Justice League Unlimited

Season 2 Episode 7

Maid of Honor (1)

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Oct 18, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Batman and Wonder Woman find themselves enmeshed in the schemes of Vandal Savage to take over the small country of Kasnia and use its space program to blackmail the world.

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  • Setting up the plot

    7.0
    More then most episodes, this one pretty much sets up part 2 without much of its own to lay claim to. There's a couple of obligatory "Hero beats up the goon" fights but there's really not much excitement here if you're looking for superheroic activities. Colonel Vox is kinda lame (which is why they probably didn't bring him back after that one issue of Metal Men) and it seems odd he can use a jetpack to outfly Wonder Woman.



    (That reminds me - can all the Amazons fly? We've never seen Hippolyta fly, have we, despite the 4 or so episodes she appeared in last year.)



    The main focus here is Wonder Woman, and we see a lot of her here (not like that, you pervs!). She bonds with the princess, runs around Paris, and gets a little more intro to "man's world."



    Batman plays a secondary role - we don't really get quite as much of the Batman/Diana dynamic (first seen in "Brave and the Bold). But it's nice to see Justice Leaguers with social lives, and the first appearance of Bruce Wayne in the series.



    Vandal Savage is back...or is he? The writers managed to keep up the mystery surrounding the character, at least until part 2. He's clearly being set up as a James Bond-style villain (we'll see more of this in part 2) although his scheme seems a little overly complicated here. The idea of Wonder Woman knowing him from WW2 is interesting, although it makes for some confusing time-travel paradoxes (see Goofs & Nitpicks).



    And of course we don't get any other Leaguers here. This makes for an interesting change from last year - instead of just getting X number of Leaguers in both parts, we get a few in the early part and then the rest come in later (we'll see this again in Eclipsed). It does help to break up the pattern a bit, although it's not clear if they're doing it for storytelling purposes or because they just can't afford to pay all 5-6 voice actors for both parts of the episode.



    Overall I'd consider this a decent episode - nothing monumental really occurs but it sets things up for Part 2 and the calamity to come.moreless
  • A very unique episode that explores a side of Wonder Woman that we've never seen before. She is presented as a truly three dimensional character, with flaws, foibles, and a sexier side that proves irresistible.moreless

    10
    Diana befriends a princess socialite from another country and gets more than she bargained for when she learns that her new friend is engaged to Vandal Savage--a supervillain and arch nemesis of the Justice League. For the first time, we get to see Diana interact with the real world as a woman with real passions and desires. Her flirtatious interaction with Bruce Wayne comes as a pleasant surprise. We also see that Diana is still somewhat naive about human nature.



    The dialogue in this episode is easily some of the best ever written for the series; the witty banter between the young Princess and Diana is superlative. The subtle sexual chemistry between Batman/Wonder Woman and Bruce Wayne/Diana is also a surprising but welcome treat.



    While a little lighter on action than most, the character work more than makes up for it, and this episode kept me entertained throughout. The story is surprisingly mature, and the plot, while somewhat derivative, is a bit more sophisticated than many of the typical Justice League stories. The voice work is also very very good. Subtle in the right places. Not overdone. Handled with a deft touch. This is easily one of my favorite story arcs. Highly recommended.moreless
  • Batman and Wonder Woman forever!

    10
    I never got to watch this episode. How sad. I want to watch it so badly because I ship BatsWondy. The Batman and Wonder Woman ship is really popular. I ship them because they are very, like, opposite. The Dark Knight is... well, dark, and the warrior/ Themyscira princess is... light.



    Okay. I have to write a hundred words. That is mean! I have to write more. Let me see...



    They should have more Batman and Wonder Woman episodes, but too bad we all know that Batman is going to end up old and alone, but hey, we can add more to what happens after "Epilogue." Bats could turn all young again.moreless
Dorie Barton

Dorie Barton

Princess Audrey

Guest Star

Alfred Molina

Alfred Molina

King Gustav

Guest Star

Larry Drake

Larry Drake

Vox

Guest Star

Phil Morris

Phil Morris

Vandal Savage

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the scene when the Kaznian princess changes clothes for the bride party, the ears of Wonder Woman are drawn badly--they have no ear holes.

    • Storyboard artist Bret Blevin's name is misspelled "Belvins" in the end credits.

    • As we see Batman as Bruce Wayne for the first time in the Justice League series, his eyes are dark-colored. However, in the Batman Gotham Knights series, his eyes were blue.

    • Although the writers carefully avoided the word "Nazi" in "The Savage Time," Wonder Woman now calls Vandal Savage a "Nazi war criminal".

    • If one thinks about it hard enough, it seems that several things in this episode contradict the events of "The Savage Time." Savage didn't seem to be a public figure in that episode, but Audrey mentions Savage's "grandfather" in old news reels. The League changed history (or WW2 Savage changed history, and the League changed his changes) in "The Savage Time," so it's a little unclear - but is the World War II people now remember the same as it was before Savage initiated his plans and the League went back to stop him? Was there ever a World War II where Savage didn't exist as a Nazi wannabe conqueror, a history before his future-self sent back knowledge to his WW2 self? The impression from "The Savage Time" was that the League altered time and future-Savage never helped WW2-Savage, so apparently WW2-Savage still played a significant public role in WW2. But it's kinda hard to tell - aren't temporal paradoxes fun?

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (9)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Princess Audrey
      The name, character, and look of Princess Audrey clearly alludes to famous actress Audrey Hepburn who similarly played princesses, most notably in Roman Holiday where Hepburn portrays a young princess tired of royal life and seeks a day in town.

    • Audrey: I won't tell anyone the great hero has feet of clay.
      Audrey didn't know how right she was. The Amazon queen Hippolyta sculpted a little girl out of clay, and the gods gave the statue life. Hippolyta took the girl as her own daughter and named her Diana. The rest of the world, of course, knows her as Wonder Woman. (Editor's note: this hasn't been confirmed in the animated series' continuity, however.)

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