Justice League Unlimited

Season 2 Episode 18

Secret Society (2)

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Nov 22, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

The Secret Society take advantage of the League's break-up to bring them down until only Green Lantern remains to free his comrades. When he falls as well everything looks hopeless.

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  • Seven of the Justice League's worst enemies: Gorila Grod, Sinestro, Killer Frost, Parasite, Giganta and Shade team up to defeat the league. They manage to capture them but they escape in the end.moreless

    This is my favorite type of Justice League episodes. Take a bunch of villains (7) and mix them up with a sinister plan to capture the league. These episodes are cool because they show the members of the league working together (more or less) and using their powers to the fullest.

    This episode shows how the Secret Society divided and captured the members of the league. They plan to kill them on a stadium but the Martian deceives them and they manage to escape and defeat the Society (what a surprise).

    Anyway, the best part of the episode is the final battle, in which the members of the league cooperate and manage to win. This episode is a classic and I liked it very much.moreless
  • The Secret Society takes advantage of the League's break-up to bring them down.

    The Secret Society takes advantage of the League's break-up to bring them down. As much as I’ve enjoyed “Secret Society”, the second part is far from perfect. The story is pretty straightforward and predictable. There are some great moments though. Flash uses his brain. Green Lantern and Hawkgirl get personal. Like the first part, the episode ably focuses on the characters and their interaction. The dialogue is well developed. There are some good one-liners. The ending was somewhat awkward and sad. It did however illustrate the seriousness of their internal problems and how easily they can turn on each other. The real highlights are the cool hero vs. villain battles especially the big climatic finish. The Secret Society storms a crowded stadium to show off their might but the Justice League turns the table on their halftime show. Flash takes Killer Frost for a spin. Wonder Woman knocks out Giganta. Superman flings Gorilla Grodd between the goal posts. The animation is great but there are some visible flaws especially during the final bout.moreless
  • Watch the League get out of another "impossible" scenario.

    Twice the ending was foreshadowed by the Secret Society. First was in Part 1 when Shade is asked to join the society, he says that it won't work. After all, it has already failed for him twice. The second is when Clayface refers to the old spy movies he played when he was still Matt Hagen. In them the hero would get caught and since the bad guy didn't kill him right away, the hero would escape.

    It's interesting that they should be so blatant with the obvious end result in both parts of the show. Everyone watching already knows that the good guys are going to win. That's why the show is called Justice League and not Injustice Gang or Secret Society. But there is nothing like making the obvious more obvious.

    Overall though, this episode is good for two reasons: it makes the super heroes appear more normal (i.e. "I am the strongest" or "We are not equals"); and we get to see super heroes in training where they learn to work together.

    Using this episode as a launching point, it gives the League the chance to follow up with more training that they can show us. It would be interesting to see how long it would take these seven to learn to work together, while still being able to be just as effective when they are alone.

    As they say, it's nice to have a friend, but the world is a lonely place.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

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Flash/Wally West

Stephen McHattie

Stephen McHattie


Guest Star

Brian George

Brian George


Guest Star

Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe

Gorilla Grodd

Recurring Role

Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman


Recurring Role

Ted Levine

Ted Levine


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In part one, the main plan seems to be to divide the group. It seems strange that, in part two, they purposely trick four of them into coming together again.

    • Where did the spaceship or whatever go? Grodd lands the big huge spaceship in the middle of a field, but in the long shots at the end of the battle it's completely absent - no wreckage (from Giganta hitting Superman through it) or anything.

    • When Giganta goes down the stadium seating is conveniently almost empty so no one gets crushed, but in all the shots before and after, the stadium seats are packed.

    • Why do they imprison GL with his ring? They disarm Hawkgirl, and you'd think that Sinestro, being a former GL and sworn enemy of the Corps, would know how to get one off.

    • So...why does J'onn-as-Clayface knock out GL in the Society cave? The villains are in some disarray, and if J'onn were to help GL and free the others right there, he'd have GL intact, the other five free, and the time to avoid freeing Clayface. Instead J'onn waits until they're at the stadium when GL is imprisoned as well but the scenario is otherwise the same.

    • Hawkgirl and Green Lantern are apparently talking in Metropolis. Then she flies away and is told to meet at the practice range... which appears to be somewhere in the American Southwest. Then she's there shortly thereafter. How fast can she fly?

    • As in Part 1, everyone recovers remarkably quickly from the Parasite's touch. This is particularly odd since in his past appearances Parasite has displayed he's well capable of draining Superman, keeping him imprisoned, and redraining him as the villain loses his "charge." If nothing else, why doesn't Parasite keep draining Wonder Woman, Flash, and Superman (and maybe J'onn) of their powers to make himself as powerful as them all combined?

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Grodd has revealed the incapacitated members of the Justice League to a crowd)
      Grodd: There they are. Your heroes, who violate every law of nature by coddling the weak and powerless. We say it's time for a new order! But it can't arrive until the old one departs.

    • Grodd: (addressing a stunned crowd at a football stadium) We've come to this arena because it's where the strong routinely defeat the weak. How you so-called "higher" primates revel in that. Yet outside these walls, you do everything you can to shackle the mighty, and prevent them from fulfilling their destiny! That's all about to end.

    • Sinestro: My beams are as fast as you are. Light speed.
      Flash: Yeah, but you don't think that fast.

    • Flash: Antifreeze, anyone?
      J'onn: Please, no jokes.

    • Superman: You know Batman - always has to make an entrance.

    • Giganta: (to Superman) Wouldn't hit a woman, would you?
      Wonder Woman: I would.

    • Clayface: Remember those old spy movies I used to act in, where the villain used to catch him but wouldn't kill him, and then the hero would get away?
      Grodd: (deadpan) I'm not much of a movie-goer.

    • Clayface: What gave me away?
      Batman: You overplayed your part, "yo."
      Grodd: Everyone's a critic.

    • Henchman: You want Shade?
      Flash: That's what I said.
      Henchman: Go look under a tree.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Familiar Entrance: When Grodd and his Society first emerge from their ship in the middle of the football field, their standing silhouettes resemble those of the Justice League at the end of the show's opening title sequence.

    • Gorilla Grodd: We've already divided – now we conquer.
      The expression "Divide and Conquer" derives from the Latin phrase "Divide et impera" (Divide and rule) which dates back to the Roman Era. It consists of a strategy of gaining power over people by breaking up allegiances so that the individuals become weak. It essentially allows those with little real power to control those who, when acting cooperatively, would have a lot of power. "Divide and Conquer" is widely recognized for being Napoléon Bonaparte's motto, who managed to gain control of most of the western and central mainland of Europe by basing his tactic on this maxim.

    • Superman: I've felt worse. (flicks Grodd through the goal poles)
      In "Finger Football" one guy flicks a paper football through the "goal poles" of the other guy's fingers. Superman's super flick is made funny when Grodd sails for the field goal, and is funny because it brings to mind this famous classroom game.

    • Gotham Knights:
      Gotham Knights are one of the football teams playing at the game. It's also the name of a recent Batman comic book series.

    • Henchman: Listen, buddy, I know Batman, I once ratted out a counterfeiter to Batman, and believe me, you're no Batman!
      On October 5, 1988, in Omaha, Nebraska, Dan Quayle, the Republican candidate for the vice presidency, met Lloyd Bentsen, the Democratic candidate, in a nationally televised debate. One of the main focuses of that debate was the issue of whether Quayle, a forty-one-year-old senator from Indiana, had the intellect and maturity necessary to assume the presidency.

      After Quayle compared his political experience to that of John F. Kennedy in 1960, Bentsen replied, "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy." In addition, this episode was aired on the date of the 40th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963.