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Justice League Unlimited – Episodes – Season 1, Episode 4 – Fearful Symmetry

Fearful Symmetry
Justice League Unlimited – Episode #4 – Fearful Symmetry
Original Airdate – September 4th, 2004

Supergirl discovers that a series of nightmares she’s been having about being an assassin may be far more than just a bad dream.

Note: Originally called “Galatea”

Review by Stu
Media by Bird BoyCredits:
Story by Stan Berkowitz
Teleplay by Robert Goodman
Directed by Dan Riba
Music by Michael McCuistion
Animation Services by Dong Yang Animation

Carl Lumby as J’onn J’onzz
Nicholle Tom as Kara / Tea
Kim Shriner as Green Arrow
Jeffrey Combs as The Question
Robert Foxworth as Professor Hamilton
Charles Napier as General Hardcastle
Sam McMurray as Gilbert Hale
Roger Rose as Lasser
Cree Summer as Female Singer


Screen Grabs


Sound Clips
“What? Did you go through my trash?” (MP3, 166kb)
“And here’s another fun fact…” (MP3, 263kb)


Fearful Symmetry took a daring turn for JLU as a show, as it was the first episode not to prominently feature one of the big 7 as a member throughout the episode. J’ohn appeared but the legwork was done by Supergirl, Green Arrow and my favorite new member The Question, making his animated debut.

Visually, the show was inspired. The backgrounds looked considerably better than those of Justice League and the new designs of the show, such as Captain Atom, Green Arrow and The Question are very cool, perhaps some of Timm’s best.

The story offered something a little different from the usual JL/JLU formula, we had a mystery on our hands, and at current time, many plot threads have been left dangling. What’s up with Professor Hamilton? What else has the government been conjuring with these super powered beings? Was that Lex Luthor on the phone?

Despite the fact I dislike Supergirl, and have done since her initial appearance in Superman: The Animated Series Little Lost Girl this episode was another strong one for Justice League Unlimited. As previously mentioned, The Question was beyond cool, as a paranoid mystery solver with a fine love of pop music. His breaking into the government building was one of the funniest things ever in the DCU, happily singing along to himself. His voice, performed by Jeffrey Combs, of The New Batman Adventures Scarecrow fame, was absolutely perfect. He brought a great, creepy tone to a somewhat creepy episode.

As many of the fanboys have mentioned, the past references to Superman: The Animated Series where great, with the reappearance of several Superman characters including General Hardcastle, Dr. Hamilton and Supergirl herself.

Overall, a very entertaining episode with many intriguing plots threads.

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