Justice League Unlimited

Season 2 Episode 18

Secret Society (2)

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

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

Write A Review
out of 10
135 votes
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.