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Flash & Luthor Mix It Up!! JUSTICE LEAGUE 5.8 Review!!

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This I believe is the fourth “Justice League” episode that will hit the Cartoon Network following a long hiatus. These have been rolling out in Ireland and the United Kingdom for a spell now, but we Americans get to start watching the new ones legally starting Feb. 11. Here’s “Solo4357” with the episode that probably never would have been made had “Smallville” never aired:

What's it called?
"The Great Brain Robbery"

What's it about?
A mystical accident leads to Lex Luthor and the Flash’s minds being swapped into each other’s bodies.

Who's responsible?
Dan Riba directs, story by Dwayne McDuffie and Matt Wayne.

More Secret Society?
You bet! Luthor is running the place now, but doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

Any more Cadmus holdovers?
Not this week.

League Roll Call?
Voice parts go to Mr. Terrific, Red Tornado, Green Lantern, Dr. Fate, and Flash.

Society Roll Call?
Luthor, Sinestro, Grodd, Bizarro, Tala, and Dr. Polaris, plus some miscelleanous villians who I don't know and had only one or two lines at the most.

So what happens?
Well since Flash once was in contact with Grodd, the League to tries to use Flash to find Grodd with Dr. Fate's magic just as, wouldn't you know it, THE EXACT SAME TIME Luthor decides to pull info about Brainiac from Grodds brain using super-science. Of course, a brain swap between Luthor and Flash occurs, it's almost to be expected.

Eeesh, I love Lucy/Three's Company plot devices.
Yes, but once the deed is done, it's pretty damn cool. Luthor manages to use Flash's powers better than Flash does, while Wally has to try to lead the Secret Society.

Does Luthor learn everyone's identies?
No, but he does make a try to learn Wally's, with hilarious results.

Waaaaiit a minute, doesn't Rosenbaum play Luthor in Smallville?
Yes, we're expecting a tear in the fabric of the universe at any moment now.

What's good?
Clancy Brown channeling Flash. "No! Cause I'm evil!" Luthor managing to use Flash's powers with impressive results. Flash is waaay more powerful than has been let on. Rosenbaum's channeling of Luthor and managing NOT to seem like Smallville's Luthor. Impressive. "Question the plan at your peril!" "Am you Bizarro's mommy?" Luthor's ability to make sure he's always got the upper hand. "Lex Luthor is pleased!" "Hey, that's not restful."

What's not so good?
The ridiculous coincidence to set up this episode. But everything else is awesome. Just the right mix of humor and tension.

Rating: ***** out of Five.

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  • Jan. 29, 2006, 1:41 a.m. CST


    by Pogue__Mahone

    I just watched it last night... I laughed out loud a few times! "Because I'm evil!" was a classic line indeed! I'm gonna miss this show!!!

  • Jan. 29, 2006, 1:42 a.m. CST

    So they switch voices as well....?

    by Ribbons

    That seems kinda.... not likely....

  • Jan. 29, 2006, 3:53 a.m. CST

    pretty good episode

    by Rcamacho2278

    flash has always been one of the most powerful, he just tones it down. Cmon man he saved the justice league and the world when he took out Braniac AND lex luthor.

  • Jan. 29, 2006, 4:12 a.m. CST

    It seems even through the magic and wonder of animation...

    by Shermdawg

  • Jan. 29, 2006, 4:12 a.m. CST


    by Shermdawg

  • Jan. 29, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Rcamacho, you mean Brainiac.

    by Shermdawg

    You're getting him confused with my alter ego. The Cracklin' Oat Braniac.

  • Jan. 29, 2006, 4:27 a.m. CST

    great episode, one of the better light hearted JL eps

    by ChorleyFM

    Oh and Ribbons, they don't switch voices, but because they switch identities when in the other body they keep their original infexion and thought process. So Flash becomes Luthor, so it is Luthor (voice and all) with Flash's mind.

  • Jan. 29, 2006, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Oh yes, we finally get

    by viola123

  • Jan. 29, 2006, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Dang it, that's the second time I've done that...

    by viola123

    Hit return before I'm ready. But I meant to say that I'm so glad we'll get to see this eppy soon, although it comes on the same day as we find out that the show is cancelled? Mixed emotions here. But this one, I can't wait to see it. It's going to be wonderful listening to Michael play Lex Luthor. That's just cute. :)

  • Jan. 29, 2006, 12:06 p.m. CST

    they cancelled this show, right?

    by blackthought

  • Jan. 29, 2006, 1:59 p.m. CST

    lex/flash and flash/lex

    by tranpkp1

    when i read about this ep along time ago, i speculated an a$$ ep. But it was the ONLY ep that was great this season. As the review above, Clancy Brown absolutely nails the flash/lex and at first I thought rosembaum just was acceptable ls the lex/flash but upon hindsight i agree was excellent as well w/o being his smallville Lex (which is awesome too though) REST IN PEACE, JLU, this show will be missed, hopefully the blance of this series will be on par w/ this episode and the fantastic arc of last season

  • Jan. 29, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    Yeah, I guess the switching voices thing makes no sense. Heh heh... whoops.

  • Jan. 30, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    hilarious epi

    by cromulent

    I rolled my eyes when they switched bodies, but it turned out to be a very funny episode. Two thumbs up to Clancy and Michael for channeling both Flash and Lex and then...Lex and Flash...err