Justice League Unlimited

Season 5 Episode 8

The Great Brain Robbery

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Mar 04, 2006 on Cartoon Network

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  • While it doesn't go very far in plot, the voice work is fantastic and the action is quick and to the point.

    The Flash really would have to be one of the most powerful superheroes. You might be able to shoot rays of energy or take down a building, but if you can't even keep up with someone how can you beat them.

    Lex Luthor and Flash trading minds is an old science fiction standby, but they are classics for a reason. You can make it into a character revealing episode or pull it purely for laughs. This is mostly for laughs but we learned something more about the Flash then was probably intended. More on that in a second.

    Lex is trying to bring Brainiac back and use his power, but needs Grodds knowledge to do so. Because of the unwilling participant, Lex uses a device to enter Grodds mind. At the same time, Dr. Fate convinces the league he can mystically use Flash's mind to figure out Grodds location, and the new league of villians. A mishap occures, minds switch and the chaos begins. One plus is Dr. Fate knowing instantly that Flash's mind was switched. It would have been nice to get at least a moment to see Fate a little humbled by the mistake, but that is a minor quibble.

    The League is trying to hold Flash/Luthor down, and Luthor/Flash is disoriented and surprised at being winded only running a short distance from Grodd. His attempts to avoid detection is what makes the humor of the episode. His comments in the group meeting for the generic robbery plan were perfectly timed, in animation, getting a laugh from a pause is hard, but they pull it off. The only real humor from the League point of view is Luthor resorting to at least getting the Flash's secret identity, but learns he doesn't know the face at all.

    (As a small comment, Tala seems to just be twitter-pated over Lex and he hasn't really given her any notice whatsoever, even blantantly brushing her off. She seems a little dense for that, though she may have her own reasons)

    About learning about the Flash, Luthor uses the Flash's powers with surprising verocity and danger. He took out nearly the entire watchtower by himself, like I said before, if you can't touch him... Wally West is immature, sure, that is why we love him, but here we learn that he actually is careful about his powers. Flaunting does not neccesarily mean abusing and he is actually responsible concerning his powers, that's why he is a superhero. This came as a one note deal when Luthor uses a vibration blast to open a door, Red Tornado comments on the instability of the technique and Green Lantern says that is why Flash doesn't do that. So much is said in just a few lines.

    The voice acting was just perfect, Clancy Brown mimics the voice style of Michael Rosenbaum intricately, and Michael Rosenbaum uses his Lex Luthor voice from 'Smallville', which is a neat little piece of trivia. There is no point where we don't believe they have really switched bodies.

    The resolution is predictable, but done with enough creativity to make the entire episode a lot of fun.
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