Justice League Unlimited

Season 5 Episode 1

I Am Legion

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Sep 17, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Lex Luthor is rescued from prison by a new villainous organization - the Legion of Doom!

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  • Legion of Doom = Old Justice League Unlimited?

    As with "Initiation" two seasons ago, "I Am Legion" hits the ground running but really doesn't give us the degree of characterization that episode did.

    The similarity to "Initiation" is that the "Legion of Doom" (note that Grodd doesn't refer to them by that name, or any name) just kinda shows up without much explanation A big crowd of faces that you can barely make out, and a quick explanation for why they're all together. The villains must feel rather offended they're all there just to impress Lex Luthor. And who puts a big honking door like that as your entryway? Or maybe it's the "Dramatic Reveal Door" plot device?

    Unlike "Initiation," the key players (pardon the pun) aren't really introduced. Unlike Green Arrow, Captain Atom, and Supergirl, new villains Dr. Polaris and the Key don't make much of an impression. A second-rate Magneto and a guy with a key-gun that unlocks guns and fires energy beams - whoo. Grodd is his usual slimy manipulating-others self and Lex seems to still be working on reestablishing the Luthor/Brainiac alliance. But we really don't get much of a feel for the Legion at this point.

    The Leaguers are well-rendered although the establishment of the JL Embassies is rather glossed over. How many are there? Why is a Thanagarian, an American, a Brazilian, and a Icelander running the one in (presumably) Metropolis? Flash and Hawkgirl are nicely personalized and the episode focuses on their big sister/little brother relationship which has been hinted at in the past. Hawkgirl does seem a little more forebearing with the guy, after the events of "Divided We Fall" and saving him from the Speed Force. Fire is okay and it's at least interesting to see that some Leaguers look up to the Flash as one of the "senior members."

    What really made the episode is the Blackhawk angle, and the fact that we get an unexpected continuity hook-up to "The Savage Time." There Chuck didn't even have dialogue, so it's kind of funny to see him become the main representative here. He gets some time to shine and holds his own against kitschy giant animal-robots and super-villains alike.

    The only problem with the Blackhawk subplot was that it seemed to fit on a bit awkwardly to the general plot. The memorial at the end (and Hawkgirl's and Flash's reactions) was very nicely done, but it doesn't really fit with the rest of the episode.

    Overall a nice kickoff to the season - it set up the Legion of Doom, but whether they can sustain a story-arc to rival Cadmus remains to be seen.moreless
  • Lex Luthor becomes the latest member in Gorilla Grodd’s new Secret Society of Super Villains.

    Lex Luthor becomes the latest member in Gorilla Grodd’s new Secret Society of Super Villains. “I Am Legion” is a wonderfully great start for the show’s fifth season. Lex is still dealing with the loss his short-lived godhood and is willing to do whatever to regain it including working for Grodd. DC Comics’ fans will be impressed with Secret Society’s super villain lineup and the all too familiar secret headquarters. The Blackhawks are once again in the spotlight. The episode offers many insights into the Blackhawks’ history after World War II. The island’s defenses are quite eccentric. Hawkgirl plays the role of big sister to help Flash impress the well-formed Fire. There is some good chemistry here. Michael Rosembaum (Flash) and Maria Canals (Hawkgirl) also provide the voices for Dr. Polaris and Fire. The episode ends with an uneasy addition into the Secret Society and a warm homage to a group of brave soldiers.moreless
  • A good beginning to a new season. Why did I, an insane Flash fan, find this episode enjoyable? Read on...

    As you undoubtedly read in the episode 'recap', Hawkgirl, Flash, and Fire head out to foil Luthor and other evil-doers on an island. This is not a normal island, but one that holds very special and potentially dangerous items. Flash is, as always, a little weaker than he should be, but we did see some improved abilities. He was able to spin his arms and stay aloft after dropping from a terrible height. He was also able to make an effective tornado and save the team, effectively.

    Although they ulitmately failed in their attempt to stop the crooks, we nevertheless have a good episode with some good character development and good Flash moments. Check it out.

    Flash fans unite!!!moreless
  • Justice League returns to the airwaves for the fifth and final year.

    The Legion of Doom is introduced, featuring dozens of supervillians to counteract the ever-growing Justice League. From the sound of it, the show appears to be growing closer and closer to a carbon copy of "SuperFriends."

    Thankfully, the writing makes all the difference. The heroes are serious, devoted and complex rather than cheesy and spouting off one-liners while solving plots in a matter of seconds. And the villians are even better- Grodd describing the Legion (though not referring to it by name) as a business of protection rather than an organization to take down heroes is brilliant.

    This episode is not without its flaws, though. Fire's voice actress is TERRIBLE. Her accent sounds incredibly phony and forced, which really lowers the quality of interaction between her and Flash.

  • The Universe keeps Expanding

    I Love the Episodes Focused on the Villains.

    I loved The Secret Society, Task Force X and now I am Legion. I think this adds depth to the universe and makes it more believable...I just hope the show has more air time to expand to it's fullest capacity.

    I loved the new Luthor Costume...reminder of the one he used in the Challenge of the Superfriend series but up-to-date.
Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson

Agent Faraday

Guest Star

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Dr. Polaris (uncredited)

Guest Star

Seymour Cassel

Seymour Cassel

Chuck Sirianni

Guest Star

Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe

Gorilla Grodd

Recurring Role

Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Lex Luthor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The closed captioning for this episode misspells Grodd's name as "Grog" and Aztek's as "Aztec".

    • The "safety deposit box" that the Flash pulls out is clearly much shorter than the Spear that we see in the next scene.

    • When Lex turns on the lights and there's a long shot of the villains, there's clearly a support pillar and crates off to their right. But then the camera angle cuts to behind them and to what was their "right" is now an open space and a door.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Luthor: Let them go. They're pathetic, but they're with me.

    • Luthor: Does the mystery man have a name?
      Grodd: No reason to be insulting, Lex. I'm far superior to any man.

    • Luthor: I should kill you.
      Gorilla Grodd: But you won't.
      Luthor: No. (pause) Not today.

    • Gorilla Grodd: The Spear of Longinus. Hitler believed that whoever holds it is invincible.
      Lex: What are you going to do with it? Sell it to the highest bidder? Keep it to yourself and try to conquer the world?
      Gorilla Grodd: I was thinking it would look good on the wall in my office.

    • Luthor: You mean you recruited me, sent me to an island full of death traps, and up against the Justice League. You made me risk my life, and all for nothing?!?
      Gorilla Grodd: Essentially...yes.
      Luthor: (laughs) Monkey, I like your style.

    • Chuck: Whoever you guys are, you've got no business being in here.
      Dr. Polaris: Sorta goes with the territory - we're thieves.

    • Flash: War Wheels, robot condors. You got a pretty goofy security system here.
      Chuck: Yeah. Good times.

    • Shayera: Don't you ever scare me like that again!
      Flash: She loves me. She's like the big sister I never had. Only...you know, short.

    • Shayera: He told you to drop him?!?
      Fire: He's a senior member of the team.
      Shayera: You know he can't fly, right?
      Flash: Hey, ladies! Check me out! I'm just like a helicopter! Whoaaa. (crashes) I'm sorta like a helicopter.

    • Fire: You haven't said a word the whole trip.
      Flash: Buh...
      Fire: I was hoping this mission would give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.
      Flash: Um, umm, something...
      Fire: I understand - you're very deep in thought, mentally preparing for the battle. No time for women - I understand.

    • Shayera: Why don't you just go talk to (Fire)?
      Flash: Who, me? Talk to her? No way.
      Shayera: Yeah, you'd probably be wasting your time anyway. I hear she's... you know... Brazilian.
      Flash: Ha-ha.
      Shayera: If you're afraid to talk to her, I'll tell her for you.
      Flash: Don't!
      Shayera: You are so very sad.

    • Warden: My people can handle this.
      Agent Faraday: Your people are good - Luthor is better.

    • Shayera: Why would you even try to move a prisoner that dangerous without calling us?
      Warden: Maybe because we thought we could do our jobs without help from the mighty Justice League.
      Shayera: And yet...here we are.

    • Flash: Now why is it you always find the Keys in the last place you look?

    • Chuck: Sorry – if I was 20 years younger…
      Lex: You'd still be ancient.

    • Shayera: We going to do this the hard way, Lex? Please say yes.

    • Flash: Sure hope I think of something before I hit the ground.

  • NOTES (7)


    • Sharks
      The robot sharks that attack the Leaguers have laser beams on their heads. Alluding to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, where the bad guy's fondest wish is to have "sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!"

    • The Legion of Doom
      Although Grodd never gives the name of his supervillain organization, the general shape of the HQ and its location in a swamp is clearly an allusion to the Legion of Doom, the supervillain organization that first appeared in Challenge of the SuperFriends. The Superfriends' first actual super-powered opponents, the Legion featured thirteen members: Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Solomon Grundy, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, Bizarro, Cheetah, Black Manta, Giganta, Gorilla Grodd, Sinestro, Captain Cold, and the Toyman. Nine of those villains appear in the JLU version seen here. Each week the Legion would come up with some ludicrously overly complicated scheme to take over and/or rob the world, be defeated by the Superfriends, but escape at the last minute. Various incarnations of the Legion have appeared in the comic books and clearly their use here is a homage to the 1970s TV series.

    • Title
      The title refers to a passage in The Bible, Mark 5:9: "And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, I am Legion: for we are many."