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Panic in the Sky

Episode #24 - Panic in the Sky
Original Airdate - July 9th, 2005

With the founding members out of action, the remaining 50 heroes fight to survive Cadmusí ultimate attack on the Justice League.

Reviews by Bird Boy, Simple Simon
Media by Bird Boy
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Directed by Dan Riba
Music by Kristopher Carter
Animation by Dong Woo Animation Co., LTD.

Kevin Conroy as Batman
Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Reporter
Phil LaMarr as Green Lantern
Carl Lumbly as J'onn J'onzz
George Newbern as Superman
Michael Rosenbaum as Flash
Nicholle Tom as Supergirl, Galatea
Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor
CCH Pounder as Amanda Waller
Robert Foxworth as Professor Hamilton
Corey Burton as Brainiac

Screen Grabs


Sound Clips
"I have to do what?!" (MP3, 300kb)
"Where's Batman?" (MP3, 109kb)
"I'm real." (MP3, 203kb)
"Ta-Da" (MP3, 237kb)

Review (Bird Boy)
: And here is yet another power-house episode of Justice League Unlimited! While it did seem like a filler episode with all the constant fighting, it didn’t keep it from being entertaining. As all the missiles slammed into the Watchtower and Supergirl and Galatea fought to the death, it was power packed and loud from start to finish.

The main point of this episode was the ending, where “Brainthor” (as fans have dubbed him) appears. Is it still Lex, or has the real Lex been killed? We’ll find out next week, so I’m not going to make any real guess on it yet, but it certainly was a wide-eyed “what the—“ moment.

The Supergirl / Galatea fight was brutal. There were a few punches and kicks that you could actually feel, notably Galatea’s punch to Supergirl’s gut shortly into the fight. Galatea’s wailing on Steel was also painful to watch. For being rated TV-Y7, this show sure gets away with a lot more than other cartoons I see. Ah…glorious cable.

The animation and music were superb in this episode once again. Despite the glaring CGI, it didn’t bother me as much as it usually does. While some of it’s still stiff, it blended a bit better than usual. The music sounded orchestral, once again and puts past seasons to shame. I admit I never had a major problem with the synthesized music sound, but the process has improved and it sounds so much better now.

There’s not too much more left on this episode to discuss. Great character interaction, massive fights and plot movement are pushing it forward to be one of the best finales of Justice League Unlimited ever. True, it can falter and horrible fail, but as I’ve said in the past two reviews…irregardless of the outcome, the build up to it has been brilliant.

Review (Simple Simon): Holy monkey balls on toast!

If ever there was a moment in the DCAU that’ll make you scream your favorite expletive-of-choice repeatedly in shock and disbelief, it’s the final scene of “Panic in the Sky.” Even after two seasons packed full of surprise guest stars, time traveling, a singing Batman, and more continuity than your average anime episode, Justice League Unlimited surprises us all again when everyone’s favorite android Kryptonian busts his way through Lex Luthor’s chest, backside and arms in such stylish and horrific fashion that the little creature from “Alien” is shaking its head wondering “Why didn’t I think of that?” What’s Brainiac doing in Lex’s body? How long has he been there? Does it even make sense plot-wise?

I’m getting ahead of myself here.

“Panic in the Sky” is the penultimate episode of the Cadmus story arc, and picks up from where “Flashpoint” left us with a full-scale assault on the Watchtower by legions of Ultimen. While I was kind of disappointed with the reappearance of these guys last episode, the battle scenes work very well here. The Leaguers don’t have any real trouble taking these zombies apart, and there are some interesting moments scattered throughout (like the redemption of Captain Atom). We also get the long-awaited rematch between Supergirl and Galatea, and it’s a good one. Steel gets beaten to a bloody pulp (is this the first time we’ve seen blood since “Starcrossed?”), and Galatea ends up on the wrong end of a massive power conduit. Good fun is had by all.

That’s about half the episode. The other half is the original seven surrendering themselves to the government, except for Batman who does what Spider-Man never could and punches out J.J. Jameson before confronting Waller again. I have to side with Bats on this one: sitting on the sidelines waiting to be proven innocent doesn’t do anyone any good, especially not when Lex Luthor is scheming to merge himself with another AMAZO. A nice, quick fight between Bats and Luthor follows, with an unintentionally funny ending as Lex easily chucks Batman out the window (process of elimination will tell you who saved him).

Which brings us back to the shocking cliffhanger ending. While opinions on the next episode will mostly likely be heavily divided, in the context of the current episode there’s no denying that “Brainthor” succeeds in twisting the plot in an old-school comic book kind-of-way, and leaves you with exactly the kind of salivating anticipation that one should have for the finale of an epic story arc. The only thing more twisted now would be to have the League and Brainthor link hands for a song-and-dance finale.

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