Justice League Unlimited

Season 2 Episode 4

Tabula Rasa (2)

1
Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Oct 04, 2003 on Cartoon Network
9.1
out of 10
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5

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Even Superman is unable to defeat the android once it duplicates all of the League's powers. Only with the aid of J'onn, suffering a crisis of faith when he is overwhelmed by humanity's pettiness during a telepathic scan, can they turn Amazo against Lex.

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  • The Power Cosmic

    7.0
    The second part of this episode begins with Batman showing why he's the brains of the team, but fortunately Amazo isn't kept down for long. If anything, the second battle against Amazo is even more impressive, as the League seems to have their act together this time around and fights the android to a standstill before Luthor arrives - making up for their poor showing (before Superman shows up to bail them out) the first time around.



    As becomes clear in this episode, and is clear in retrospective for the first episode, is that Amazo is "evolving" and growing. There are some subtle hints of this in part 1, when it takes on the face of its father figure, Lex. This time we get it "adapting" Flash's ladykiller persona (somehow, despite a visual scan, but go with it), then its starting to question Lex, and then adapting/evolving to overcome the kryptonite. This sets the stage for Amazo to duplicate the powers of the cosmos and fly away at the end, its "evolution" complete.



    Lex Luthor doesn't play a really large part in this episode - much of his role could have been played by any villainous characters. Here he plays Lucifer, corrupting Amazo. Still, it's nice to see Lex's storyarc moving along, which will lead to the events of "A Better World."



    The other theme of the episode is "humanity" - Amazo gains humanity of a sort and then rejects it to become something greater, while J'onn is forced to cope with being exposed to the full spectrum of humanity's thoughts and impulses. Presumably he is just overwhelmed by the sheer volume of it, since he's scanned the minds of major villains before. While J'onn doesn't become "human" himself, he accepts humanity for what it is, and the final hug with Wonder Woman seals the deal. Hopefully they'll do something with this in future.



    Overall, "Tabula Rasa" is another in a fairly stream of good episodes that we've had since late in Season 1, and look to continue.moreless
  • This episode shows one of the greatest foes the Justice League has ever faced, and one of the few they were unable to defeat.

    10
    This episode shows an amazing maturity in dealing with this, by having both heroes and villians thinking and planning ahead, and not having the main characters act randomly or just using brute strength. This really helped with the power of the episode, because having all of the heroes acting to the very best of their abilities made Amazo's victory all the more impressive. In the end, they proved that when they are powerless and direct violence fails, another option will always present itself, and manages to pull that message off without looking pacifistic or weak. I give this episode a 10 out of 10, and I feel that it is one of the best episodes that Justice League has to offer.moreless
  • Criminal mastermind Lex Luthor unleashes his latest weapon against the Justice League: the power-duplicating android AMAZO.

    8.5
    Criminal mastermind Lex Luthor unleashes his latest weapon against the Justice League: the power-duplicating android AMAZO. "Tabula Rasa" is one of the most underrated episodes of the second season. The episode features a well paced character-driven plot. Its always nice to see all seven members of the League in one episode. In the first season, Superman has been the target of heavy criticism by viewers but I'm happy to say that he really shows off his powers in the second season. Superman puts quite a fight against AMAZO especially after AMAZO duplicates his powers. I was surprised to learn that Batman carries kryptonite for insurance. It seems that he didn't forget the events in "Twilight". Lex Luthor is the real highlight of this episode. Clancy Brown continues to dominate the role of the popular DC villain. The interaction between Luthor and former henchwoman Mercy was quite good. I often felt sorry for AMAZO by the way Luthor manipulated him to attack the League. I wasn't quite surprised on his reaction when he learns the truth. Martian Manhunter manages to pull himself together from his depression. He finds hope in a small group of people who desperately seek to find a lost child. It was a very touching moment. It proves that even superheroes do need a pat in the back or hug to feel appreciated. The voicework was pretty good.moreless
  • Classic Episode

    9.5
    This episode and overall story was great, all of the JL got a decent slot, showing off their powers, and its good to see a villian actually not faultering and posing a realistic threat.



    The Anderoid has to be one of the best enemy's to date and here's hoping he comes back.

  • Continued...

    9.2
    And here we are in part two of this great episode. We pick off from a great point in the story. It was nice to see J'onn use his abitlities to take the anidriod down from attacking the JL and instead, he sent his power to the Justice League's foe Lex Luthor.



    The ending was clever and it really set the plot for JL season 3's The Return when Superman and J'onn said, "You'll be doing alot of praying..." "We'll all be praying."



    Great way to end Tabularasa and I would like to say the animation for this episode was Great!



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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

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Mercy

Guest Star

Ashley Edner

Ashley Edner

Little Girl

Guest Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Search Leader

Guest Star

Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown

Lex Luthor

Recurring Role

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Amazo

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • At one point Amazo is flying along using Hawkgirl's wings but at the time he already had Superman's powers. Superman is a much faster flyer than Hawkgirl, so why not use his powers of flight instead?

    • The same for Amazo having an initial weakness to kryptonite. He didn't see Superman being vulnerable to kryptonite, so why would he acquire that weakness? Overall, the whole "Has to see them to duplicate them" thing doesn't seem to make much sense.

    • If Amazo depends on sight to duplicate powers...then how does he duplicate J'onn's telepathy? It's not like he can...well, see J'onn's telepathic powers in use.

    • Amazo can't adapt to duplicate Batman because he purportedly has no super-powers...but neither does Hawkgirl and he gets her fighting ability and mace just fine. So why doesn't he adapt Batman's martial arts and batarangs?

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  • NOTES (2)

    • The entire League appears in this episode

    • Batman having the kryptonite at the ready is reminiscent of the two-part Batman Beyond episode "The Call," in which the elderly Bruce Wayne had a small piece of it ready in case Superman went rogue again. Whatever remained of the chunk of kryptonite when Amazo threw at Superman could have been the sliver he had in the Batman Beyond episode.

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