Justice League Unlimited

Season 2 Episode 5

Only a Dream (1)

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Oct 11, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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The Justice League must deal with a prison break, unaware that prisoner John Dee is using the distraction to gain access to an experimental ESP machine and gain the power to manipulate dreams.

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  • Good old-fashioned slugfest

    7.0
    The main thrust of this issue, besides the whole "setting up the bad guy" thing, is the Justice League taking on some worthy adversaries. Good - disaster relief and sitting around blowing up asteroids (War World) isn't why we want to watch their exploits. Watching them take on the bad guys was fun and interesting. There were also a few setups to part 2 - the not-so-subtle claustrophobia for Hawkgirl, and the more-subtle Flash's feelings-of-uselessness. Granted, he probably should have been more powerful against Luminus, but oh well.



    It was also nice to see a few more obscure villains from the other animated series - Luminus, Firefly, Volcana. The overkill of villains at the beginning in the dream sequence seemed a little much, however - do a lot of people really know Simon Stagg was a villain? It's a nice "cameo" scene, but a little bit of overkill.



    Dee's origins and creation of Dr. Destiny makes a bit more sense here - like the fact his skeletal appearance is merely a dream-appearance and not how his face and skin eroded away to in real-life in the comics. We get a little bit of how he was driven to become a villain, although his hatred of the League remains unexplained until Part 2. Which is good - all we needed here were hints but hints that were picked up on in part 2.



    William Atherton makes a suitably creepy voice-actor here, although getting Jon Cypher (Spellbinder in Batman Beyond) might have been interesting as well as he had much the same kind of schtick of immersing people in nightmare scenarios. We also get Eliza Dushku in a blink-and-you-miss-it guess spot as Dee's girlfriend (and who thoughtfully gets eliminated in part 2 so that they don't have to pay her extra :) ).



    Basically this episode just sets the stage for the effective part 2, but it's entertaining in its own right.moreless
George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Green Lantern/John Stewart

William Atherton

William Atherton

John Dee/Dr. Destiny

Guest Star

Peri Gilpin

Peri Gilpin

Volcana

Guest Star

Fairuza Balk

Fairuza Balk

Penny

Guest Star

Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown

Lex Luthor

Recurring Role

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

Solomon Grundy, Joker

Recurring Role

Jason Marsden

Jason Marsden

Snapper Carr

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • During the prison riot, a prisoner's white T-shirt briefly changes to black.

    • When Copperhead jumps on Hawkgirl, both of them rise into the air and Hawkgirl has her wings spread out. This is impossible however, since Hawkgirl needs to move her wings to fly, let alone hover in the air.

    • Who the heck locks up prisoners with their super-villain equipment (for Luminus, Firefly, and maybe Copperhead) nearby?

    • When Superman rips open Luminus' solid-light fake-metal cell imprisoning Hawkgirl, it makes an audible metal-wrenching noise. It looks like metal, but it isn't really - that's a pretty thorough illusion if he even made light "sound" like metal.

    • Actually, in most Greek mythology, originally Odysseus did introduce himself as "No Body" to the cyclops. But after blinding the cyclops and making his escape, Odysseus was overcome by great pride and told the cyclops his real name. The cyclops called upon his father, Poseidon, the king of the seas, to punish Odysseus. Poseidon's actions added years onto Odysseus' voyage home. Batman leaves the last part out.

    • The League recaptures the escaped prisoners, Superman says they should go home and get some sleep, and very shortly thereafter as he goes to bed he's shown reading a Daily Planet with a headline about the League recapturing the prisoners - that's one fast release of a paper!

    • J'onn seems to have bad luck with Grundy. J'onn can turn into a ghost-form, but for some reason he just stays solid and lets Grundy emerge from the steam cloud and grab him. (J'onn made the same mistake against Grundy in Injustice for All, so maybe the villain's body is made up of something J'onn can't "phase" through.)

    • At some point it would be nice if they'd clarify how the members get on and off of the satellite. The Flash and Hawkgirl are on the satellite - Batman is down on Earth. If the only way they have to get back and forth is the Javelin-7, how do they get down if Batman is using the Javelin (or how does Batman get to the satellite if the Javelin is docked at the satellite)? Apparently either there's a second Javelin, or the Batplane can now make orbital jaunts, but this isn't entirely clear.

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (7)

    • Character bios: Dr. Destiny, Firefly, Volcana, Luminus, Solomon Grundy

    • Mark Rolston, Peri Gilpin, and Jose Yenque reprise their relatively obscure roles of Firefly, Volcana, and Copperhead, respectively. The voice-actor doing Luminus is uncredited, although it's definitely not Robert Hays (who played the character in Superman: The Animated Series). Mark Hamill is only credited for Solomon Grundy, not the Joker.

    • When Cartoon Network premiered this episode, they aired the two episodes back-to-back, without inserting closing credits at the end of part one or opening credits/recap at the beginning of part 2. They still listed the title and writer/director credits, though.

    • Villain Role Call: Solomon Grundy and Copperhead are former members of the Injustice Gang. Firefly is a recurring Batman villain. Luminus appeared in two episodes of Superman: The Animated Series - "Target" and "Solar Power." Volcana appeared in two episodes of S:TAS - "Where There's Smoke" and "Unity." Other villains with credited speaking roles are the Joker and Lex Luthor, but you can also see Shade, Cheetah, Gorilla Grodd, Deadshot, Simon Stagg, Star Sapphire, and the Ultra-Humanite (and possibly Ra's al Ghul) in Destiny's opening dream.

    • Although part 2 makes it pretty clear that Clark and Lois Lane aren't married (unlike the comics, but consistent with the animated series to date), here we see that Clark has a very large double-bed.

    • First aired on Toonami in the UK on October 10th, 2003.

    • Wonder Woman only appears briefly as a fantasy in Destiny's opening dream and has no dialogue.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Copperhead and Hawkgirl
      When Copperhead wraps around Hawkgirl and forces her to fly, the two of them make the international Health Symbol, the caduceus, for a moment. Hawkgirl's body is straight, with her wings stretched out to the sides, and Copperhead's tail wraps around her like the serpent in the symbol.

    • Batman: Ever read the Odyssey? After Odysseus was caught by the Cyclops, he told that his name was 'Nobody', so when he poked its eye out and his friends asked who did it all the Cyclops could say was "Nobody."

      The story that Batman summarizes takes place in Book 9 of Homer's The Odyssey when Odysseus and his crew are imprisoned by the Cyclops Polyphemus. In order to escape, Odysseus gets Polyphemus drunk on wine and when he asks Odysseus his name, Odysseus says:

      "Cyclops,
      you ask my honorable name? Remember
      the gift you promised me, and I shall tell you.
      my name is Nobody: mother father and friends,
      everyone calls me Nobody." Book 9, lines 394 – 399

      As soon as Polyphemus passes out, Odysseus and his men poke a red-hot staff into Polyphemus's eye. When he wakes screaming, his neighbors ask him who did that and he replies:

      "Nobody, Nobody's tricked me, Nobody's ruined me." Book 9, line 443

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