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A More Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy!! The Penultimate JUSTICE LEAGUE Gets 5 Stars!!

Published at: May 6, 2006, 1:58 a.m. CST by staff

I am – Hercules!!

“Lost” star Daniel Dae Kim is no comic book geek. When I asked him last summer which character he was playing on “Justice League,” he couldn’t remember that he was lending voice to no less an icon than Metron! Metron, I say!

Next week’s episode is the last ever for poor “Justice League.” “Drunken Irishman” provides the FAQ:

What's this episode called?
"Alive"

Is it about a South American Rugby team?
No.

Who's responsible?
Matt Wayne for the writing and Dan Riba directed.

Who from the League appears?
Actually, the League only has a brief cameo in the episode at the very end.

Ok, so who is involved?
The episode revolves around the Secret Society of Super Villains. Luthor is still trying to retrieve Brainiac's program and Grodd is still being held prisoner.

Cool. So do we learn of some nefarious plot to destroy the League and rule Earth?
Nope. But we do see something almost as good. Grodd manages (with a little help from ex-girlfriend Tala who is quite disillusioned with her Hairless Sweetheart) to escape and stage a mutiny and try to kill Luthor.

So who backs him?
The aforementioned Tala, Killer Frost, Rampage, Sinestro and a bunch of others. Bizarro, Toyman, Giganta and the rest maintain their loyalty to Luthor.

So it's like a giant fight for control the whole episode?
Pretty much, and Christ on a bike are the fights good. They also take place entirely in outer space.

How did they get out there?
Luthor managed to convert Grodd's cloaking field into a hyper-space drive. He plans on going across space to retrieve a part of Brainiac's program.

How does he know where to go?
Before Tala turns on him, she uses her magic to unlock the history of the rock that holds the Brainiac program. Luthor and Tala see what happened when Brainiac was destroyed all those years ago. He uses the position of the surrounding stars to plot a course for where a part of Brainiac may be.

Does he ever get the chance to see if he was right or does Grodd succeed in regaining control of the Society?
Grodd is ultimately unsuccessful and Luthor gives him a taste of revenge served Klingon style. He uses now ex-wench Tala to retrieve Brainiac by hooking her up to a giant machine that sends her magic through space.

Ah, I see what they're doing. Luthor gets Brainiac back and that sets up a kick ass series finale where the SSoSV battle the League?
That's a nice theory. It's also incredibly wrong. Tala does succeed in bringing back an old foe of a founding League member, but it isn't Brainiac. A guy named Metron (a scientist and chronicler from the future) appears to Luthor to warn him that the consequences of his actions will be significant. But Luthor doesn't listen and tries to bring Brainiac back; unsuccessfully.

So who does Tala bring back?
That would be telling.

Give us some hint?
The entity that is brought back is searching for the anti-life equation to restore balance to the universe. Big enough for you?

How does it end?
Luthor: "We have a little problem."

What's good?
The magnificent plot twist. Tala finally getting to use her magics. Luthor telling Tala exactly what he thinks of their relationship. "Don't get grabby thunder thighs." "Twinkle, twinkle, Brainiac, Tala's gonna bring you back." That absolutely fantastic ending.

What's bad?
Only one more episode left.

Rating: ***** out of Five.

10:30 p.m. Saturday. Cartoon Netwook.









“Justice League Unlimited” may end next week, but its universe continues next month with “Superman: Brainiac Attacks”!!

Readers Talkback

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  • May 6, 2006, 3:20 a.m. CST

    I miss it already...

    by ChikeX

    Hello. Man, it is the end of an era. I have already seen the final episodes, but I shall watch them once more. I will miss this series. The Justice League is dead!!! LONG LIVE THE JUSTICE LEAGUE!!!

  • May 6, 2006, 3:44 a.m. CST

    the finale is even better

    by Captain Comet

    the next episode. We get to see what Superman can REALLY do. and its GREAT.

  • May 6, 2006, 5:02 a.m. CST

    whoa

    by Napoleon Park

    Penultimate JLU and they're barely in it? Villains vs. More Villains?... in space! Luthor is such a genius he can use Gorilla City superscience to turn a force field into a space drive? And a disingeniously alluded to surprise twist that's no surprise to readers of this site - we knew who the final baddie will be months ago. Still, Luthor uses superscience and Magick to try to find the Brainiac program and summons someone trying to trace the Antilife Equation. Does this mean the Antilife Aquation is a computer program you can download off the Universal Web? Damn all good things for ending, but this is gonna be good - and next week's even better. ***** The DC Universe line of shows wil be sorely missed when it's gone (as will Alias. At least House, Boston Legal and Las Vegas are locks for coming back. Too bad they messed Commander In Chief up so badly.) And please don't let whatever [adult swim] has up their sleeves be as sucktastic as their "are those real shows or is this a joke" previews make them look. Oh well, they still have The Boondocks. Lets hope for the best with the CW's The Batman/Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes hour - maybe American animation's last best hope. (Boondocks is anime.) I ramble in my dispair, but JLU was the best adaptation of a comic book and certainly of DC's iconic heroes ever. Do you suppose if Warners had put this on a minor major network like The WB in a weekday primetime slot it might have gotteen some decent ratings? Hell, if Smallboy could last five seeasons, how could a _good_ adaptation of the DCU possibly miss? I mean, other than the default answer that only a portion of the populat ion is literate, only a small section of that group reads for entertainment and only a small subsection of that group reads comics and only part of that group reads DC comics and presumably only a subsection of that small group would love this show as much as we do. (That's the AICN talkbackers in general, not the royal 'we'. We don't play that.)

  • May 6, 2006, 5:34 a.m. CST

    The Suprise Twist

    by Drunken Irishman

    I only alluded to it because it came as a surprise to me. I genuinely had no idea what was going to happen.

  • May 6, 2006, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Holy shit, that was Daniel Dae Kim??

    by Horseflesh

    Every time I miss something in the credits and every time I pay for it!

  • May 6, 2006, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Anyone else

    by Purgatori

    think Hugh Laurie would make a great Sinestro if they dyed his hair black for a Green Lantern movie? Just pondering.

  • May 6, 2006, 10:33 a.m. CST

    it was a good ep...

    by Deadwood Dan

    Saw both of the last two episodes last week. Canada rocks!

  • May 6, 2006, 11:19 a.m. CST

    I miss it too...

    by viola123

    Already. ITA, ChikeX. Even though I've complained about the CN scheduling, at least there were eppies to look forward to. Now, after the finale airs - no more. I haven't seen much promotion for the final two though, which is disappointing, but I guess why start now right? Anyway, it sounds like a fantastic eppy, despite the Justice Leaguers not being in it much. (Flash!) Speaking of Michael Rosensbaum (*sigh*), Herc, could we have a TalkBack next week for the "SV" finale? I hope. Thank you! And thank you, Drunken Irishman, for the review. Nearly here for me, over 12 hours to go.

  • May 6, 2006, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Superboy and th Legion of Superheroes

    by hank henshaw

    Napoleon, It's not a spin-off from JLU's episode, and there is no Supergirl. Apparently, the Legion goes back in time to retrieve Superman and get Superboy instead. It will be more like the Teen Titans cartoons. I guess that the only way to see the Timm/Dini characters again will be through DTV movies. If so...

  • May 6, 2006, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Remember when Brainiac "died" kids; he wasn't alone...

    by Squashua

    ...the final episode is very cool; which we'd find out what happened, but we never will because CARTOON NETWORK SUCKS.

  • May 6, 2006, 3:37 p.m. CST

    That's what's wrong with WB's comic cartoons;NO RESP

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    It's all in the marketing. Just look at the cover of the new superman animated movie on DVD. Look how ridiculous the cover looks compared to the quality animation, story, music, and voice talents that are featured on the show. The Japanese at least treat their animation shows with a little respect. Most of the shows written on the Justice League, former Superman/Batman animated series where as good if not better than the mainstream dramas that receive all the critical acclaim.

  • May 6, 2006, 9:04 p.m. CST

    watch it now

    by blackshuck

    www.youtube.com search 'justice league' and the last two episodes are posted in their entire...ness

  • May 6, 2006, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Phantom Stranger

    by blackshuck

    Has he ever been portrayed in JLU?

  • May 6, 2006, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Umm

    by Chairman_Kaga

    When did Superman kill Darkseid?

  • May 6, 2006, 11:11 p.m. CST

    blackshuck

    by proper

    Nice 1.I waited 3 months to watch that.I found this as well if anybody is interested http://tinyurl.com/gspen.

  • May 6, 2006, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Anyone else catch the KISS reference?

    by Hjermsted

    This week's episode: Alive! Next week's: Destroyer. Considered by many (fans and critics alike) to be the band KISS' two best albums.

  • May 7, 2006, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Phantom Stranger made a cameo on "This Little Piggy"

    by Big Bad Clone

    That episode in which Wonder Woman becomes a pig.

  • May 7, 2006, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Chairman Kaga

    by Captain Comet

    He killed him in "Twilight" when he left him in the exploding Brainiac-asteroid base in the depths of space.

  • May 7, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST

    That was great

    by MRJONZ72

    That was some great stuff, but what sucks is that I have only seen 3 complete episodes this season. One episode I dozed off on, becaue I was all doped up on meds. Yeah I know I need to get a TIVO. With the way CN scheduled the episodes and practically never repeating them. Again yeah I know I need to get a TIVO. So um next weeks episode is the last one ever from what I am understanding. If so, is it only 30 minutes. I really hope we don't get short changed. Seems to me it needs to be 60 min. Thanks Captian Comet, because I did not remember Darkseid getting killed as well, and apparently I missed the episode "Twilight" was that from this current season. I guess I'll have to wait for this season DVD.

  • May 7, 2006, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Awesome episode

    by xenaman

    At least they are going out with great eps. After next week, I will never watch Cartoon Network again.

  • May 7, 2006, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Hey wait, Sinestro was on Luthor's side!!

    by Drath

    Good thing too, didn't look like anyone who backed Grodd ended well. At least no one really important was on the losing side. But now I'm confused, how the hell did Luthor and his group survive? Talk about a finale. I'm kinda sorry things ended so suddenly for the Legion of Doom, but at least there's a resolution to this season.

  • May 8, 2006, 2:39 a.m. CST

    JLU on Boomerang Channel

    by VeryBadBoy

    The JLU is now on the Boomerang (cable and satellite) Channel, every night at 8PM followed by animated Superman and Batman. Recently they had an all day Sunday marathon of back-to-back JLU episodes, including the 2 part 'Twilight' episode that was one of the only ones I missed since CN rarely repeated them.

  • May 8, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Why doesn't Cartoon Network show these

    by Borgnine JR

    more often? I'm seldom around on a Saturday night.

  • May 8, 2006, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I know, right?

    by Devil'sOwn

    CN screwed the pooch on this deal.

  • July 10, 2008, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Palindrome!

    by DarthCorleone

    Yes, it's another one. I could surf nodes forever. I keep thinking of old articles I want to read, but I have no idea how to find them. The search engine has always been completely worthless.