Challenge of the SuperFriends

Season 1 Episode 4

The Time Trap

Aired Saturday 8:00 AM Sep 30, 1978 on ABC
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The Time Trap
The Legion use a time-travel machine to loot the past... and trap the SuperFriends in history.

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    • TRIVIA (16)

      • The Legion of Doom and then the SuperFriends return to Sutter's Mill only one day before gold was discovered there. But it's doubtful the area would be deserted at that time. The time setting should have been at least several months prior to anyone settling there.

      • Batman and Robin were without their utility belts when they were forced to face the lions in the Roman Coliseum. But when Superman came to their rescue, the belts were somehow back in their possession with no indication of how they returned.

      • Green Lantern suddenly sprouts an extra arm just before he conjures up his own set of jousting equipment for his duel against Sinestro in the past

      • The dinosaur Aquaman and Apache Chief walk on appears to be a herbivore brontosaur/apatosaurus type, except for its huge fangs.

      • Sinestro and Captain Cold dump the stolen treasure in a flat field, but when it comes time to freeze and slide it away, the landscape conveniently becomes a sloped hill.

      • When the Superfriends receive the first Trouble Alert at the Hall of Justice, Batman, facing the monitor has his trademark logo (normally seen on his chest) on the upper center portion of his cape, which normally has no design other than the batwing pattern on the bottom portion.

      • Another nitpick is the scene where Green Lantern uses his power ring to transport some of the Superfriends to Sutter's Mill. Allegedly, it's supposed to be the same six who were previously trapped in time by the Legion of Doom, but somehow Wonder Woman takes Apache Chief's place when GL uses his ring. Yet it's he--not she-- who appears with the others when they battle the Legion of Doom members at Sutter's Mill.

      • How did the Legion know Green Lantern would run out of power so that he would be trapped? If he'd had a full charge their plot would have failed immediately. The same if Superman had fallen for their trap - both him and GL can travel easily through time.

      • Why doesn't Green Lantern charge up his ring before going on a mission? Conveniently, he runs out of power just as he is get stuck in the past and can't use it to time travel back to the present.

      • Why does Green Lantern go head-to-head against Sinestro when his power ring doesn't work on the color yellow? Sure enough, he needs Samurai to rescue him.

      • Giganta throws a big pile of logs a considerable distance without growing - in the next shot when Green Lantern imprisons her and Black Manta she is clearly normal-sized.

      • You can't carbon date rock.

      • When the remaining 20th century Superfriends go to visit the scientist with Aquaman's communicator, you can clearly see Batman even though he's trapped in Rome at the time.

      • In the cell in Arthurian times, Green Lantern's costume is colored wrong - his neck collar is black instead of green.

      • When Grundy raids the bank, he has previously-unseen fangs.

      • For some reason the sky in medieval times is yellow.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • (Julius Caesar in shock when Superman swoops in to save Batman and Robin from the lions)
        Caesar: The gods have descended on us!
        Superman: Sorry to interrupt your games, Batman.
        Batman: Anytime, Superman. Let's get out of here.

      • Bizarro: Me am always tired of losing to Superfriends! Me go back to Bizarro World, where losing equal winning!
        Lex Luthor: Silence, Bizarro, or you'll be the one who loses.

      • Robin: He's got us, Batman!
        Batman: Not for long, Robin--use your BatLube!

    • NOTES (3)

      • This episode along with "Wanted: "The SuperFriends", "Attack Of The Fearians" and "The World's Deadliest Game" was released on DVD as Challenge Of The SuperFriends: Attack Of The Legion Of Doom.

      • This is a rare episode in which all the SuperFriends appear and have speaking dialogue. Legion of Doom members without dialogue are Brainiac, Cheetah, Riddler, Scarecrow, and Toyman.

      • The theme song to Battle of the Planets can be heard at the beginning segment where Green Lantern, Captain Cold, Sinestro and Samurai arrive in King Arthur's Court. Hoyt Curtin wrote the theme to both shows.

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