Justice League Unlimited

Season 4 Episode 11

Panic in the Sky

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Jul 09, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

When the founding members surrender to the government, the remaining League members fight to survive Cadmus' ultimate attack on the team.

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  • The ending is better than Eastenders!

    Wow! Who'd a thunk it? Brainiac inside Lexy? But is it really Lexy? Is it really Brainiac? Find out next time on Justice League! DUM DUM DUMMMM!

    anyway a nice episode with lots and lots and lots of fighting. Supergirl's battle with Tea was brutal to say the least and poor old Steel got wailed on big time. The rest of the league surrending is a nice point too, especially Flash's comment about the Batmobile losing a wheel (Jingle Bell anyone). The conversation with Diana about being a part-timer was also well handled. Overall good stuff - like I said Brainiac? WTF?moreless
  • without the core members, will the justice league be able to hold out on their own?

    this episode shows that batman, although quite arrogant and stubborn, will never surrender even to authority as long as he knows he's right.

    this episode also showcases the strength of the remaining members of the justice league. this episode is dedicated especially for them as they showcase their abilities in order to beat the odds and defeat the enemy. even the injured joins the fight, which proves that our heroes will never give up despite having their backs on the wall. i consider this episode an epic, since almost all the justice league members are shown fighting without the help of the originals.moreless
  • A great episode.

    This was a Great episode, It had a great plot, I liked how they used the heroes in the episode, The fighting was awesome, This episode is another great episode put together by the writers, Directors, Producers, and all the people that put the episode together. This episode is one of the best I've seen, You don't want to miss this episode.
  • While Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter,and Hawkgirl are under custody, it's up to the remaining heroes to stop the clones . Meanwhile Batman tells waller that Lex is behind the attack and was using her. The heroes stop the cmoreless

    I enjoyed the episode very much. The story, the action , the drama and the ending twist. What i loved about the episode was the big fight between the rest of the Justice League versus the army of Cadmus' cloned super heroes. It was great the see most of the heroes we see in DC comics in that episode in their big face-off.

    The fight between supergirl and Tea was okay. I wished that Supergirl fought back with more punches equal to Tea's.

    And the part where Lex was mutating was the best "What the Hell" moment of Justice League Unlimited.moreless
  • A good show with allusions to the history of the characters. But still just killing time until the next episode.

    This episode was good. But I found myself more jazzed about allusions to other things from the comics than the actual goings-on of the show. The Luthor-Brainiac connection is straight out of Alan Moore's Pre-Crisis Superman "Finale" "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tommorrow," where Luthor and Brainiac fuse to defeat Superman.

    Another connection, Luthor's initial plan to fuse with an Amazo substitute. This echoes the ending of the first arch from Alan Moore's Supreme series, which is a farewell and rebuilding of the Superhero genre. Towards the end the Luthor-type character fuses with an Amazo-type villian to have all the powers of the main heroes. I thought this might be a coincedence but later read an interview with one of the show's writers that said they were in part inspired by Supreme.

    All in all a decent episode on it's own, but much better when watched along with the following one.moreless
Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Green Lantern/John Stewart

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Female Reporter (uncredited)

Guest Star

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

S.T.R.I.P.E. (uncredited)

Guest Star

Corey Burton

Corey Burton

Government Official/Soldier (uncredited)

Guest Star

Nicholle Tom

Nicholle Tom


Recurring Role

Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Lex Luthor

Recurring Role

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Anybody find it odd that Hamilton puts the control device on Tea's forehead, and then tells her, "When this light is on..." She can't see the light. So what purpose does the light serve?

    • In this episode we see that Galatea clearly has blue eyes, however, in "Fearful Symmetry" and all episodes prior, her eyes were green.

    • When the five core members drift down to announce they're turning themselves in, Hawkgirl just...drifts down. Her wings don't move. But it's been established and confirmed that she doesn't have an anti-gravity belt (like her comic book predecessor). She has to use her wings to fly. So if the wings don't move, how can she hover, or drift, or anything?

    • While telling Wonder Woman that he doesn't "have to do anything," the eyes on Batman's cowl are gray instead of their usual white. This also occurred multiple times when Batman confronted Amanda Waller concerning the Watch Tower's attack on Cadmus headquarters. This occurred once again when Batman confronted Lex Luthor.

    • When the League approach the government representative, J'onn is directly behind Superman's left shoulder as the camera focusses straight on Superman. But then the camera cut to an angle shot from Flash's right and J'onn is several feet still behind Superman but to his left (our right). After the Flash's "joke," the camera cuts to a long overhead shot and suddenly Green Lantern is behind Superman and J'onn is several feet further back.

    • Waller is talking to Batman and she hears Eiling waking up and groaning behind her. But in the next long shot after Batman disappears, Eiling is directly to her right.

    • It seems odd that Supergirl would leave the Atom in the middle of the floor. After all, he is unconscious, and he's the size of a bug.

    • Steel says the power will be restored in 18 seconds, but it's actually 13 when the time hits 0.

    • How did Booster Gold get on the Watchtower, when he was part of the recovery team at Cadmus in the last episode?

    • It's not clear who rescues Batman near the end. We can see the hand and forearm of his rescuer - there's no glove, the hand is that of a Caucasian (eliminating J'onn and Green Lantern), and the forearm is bare (eliminating Wonder Woman and Superman). That leaves Hawkgirl as the only flying member, but the hand doesn't look female. And wouldn't Green Lantern (who could send out a beam) or Superman (who can move at superspeed) be more likely to rescue him?.

    • Trivia: After finishing the android, Luthor uses the word Amazo. That is the second (and last) time Ivo's android is called by its name.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Tea: Boredom is my kryptonite. Okay, actually kryptonite is my kryptonite. But, you know what I mean.

    • Hamilton: What?
      Tea: Nothing. (hugs him) Goodbye, Daddy.

    • Green Lantern: We aren't here to be liked. We're here to make the world a safer place.
      Superman: How are we doing so far today?

    • Batman: This is the single dumbest plan I've ever heard. If you're feeling guilty, clear your own name. Don't stand on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to do it.

    • Wonder Woman: You have to come with us, Bruce.
      Batman: I don't have to do anything – I'm a part-timer, remember? (hangs up)
      Wonder Woman: Actually he took that a lot better than I expected.

    • Soldier: Where's Batman?
      Flash: Running late. The Batmobile, it lost a wheel. The Joker got away. (soldier glares) That's what I heard.

    • Supergirl: I'm worried about them, Steel. I'm worried about my cousin.
      Steel: Don't be. Everybody in the League is good at their job. But those seven - they're the best ever. Not because they're the most powerful. They aren't - not all of them. It's not just because they were the first. It's because they're special. They've proven it time and again - they make the hard choices, they set the example. They do what's right, not what's easiest. And they always come out on top.

    • Batman: (to Waller) You told me once you were a patriot . Well it's time to step up.

    • Supergirl: What do you think you're doing?
      Tea: Oh, I'm about to set the reactor to overload and blow the Watchtower to bits. But what I'm hoping is that you'll be dumb enough to try and stop me.

    • Amanda Waller: (Lex) played me. I knew he was a snake and I still let him bite me.

    • Supergirl: You know what? No matter how bad you beat me, I'm real. Not a clone.
      Tea: Shut up.
      Supergirl: Deep down, you know the truth. You're not a person. You're just a weapon, grown out of one of Hamilton's petri dishes.
      Tea: Shut up!

    • Batman: And I suspect you have a photographic memory.
      Lex Luthor: I'm too modest to boast.

    • Luthor: Now when I kill Superman, they'll build statues in my honor.
      Batman: Maybe next time.

    • Amanda Waller: Hey, Lex! That android is Cadmus property! You're going to have to find somewhere else to keep your brain.

    • Lex: Arrogant cow! It'll take weeks to build myself another android body!
      Amanda: You ain't got weeks, baldy. You're under arrest for trying to use the Justice League's space gun to murder everyone at Cadmus.

    • Lex: Did you really think you could take me down, all by yourself?
      Amanda Waller: Actually, yeah. But on the off chance I might have been wrong...
      (the core League arrive)
      Flash: Ta-dah!

  • NOTES (6)

    • The white shirt with buttons and grey pants that Luthor wears when working on Brainiac's new body may be a reference to what he wears in the early comics. See also here.

    • Character bios: Captain Atom, Supergirl, Steel, Amanda Waller, Lex Luthor

    • On first airing, clips at the end are from "The Ties That Bind," The Doomsday Sanction," "Task Force X," "The Once and Future Thing: Time, Warped (2)," "Double Date," "The Cat & The Canary," and "The Once and Future Thing: Weird Western Tales (1)," "Clash," "The Balance," and "Hunter's Moon."

    • Clancy Brown, CCH Pounder, Robert Foxworth, Corey Burton, and Nicholle Tom reprise their roles as Lex Luthor, Amanda Waller, Professor Hamilton, Brainiac, and Kara/Tea, respectively. The actors portraying Pat Dugan and the government representative are uncredited.

    • Heroes seen but not heard and/or credited and their approximate first appearance in order include: Stars (Stargirl) and S.T.R.I.P.E. (Pat Dugan out of armor) , Green Arrow (in the background in New Mexico), Shayera (at the core members' meeting), Ice (when the core Leaguers announce they're surrendering), Fire, Metamorpho, Black Canary (shaken when the missiles hit), Huntress, Question (in sickbay when the missiles hit), Red Tornado (helping staff during the missile attack), Ray, Atom-Smasher, Shining Knight, Vigilante (shaken during the missile attack), Aztek (on the bridge when missiles come in the windows), Crimson Fox, Hourman (on the bridge after S.T.R.I.P.E. armors up - you can see Hourman activating his wrist-band Miraclo dispenser), Bwana Beast (on the bridge right after the Waller/Batman conversation, leaping at Jolt), Starman, Dr. Light, (blasting a Longshadow), Hawk, Wildcat, Steel III (getting medieval on some clones then taking down a Longshadow), Sand (foreground being punched), Blue Devil (wrestling with a Longshadow in the background with Jolt in the front), the Creeper (leaping on a Jolt), Obsidian (blasting a Wind Dragon right after the Creeper leaps in - oddly, he fires a blast of white energy), Captain Atom (in the sickbay), the Atom (found by Supergirl), Booster Gold (cheering when the power comes up - see Trivia), and Dr. Mid-Nite (behind S.T.R.I.P.E. as he tosses a Wind Dragon off a control panel).

    • First aired on YTV June 10, 2005.