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The Enemy Below

Episode #06 - The Enemy Below, Part 1
Original Airdate - December 3rd, 2001

Aquaman is the target of an assassin while on the surface world attempting to make peace.

Episode #07 - The Enemy Below, Part 2
Original Airdate - December 10th, 2001

Aquaman discovers who was behind the attempted assassination and fights for his life, as well as his son's.

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Bird Boy
Written by Kevin Hopps
Directed by Dan Riba
Music by Michael McCuistion
Animation Services by Koko Enterprises Co., LTD.

Kevin Conroy as Batman
Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman
Phil LaMarr as Green Lantern
Carl Lumby as J'onn J'onzz
George Newbern as Superman
Scott Rummell as Aquaman
Richard Green as Orm
Kristen Bauer as Mera
Xander Berkeley as General Brak
Michael Rosenbaum as Deadshot
Jason Marsden as Snapper Carr
Screen Grabs, Part 1

Pans, Part 1

Screen Grabs, Part 2

Pans, Part 2


Aquaman is targeted by the assassin (Deadshot) after his attempts to make peace with the surface world don't go over too well. Orm, Aquaman's brother, then takes control of Aqua City, stating that until Aquaman's son is old enough, he will reign. Aquaman later finds out that his brother betrayed him and his family and takes revenge.

Definitely one of the highlights of this 2-parter was seeing the way Aquaman lost his hand. Just the fact that he took it to save his son's life, shows how much he loved him (corny, but it's true). Then the end fight between Orm and Aquaman, ending with Orm falling down to his death.

I didn't notice any "weak" points in the story at all, aside from the obvious fact that it took the four League members (Batman, Martian Manhunter, Superman, Wonder Woman and Lantern) to take down a single assassin. While it certainly showcased what each member was capable of, seeing Batman take Deadshot aside and "talk" to him was definitely the biggest treat this episode had to offer (if you were a Batman fan, that is).

Animation in this episode was especially good, and the water sequences flowed really well--especially the one near the polar cap. The summoning of the killer whale and the fancy tricks that the League and Aquaman pulled were all equally stunning to watch (I even caught myself saying "woah" a couple of times). From the zapping of Orm's staff, and the explosions that ensued, it was definitely fun to watch.

Overall, I really enjoyed this episode, because it showed how much further (in terms of violence) Justice League is going than what TAS and TNBA was able to "pull off". This episode definitely ranks in the top 10 for me.

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