Justice League Unlimited

Season 3 Episode 1

Initiation

3
Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Jul 31, 2004 on Cartoon Network
8.5
out of 10
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The Justice League reforms in a new satellite headquarters and adds a new expanded roster of members. They then recruit Green Arrow to aid Green Lantern, Captain Atom, and Supergirl in defeating a nuclear monster in China.

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  • New League, New Beginnings... same old action heroes!

    8.5
    After 2 strong seasons, the Justice League has opened its doors and welcomed what appears to be every other hero in the DC Universe. There are TONS of cameo appearances by classic characters in this episode, but 3 newcomers take center stage:



    Supergirl-Virtually unchanged from "Superman:TAS," she's treated as the League Rookie for this episode. Well-written character with a few decent lines to provide comic relief.



    Captain Atom: A newcomer to the Animated Universe, this stoic soldier is a welcome addition to the lineup. He's completely devoted to the life of a superhero, and is quite interesting.



    Green Arrow: Perhaps the most familiar of the 3, a great new hero. He's the classic "public crusader" from the comics we all know and love. A great touch by the writers was to have BATMAN be the one who convinces Green Arrow to stay, because Batman (more than anyone) knows the importance of someone like Green Arrow.



    My only complaint is with the episode's predictability. The ending and events leading up to it can all be seen coming a mile away!moreless
  • This episode was a good beginning. Following the events of the privious episode, the Justice League get a new base in space gathering many different heros including Green Arrow. He must learn to work with the team when he is assigned a mission with Supergmoreless

    9.7
    This episode was a great introduction. I liked how Green Arrow liked to fight solo instead of the team towards the beginning. He was always my favorite one. Green Lantern looks sweet in this episode. He seems like the leader of the Justice League. So Green Arrow has to work with the tough Green Lantern, Captain Atom, and Supergirl. They are sent to China to stop a monster from destroying everything. Then Captain Atom tries to obtain the giants energy but ends up almost dying at the end. Green Lantern was good as always. Supergirl kicked some but out there and Green Arrows bow had some awesome tricks.moreless
  • This is a nice break from anime.

    8.5
    The Green Arrow is liberating a local convenience store from pesky and average robbers. Green Latern appears and brings him to the Justice League headquarters, who have invited a large number of superheroes. The Justice League is going to be more organized now with their larger roster, though Green Arrow doesn't seem to be impressed. Then, a large radiation is detected in their radars. J'onn sends Latern, Supergirl, and Captain Atom to take care of the situation. Green Arrow joins them. When they get there, the government officials try swaying them away, but then a large creature appears, and starts burning up the entire forest. Green Latern, while trying to save several civilians, is knocked out. The Chinese military tell them that they the creature was meant to be their protector, and the only way to stop it is to stick Carbon rods within its chest. Green Arrow grabbed one, stuck one in the appropriate slot, and it was defeated. Captain Atom, who blew up as a result of the battle, was quickly collected and replenished. Green Arrow decides to stick with the League a little longer because of a hero that has caught his eye.



    For a person who's been watching anime just about the past year, watching something like Justice League Unlimited is a really nice change and pace. I'm not one to like the episodic type of shows, but how Justice League executes each episode is really well done. I really liked how this episode made use of every single second. It did a great job of introducing the Green Arrow's "lone" type of personality with him taking care of the robbers in the beginning of the episode. Overall, a good episode.moreless
  • The new justice league...

    9.2
    The justice league returns with a whole new and extended roster still with the original six and about 50 more heroes.

    They put one of my favorite superheroes in the episode, the green arrow. he teams up with green lantern, supergirl, and captain atom to take on a nuclear monster in china. They end up beating it and green arrow decides to become a member of the justice league. I really like the extended roster of heroes it makes for more interesting story lines. A bunch of different situations. They also said that the single episodes were better and some of them were. In Justice league every episode was a 2 parter. At least justice league had 22 episodes and justice league Unlimited has only 13 episodes a season, What's up with that? Later...moreless
  • this was a good episode.

    8.8
    this episode has the 7 original founders bringing all the other heroes to join the league, this was a good episode, I wouldn't miss it, this episode was well written and has good story plot to the episode, this episode began JLU and, and with every hero helping them on the way, and fighting a giant robot was a good way to start the JLU, this is a great episode.
Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Green Lantern/John Stewart

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

James Sie

James Sie

General Kwan

Guest Star

George Eads

George Eads

Captain Atom

Guest Star

Lex Lang

Lex Lang

Robber #2

Guest Star

Nicholle Tom

Nicholle Tom

Supergirl

Recurring Role

Kin Shriner

Kin Shriner

Green Arrow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • After the League goes to question the haz-mat guys in the destroyed village, the haz-mat men are walking around with clicking geiger counters--obviously the place is highly irradiated. Presumably Captain Atom and Supergirl are invulnerable enough not to be adversely effected, fine, but what about Green Arrow and the soldiers milling around the area, none of whom are wearing protective suits?

    • In the scene where General Kwan meets the Leaguers and asks them to leave, it's day, but in the very next scene, where John is reporting to J'onn back at the Javelin, it's night.

    • When GL accidentally yells out "Shayera!" to try and stop Supergirl from leaving to take on the monster, the closed captions incorrectly read "Kara!" instead.

    • There seems a curious reluctance by Green Lantern and his team to bring in reinforcements. With China at stake and their leader down, shouldn't they call in some back-up? Or is the world now having such troubles that all the other heroes we saw are tied up elsewhere? And if the world now needs that many heroes, how did it get along before the League brought them all together and coordinated them? It's not like the heroes have other things to do - Booster Gold and Obsidian have nothing better to do then sit around at the end and watch Captain Atom reinflate. And all the heroes were on the Watchtower shortly before GL and his team left.

    • So...where were all these heroes during "Star-Crossed"? Or "Secret Origins"? Some of them, if they bear any resemblence to their origins in the comics, have been around since the 1940s.

    • In the various group shots while Superman is speaking, the position of characters varies wildly. We'll see a front shot of a character such as Waverider and someone else on his left. In the next shot we see a shot from Waverider's left side and the character just seen there is no longer present. Then we'll see a shot of Waverider from the rear and the aforeseen character is present but nowhere near him.

    • For some reason the new League satellite has showers that open directly on to the main hallways. Watch Green Arrow when he emerges to talk to Batman. Hate to be taking a shower in there if someone else has to open the door to leave!

    • Shooting a containment rod like Green Arrow does the first few times, without any fletching and with a particularly high density, is pretty much impossible for a normal human archer like GA is portrayed here.

    • Isn't the grocery store robbery at the beginning a bit of overkill on the part of the bad guys? A gang of men busting in with heavy-duty firearms at what is basically a Walmart. Only in the comics, apparently...

    • Presumably some of the heroes we see at the beginning are just for show. In the comics, Waverider can alter the flow of time and Johnny Thunder's Thunderbolt (the pink lightning bolt) is a genie. It seems any of them could dispatch the nuclear/atomic monster pretty readily.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Supergirl: I've just about had it with you guys. You've got 'til the count of five - 1, 4...

    • Green Lantern: If you see anything, don't try to engage.
      Captain Atom: Roger that.
      Green Lantern: Ummm, you can just say "Okay."
      Captain Atom: Okay.

    • Green Arrow: Is that a containment suit?
      Captain Atom: Uh-huh. I'm not flesh and blood any more - just living energy.
      Green Arrow: That wouldn't be nuclear energy, would it?
      Captain Atom: With a name like "Captain Atom," what do you think?
      Green Arrow: I think you're what I marched against back in college.

    • Supergirl: Why don't you take the stick out, Corporal?
      Captain Atom: Captain.

    • Superman: Each of you brings something different to the table. Strength. Speed. Stealth. Whatever. But we are all equal in just one way. Each of us is willing to make the sacrifices a hero needs to make, even the ultimate one. Since there are so many of us, we have a chance to do more than put out fires, both literal and figurative. We can be proactive, we can do some real good in the world. But we are going to be organized. J'onn will be up here keeping an eye on everything. He'll be deciding who's going where and when. I know a lot of you are used to making those decisions for yourself. But from now on, we have to be more coordinated than that. We can't be cowboys any more... or cowgirls.

    • Batman: Those monsters you don't fight-–they tend to step on little guys.

    • Green Arrow: Gee, Bats, I don't know. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy a good radiation burn as much as the next guy...

    • Green Arrow: I still don't think I belong up here.
      Batman: That's the point. Someone like you will keep us honest.

    • Supergirl: So, aren't you going to give me the "You did good" speech?
      Green Lantern: You're headstrong, unprofessional, and reckless. If you ever jeopardize yourself or your teammates again by running off half-cocked without a battle plan, I will personally see you're kicked out of the League. I don't care who your cousin is. And incidentally... you did good.

    • Green Arrow: Say "Ah," dirtbag.

  • NOTES (12)

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

    • The small wrinkles that used to be under Superman's eyes in Justice League have vanished, creating a much younger look for him.

    • On his official website, Dwayne McDuffie addressed lingering questions about some of the heroes included/left out of the series. Firestorm (from the Super Powers series) was considered until Waverider was added and a new Firestorm was created in the comic. Black Lightning was in one of the original pitches until DC Comics refused to allow him to be in any animated series. Robin, Batgirl and other Batman-related characters are on a banned from the series list by DC. Steel II, Vibe, and Hawk & Dove are in the series since they never died in the animated DC Universe. All four are dead comic bookwise.

    • Character bios available: Green Arrow, Supergirl, Captain Atom, Brimstone, Assembled Heroes

    • Look very closely, and you can see images of the faces of Copperhead, Cheetah, Shade, and Star Sapphire on the tiny computer screens by the screen that J'onn and Green Lantern are looking at when they talk about the nuclear monster in Asia.

    • Advertisements for the new season featured the swooping in-and-out logo and the "swooshing" musical cue popularized by the various SuperFriends cartoon shows.

    • A number of crew changes, the most significant being long-time writer Dwayne McDuffie being promoted to producer and series story editor.

    • Among all the heroes present: Green Arrow, Red Tornado II, Obsidian, Sand, Atom-Smasher, Dr. Light 2 (female Japanese version, not the Teen Titans villian), Dr. Fate, Blue Devil, Fire, Ice, Wildcat, Vigilante (the Western hero - Greg Saunders), Waverider, Starman (the alien Prince Gavyn), Johnny Thunder and his Thunderbolt, Rocket Red, Metamorpho, Bwana Beast, Hawk & Dove, Booster Gold, Elongated Man, Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., the Question, Aquaman, Aztek, Crimson Fox, Vixen, Etrigan the Demon, the Huntress, Steel III (John Henry Irons), the Crimson Avenger, the Atom II (shrinking version - Ray Palmer), Mr. Terrific II, Dr. Mid-Nite II, Hourman, the Shining Knight, the Creeper, Zatanna, Orion, either Huntress, Gypsy, Vibe, Ray, Black Canary, Steel II (Hank Heywood), and Nemesis (Tom Tresser).

    • Updated credits with new title, new musical score, removal of Hawkgirl for the time being, and clips from the concurrent episode (ala the original Mission: Impossible, or the closing credits to The Wild Wild West).

    • Of the regulars, only Batman, Green Lantern, J'onn, and Superman have dialogue, although Wonder Woman and Flash appear.

    • According to the TV Guide for the week of July 25-31, Kin Shriner was so dedicated to his role as Green Arrow that he showed up at the recording studio dressed as the character from the comic book.

    • Green Lantern gets a new "look" here - he shaves his head and grows a goatee.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Visual: Green Lantern and Green Arrow being beamed up
      The scene where the Green Lantern and Green Arrow are beamed up to the Justice League's headquarters is reminiscent of the way that Captain Kirk and his crew were transported back and forth to the starship U.S.S. Enterprise in the original Star Trek series.

    • Green Arrow: You're not gonna leave me up here on Mount Olympus...
      In Greek mythology, Mount Olympus was believed to be the home of the gods which was located above the clouds, just like the League's Headquarters. In reality, Mount Olympus is a 2,917 m (9,570 ft) high mountain in northern Greece, the highest point in Greece, on the boundary between Thessaly and Macedonia, near the Aegean Sea.

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