The Enemy BelowOriginal Airdate: December 10, 2001
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After a mundane first half, The Enemy Below ramps up the action and throws in some in some shocking events as well. The Justice League rush to Atlantis to warn Aquaman of the Atlantean traitor, but they are too late. The League falls to the Atlantean army, and Orm decides to execute them. However, before the Leaguers can drown, Mera, Aquaman?s wife saves them and in return the League agrees to help Mera find her husband.
Meanwhile, Orm imprisons Aquaman and his son over molten lava, and Aquaman is forced to cut of his own hand to save his son. He returns home to deliver his son to his wife, before he and the League head off to the artic to stop Orm from melting the polar ice caps.
A final battle between Orm and Aquaman finishes when Aquaman lets Orm fall to his death. Batman and The Green Lantern manage to stop Orm?s doomsday device from melting the ice caps. In the end, Aquaman realizes the surface dwellers aren?t threatening Atlantis, and he must be on the lookout for real threats to Atlantis? safety.
The first part of The Enemy Below was by far the worst episode of Justice League that I?ve seen so far. Anybody could see how the plot was going to progress and the concepts were nothing new. In fact the episode was strikingly similar to an episode of Superman, where Maxima is betrayed by her second in command. Even the bright spot of the episode, the guest appearance by Deadshot, was marred by horrible action. Since when is Superman slower than a truck? It took the League five minutes to capture a rather underpowered villain, that should never have been able to even attack Aquaman in the first place. It was simply painful to watch the Earth?s greatest heroes almost lose to a B-grade villain. However, the horrible first half was saved by an amazingly good second half. I knew that Aquaman was going to lose his hand, but I had no idea how. I never saw it coming, and I applaud the writers for going through with the violent and disturbing imagery. In those few seconds, Aquaman was transformed from crappy hero who talks to fish, to resident badass of the show. Plot wise the episode was rather predicable, but the action made up for it. The League battling the Atlanteans was nothing amazing, but it had its moments. I loved the part where Aquaman summons a killer whale to leap over the Atlanteans, until I realized that I had seen the exact same thing in Free Willy. Still it was quite an dramatic sequence, that I?m sure the writers didn?t intend to ?copy? from a rather horrible movie. The final battle between Aquaman and his brother was simply amazing. You could really sense the tension between the two, which peaked when Aquaman coldly let his brother plummet to his death.
In general, The Enemy Below was a great two-parter, and I?ve learned never to judge an episode by its first half. What I thought was one of the lamest episodes ever, really served to setup the events in the second episode. Any episode that makes me scream ?Holy Crap!? more than once, gets an A in my book. First we get Aquaman cutting off his own hand, and second we get Orm plummeting to his death. These events not only made The Enemy Below a great episode, but it also lets me know that the writers aren?t going to hold anything back, just because it?s a kids? show. With this episode, they?ve established that anything can happen, and hopefully that?ll make for some great future episodes.
"Please brother help me!"
"I believe this is mine" [Letting Orm plummet to his death]
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