Justice League Unlimited

Season 5 Episode 7

Patriot Act

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Feb 25, 2006 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Green Arrow must lead a team of non-powered superheroes against a berserk super-soldier attacking Metropolis.

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  • A great concept and well exacuted episode.

    This is one of my favorite episodes of the series and here's why. This episodes stablishes several lesser known heroes like Shinning Knight, Vigalante, and STRIPE. I love the idea of having a bunch of non-powered heroes fighting against a super powered foe they can't possibly beat. It's a gauntlet, and I love it. This aspect of the show is great, but the underlying meaning it holds is even better. The last conversation between Knight and the General is very emotional. I think it is one of the best back and forths in the series and has the best line, when Knight is asked why he doesn't just give up and replys, "Why don't you."moreless
  • Green Arrow, Shining Knight, Vigilante, Stargirl, STRIPES, Speedy, and the Crimson Avenger get their butts handed to them by a hulkesque monster. But they did so valiantely, so nobody really cares that they lost.moreless

    Sarcasm in my summary aside, I really love this episode. It's my favorite episode in the entire series. The heroes without powers face an unstoppable evil, and while they lose badly, they still tried and that is what is important. Superpowers, who needs 'em? Then again, Sir Justin could have used some when Eiling was pummeling him...

    And I've decided that aside from the Flash, Sir Justin in the most adorable person in the League when he smiles. All the other times you see him he's frowning. And once again Vigilante pwns all with his awesome lines. "You hit 'em high, I'll hit 'em low!"moreless
  • Having the episode being devoted to powerless heroes really showed the episodes realistic side and made it seem exciting, and making the episode a nod to the original Golden Age Seven Soldiers of Victory...moreless

    The story was excellent and the used the Background heroes as the main part of the episode to show a realistic side to the show and episode. Making the episode also as a nod to the Original Seven Soldiers of Victory was great, showing the coolest non-superpowered heroes fight a Superpowered Super soldier was great as well. The writers really did good in this episode, although they could have gave S.T.R.I.P.E.S. and Crimson Avenger speaking roles and let loose on the Seven Soldiers background in the episode, but that aside, the epsiode is the third best episode of JL/JLU, If you haven't seen it, I suggest you do.moreless
  • With the league stretched thin, a bunch of non-powered superheroes have to "fill in" for Superman. With unexpected results...

    This episode truly gives character to the secondary characters that would otherwise have been left undeveloped. I loved the banter between Shining Knight and Vigilante at the beginning about Clint Eastwood. Initially I didn't think I'd like it without the big names, Superman, Green Lantern, etc., but it was certainly entertaining. So much of this episode is in the details such as the parade announcers, etc. So often in this series an entire episode can be dominated by several huge fight scenes. While that is entertaining, it doesn't give you much of a human side of the heroes the way this episode does. I really enjoyed it.moreless
  • I can see what they were trying to do, but plot-wise this is thin on the ground.

    This is an episode that could have been great. There is nothing better in Justice League, than being able to see some of your favourite (and often obscure) characters make it to the small screen. I'll admit to having a bit of a moment when I saw Speedy, and being a Geoff Johns fan any appearance from Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. is okay by me. Unfortunately though, what this episode was lacking, was a plot. Perhaps it suffered from being a filler episode within the overall story arc, but it really isn't anything more than 'Man becomes monster, monster terrorises some people for a bit, monster get's it's ass kicked, end of story.'

    The sentiment for this episode is great, and I feel that the message is aimed at the audience as a whole, rather than just the TV characters. Unfortunately, trying to convince an audience that the Non-Superpowered heroes are cool too, when they've been watching Batman for years is a bit of a no brainer.moreless
Nathan Fillion

Nathan Fillion


Guest Star

Giselle Loren

Giselle Loren


Guest Star

Mike Erwin

Mike Erwin


Guest Star

CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Amanda Waller

Recurring Role

Kin Shriner

Kin Shriner

Green Arrow

Recurring Role

Michael Beach

Michael Beach

Mr. Terrific

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Eiling advances on the civilians, the one boy is kneeling behind Sir Justin. He stands up, extends his arms, and says, "You're the only one around here with super powers." But in the next shot, he's instantly kneeling again with his arms are at his side.

    • Al and Chris McGee (from "In Blackest Night") can be seen in the crowd during the parade.

    • Trivia: The Crimson Avenger's costume is different from his last appearance. Colors have been changed in places and the eye holes in his mask are completely white, like Flash's or Batman's.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Elderly Woman: You think killing Superman would make the world safe? Or killing this boy? Or us? Tell me--how many of us do you have to kill to keep us safe?

    • General Eiling: Why don't you give up?
      Shining Knight: Why don't you?

    • Green Arrow: (Having only one arrow) You still have the quantum arrow?
      Speedy: Yeah, but you said...
      Green Arrow: This is an emergency.

    • Shining Knight: I'd slay the ogre Blunderbore all over again rather than put myself on display in this manner. Even though that ogre turned out to be...
      Vigilante, Stargirl, Green Arrow, etc.: Morgan Le Fay.
      Green Arrow: We've all heard it.
      Shining Knight: 'Tis a good story.

    • General Eiling: They're the ones I'm after, not you. I'm not the menace, metahumans are. Superpowered beings.
      Kid: You're the only one around here with superpowers.

    • General Eiling: You can't make an omelette without breakin' a few eggs. This country's already half-way down the toilet because of you super-powered types.
      Stargirl: For the record, potty-mouth, I don't have any powers - it's the staff.
      (Eiling hits her)
      General Eiling: In that case, miss, you're just another egg.

    • Kid: Pretty cool riding, what'cha got for an encore?
      Vigilante: Never you mind, now get this area clear of civilians!
      Kid: (to news broadcasters) Hey! Buzz off!

    • General Eiling: All right, I've become what I hate - I'll give you that.

    • General Eiling: You spoiled, rich little twerp.
      Green Arrow: I think he's talking to me.
      Speedy: Oh, for a second there I was all mad.

    • Shining Knight: No, his proper duty is to his police captain, I see why they call him "Dirty" - he besmirches his order.
      Vigilante: Sir Justin, if you want to be watchin' stuff on my big TV with the 5.1 surround sound, you had best watch what you say about Mr. Clint Eastwood.

    • Green Arrow: You wanted Superman? Well, now you've got.. .the Crimson Avenger and my ex-sidekick.
      Speedy: Ex-partner.
      Green Arrow: Speedy, we gotta do this now?
      General Eiling: Ooh, now I'm scared.

    • Eiling: Where's Superman?
      Green Arrow: Busy. Can I help you?
      Eiling: Yeah. Hold this for me! (throws a cart)

    • Stargirl: Haven't you ever heard of "innocent bystanders"?
      Eiling: Ever hear of "acceptable losses"?

  • NOTES (5)


    • Shining Knight: ...and that ogre turned out to be...
      Vigilante, Stargirl, Green Arrow, et al.: Morgan Le Fay.
      Shining Knight's monologue vaguely resembles those of Paul Harvey, a radio announcer whose program told the story of the a celebrity, whose identity he would save for the very end.

    • Nazi Doctor: Nothing less than an artillery shell will be able to penetrate his skin...
      This description by the Nazi doctor of Captain Nazi is taken from the original Golden Age description of Superman.

    • Shining Knight: I see why they call him dirty...
      The movie Vigilante and Shining Knight are discussing is the Clint Eastwood classic Dirty Harry.