Justice League Unlimited

Season 5 Episode 3

Chaos at the Earth's Core

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Sep 24, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Green Lantern's team of Stargirl, S.T.R.I.P.E., and Supergirl are diverted to Skartaris, a fantastic world beneath the Earth's surface, where they meet a new hero, The Warlord.

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  • sisi arm

    3.3
    how can super girl destroy metalos arm if she dosent have any power and how can you break the arm if its made of metalo its the strongest metal any ways lets hope we dont see any more mistakeslike this again a a a a a a a a a
  • This past Saturday night marked the second double installment of the new season (#5) of Justice League on Cartoon Network. Ok will if you want to get picky its season 3 of Justice League Unlimited but it’s all the same to me.moreless

    8.0
    This past Saturday night marked the second double installment of the new season (#5) of Justice League on Cartoon Network. Ok will if you want to get picky its season 3 of Justice League Unlimited but it’s all the same to me.



    Saturday night we had episode 503 and 504 play back to back and as usual the Cartoon Network and DC Comics people keep the great stories and wonderful action coming. The writing on these shows is stupendous and of a level that I just can’t find in comic based movies.



    (Spoilers Found Below)



    One thing I have noted over last season (4) and 4 episodes into the new season is that the writing and storylines and action is much more adult oriented. I can see why they moved the series back about an hour on Saturday nights, they want it clear that this is not for little kids unless the parents specifically approve it. There is a great deal more adult themes and adult level violence in the series and all that has done for me is make it even better.



    503 – Chaos At The Earths Core

    This episode sees Green Lantern's (voice of Phil Lamar) team of Stargirl, S.T.R.I.P.E., and Supergirl (Nicole Tom) are diverted to Skartaris, a fantastic world beneath the Earth's surface, where they meet a new hero, The Warlord.



    I love how this series always keeps a core JLU member one the teams each episode but keep adding more and more characters from the DC Universe for us to admire and enjoy. It has really kept the series much more lively than the first 2 seasons that were only Superman, Batman, Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern and The Martian Manhunter.



    The episode has a wonderful little human element to it. Stargirl is very obvious in her jealousy of Supergirl, her powers and the fan adoration Supergirl enjoys. I think this lends a very human element to the heroes that can be missing at times and make it harder to connect with the heroes and find them engaging. This allows us to see that even the earth’s mightiest people can have the same petty problems and challenges as normal people.



    The team once pulled down into the Earth core are, confronted by the Supergirl losing her powers and Skartaris is being over-run by Deimos. It’s the classic story of two low tech cultures warring with each other and one being supplied with high tech weapons and then “good guys” having to get the aid of some heroes to help balance the scale.



    This episode has some great hand to hand battles and large fight scenes. It is great watching Supergirl try to learn how to handle being powerless and watching her and Stargirl need to rely on each other and thus overcoming the conflict between the two of them for the greater good of the oppressed people. While fighting for the people that summoned them the team finds that Metallo (voiced amazingly as ever by Malcolm McDowell) and Silver Banshee are there to steal the largest Kryptonite rock ever seen.



    After capturing Metallo the team questions him about the kryptonite and who wants it. Metallo resists answering at first but after stealing his power cell Metallo agrees to tell the team who he is working for. Before he can answer Metallo has a electrical short circuit in his head and thus is stopped from sharing the information.



    This is a great hint and little bread crumb to the greater story arc for the season. What are the Legion of Doom doing and what are they after. The LoD is not mentioned specifically in this episode but it is my assumption that Metallo and Banshee are there on Legion business and I am very curious as to why. My guess it is some kind Superman elimination plan but we shall see.



    All in all this was a good an exciting episode. It lacked any nods o the past history of other Super Hero shows but still good none the less.



    8.5 out of 10

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  • Star(girl?)and Stripes with Supergirl & GL. The Warlord guest-stars.

    9.1
    Great show. As a long-time DC Comics fan, I was

    (and continue to be) anticipating good stories

    and plots. This one (for me) was especially well

    received due to the appearance of The Warlord!

    I was surprised at the ease that Supergirl

    took to using a sword as well as she did.

    Stargirl's jealousy of Supergirl's popularity

    is tipical teenage growing pains.(By the way,

    what is up with the Gamera wanna-be?)All in all,

    loved it.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Without his Kryptonite power source, Metallo is rendered immobile. But when the Kryptonite was removed in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Action Figures", Metallo was still able to move, briefly chasing after it.

    • When Green Lantern is sealing the rift, Metallo is behind him and his right arm is extended, as it has been since Supergirl removed his power source. But when Green Lantern and S.T.R.I.P.E. fly off, Metallo's right arm is down at his side.

    • So where the heck are Green Lantern and S.T.R.I.P.E. when Metallo is stalking Supergirl? The battlefield is quiet, no sounds of combat, all the nearby troops are dead, and Supergirl is firing highly-visible blasts from an energy gun at one point. Shouldn't they like...notice her?

    • Stargirl lifts Metallo up and into a wall, and he slams her into the wall next to him on his left (audience right). But then he falls directly down and she lands behind him and to his right (audience left).

    • Trivia: It may or may not be a goof, but this is the first time in the WB animated universe that green kryptonite has been credited with healing powers. The healing effect here seems similar to the properties of green-k on the TV series Smallville where green kryptonite does...well, pretty much anything.

    • Deimos' tent is red from the outside, but in the interior shots the walls are gray.

    • When they have the long shot of the Leaguers and Warlord studying the villagers who are training, they're spread out, but then it cuts immediately to a medium-shot and everyone is practically standing on top of each other.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Deimos: You think you've won? No freedom-loving Warlord will ever unite the lands and bring peace. Justice: a foolish dream.
      Warlord: Maybe so, wizard, but it's the one dream worth fighting for.

    • Warlord: Deimos! You and me, pal.
      Deimos: (casually) Morgan - I was hoping to kill you today.

    • Deimos: Such a pretty child...but then they're always pretty when I begin.

    • Warlord: Back when I was in the Air Force, that energy stuff was science fiction.
      Green Lantern: That explains why Morgan the Barbarian packs an auto-mag.

    • Stargirl: Geez, you call that an army?
      Warlord: Most of these folks have lost everything to Deimos, so, you know, feel free to dump on them.

    • S.T.R.I.P.E.: If I was you, I wouldn't talk behind someone's back...when they have superhearing.

    • Supergirl: What are you waiting for? Zap 'em with your star thingy!
      Stargirl: Oh, may I? Because it'd be such an honor to help the great Supergirl out of a jam.
      Supergirl: Come on!

    • Stargirl: Uhhh, my dad.
      Supergirl: I know – Superman tried to keep me on the farm. Made me hide there for three years.
      Stargirl: Big deal, I've still got a curfew. Enough cosmic energy to trash a city and I can't stay out past ten.
      Supergirl: Three years. On a farm. In Kansas.

    • Metallo: You have none of Superman's strength.
      Supergirl: But I've got brains.

    • Deimos: My magic is strongest, girl.
      Stargirl: Your breath is strongest, dude – that's about it.

    • Supergirl Fan: Don't you talk about Supergirl! Supergirl can nail you with her eyes!
      Stargirl: Big whoop – my stepdad here is a Mecha.
      Supergirl Fan: Ha! Mecha is so last year.

  • NOTES (7)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Giant Japanese Monster
      The monster at the beginning is a clear parody of Gamera, a giant radioactive turtle that breathes fire, flies through the air like a saucer by firing thrust through its leg holes, and has a unceasing stream of little Japanese boys in shorts that like him. Although Gamera rivals Godzilla in popularity, he's probably best known as being a recurring target by the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew.

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