I Am LegionOriginal Airdate: September 17, 2005
The third season of Justice League Unlimited picks off right where the last one ended. It's been a few months since Luthor and Brainiac were defeated by the Justice League. Luthor not content to be locked up the rest of his life, breaks out of prison where he is saved from capture by The Key. The Key takes him to Gorilla Grodd, who has started his own band of super-villains as a "co-op" to give villains a fighting chance against the League. Of course serious comic book fans will recognize the group as The Legion of Doom.
Luthor refuses to join Grodd's group, until Grodd blackmails him by telling him that has the last piece of Brainaic. It turns out Luthor is either still has parts of Brainiac inside him or is suffering from delusions, and is forced to join Grodd's group in exchange for Brainaic.
Meanwhile, An old Blackhawk (remember from Season 1 of Justice League?) is alerted to an attack on Blackhawk Island. He alerts the League, and Hawkgirl, Flash and Fire move to investigate. The old Blackhawk agent meets up with them, and they find Luthor, The Key and Doctor Polaris stealing from the Blackhawk armory. In the ensuing battle, the Legion makes off with the Spear of Longinus, while the League has to let them go in order to save the Island from blowing up.
Overall the episode served as a great opening to the new season. There were enough "Holy Cow!" moments with the Legion of Doom, the Hall of Justice and the Blackhawks. Having the Legion on the show is a great idea to counter the mass of heroes that we had the last two seasons. I'm excited to have the same number of cameos and guest appearances, except this time with an evil twist! I'm glad Luthor and Grodd are back, and that we get a new take on Luthor and Brainaic. One thing that's great about the DC Animated universe is that they have enough new twists and turns to keep us guessing, but still stay true to the source material.
I was disappointed in Doctor Polaris and The Key. The Key was more of a psychological villain in the comics, who could manipulate your mind. This Key just unlocked doors and shot a big key shaped gun. Doctor Polaris was fine, but I prefer his modern costume. On the hero side of things, Aztek and Fire made great cameos, obviously you either loved or hated the dialogue between her and the Flash. I loved it.
The episode itself wasn't amazingly exciting, but it mainly builds up anticipation for the rest of the season, which is what a good first episode should do.
The Spear of Longinus was the spear used to pierce Jesus Christ?s side after he was crucified. Legend has it that whoever holds the spear is invincible.
The Legion of Doom has appeared many times throughout comics, but the one shown here is an obvious tribute to the Legion from The Challenge of the Superfriends. The roster then was, Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Solomon Grundy, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, Bizarro, Cheetah, Black Manta, Giganta, Gorilla Grodd, Sinestro, Captain Cold, and the Toyman. We will see who shows up in this version.
SHARKS! With Laser beams on their heads! Perhaps an Austin Powers? reference?
It looks as if the League's new headquarters, strongly resembles the Hall of Justice, which was also from Superfriends!
Can't fix everything by hitting it