Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future thing Part 1.



I already discussed how the last episode of Batman Beyond airing on Justice League Unlimited, needless to say I thought it was a pretty good episode but the series has had way better ones. Now I must admit, this show use to bore the hell out of me as a kid, but I love it now. Upon thinking about why I didn't like this show I realized that unlike Teen Titans or The 2003 TMNT series, this show was not remotely intended for children, at all. Often times it seemed like, a superhero soap opera. Take one of the first scenes of this two-parter for instance. 
The first time we see our heroes is in the justice league cafeteria, Batman is talking to the Green Lantern about the love triangle he's in with Hawkgirl and Vixen(Oh snap, drama!) And Green lantern implies Bruce has a thing for Wonder Woman, to which Bruce dismisses but still praises Diana who was standing behind him listening to his kind words. 
I sense a disturbance in the force.


Then the alarm sounds signaling there's an intruder inside the Justice League HQ They go to where he intruder is located and see Chronos. I didn't want to mention the very beginning of the episode at first, you see the episode opens in the future with a loud obnoxious woman yelling at her college professor husband about all the junk in their basement then she goes on a tangent about how useless he is and how he was upset about being denied tenor right before he was on the verge on discovering time travel. He then informs her that all of the junk in the basement is thing he stolen while going back in time, but it's mostly trash like Cleopatra's comb. 

If you look closely, you can see milk covered lice!


This irritates her and she goes on another short tangent about how stupid he is, going back in time an not taking anything of value, which ticks him off and leads him to go to the past to JL HQ to steal one of Batman's utility belts which leads us to the scene I previously mentioned. 
This offers a great insight into the Cronos character. It shows him as a man who is constantly chastised by his wife and this helps explain his motivation for what he does during the 2 episodes, the last one in particular. After Batman, the Lantern and Wonder Woman confront Chronos at JL HQ, Chronos panics and jumps through a time portal with the heroes chasing through the portal after him. To their surprise they arrive in the old west and Chronos is no where to be found. They run into a band or criminals, subdue them and take their clothes. They proceed to the closest town and walk into a salon. While there we see a card game go awry between Bat Lash and the bad guy named Tobias. Bat and Tobias then proceed to pull out their guns to which we see Tobias pull out a seemingly impractical futuristic gun with six barrels attached to robot arms.


Doc Ock Ain't got shit on me.
 He then informs Bat that this is his town and it's his rules then he sentences him to death and has his goons toss him in jail. Our heroes go to rescue him and see a noticeably older Chronos in the cell next to Bat, he tells our heroes that even though they arrived seconds apart, Chronos had been stranded there for 6 months. He also tells them Tobias stole his time belt and used it to gain control over the western town. They release Chronos after he informs them that he only wants to go home. Tobias, who installed surveillance cameras all over town, sends more of his goons to the jail house and they proceed to open fire with our heroes inside. 
When all hope seems lost, we see Jonah Hex, El Diablo, and the former Sherif Ohiyesa "Pow Wow" Smith give back up to our heroes and together they defeat Tobias' goons and the decide to go after Tobias' desert compound.


My movie wasn't that bad was it?
 They storm his compound which is loaded with future weapons, tanks, and robots. Once they defeat Tobias' forces, we see them confront Tobias and disable his super gun. Tobias then calls upon his flying horse( yes it was that random) and tries to flee. Pow-Wow, goes after him alone, brings down his flying horse (which turns out to be a robot) and then beats the crap out of him. 


"Hi-yo, Silver! Away!".
They return the belt to Chronos who goes back on his word and attempts to leave our heroes behind. They once again jump through the time portal after him and end up in Neo-Gotham. We see the Jokerz greet our heroes and say they were waiting for them to show up. Then the last remnants of the future Justice League(Batman, Static, and Hawkman) swoop down to help our heroes. Part one ends with Green Lantern asking Static "what's going on?" and Hawkman exclaiming "Dad?" (dun dun dun) 
"The results are in. Mr.Stewart, YOU ARE THE FATHER.


This is a pretty good episode as should be expected from this excellent series. See you next time for part 2.

Overall Enjoyment: 7/10
Rewatch Value: 8/10
Final Score: 7.5/10
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29 comments:

  1. I spend lots of hours watching these on tv

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  2. awesome review. was a big fan of the first, will defintely be checking this one out :)

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  3. Justice league rox. I used to love watching them.

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  4. My little brother loves this show!

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  5. I'm sad I stopped watching this show.

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  6. I've always thought the black guy with the blank eyes was creepy. That's why I never watched this show as a child and I don't know his name.

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  7. haven't watched justice league in years
    good info!

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  8. Such a good show. Glad there's new episodes.

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  9. I lol'ed at each and one of those picture captions, so funny!

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  10. epic post man! keep up the good work
    +followed

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  11. This show used to bore me too. I actually completely forgot about it until now.

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  12. not really a batman fan, but my kids are

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  13. Awesome reviews. There are so many Marvel / DC cartoon movies out right now!

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  14. The black guy is very creepy

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  15. This was a great episode, I love the Justice League, it was awesome they worked Jonah Hex into the episode; poor guy never gets much attention. Nice recap.

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  16. Starting to really love this show.

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  17. I like this show! Sucks that I don't watch much tv now :(

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  18. Awesome episode, cant wait for your part 2 post....Ill be following you!

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  19. I used to watch this all the time! Thank you! I loved the review :) following btw.

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  20. One question, the New green lantern movie has a white guy playing as the green lantern, isn't he suppose to be black?!

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  21. I remember being pissed when I saw Static Shock in this. I always hated that guy.

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  22. Wonder Woman is really doing it for me, she fine.

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