Justice League Unlimited

Season 1 Episode 4

In Blackest Night (1)

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Nov 19, 2001 on Cartoon Network

Episode Fan Reviews (4)

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  • Robots are evil...

    Aliens tell these robots called the manhunters to go after The Green Lantern (G.L). G.L gives the manhunters his ring and gets captured on purpose. The Justice League gets involved and try to help him. But when they find out that G.L blew up a planet and killed 3 billion people or aliens the league doesn't know what to do. Flash helps G.L to become innocent but doesn't do a good job at it. Then everyone comes down. Green Lantern tell them not to get involved becuase he did it. He is guilty. To Be Continued...
    Next time... will green lantern and flash face death penalties...how will superman be able to save them...who is behind it...and why?...
    to find out watch "Justice League" next week...
  • First of all, let me just say that I don't know a lot about the Green Lanterns.

    Plot / Story: First of all, let me just say that I don't know a lot about the Green Lanterns. I won't get too detailed about that kinda stuff. Batman and Wonder Woman are not featured in this episode, which doesn't really bother me too much. Batman would not have fit in this story very well, but I don't understand why Wonder Woman wasn't in it. Animation cost, maybe? Towards the end of the second episode, Flash and Green Lantern were forced inside a dome (that's what I'm going to call it) to be executed. What I want to know is why didn't Flash vibrate through it? He headed towards the door as it was closing but that was it. (and if he was going to do that why didn't he run?) Either they didn't give him vibrating powers for the entire series (which would make no sense) or the writer completely forgot about it. Also, maybe they wanted Superman to save them both?

    Dialogue: The Manhunter's dialogue got tiring after a while, but what do I have to complain about? They're robots. J To me the dialogue was no where near as good as Secret Origins, BTAS, STAS, etc. It didn't seem as smooth. Had more bumps in the road ,so to say. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it did seem slightly off.

    Voices: George Newbern has taken a lot of heat from a lot of people. Yes, folks, he's not Tim Daly, get over it. Cut the poor guy some slack. I think he is doing an excellent job. His voice isn't as deep as Daly's was when he talks, but when he grunt she sounds almost like Daly. If not just like him. For my Superman sound bite I recorded him grunting, go take a peek and hear for yourself what I mean. Phil Lamar improved quite a bit from Secret Origins. He portrayed John Stewert better in this episode. Or maybe, that's just cause his style is growing on me? Check out my Green Lantern sound clip and see what you think of it. Ina few spots there is still some work to do, but he's certainly not horrible. Like I said in my Secret Origins review, it's almost as if he is trying too hard. Rene Auberjonois as Kanjar-Ro was probably as good as it gets for his character. His raspy voice was perfect, I thought. All of the Green Lanterns were cast perfectly! Dennis Haysbert as Killowog fit the character very, very well. Not much to complain about here except Al McGee's Grandchild. His voice seemed to aggravate the heck out of me. I can't quite put my finger on it for sure. Maybe it was because he sounded too old, and the accent seemed fake. So I took 1/4 of a star off of my 'Voices' rating.

    Animation: There were times when this was dead on perfect but at other times was lacking. The biggest problem I spotted was with the Manhunters. Their shading moved around a lot. Their facial features didn't seem right either. I noticed when John Stewart was in the barber shop talking to Al McGee his shading moved from one side of his head to the other. Not a major mistake, but it was one. The action scenes were where the animation really shined. Especially when Hawkgirl picked a fight with the Green Lanterns. I noticed in the background there were a lot of characters that previously appeared in the Superman: The Animated Series episode; The Main Man. Flash's animation wasn't near as good as it was in Secret Origins, but it was slightly better then in his STAS appearance. It was back to the old, I'm running fast in slow motion look. Overall the animation was much, much better in part II.

    Music: This was an improvement from Secret Origins. For instance, when John Stewart is strolling down his old hometown, the music really fit the mood of the scene. During the action scenes the music came off very well, I thought. All around, the music didn't seem as cheesy as in Secret Origins.

    To sum it all up: It was cool to see the Green Lantern Guardians again, and it was also a treat to see them in action. The character development is moving along very well,
  • No one escapes the Manhunters.............

    Let me first start off by stating that I wasnt a huge fan of the show\'s creators/producers using John Stewart just to add some \"color\" and diversity to the story. Aside all that, I found this story to be one of the more entertaining ones. The thing about Green Lantern is that it\'s a thing that anyone and everyone can be.......it\'s all right place.right time. That\'s why I feel most fans connect with GL as opposed to some of the \"bigger\" guns in the league. The basic storyline has it\'s appeal, but you get a sense that the pacing isnt right early on (common problem with shows early in their run). I agree with another reviewer about not including all 7 members. It would have only helped flesh out each character while still concentrating on the central character/plot. Introducing the Manhunters (to most of us anyways), was a nice touch and it expanded upon the GL legacy, or the legacy of the Guardians I should say, who created them both. The action was good, but could have used better timing but again, it\'s an early episode so not too much downing on that aspect. I guess my fondness of the episode would have been better if not for my initial resistance to John Stewart, who has become one of my faves. These cliffhanger/2parters where a nice way to kick off the show and this story was no exception.
  • After Green Lantern is hunted down by robots called the manhunters on charge of a serious crime, the rest of the league decide to mount their own investigation.

    This was an okay episode, but the absence of certain members was a crucial let down. An episode so early in the series should feature all the characters to get the audience used to their unique character traits. However, the characters that are used have equal parts and we\\\'re given some clear insight into their personalities. The fight scene at the start was good, with Superman appearing just in time to stop everyone from getting fried, but The Flash and Jonn are made out to be quite weak. All in all an alright episode, with some good info about why GL is there and the green lantern core in general.