Justice League Unlimited

Season 2 Episode 9

Hearts and Minds (1)

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Oct 25, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

John Stewart leaves on a mission to help his fellow Green Lanterns overthrow a intergalactic dictator with strange powers.

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  • Green Lantern - The Series

    Perhaps oddly, perhaps not, this segment focuses rather more on John Stewart and the Green Lanterns then it does on the League. It starts with some familiar faces (from In Blackest Night), and a couple of them getting killed. Once again we're reminded this isn't your father's Super Friends (or even the first season). People _die_ in this series (and stay dead). We also get some well-done CGI effects.

    Kilowog gets to Earth - despite some gaping plot holes (why is he wounded? he has physiology like a Martian? how does John know where to go to find Katma), he's the most interesting character in the show and not the kind of character you'd associate with Dennis Haysbert from his roles in Now & Again and 24. He and Flash get some comic banter going back and forth, and we _finally_ get to see John's power battery. Now if he'd just use the darn thing...

    John has apparently been taking lessons from the Flash - he rockets off into trouble without a backup and his hot-headedness conveys his feelings for Katma - we also discover he's not very good at the whole undercover thing. He gets his butt handed to him as a result as we're introduced to yet another re-engineered comic book villain - Despero, recast here as a messianic cult leader. Bolstered by mystic flame (and Keith David's voice work), Despero makes short work of John but somewhat inexplicably kills him rather then enslaving him as he does Katma (as we find out shortly).

    The couple's reunion hints at their romantic relationship, which we'll get more of in part 2. There's a rather stereotypical rebellion (made up of only two people that we see here) and that's about it. We have no doubt that the Justice League are en route and ready to help out as Despero's army heads out into the stars.

    Katma Tui seems a little odd - she's whitened up a bit. Ironically, her more accurate-to-the-comics pink-skinned version had just appeared in Duck Dodgers a week or so previously. She doesn't really get a lot to do here and I'm not sure the actress has enough voice-power or subtlety to pull off the whole teacher-student thing.

    Overall this episode gave a good focus on John and the other Green Lanterns while setting up an interesting villain.moreless
Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Green Lantern/John Stewart

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When John gives Kat her ring back, you see her apparently put it in her pocket, but all there is in that area are two gold strings.

    • After getting his injuries treated Kilowog claimed that his ring was completely drained of power, yet he was still able to use it to search for and reveal John's power battery.

    • The closed captions constantly misspell GL John Stewart's first name as J'onn, the Martian's real first name.

    • Why does Despero not take Green Lantern's rings (his own and Katma's) away from him while he is unconscious? For that matter, why doesn't John use both rings when he first attacks Despero?

    • Why does Despero mentally convert Katma (or at least think he converted her), but just has John killed without making any effort to mentally convert him. This seems even odder since he apparently plans to mentally convert John in part 2.

    • J'onn and Kilowog have similar physiologies? J'onn is a telepath with green skin who can shapeshift and alter his body's density - Kilowog is pink and really strong, but doesn't have any similar abilities. They don't seem very similar physiologically.

    • All Kilowog tells John is that "they got Kat". Then John rockets off into space and goes directly to her location. There's no indication he knew about the mission against Despero, so how'd he know where to look? Plus, if John is that good at navigating through space...why'd he have such troubles in "War World" getting around in space?

    • Since when do Green Lanterns use or need "G-Class Cruisers"? We've never seen a Green Lantern use anything larger then a one-man craft before, but here we see a pretty large spaceship - did the four Green Lanterns crew it themselves? If there was a crew, what happened to it?

    • When was Kilowog so badly injured? When he leaves Katma Tui he seems unwounded and there's no one around to intercept him. But when he crashes on Earth he's in really bad shape. Maybe he sustained the injuries in the crash...but then why did he crash?

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (6)


    • Flash: (poking thought GL's videos) Check this out! People's exhibit B: Old Yeller.
      Referencing the novel of the same name by Fred Gipson (1956), subsequently made into a Disney movie in 1957. Old Yeller is a Labrador Retriever/Mastiff adopted by a young boy, Travis. When Old Yeller is bitten by a rabbit wolf, Travis is forced to shoot his beloved dog in a tearjerking scene.

    • Flash: Bob and Terry's (ice cream)
      A reference to Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

    • Green Lantern: Can't we all just get along?
      References Rodney King and his public statement during the riots following his trial.