Mission Monitor Board: Brianiac 5, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad, Bouncing Boy, Matter-Eater Lad, Star Boy, Timber Wolf, Phantom Girl, Element Lad, Sun Boy, Tyroc, Blok, Shrinking Violet, and young Superman.
Opponents: Starfinger, the fuzzies/ionosphere eaters.
Guest-stars and cameos: Chlorophyll Kid, Color Kid, Stone Boy, Porcupine Pete, and Infectious Lass, featured as the Legion of Substitute Heroes, also Antennae Boy, Night Girl, Double Header, Fire Lad, Invisible Kid II, Polar Boy, Quake Kid, The Mess, quite a few others I didn't quite catch, and Porcupine Pete's mom.
In my recap and review of the last episode of the animated "Legion of Super Heroes," I talked a little about the Legion tryouts. While we did see the applicants in waiting, we really only got to see one audition (Breath Boy). Well, this time, we're all about the tryouts, as well as the formation of the Legion of Substitute Heroes. All this, and Starfinger too.
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #211. Here, he stays true to form with his comics tryout, as he can stimulate growth in plants, but not control them.
Champions") and Star Boy (shown to be a member in the opening sequence, here shown in his later darker-skinned incarnation with the ability to makes thing both heavier and lighter), who both make the cut to become Legionnaires.
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #201, with a member becoming sick and quills sticking in the walls. I really dug the tryouts (here and in the comics) and even though I know there's a story coming, I could have watched an entire episode of just Legion auditions.
Meanwhile the Legion is dealing with ionosphere eating creatures. I was kinda surprised that the older members held back to see what newcomers Matter-Eater lad and Star Boy could do against them first. Their powers might not be conducive to stopping a threat like this - why play games like that? Funny moment aside when Star Boy makes one heavy enough to drop into Matter-Eater Lad's waiting mouth - "Tastes like chicken." - it might have gone horribly wrong. But then again, irresponsibility and playing pranks is what started Superboy in the Legion to begin with.
The Starfinger we get who the Substitute Heroes (although as yet unnamed) encounter is a bit of a joke villain. He looks like the second Starfinger, but has the powers of the original, and the personality of Balki from "Perfect Strangers." I kept waiting for him to say he was "a wild and crazy guy" in his incomprehensible accent. Brainiac 5 himself refers to Starfinger as a third-rate nuisance, and a waste of the Legion's time. The only thing that makes this appearance bearable is the fact that Starfinger is voiced by Taylor Negron, 1980s pop culture icon. I did love the bubbling animation in his helmet though.
Eventually the Legion and the Subs come together and realize the connection between the two threats and everything works out. But I have to wonder if this is a bit of the maniacal Brainiac 5 rearing his ugly little green head - to save the Earth from the creatures he built a gun that would incinerate the sky? Wait, what??
Next: Child's Play!