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The World's Finest Presents

Dark Heart

Episode #10 - Dark Heart
Original Airdate - December 11th, 2004

When the entire League is helpless to stop an alien invasion, the world's only hope is the Atom, a microscopic super hero.

Review by Stu
Media by Bird Boy
Written by Warren Ellis
Directed by Dan Riba
Music by Michael McCuistion
Animation by Dong Yang Animation

Kevin Conroy as Batman
Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman
Carl Lumbly as J'onn J'onzz
George Newbern as Superman
John C. McGinely as The Atom
J.K. Simmons as General Eiling
Michael Beach as Commander
Catherine Cavadini as Kate

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Sound Clips
"I'm old now..." (MP3, 56kb)
" would be good." (MP3, 76kb)

A somewhat strange episode of JLU, because the enemy here has no character, yet appears to be invincible. It’s simply a big violent thing that likes to grow and destroy stuff. The villain does feel like a threat, if only because just about every member of The Justice League shows up.

The highlight of this episode is easily The Atom. His character has a very dry sense of humor that the episode and the situation really needed. John C. McGinley performed his one-liners magnificently especially when he was fighting the snake at the sub molecular level. He had some of the best one-liners in DCU history “…personally, I blame you” and “I’m going to lay here for a while, Katie. I’m old now and I get tired” are the stuff of legends.

The main flaw of this episode is the rather odd pacing. It’s typical of all of Warren Ellis’ work, as anyone who has read Ultimate Fantastic Four will agree to, but for animated show, pacing can completely ruin an episode. Everything moves far too slowly. It’s more than likely because once we leave Professor Palmers lab, everything stays in the same place.

The ending was interesting and The Atom raised a good point. It’s pretty self-explanatory. All in all, it was an average episode, made better by sharp wit from The Atom. John C. McGinley is absolutely perfect for this character.

The Atom: “Amazing. Show him a weapon which destroyed its creators and every other thing it saw and he wants to play with it. What’s to stop history repeating itself here on Earth?”
Superman: “We are”

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