Mission Monitor Board: Lightning Lad, Triplicate Girl, Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Ferro Lad, and young Superman.
Opponents: Cosmic storms.
Guest-stars and cameos: The people of Winath; and a photograph of the Ranzz family, including Garth, Ayla, Mekt, and their parents; and the voting Legionnaires: Phantom Girl, Blok, Element Lad, Star Boy, Timber Wolf (where has he been lately?), Shrinking Violet, Dream Girl, Tyroc
This episode may imply one thing with its title, but there's a lot more to this episode of "Legion of Super Heroes" than that. In "Chain of Command" we have the return of an old leader, the rebirth of the current leader, and the birth of a new one. Team leader elections have long been part of Legion tradition, and this time we see an impromptu one, set against the background of Lightning Lad's home world in danger.
We open on a reversed shot of a Legion cruiser soaring through space. How do I know it's reversed? The L in the Legion symbol is backwards. This error kinda amused me as it's something that happened quite often in cheaper Hanna-Barbera cartoons of old, but not for a very long time. It's cool, I'm nostalgic.
Ayla, and older brother Mekt). This one is a bad storm, so he's understandably upset. When Saturn Girl does a telepathic read on the populace to make sure everyone is all right in the storm shelters, closer inspection reveals a lot of twins.
The Legionnaires split up tackling various bits of busy work to help protect Winath from the storms. This is a tact that bothers me when I see it in other cartoons newer than this, like "Guardians of the Galaxy" or "Avengers Assemble." I would much rather see heroes fight the bad guys, so this kind of busy work often times is just a time filler. I don't mind a rescue mission or two, but I'd like to see superheroes fight super-villains more. Maybe it's just me. It is a nice showcase for what the heroes are capable of, but let's face it, at this point, we already know everyone except Cosmic Boy and Ferro Lad.
again, it's always good to see Colossal Boy.
first Legion couple to marry, and because of that, I'm kinda rooting for them. I also dig her costume, a variation on the Dave Cockrum redesign and those that followed, each duplicate has their own color scheme - purple, orange, or white - coolness. Like Saturn Girl, she's voiced by Kari Wahlgren, and like Ferro Lad and the Sun Eater, I worry for at least one of 'the trips' every time Computo's name is mentioned.
Speak of the devil, after Bouncing Boy is elected, Lightning Lad condescendingly tells him he'll do fine, "with all of our worst enemies locked up tight… your turn in office will be a breeze." With that we witness the appearance of a spaceship with what looks like a Controller piloting it… could he also have a Sun Eater, just as in the comics…? It's an odd moment as most of these episodes are free standing, and this is our first teaser. No matter the reason, it works.
Next: The first part of the first season finale - Sundown: Part One!