Justice League Unlimited

Season 1 Episode 8

Paradise Lost (1)

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Jan 21, 2002 on Cartoon Network
8.2
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Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island to make up with her mother for her rapid departure, only to find the Amazons transformed to statues. The sorcerer Felix Faust is hold them hostage to force Diana to recover three ancient artifacts.

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  • Wonder Woman goes home

    9.2
    A nice episode where Wonder Woman is feeling homesick. after helping Superman save Metropolis from Hurricane Gardner (nice inside joke) she flies back to Paradise Island to find everyone trapped in stone including her mum.



    Felix Faust is responsible and offers WW a deal she can't refuse - find some missing ancient relics and he will free the stoned people (yeah...right)



    with the help of Flash, Martian Manhunter and Supes, WW attempts to find the relics - which possess incredible power and trickery. i enjoyed this episode - seeing Paradise Island again was great and Felix Faust - voiced by Robert Enguld (Nightmare in Elm Street Fame) was a treat. Part two is better...moreless
  • The sorcerer Felix Faust has transformed the Amazons of Themyscyira into stone and forces Wonder Woman to recover three ancient artifacts.

    6.5
    The sorcerer Felix Faust has transformed the Amazons of Themyscyira into stone and forces Wonder Woman to recover three ancient artifacts. “Paradise Lost” never made my top five favorite episodes of the first season of the series but certainly has its moments. The episode effectively spotlights Wonder Woman and offers a plenty of emotion and action. Susan Eisenberg really showed off her voice talents here. I was impressed. Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm’s Street) and John Rhys Davies (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) provide the voices for Felix Faust and the god Hades. There are some funny parts including Wonder Woman thinking of an excuse to tell her mother for her absence. Flash is still the comedian of the group. His wise-cracks and light-hearted attitude never seizes to amuse me. The dialogue was good but too many “Hera Help Us” lines grew tiresome. Overall, the animation was good but there are a few flaws. My only disappointment was seeing Superman turned into a king-sized punching bag.moreless
  • After a big storm, Wonder Woman realizes that she must go back to Themyscira and see her mother to explain why she's been gone for half a year.

    10
    After a big storm, Wonder Woman realizes that she must go back to Themyscira and see her mother to explain why she's been gone for half a year. When she arrives, she finds all of her Amazon sisters "frozen" in stone. After some searching, she finds Felix Faust, a magician of sorts, behind it. With her sisters--and mothers--lives on the line, Wonder Woman agrees to help Faust in his search for pieces of a key that will release Hades from his fiery entrapment.



    This was a really good episode, with lots of emotion, action and of course, some really really good fight scenes. If the description above isn't enough of a tip-off, this is mainly a "girl power" episode--which, I didn't mind one bit... cause heck, it even grabbed itself a WIN award (Women's Image Network), which just goes to show you how powerful this episode really is. With all the emotion they packed into this ep, along with the heroic-ness of Wonder Woman, it's easy to see why many like this episode. The dialogue was good, but I still can't get passed the "Hera help us", "Here help her", "Here help him" lines that spout from Wonder Woman. Granted, it's true to the character, but they still sound odd. However, Susan Eisenberg did a killer job on Wonder Woman in this episode that'll end anyone's doubts about her voice talents to rest. The rest of the League all had fairly good lines, and of course, Flash with his wise-cracks bring this episodes voices bar to a respectable four stars.



    As with most episodes, the animation was good. It flows well, and there are very few jumpy parts at all--if any, however there was the one sequence that bothered me--the rehashing of Flash's close-up from the "Speed Demons" episode in STAS. You can tell it's the exact same batch of animation by either quickly pausing the video, or by watching real closely; but why they couldn't just add a new bit or just leave it out all-together is beyond me. One the best parts though, was the battle with Hade's legion of the undead. Seeing the whole League work together to "kill" the skeletons was a really cool thing to see, whether it was J'onn's phasing or Batman's endless supply of exploding bat-a-rangs, it was a very very cool sight to behold. In the end, this was still a thoroughly enjoyable episode, despite the minor things mentioned above (After all, they accounted for less than 20 seconds of the total episode combined). From Faust's disintegration, to Diana pulling Hippolyta from Hade's grip, it was just a thoroughly enjoyable episode which I'd gladly watch again.moreless
  • Wonder Woman decides to return to Themyscira, after an eight month absence. She returns to find that the Amazons have been turned to stone by Felix Faust. She must help him to recover three ancient artifacts.moreless

    8.5
    Superman and Wonder Woman are helping some locals who got caught in a bad storm. Wonder Woman saves a small girl, and safely returns her to her mother. The interaction between mother and daughter reminds Wonder Woman of her own mother.



    Wonder Woman decides to return to her home, Themyscira. It's funny how she tries to come up with excuses to tell her mother if she asks about her whereabouts. "Gone mother? I've been in my room...alone...for eight moths."



    To her surprise, the island looks like a disaster area. Not only that but her fellow Amazons and her mother have been turned to stone.



    Out of the shadows Wonder Woman finds an evil sorcerer named Felix Faust. He says that he will free her mother and the other Amazons if she finds three ancient relics for him.



    When Wonder Woman tears up a museum, to get one of the relics, Superman intervenes. She explains her predicament, and Superman calls in more League members to help find the other relics.



    What's wierd is that once they find one of the relics, a magical thing happens to prevent them from taking the artifact. Like a giant snake-like creature errupts out of the ground and attacks the Flash and Martian Manhunter. They defeat the creature and run off with the relic.



    That means there is one more artifact to be found. Wonder Woman and Superman find it buried under a mall. Suddenly, Wonder Woman finds herself fighting a winged gargoyle-like creature. Superman is nowhere in sight. Superman finds himself fighting a similar one. Wonder Woman is nowhere in sight.



    They later realize that they were undering a spell, and were really fighting each other. So, they leave with the last artifact.



    The episode ends when we see Faust talking through a portal to Hades. Faust says, something like,"Soon the world will be ours." and Hades replies with, "Indeed it will."



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Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

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

Robert Englund

Robert Englund

Felix Faust

Guest Star

John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies

Lord Hades

Guest Star

Serena Berman

Serena Berman

Cassie

Guest Star

Susan Sullivan

Susan Sullivan

Hippolyta

Recurring Role

Jason Marsden

Jason Marsden

Snapper Carr

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Wonder Woman: I've got you, little sister!
      Cassie: You're not my sister!

    • Wonder Woman: (rehearsing her return speech) "You look more radiant then ever." No. "Gone, mother? I didn't go anywhere. I was in my room. Alone. For eight months." Definitely not. "The world was in peril. Would you have me stand by and do nothing?" Hera, give me strength.

    • (as her sisters are held hostage)
      Wonder Woman: What kind of man are you?
      Felix Faust: A practical one.

    • Felix Faust: Why should I risk my neck when someone else can get them for me?
      Lord Hades: If you fail me, it's not your neck you'll need to worry about.

    • Wonder Woman: I am Diana – Princess of the Amazons. I won't be denied!

    • Flash: (fantasizing about Paradise Island) Picture it - the sun, the sea, hundreds of women just like her running around and me, the first man they've seen in...oh, maybe forever? Oh and look what I brought! Iced Mochas for everyone! Sweet.
      J'onn: I fail to see the attraction.
      Flash: Man, you really are from Mars.

    • Wonder Woman: (Looking around a shopping mall) It's like some kind of temple.
      Superman: Yes, for those who worship their credit cards.
      Wonder Woman: How could any female wear such ridiculous garments?
      Superman: You got me.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Character bios: Felix Faust, (Lord) Hades

    • A very small in-joke: The name of the newsstand that gets destroyed by Hurricane Gardner in the beginning of the episode is called Bernie's News. The name is the same as that of the newsstand in the Watchmen maxi-series, although the stand owners look nothing alike.

    • "Hurricane Gardner" is presumably an in-joke reference to the late Gardner Fox, a long-time writer for Justice League comics, and who often used the "split the JLA into smaller teams" format used in this episode as well. Gardner is later given an "in memoriam" in "Legends (pt 2)."

    • Green Lantern and Hawkgirl do not appear in this episode.

    • In the Wonder Woman comics, the girl Cassie becomes a junior Wonder Woman of sorts. Her bit about not being Wonder Woman's sister may be an in-joke, since in the comics the relationship between Wonder Woman and "Wonder Girl" has been a confusing one, and none of the Wonder Girl's have been Diana's full sisters.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Flash: Man, you really are from Mars.
      Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication, is a book about relationships written by John Gray highlighting the differences between men and women.

    • Episode Title: Paradise Lost
      The name of this episode could be a reference to the books by John Milton.

    • Robert Englund: Devil
      Robert Englund was involved in a similar storyline on Married ... with Children. He played the Devil, and Al Bundy sold his soul to play for the Chicago Bears. Here, he plays Faust selling his soul to Lord Hades the (very loosely) Greek version of the Devil.

    • Felix Faust: Mythology
      This character is named after the mythic protagonist of several fictional works - Johann Faust, who sold his soul to the Devil in exchange of knowledge (like Felix).

    • Visual: Felix Faust's amulet
      The amulet that Felix Faust used to turn the Amazons into stone had the face of Medusa carved in it. In Greek mythology, Medusa was the only mortal of the three Gorgon sisters. The gorgons were female monsters with hair of living serpents. They were so hideous that everyone who looked to their faces - including themselves - would turn to stone. Perseus managed to slay Medusa by using a mirrored shield with which he could see Medusa without being turned to stone. (Note that Wonder Woman spotted Felix Faust through a mirrored shield in the very same way Perseus saw Medusa). Medusa herself will later appear in the third season episode "This Little Piggy."

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