Justice League Unlimited

Season 1 Episode 22

Metamorphosis (1)

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Oct 04, 2002 on Cartoon Network

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • Not up to par...

    After a good run of episodes, "Metamorphosis" kinda takes a step or two back. There's nothing really wrong with it, it's just not very...well, engaging. Part 2 may help, but Part 1 is just rushed. We're not given enough time to sympathize with Rex Mason, who's portrayed as somewhat of a money-grubbing jerk anyway, before he gets transformed by the halfway point. For the most part the whole thing is rather superficial - Simon Stagg comes across as a second-rate Lex Luthor, and we get very little of Sapphire. Only Green Lantern gets any real characterization here - his scene with Hawkgirl is nice and their's is the most interesting pairing among the JLers. And as usual, we get the typical experienced super-powered hero taken out pretty readily. We'll see how part 2 shapes up, but it looks to be another big fight scene - we'll see.
  • Trouble arises when Green Lantern's friend, Rex Mason, gets transformed into the freak science experiment Metamorpho.

    The episode introduces a new character, Rex Mason. He is revealed to be an old friend of Green Lantern's, and a bit of a rival.

    Rex has a good life and a good job, and we can see that Green Lantern kind-of envies his life.

    Then Rex's boss Simon Stagg finds out that he is dating his daughter, Sapphire. He is angry and purposly turns Rex into Metamorpho. (Simon was the one running the the Metamorpho experiment.)

    We get to see a lot of what Metamorpho can do. He is a shape-shifter and can alter his body's molecular structure. He his a good match for the Justice League, even Superman.

    I liked that we got to see a lot of character develpment with the Green Lantern. We got to learn about his past, his days before being the Green Lantern.

    I was kind-of disappointed to see that so many League members could be taken out by Metamorpho.
    Also about how irrational Metamorpho was when he was attacking the League.

    All in all, it was a good episode, just not my favorite.
  • Disappointing in many ways...

    This episode introduces the character of Metamorpho, formerly known as Rex Mason, and he came up to be the strange looking being he is courtesy of the machinations of his evil boss Simon Stagg. We find out that Green Lantern, who goes by the name John Stewart when he's not being a hero, knew Rex in the past and the two are friends/rivals. The trouble with all this information is that, at times, it goes by at too fast a pace.

    Indeed, the fight at the end seems a bit rushed and the reasons for it are a bit flimsy, to say the least. The relative ease that Metamorpho withstands the League's attacks certainly shows that he is a strong hero but is this born out of raging paranoia? This question goes relatively unanswered in this episode.

    Not a horrible episode but could have been better...