Monday, December 06, 2004

I'm gonna freak out with my geek out*

Can I get an "Amen" and a "Heck yeah!" for Saturday's episode of Justice League Unlimited?

Saturday night we saw the League dip its toes into metanarrative waters, as we got riffs on both Super Friends -- represented by the modern series' versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman -- and The Authority -- in the form of "The Ultimen," thinly-veiled versions of lame PC characters Samurai, Apache Chief, and Black Vulcan, plus updated, less-stupid versions of the Wonder Twins. Genius! Particularly since it was the Ultimen who were deferent, respectful, and polite to the point that Superman thought they were corny -- an amusing spin on the tiresome posing we've come to expect from hip, kewl, "extreme" super-teams.

Add to that appearances by late-80s DC mainstays Amanda Waller and Maxwell Lord, and a continuance of the government-conspiracy plot to create its own super-beings and you're really cooking with gas. I also couldn't help notice that the credits included clips from a future episode in which we see the Shining Knight, Vigilante, Green Arrow, and the Crimson Avenger -- that's 4/7 of the Seven Soldiers of Victory, for those of you counting, and we've already seen Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. in previous episodes -- fighting alongside one another. If they actually do a Seven Soldiers episode I think fanboy heads will explode with glee all over the country. Can someone please put Bruce Timm, Dwayne McDuffie, Alan Burnett, and friends in charge of DC Comics?

* with apologies to Stifler.

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