Justice League Unlimited

Season 4 Episode 8

Hunter's Moon

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Jun 18, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

When Shayera, Vigilante, and Vixen respond to a deep space distress call, they're led into a deadly trap.

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  • Another Weak Episode with a Hero Turning Annoying

    Hawkgirl is my favorite member of the Justice League, but this episode presents as a bit of surly brat. And she wasn't the only one given this treatment during the JLU seasons. The plot of Hawkgirl, Vixen, and Vigilante going on a Star Trek away mission, and having her status as team leader be used to examine how trustworthy anyone can find Shayera seems like it might be clever, but watching it just reminded me that they shouldn't be on Star Trek away missions, and that Shayera shouldn't whine about no one listening to her as team leader. They may be cartoon characters, but they can behave more like adults and less like a teenage shift supervisor at Taco Bell being given a hard time. Also we learn that the Thanagarians who tried to destroy the Earth immediately left to discover their home world was defeated. Meaning they almost destroyed the human race for no reason, in addition to seeing their own species nearly wiped out. But they were still angry at Hawkgirl over the failed plan. Hawk people can either be dumb as cavemen, or they can have space ships, but I still submit that they cannot do both.moreless
  • In this episode Hawkgirl goes on a call to another planet with Vigilante. Then, all of a sudden Vixen decides that she wants to come as well. After tons of fighting and trickery, the team makes it back safely.moreless

    This episode was awesome because we get to see Hawkgirl finally come to gribs with the past that she was hoping to forget. Also, we see that Hawkgirl knows how to gain people\'s trust. By this I mean that her and Vixen have the potential to become friends because of a common enemy John, if you know what I mean.
  • Shayera, Vixen, and Vigilante are sent to a rock in the middle of nowhere. Shayera and Vixen both have feelings for Green Lantern and Vigilante hates Thanagarians. Oops. J'onn dropped the ball on this one.moreless

    Wonderful episode. The creators played on the tension between Shayera and Vixen remarkably well. Vigilante is my favorite character in this episode. He ranges from competent to adorably clueless and gets some of the best lines. "Con-sarn ding-busted horse-thievin' alien control panel" indeed. XD All and all, a wonderful episode.
  • Quick episode about the aftermath of Starcrossed Series.

    Always wanted to know what happened to Shyera's Vanagarian race after they folied to take over earth. We also hear Vigilante speak some spanish. Shyera and Vixen both help out each other out when they are needed. Bottom line is that whatever is left of the Vanagarian race, they want to seek vengence on Shyera. Ok episode.
  • Hawkgirl, Vigilante, and Vixen respond to a call in space, only to find that it is a trap.

    The episode begins with Vigilante, Hawkgirl and Vixen responding to a call for help in outer space.

    I thought it was reaaly cool to get to know Vigilante. We haven't seen much of him in any of the other JLU episodes. We really get to see him in action, and see his personality. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome of his character.

    The trap in space was for the Thanagarians to capture Shayera. We finally get some closure in this episode as to what happened to the Thanagarians after Starcrossed. Some of it was quite shocking.

    I also liked seeing some of characters from Starcrossed again. I can't believe what happened to Kragger, but at the same time it's actually kind-of funny.

    I was also surprised at how well Shayera and Vixen got along at the end of the episode. Obivously, Vixen is still going out with John, but it was cool how the two girls talked about it.

    I really liked this episode. The stoyline was great and we got to see some character development. This is definitely an episode not to miss.moreless
Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Green Lantern/John Stewart

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

Elizabeth Peña

Elizabeth Peña


Guest Star

Nathan Fillion

Nathan Fillion


Guest Star

David Barrera

David Barrera

Hawk #2

Guest Star

Gina Torres

Gina Torres


Recurring Role

Hector Elizondo (I)

Hector Elizondo (I)


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Just before they land on the planet, Shayera is clearly seatbelted in but she gets up and stands to speak to Vigilante.

    • When Vigilante considers shooting the "stalking horse," you can see his right hip and the holster there is simply floating on his hip. The hip straps that we see before and later are gone, as is the strip going from the belt to the holster.

    • When the Thanagarian with the red beard confronts Paran Dul about going back to join the Thanagarian resistance, instead of trying to kill Shayera he says that Shayera is better trained than the five of them put together, but in prior scenes seven Thanagarians are shown.

    • Shayera drops her mace into the jungle during a confrontation. However, despite the desperate escape, she has it at the end of the episode.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Green Lantern: Mari, are you crazy? Do you know what I could do to you with this ring?
      Vixen: Promises, promises.

    • Green Lantern: Sending my girlfriend and my ex on the same mission?
      J'onn: Difficult as it may be for you to believe, I don't take your love life into consideration when I make command decisions.

    • Shayera: No, no, no! Reset your hyper-drive vectors!
      Vigilante: Nobody likes a backseat driver, ma'am.
      Shayera:You need another 20 hours of flight time before you're certified.
      Vigilante: Some of us are already right certifiable.

    • Vixen: Men have fragile egos. To get what you want, you have to know how to talk to them.
      Shayera: I don't do that.
      Vixen: So I've heard. But maybe you ought to learn.

    • Shayera: Can you even see what you're shooting at?
      Vigilante: Nope - just keepin' them honest.

    • Paran-Dul: Shayera Hol!
      Shayera: Paran-Dul?
      Vixen: Friend of yours?
      Vigilante: Birds of a feather...

    • Paran-Dul: Did you really think you could get away with betraying the entire Thanagarian empire?
      Vigilante: Hold up. I thought we were the ones she betrayed?
      Vixen: Sounds like she betrayed everyone, cowboy.

    • Shayera: Maybe I should let them take me.
      Vigilante: Like horse hockey! Pardon my French...

    • Kragger: We're here to kill Shayera!
      Paran-Dul: Calm down, Kragger. Calm down.
      Kragger: We're killing her though, right?

    • Vigilante: Hey, Vix, ain't this supposed to be your territory? Use some of your animal tricks to give us a leg up.
      Vixen: What makes you think I know anything about the jungle? I live in a loft in Chelsea.

    • Shayera: We'll do it my way.
      Vixen: You're still loyal to (the Thanagarians), aren't you?
      Vigilante: She ain't loyal to nobody.

    • Kragger: I'm supposed to believe you would give me your teammate? I'm brain-damaged, not stupid.

    • Vigilante: Con-sarn ding-busted horse-thievin' alien control panel which can't nobody work proper!

    • Vigilante: You folks mind? Doomed driver up here!

    • Vigilante: You okay?
      Vixen: I will be if you let me drive.

    • Vixen: And (John's) such a marine. You should see his underwear drawer. He folds his socks!
      Shayera: I have seen his underwear drawer.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Character bios: Vigilante, Vixen, Hawkgirl

    • This episode aired after "Question Authority" in the UK. On the American DVD release, it is on the menu after "Question Authority," even though the internal liner lists it as before "Question Authority."

    • Hector Elizondo and Elizabeth Peña reprise their roles as Kragger and Paran Dul from "Starcrossed." Gina Torres reprises her role as Vixen from "Wake the Dead."

    • Other heroes that appear without dialogue: Crimson Fox, Blue Devil, Nemesis, Ice, Waverider, Obsidian, Zatanna, Dove, Hourman, Vibe, Gypsy, the Question, Rocket Red, and Red Tornado.

    • On first airing, clips at the end are from "Question Authority."

    • First aired on YTV April 29th, 2005. On that airing it contained several errors in commercial breaks (interrupting in the opening credits and in the middle of dialogue). The errors were fixed in the repeat airings.

    • Working title: "Mystery in Space". The title was changed because the producers wished to avoid confusion with the comic book title Mystery in Space. They didn't want people to think the main character of those comics, Adam Strange, was going to appear. According to Bruce Timm, the character rights were off-limits.

    • Hawkgirl switches to a yellow tanktop and pants for this, her first field assignment that we've seen, as opposed to the white outfit she has worn since returning to the League.