographic is aware the other exists. With Billy/Captain Marvel serving as a conduit between the two worlds, both superhero teams were able to work together and defeat the dark lords of magic.
This was definitely a fun episode to watch and see unravel in front of you.
The show also deserves kudos with their continuity payoffs. Tying in the events from the episodes “Denial” and “Humanity” really made for an exciting arc involving Zatanna & her father Zatara. His sacrifice to be the permanent host body for Nabu /Dr. Fate in exchange for Zatanna’s release was unexpected. He recognized and admitted that he couldn’t hold his daughter back from growing up and joining the team anymore so his decision, albeit unfortunate, was much less “martyr” and more “father letting his baby girl grow.”
To end the episode, the Light illuminated more of their secretive plan. Sportsmaster and The Riddler (making his costumed debut) opened a suitcase in front of the other members filled with what looks like a piece of that starfish creature from “Downtime”. What are these guys up to? Hopefully next week will give us more clues.