In the last two an a half days, I have powered through Green Lantern: the Animated Series. So now I ask myself, why haven’t I been watching this brilliant show all along?
I grew up on superheroes. I remember watching Super Friends reruns (remember that old school show from the 70s) back when I was very little—Green Lantern was always my favorite. Aquaman was a close second. Of course, I watched Batman: the Animated Series and the Justice League. (I also loved Teen Titans, we shall not speak of it anymore. It’s reboot is reprehensible.)
GLTAS is hilarious, emotionally provocative, deep and very well put together. I’ve fallen in love with every character—Hal, Kilowag, Aya, Razer. I love seeing them persevere (and sometimes fail) through their difficulties and watching how it makes them stronger.
As a university undergrad, watching YJ and GLTAS are a welcome respite from the chaos an stress of my life; they allow me to remember the simplicity of childhood and escape ‘grown up’ life. But these two shows are far from childish. The character development and writing, for the most part, puts ‘grown-up’ television series to shame. The writing, oh, it’s lovely. Not to say that I do not have criticisms, but it too puts many, many other programs to shame. The characters that YJ and GLTAS present are so relatable, yet they have a touch of fantasy, of adventure—something we, either child or adult, need in order to make sense of this messed up world (or get through the mundaneness of it all).
These two shows have created beautiful communities on the Internet—I have thoroughly enjoyed lurking about on Tumblr and seeing the graphics, the fics and the videos you all make. I have never contributed myself, nonetheless I find your creativity to be absolutely astounding and only wish I had half the talent so that I could participate. And yet it was all born from two tv shows meant for little kids.
These shows have so much potential, yet CN refuses to give them a chance. So I can say with certainty that I will be buying YJ and GLTAS on DVD. I want comics. I want more of this world before it is lost to us because CN doesn’t understand what joy, happiness or fun means.
Tl;dr: YJ and GLTAS have so much more to offer, and I’ll be damned if CN gets away with this.