Justice League Unlimited

Season 2 Episode 8

Maid of Honor (2)

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Oct 18, 2003 on Cartoon Network
8.6
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Batman and Wonder Woman move against Kasnia to prevent Vandal Savage from terrorizing the world with his orbital rail gun.

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  • The Name is Man - Bat Man.

    7.0
    The James Bond homages are flying thick and heavy here. Debonair villain, ugly powerful henchman, damsel in distress and the villain's romance who turns competent suddenly ("Never Say Never Again", anyone?), half-assed evil scheme to use an orbital weapon to take over the world (could Savage really keep the whole thing up and blackmail the world ad infinitum?), even a 60's kinda superspy score rolling at a few points. And Savage has got one of those nifty Wild Wild West-style sleeve guns.



    The story grows logically from the ground-building of part 1. Batman and Wonder Woman go after the bad guys, get taken down, and call in reinforcements - the Leaguers who happen to be sitting around.



    I'm still not entirely sure what they were trying to do with overlap of the wedding vows and the battle scene - cool for coolness sake as it didn't seem to have any great meaning unless there was some implication Batman and Wonder Woman were a fightin' kinda married couple too...



    So Batman is free, Wonder Woman is captured, and the League go off after the satellite. Another facet of the Bond films - lets blow things up! The Batplane gets destroyed, the Javelin-7 gets blown up, and at the end Green Lantern (rather pointlessly) not only blows up the rail cannon but the International Space Station as well. Hate to see the League's insurance premiums.



    We finally get Savage's origin, which remains pretty much unchanged from the comic books. It's a nice touch holding out until his second appearance to reveal things.



    So the League in space takes out Savage's men and the Flash (after a mildly implausible survival to the rigors of space) begins to show some of his super-speed stuff that we'll get more of in subsequent episodes. With the Princess' help Batman and Diana take out Savage and in another Bond-style move Batman hoists Savage upon his own petard. They even play up his apparent death, followed by his rather grotesque Highlander-style resurrection - Savage kinda comes across as a mix of Hugo Drax and Connor MacLeod throughout this one. And we get the last hint at the end that Wonder Woman knows who Bruce is.



    Overall this didn't seem to be a major epic-style episode - Savage's scheme here seems a little less than powerful enough to warrant the intervention of the League. I suppose they can't all be save-the-universe type plans.moreless
Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Green Lantern/John Stewart

Dorie Barton

Dorie Barton

Princess Audrey

Guest Star

Larry Drake

Larry Drake

Vox

Guest Star

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Minister

Guest Star

Phil Morris

Phil Morris

Vandal Savage

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Considering how long the Flash was in space, it is incredible he survived. Even spending a few seconds in the sub-zero temperatures of space should cause the water in the body to freeze, and the pressure of oxygen in Flash's body should have caused him to explode. (editor's note: actually, if they're careful someone can survive in deep space for roughly 10 seconds, as a long-ago issue of Green Lantern/Green Arrow stated.)

    • Neither Batman or Diana bring Vox out of the palace when it is about to be destroyed. We also don't see him running out with the others, although he was knocked out by Wonder Woman anyway. Presumably the Leaguers just left him to die.

    • Apparently the Flash is a quick learner - last year he complained about knowing nothing about flying the Javelin-7 - here he's piloting instead of John or J'onn.

    • The timeframe seems a little screwy here. It's nighttime, Wonder Woman follows Savage to Kasnia, gets shot down by Vox, Audrey sees her father paralyzed and calls for the wedding, Wonder Woman wakes up shortly thereafter, and he and Batman launch an attack as the wedding takes place, and they have the reception just thereafter - it's dark outside the entire time. So this all took place in one night? That's one quick wedding.

    • There aren't many asteroids in orbit around Earth as Savage states - well, actually, none. Savage is using meteors, not asteroids, but he says the asteroid has an iron core. Later he correctly says "meteor" ("The first time a meteor gave me power..."). Technically asteroids are rocks in space, meteoroids are rocks passing through the atmosphere, meteors are the flash caused by meteoroids, and meteorites are meteoroids that reach the ground. In any case, there is nowhere near as many asteroids near Earth as this episode depicts. If there were, gravity would cause them to rain down and destroy the cities of Earth on a daily basis.

    • The cards Flash are playing solitaire with are reversed - the indexes, i.e, AD, 2C, are in the upper right corner.

    • It seems unlikely that Green Lantern could have gotten to Flash quickly enough to save him. Flash's extremely accelerated metabolism would require massive amounts of oxygen to function (just as he must consume huge quantities of food nearly constantly). He would asphyxiate far more quickly than the average human, probably no more than a few seconds.

    • At the end, Green Lantern destroys the entire international space station. That's...kinda expensive and a bit extreme. Couldn't they just remove the rail gun and destroy that?

    • After their wedding, when Audrey and Vandal are introduced publicly as a married couple, Audrey doesn't have her scepter, a crown, or any other symbol of her office as queen. It would be very unusual for a queen to appear in any official capacity (like a royal wedding) without some sort of regalia, particularly during the state of unrest that would accompany a transfer of power, particularly since the wedding was supposed to show that she was still in power and in control.

    • So...will the next time we see the League's Javelin spacecraft, will it be the Javelin-8? Or will they keep calling it Javelin-7 so they don't have to redo all the Burger King toys and the figure-line they're selling? (Presumably the "7" refers to the number of League members, although we've never seen all seven in it at one time anyway so that explanation doesn't make much sense either. Also, what happens when they add more members in Season 3?)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Flash: Hey, we can't just leave. What's going to stop somebody else from taking control of that thing?
      (orbital rail gun explodes)
      Green Lantern: That.

    • Batman: You go there uninvited, you'll be breaking international law.
      Wonder Woman: I get my hands on Savage, that's not all I'll be breaking.

    • Green Lantern: If I were them, I'd want you to save the world, not waste time coming back for me.
      Flash: Ya, but we'd come anyway.

    • Wonder Woman: You know, we never did get to finish our dance.
      Batman: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Wonder Woman: If you say so. But you're still taking me dancing.

    • Priest: If anyone has cause why this couple should not be united in marriage, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.
      Wonder Woman: Audrey, stop! I won't let you marry him!
      Savage: (shoots her down) Does anyone else have any objections?

    • Flash: (after the Javelin blows up) Do you have any idea what this is gonna do to our insurance premiums?

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Wonder Woman: (about a pair of diamond earrings) They really are a girl's best friend.
      This line is a funny reference to Marilyn Monroe's famous song Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend featured in Charles Lederer's movie adaptation of Anita Loos's novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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