Sorry for the double post, but I’m up to Episode 12 now and wanted to share some thoughts, bullet-point-style:
Just when I was starting to really embrace the show’s “slow-burn” approach to “SuperMartian”, we get to the episode “Terrors” and the writers rush the two characters into a full-on liplock that doesn’t even get followed up on since both characters are barely in the following episode, “Homefront”, which is frustrating because it doesn’t feel like an organic evolution of where the two characters were in their feelings towards each other just two episodes earlier
Although this is my first time watching YJ, I’ve been aware of - and currently am - aware of spoilers for future plot developments, which I think has kind of clouded my impressions since I’m not entirely convinced that the writers have successfully laid the groundwork for Roy being exposed as the person snitching on the Team’s activities through Episode 12, which is why the most interesting part of “Targets” for me was seeing Sportsmaster and Cheshire having to work together as a dysfunctional family unit, especially when you couple those interactions with Artemis’ flashbacks in “Homefront”. Having said that, though, I think that things would’ve worked better if “Homefront” had been Episode 9 and “Targets” had been Episode 12
While we’re still on the subject of “Homefront”, I loved the way that the episode focused on Dick and Artemis, although I do wish the writers had been a little more overt with Dick recognizing her in their ‘civilian disguises’ and then needling her about her presence in Gotham later on before they went to the Cave and all hell broke loose, as I think it would have given their struggle for survival and Artemis’ decision not to run away when doing so was her first instinct even more emotional “oomph”
On the whole, YJ continues to deliver on almost every front, even with the writers having made some narrative decisions that I personally wouldn’t have.