What a great week to be an adult and watching cartoons. Transformers: Prime features a runaway, evil Optimus Prime, the members of Young Justice head to Europe, the Green Lanterns take on the very real problem of a planet-killing asteroid, and Lauren Fraust's Super Best Friends Forever makes a return as a DC Nation short this week!
Minor spoilers ahead!
The members of Young Justice enter carnie life as they form the Daring Dangers and go undercover in the Haly International Traveling circus to find a weapons smuggler. This clip ends with a throwback to the demise of the Flying Graysons.
Lauren Faust's Super Best Friends Forever returns this week, with this clip from Time Waits for No Girl showing us the problems a Batgirl can have while pretending to be smooth.
DC (and Vertigo) mainstay Animal Man makes his DC Short debut this week in Train, giving us a look at Animal Man without Grant Morrison in tow. Animal Man has the ability to borrow the physical powers of animals, with him stealing the speed of a cheetah in this clip.
All of the Thundercats are trapped in Mumm-Ra's pyramid, except for Lion-O, who is finishing last of his trials. This clip gives us a look at the Thundercats, who believe Lion-O is dead, preventing Mumm-Ra from grabbing the Eye of Thundera.
We've debated this subject on io9, and now the Green Lanterns tackle the issue – how does one stop a planet-killer asteroid? Hal Jordan gets a chance in this clip, with only 5.2 minutes to get the job done. Kilowog wants to go the Armageddon/Bruce Willis/Animal Crackers route and blow the asteroid up, and that's why I love Kilowog.
I had to include this second clip - the Red Lantern Razer gets a bit pf psychoanalysis and doublespeak from a DC fan-fave Blue Lantern, Saint Walker. Phil Morris (Cosmo Kramer's laywer Jackie Chiles from Seinfeld!) provides the voice for Saint Walker.
Optimus Prime has gone AWOL – he's attacking human military installations. This clip brings back memories of the Stephen King/Emilio Estevez mega-hit Maximum Overdrive, with a transformed Optimus Prime trying to run over his fellow Autobots in the dark of night.
In the season (and likely) series finale, Deacon Frost finally makes his ultimate vampire species. Blade faces off with the spawn of Frost in this clip.
A very sleepy Pinkie Pie is guarding a soon-to-be prize winning cake from rival bakers while on a moving train - not an easy task. After slumbering, Pinkie learns the cake is missing a massive piece, sending her on a Scooby Doo-style detective adventure.
Top image provided by Warner Brothers. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Transformers: Prime airs Saturday afternoons on The Hub. Thundercats, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, and Young Justice air Saturday mornings on the Cartoon Network, so turn your television on.