Justice League Unlimited

Season 4 Episode 10


Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Jul 02, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

After an unexpected battle, Superman considers declaring war on Cadmus.

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  • will Luthor finally prevail in his scheme to destroy the justice league?

    we see in this episode that captain atom is a man of honor, and he's willing to do anything to obey orders given to him. that makes him a great hero. we also see in this episode the return of huntress to the watchtower, although she will not go back to the justice league again. we also see that people in this era doesn't really treat the justice league heros and they will lose their trust to their heroes immediately when they do something wrong. that is one human nature emphasized in this episode. it make take many deeds to earn trust, but only one to break it.moreless
  • Status quo threatening episode where the heroes lose control of their Watchtower weapon, and are considered enemies of the U.S. government. Problems with traditional versus new character personalities, but the episode is well-written and suspenseful.moreless

    Wow. JLU is getting better than ever, they are really threatening to shake up the status quo with some crazy developments and fears. I knew the government and Cadmus sub-plots were building up the whole season, and the climax that this episode is coming up to is executed well.

    I gasped when the JLU space cannon was about to discharge, and no one could do anything to stop it. The shots of the people enjoying the day, Superman's futile attempt, and the real life devastation that such a blast would cause were done well. I really felt the drama and effect of the JLU losing control of their ultimate weapon.

    The last part with the origin of Power Girl tied into the Supergirl clone, is I think a great revision, as Kara's true past is mired in continuity landmines. The JLU is going to have an epic fight on their hands.

    My only gripe is with the characterization of Superman, as somewhat of a hard-hitting John Wayne type of brute, who hit first and asks questions later. In my head he always represents the noble heart of America, who tries to always do things the right and just way first. He would be the last one to resort to dirty measures. In some ways that somewhat leftist attitude suits him, because he's so strong, capable, and powerful that he is allowed that luxury of idealism (in comparison to the right leaning Batman), and he usually proves himself right. I could see how they could have changed up the story a bit, with Superman as the ideal head and clashing with the other heroes, struggling to change their minds, and lead them as a group. I always thought that would be his role. But the JLU incarnation though not as faithful to the Superman tradition, is at least accessible and executed well for new viewers. If I didn't know Superman as a character previously, I could buy that a big, strong guy like him would be more into busting heads and taking action, than worrying about what the ideal just action would be.

    Can't wait to see where this whole arc, building for the past two seasons, is going to end up. These past two seasons, though sometimes uneven, are amazing for their creativity, and the willingness of the writers to push the boundaries and really threaten to shake the status quo.

  • To avenge a fallen comrade, Superman declares war on Cadmus.

    "Flashpoint" is truly excellent. I was quite impressed with the serious tone and strong emotional depth in this episode. The episode opens with a thrilling battle between Superman and Captain Atom. The story is well-paced and offers some good emotional scenes. The touching relationship between Huntress and the Question is nicely presented. The characters deliver some strong arguements. Superman and Supergirl are ready for war. Green Arrow supports the people's fear of the League and doesn't blame them for trying to plot against them. The animated series has come a long way since "Secret Origins".moreless
  • Superman has an unexpexted battle with the result being that a friend is 2 friends are badly hurt, one at his own hands. His first instinct is to attack Cadmus. But the League is about to have bigger problems.moreless

    Although I was looking forward to seeing this episode after seeing Question Authority, I didn't really like this episode. Superman could have easily killed Captain Atom, but he didn't. You kind of felt sorry for Captain Atom. You also felt bad for The Question, who showed his real face, bruised at the hands of Lex Luthor (yes Lex Luthor) and being tortured in a room in Cadmus. And to add injury to insult civilians are blaming the Justice league, to their face, for firing their space gun. In the words of Q, "It's not like it's the end of the world...right?!".moreless
  • another great episode

    This season has all been about great episodes with a lot of character development and this episode delivers just that. First we have Captain Atom’s betrayal of the league and as a result he as one of the greatest fighting sequences in the series along with Superman

    Then we have The Question finally showing his face to the Huntress which in it self was a really cute scene

    Finally we have the Flash trying to deal with civilian population after watchtowers misfire on the city. It was very interesting seeing how some people viewed the league as saints and wile others saw them as tyrants

    all I can say is thing episode was great, 9.7 in my bookmoreless
Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Amy Acker

Amy Acker


Guest Star

Robert Forster

Robert Forster

The President

Guest Star

Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Lex Luthor

Recurring Role

CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Amanda Waller

Recurring Role

Kin Shriner

Kin Shriner

Green Arrow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: J'onn mentions his security code as being 004, presumably making him the fourth highest ranking League member.

    • When the camera shows Galatea dropping the weights, the water bottle is on the audience's left edge of the crate and the towel is lying across the middle. But when the camera cuts back to a shot from Tea's direction, the water bottle is in the middle and the towel is lying on the left side (what was the right side from the other angle).

    • When Huntress reaches for the oxygen mask in the infirmary, the Question's overcoat and the chair it's hanging on are nowhere in sight. Then when he tells her to get the aerosol, the coat and chair appear in the next shot.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Superman: Get Question out of here – don't wait for me.
      Huntress: What made you think I was gonna?

    • The Question: You were right - I am the ugliest guy of all time.
      Huntress: Not in my eyes.

    • Superman: I can shut down Cadmus without killing Luthor.
      The Question: Carry on, then. If you're wrong, it's not like it's the end of the world. Right?

    • Superman: Give me one good reason not to go down there and take (Cadmus) out.
      J'onn: If you didn't know the answer, you wouldn't have bothered to ask.

    • Green Arrow: Batman said I was supposed to keep you guys honest.
      Superman: Do I look like Batman to you?
      Flash: Actually you kinda do, especially when you're all scowly like that.

    • Flash: Grammy Flash always used to say the trouble with "an eye for an eye" is that everybody ends up blind.

    • Green Arrow: We did this.
      Flash: No, we didn't. You saw, somebody took over the controls.
      Green Arrow: It's our gun. If we didn't have it they couldn't have used it. It's too much power for anyone to have.

    • Green Arrow: I'm not sure what I'm doing here anymore.
      Flash: People need us – we help them.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Rescued Cat
      The Flash rescues a yellow cat with green eyes, which promptly attacks him. This is an allusion to the cat Power Girl has in the Giffen/DeMatteis-written Justice League comics from the eighties.