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Wake the Dead

Episode #11 - Wake the Dead
Original Airdate - December 18th, 2004

When Solomon Grundy rises from the grave, an old friend must come out of hiding and team up with the League once more.

Review by Stu
Media by Bird Boy
Story by Dwayne McDuffie, Bruce Timm
Teleplay by Dwayne McDuffie
Directed by Joaquim dos Santos
Music by Lolita Ritmanis
Animation Services by D.R. Movie CO., LTD.

Maria Canals as Shayera
Phil LaMarr as Green Lantern
George Newbern as Superman
Scott Rummell as Aquaman
Oded Fehr as Dr. Fate
Gina Torres as Vixen
Robert Piccardo as Amazo
Jennifer Hale as Inza
Bruce Timm as Solomon Grundy

Screen Grabs


Sound Clips
"Do I look ok?" (MP3, 56kb)
"Superman broke the tie" (MP3, 76kb)

A long time coming, but this episode finally saw the reuniting of John and Shayera and the return of Solomon Grundy. The first noticeable thing of the episode is the quality of the animation. A great step up from the previous episodes.

The plot wasn’t really worth investing too much time in, as we only get 22 minutes now, and this was a story for the characters. The villain, one of the favorites from the original Justice League show, returns, which is bizarre in itself, considering he was dead and all. One of the more enjoyable aspects of the DCAU is that when people die, they generally stay dead. Grundy was an exception, of course, but an understandable one. He’s been raised from the dead before, and is a zombie anyway.

The fights in the episode were great. Some of the stuff reminded me a lot of Superman: The Animated Series they were that good. It’s nice to see 2 big strong dudes beat the hell out of each other. As long as it’s not done every week, it can make for an entertaining episode.

It was nice to see The Not-Quite-The-Defenders group again. A smaller group within a League, who we aren’t so sure we can trust, is a great little thing to keep an eye on for; mysterious almost. It’s especially interesting when you consider Aquaman’s attitude towards League members in some of the previous episodes.

And finally, the revelation of how the vote went in Starcrossed; it was kept from us a long time, and it’ll be interesting to see the further developments. Will Shayera join the League again? Will see start seeing John again? All stuff to make me tune in next week. A fine episode, which saw a lot of nagging questions answered.

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