Justice League Unlimited

Season 3 Episode 1

Initiation

3
Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Jul 31, 2004 on Cartoon Network

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  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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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