Justice League Unlimited

Season 1 Episode 12

The Brave and the Bold (1)

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Mar 10, 2002 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

When the Flash is mind-controlled into committing a crime, he and Green Lantern work to clear his name and uncover a sinister scheme.

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  • The Flash and Green Lantern team up to save Central City from evil genius Gorilla Grodd's mind-control.

    The Flash and Green Lantern team up to save Central City from evil genius Gorilla Grodd's mind-control. “The Brave and the Bold” is far from perfect but is one of my favorite episodes of the first season of “Justice League”. The episode nicely spotlights Flash. He is the wise-cracking immature comedian of the team. I wasn’t too impressed with the opening. I liked the way Flash tried to impress those girls in the diner but the chase scene felt somewhat inadequate. The Flash can outrun bullets but has trouble catching up with a truck. The story is pretty straightforward but well paced. There is plenty of humor, sharp dialogue and great character development. I really liked the dream sequence. The animation is pretty good but there are some noticeable flaws. Check out the chase scene carefully. One of the most appealing elements in this episode is the dynamic interaction between Flash and Green Lantern. Michael Rosebaum and Phil LaMarr really show up their voice talents. Powers Boothe (Deadwood) and Virginia Madsen (Sideways) voices Gorilla Grodd and his loyal assistant.moreless
  • Flash - Oh yeah well your naked! Witty comeback Flash.

    This was definetly one of my fav episodes of JL (including part two)

    It was fairly well written, characterastion was good, the animation was brilliant, and the music was nerve-wracking...

    All scenes with the flash were enjoyable with his chessy humour... Normally people who joke during a crisis tick me of, but Flash is awesome.

    I also enjoyed the dialogue with WW and Batman, especially when Batman thought WW was dead...that was so cute!

  • The "required" Planet of the Apes send off.

    Part 1 finds us learning that there is an advanced city of apes somewhere, presumably in Africa, hidden under a holographic mountain. For some reason the opening scene with the scientists is never explained or revisited. In fact, they could have skipped the opening and the viewer would lose nothing. Some might even find it more surprising when the ape first speaks.

    This episode puts the Green Lantern in another spot with a fellow Justice League member that bugs him, like he was with Hawkgirl in War World. In War World the Green Lantern and Hawkgirl both learn to respect each other. However, I doubt this will happen with the Flash as he's too "hyper" and doesn't like to wait. Typical Flash.

    Another thing that is typical is the typical Dini-Flash humour. Dini again adds comedy to an otherwise predictable episode. From having the Flash hit on a couple of women (after Flash saving their lives, one admonishes the other for not getting his number) to the Flash going through various "phases" (from really fat to thin to a puppet) while under mind control.

    They add some shock by apparently killing off the Green Lantern and the ape security chief, Solovar, at the end. But this is the Justice League. They'll figure out some way of undoing this, even if it's cheesy.

    Overall, this episode will not need revisiting once you have seen it for the first time. Since I'm writing this before watching part 2, we shall see what happens next. I'm betting that the Green Lantern, the Flash and Solovar work together and save the day.moreless
David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers


Guest Star

Virginia Madsen

Virginia Madsen

Dr. Sarah Corwin

Guest Star

Keone Young

Keone Young

Professor Arthur Chin

Guest Star

Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe

Gorilla Grodd

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Solovar gives Green Lantern a headband to protect him from Grodd's mind control and then puts one on himself. If he's chasing Grodd and needs protection, why wasn't he already wearing one?

    • Why did Grodd mind control the two scientists into stealing the radioactive isotopes if the machine that he needed to use the isotopes in was in the building where they were supposed to be delivered to anyway?

    • When Solovar hijacks a car to escape the police, he puts it in gear and roars away even though neither he nor its owner put the key in.

    • The woman in the teaser can't be a very good archaeologist, otherwise she wouldn't be hacking at the ground like that. She could easily damage something, such as the skull she found.

    • The Flash seems to take quite a long time to catch up to the speeding van. This seems odd enough in this episode, but in retrospect after episodes like "A Better World" and "Eclipsed" (the Flash runs to the sun in that episode in only a few minutes!), he sure seems to be going awfully slow here - not much faster then Steve Austin/Six Million Man speeds. He presumably doesn't want to go faster then the speed of sound, but he could go at least a hundred miles an hour faster then the van and still not be anywhere close to Mach 1.

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (6)


    • Cover Story
      As the Flash is knocked unconscious and undergoes various hallucinations, they are all references to various covers of different original Barry Allen/Flash-style comics. The overweight Flash is from the cover of Flash #115 - "The Day Flash Weighed 1,000 pounds". The puppet Flash is from the cover of Flash #133 - "Plight of the Puppet Flash". The three-sided mirror/distortion was from several different issues featuring long-time Flash opponent the Mirror Master, while the big-headed Flash appeared on the cover of Flash #177, Green Lantern #13, and Justice League of America #7.

    • Episode Title
      The episode title is a reference to a DC comic titled The Brave and the Bold, which featured team-ups between two different superheroes, and occasionally featured Green Lantern and the Flash. B&B comic was also where the Justice League initially premiered many years ago.

    • Flash: Having fun, Mojo?
      Probably a reference to Mojo Jojo, evil monkey and archnemesis of the Powerpuff Girls, also on the Cartoon Network.

    • Solivar: Get your paws off me, you stinking human!
      A play on the famous line originally stated by Charlton Heston in the movie Planet of the Apes. However, he says "Get your paws off me, you stinking ape!" - the line here comes from the remake (which also reversed the situation by having an ape say it to a human).