The first in a series of new American episodes of JLU kicks off with a non-JLU episode. As advertised, this episode is told almost entirely from the "bad guys" viewpoint. The attempt is ruined slightly by showing us a few scenes from the heroes viewpoints to tell the full story, but generally it works.
Essentially the secret conspiracy uses a military officer to assemble four convicted villains - who rely on their skills and weapons - to break into the JLU Watchtower and steal a mystical robot for future use against the League.
All the villains are well portrayed - Deadshot and Plastique flirt when they're not getting vicious, Clock King is the master coordinater and anal-retentive timing guy, and Captain Boomerang is a jerk. For those familiar with the comics, the idea of a "Suicide Squad" might seem familiar. Rick Flagg, the fifth member of the team and its leader, is surprisingly vicious himself. And yet since they're the protagonists of the story, we're cheering them on in a way.
Also nice work by all involved, particularly Michael Rosenbaum but also Donal Gibson, Mel's brother.
We also get a look at a few more "crowd extras" - Vigilante, Shining Knight, and Atom-Smasher, who manage to hold their own briefly against superior numbers, in a very nicely choreographed group fight scene which is among the best we've seen since the League went unlimited.
This story doesn't really advance the whole Cadmus storyline, although the Annihilator construct will play a major role in the next episode, "The Balance."
This episode also neatly filled the foreshortened (and now customary) 30 minute slot. Just enough of everything to keep it moving - no unnecessary filler, and we get more of a glimpse behind the scenes at the Watchtower. No explanation for who is paying for all this, though.
Overall, a highly entertaining episode and one that hopefully will give us the return of Task Force X down the road, with a few more members added to the team.