Justice League Unlimited

Season 3 Episode 4

Hawk and Dove

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Aug 21, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Two superhero brothers, Dove (a pacifist) and Hawk (an aggressive fighter), join Wonder Woman to stop a civil war in Kaznia, but it turns out that the war is being instigated by the Greek god Ares as part of his plan to spread misery and conflict.

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  • War and Peace

    After a delay or two, we see the episode that seems to represent the "new format" - a full episode that has one old-school Leaguer and two newbies going off on a mission coordinated by J'onn. We don't have to have the whole set-up that we did in Initiation, which gives us more time to dwell on the new folks...theoretically.

    The odd part is that we got more character development of the guest stars (Green Arrow, Captain Atom, Supergirl) in "Initiation," which had to set up the new concept, then we got here. And we only had two characters to cover here. Hawk and Dove come across here as what they often were in the comics - walking cliches representing their respective embodiment/viewpoints. Did anybody come away from this episode with any insight into these two? No? Didn't think so.

    At best the two were an example of "joke" casting, with the guys from The Wonder Years in basically a role-reversal. Fred Savage is the aggressive one. But really they didn't serve much purpose here. Why are they the best choices for this mission? Particularly since they don't show up when summoned. Granted, this isn't clear - are all the Leaguers now supposed to be on duty 24/7? If they don't respond, why not get someone else?

    The brief bit with J'onn is actually better - his appeal to Wonder Woman based on their changes since coming to the world.

    That leaves Wonder Woman, who gets a bit of characterization here. One gets the impression that Hawk & Dove are here more as a plot point for her character development - she's tending toward violence but Dove shows her the value of Peace. In the comics, Hawk & Dove's dad originally was the balance between the two - here, it's Wonder Woman.

    Ares makes an adequate villain - more of a planner (as he often is in the comics) then someone who slugs it out with the heroes. Not much to him here, or any real hints of his back story (for good or ill) with the Amazons and Wonder Woman. Hephaestus (voiced by long time cartoon-voice actor Edward Asner) makes more of an impression here - crafting the big threat and later providing some zest to the meeting between him and Wonder Woman.

    What's up with hiring Patrick Bauchau just to waste him in a 30 second bit-part?

    This seemed to be the first episode to suffer from the half-hour episode length. We really didn't find out much about Hawk & Dove, or be given a reason to care about them. Why they went with the male/male team, which got dropped from the comics decades ago, isn't really clear.

    The bits about Wonder Woman's mother, and the return to Kaznia, touched on some previous elements in the series and provided a nice bit of continuity. There really isn't much to Wonder Woman's "characterization" here, since it pretty much arises out of nowhere and presumably will disappear again after she resolves her issue her.

    Overall, this one was probably among the worst so far. The bar scene was padded and seemed unnecessary to provide a "intro" to the characters. There was way too much of the "blurring" F/X and no real computer animation this time around. The characterization was pretty two-dimensional and forgettable, and we weren't really given anyone to care about. Overall, I'd have to give this one a thumbs-down.moreless
  • It's a wonder this episode worked at all...

    A bit of a step back in standards, "Hawk and Dove" does very little to explore these new heroes who are introduced in this episode. It's mostly about setup, which is a shame, as the main story comes off as a little preachy. I, for one, would have liked to see more than just a few lines about how ones a fighter and the other is a pacifist, and while we do learn a bit more about Diana, they're only fleeting comments, too. The plot never quite sets aflame, and the script, while witty, hardly takes advantage of the story elements at hand - Diana's distrust on the human race would have made for some excellent storytelling. The meeting with hephaestus is beautifully shot, however, and the episode itself looks crisp and booms with all sorts of colour palettes. It's the first example of the 25 minute episode not really working and feeling only half-cooked.moreless
  • In this episode of JLU, Hawk and Dove help Wonderwoman fight in a civil war.

    This episode of JLU was action filled as always and it introduced 2 new heroes Hawk, and Dove. In the episode there is a civil war raging in a land called Kasnia. There Hawk, Dove, and Wonderwoman try to keep the peace. This episode did not appeal to me as the others as much, and I don't really know why but the story seemed a little irrelevant to me. Anyway this was still a good episode and a must see for Hawk and Dove fans.moreless
  • this wasn't my favorite episode but it was good.

    this episdoe was good, not great, but good. this episode is about a robot that can't be stoped as wonder woman recruit's hawk and dove to help, but it seems there no way to stop this destructive machine, but wonder woman see's an emblem on the front of the robot and she knows who made it, so she knows there's one weakness to the makers creation, the only way to stop it from destroying everything is to stop fighting it, this episode had a great plot.moreless
  • The God of Chaos unleashes an unstoppable suit of armer. Crap. Wonder Woman and Hawk get tossed around a lot. Crap X2. Dove pwns without moving a muscle. Now THAT is skill.moreless

    I don't care what anybody else says about this episode, it is a personal favorite of mine. The characters of Hawk and Dove far overshadowed the actual star of the episode, Wonder Woman. Then again, I've never been particularly fond of Wonder Woman, so that might explain it. But nonetheless, I still really love Hawk and Dove. Especially Dove. I'd marry him if he was a real person. He's a sweetheart. And he, the pacifist, succeeded where his more violent teammates failed. He also stared down a suit of armor twice his size that could crush a friggin' TANK, WITHOUT flinching. That takes balls. That really earned him browny points. The plot was interesting from a socio-political standpoint, and maybe that was why other people are so quick to dismiss it. They don't want to think about some of the issues brought up. Most people watch cartoons to escape from reality, and to include real would issues into cartoons is generally a recipe for disaster if it isn't approached properly. I personally thought the plot was done well, but apparently most people don't share my views.moreless
Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (Dove armlocks a thug)
      Dove: Now, how about'cha calm down, and I'll let ya go?
      Thug: How about you kiss my (Dove tightens his hold)...aagh!

    • Dove: You see, doesn't this prove exactly what I've been saying for years?
      Hawk: Couldn't tell you – I do my best not to listen.
      Dove: What?!?

    • Hephaestus: Patience, brother. You know how much I care about the details.
      Ares: It doesn't have to be pretty, Hephaestus. Where it's going things aren't supposed to be pretty.

    • Ares: But I'll be back and sooner than you think. Wherever there's prejudice, ignorance, inequality, I'll be there.
      Wonder Woman: And I'll be waiting.

    • Hephaestus: (to Wonder Woman) Come back when you have more time-–I'll let that suit out a little.

    • Ares: I didn't give you the Annihilator so you could run your enemies out of town, I gave you the Annihilator so you could annihilate them!

    • Hawk: There's no one inside that thing! How do you fight that?
      Wonder Woman: You hit it 'til it breaks.

    • Dove: Almost all aggression can be cured with education.
      Hawk: Yeah? Then how come some of the best-educated guys in the world work at the Pentagon?

    • Don: This is ridiculous! Just because I disagree with you, doesn't make me unpatriotic!
      Bar Patron: No. But you being a bleeding heart punk makes you unpatriotic.
      Hank: Actually, I got to agree with him on that one.

    • Ares: You said "Come back Tuesday." It's Tuesday-–I want my suit!

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode along with "Initiation" and "Kid Stuff" was released on DVD as Justice League Unlimited: Saving The World.

    • Character bios: Hawk & Dove, Ares

    • The teaming of Hawk & Dove with Wonder Woman appears to be an allusion to the New, Original Wonder Woman TV movie, which featured the opening dialogue: "Make a hawk a dove, stop a war with love..."

    • Michael York voices a similar character in one Superman: The Animated Series episode. In "Tools of the Trade" he played Kanto, one of Darkseid's minions, and just like Ares, he "descended" to Earth bearing "gifts" with second intentions.

    • Only Leaguers Wonder Woman, J'onn J'onzz, Hawk, and Dove appear in this episode.

    • This episode reunites Fred Savage and Jason Hervey, who played brothers in the series The Wonder Years. In a bit of a role reversal, Savage (who played the more passive Kevin) voices the short-tempered Hawk while Hervey, who played the bullish Wayne, plays the calmer Dove. Savage and Hervey originally were cast for Dove and Hawk respectively, but the producers later switched their roles.


    • Annihilator
      Although there is no creature or mechanism specifically like the Annihilator in the DC universe going by that name, in appearance the Annihilator looks a great deal like Monarch. Monarch was a major super-villain who appeared in the Armageddon mini-series and crossover event, and turned out to be Hawk turned evil.

    • Ares: You said "Come back Tuesday."
      In the episode, Ares mentions that Hephaestus told him to return on Tuesday. In Romantic languages, Tuesday is named after Mars, Ares' Roman name.

    • Hawk: (to Dove) And another thing, don't go all Gandhi on me and think you can pull this every time!
      Mahatma Gandhi was the most prominent advocate of Satyagraha, the philosophy of non-violent resistance as a means of revolution. Gandhi employed this way of protest to bring an end to the British Raj. Hawk is pro-violence, and Dove is not – thus the comparison.

    • Hephaestus: I do leave a small weakness in each of my creations – an Achilles' heel, if you will.
      In Greek mythology, Achilles was the son of Peleus and Thetis. Thetis held Achilles by his heel and dipped him in the magic river Styx to make him invincible. His only weakness was the heel that was not immersed in the river. Achilles was killed by being shot to the heel with a poisoned arrow. Therefore, the expression "Achilles' heel" became to designate something's or someone's weakness or vulnerable spot.

    • The Annihilator:
      The Annihilator bears a strong resemblence to Marvel Comics' Destroyer, another suit of living armor with vast destructive capabilities, which first appeared battling the mighty Thor, Norse god of Thunder, in Journey Into Mystery #118. The Destroyer was created at the order of Odin, All-Father and ruler of the gods of Norse mythology as a defense against immensely powerful foes. Despite its intent as a defensive measure, the Destroyer has often been used as a weapon against both the Norse Gods and humanity. The Annihilator bears a striking resemblance to a streamlined, "modern" version of the Destroyer armor, especially the "grille" on the faceplate. The primary difference between the two is that the Destroyer requires the soul of a sentient being to animate it, as opposed to Ares simply bestowing life upon the Annihilator.

    • Hephaestus:
      Hephaestus, known as Vulcan in Roman mythology, was the god of fire, especially the blacksmith's fire, as well as the god of volcanoes. He was the master forger for the gods, and created the thunderbolts that Zeus threw whenever he was angry. Hephaestus, like Ares, was the son of Zeus and Hera. This episode's depiction of Hephaestus closely matches the classical description; lame and deformed. However, Hephaestus here is more congenial towards Ares than the Greek myths have often portrayed the two.

    • Wonder Woman: Yeah, like that'll work.
      The scene where a criminal is going to throw his empty gun at Wonder Woman is a homage to the original Adventures of Superman series. Each week, the criminals would empty all their rounds into Superman, and the hero wouldn't blink... but when the empty gun was thrown at him, Superman would duck.