Justice League Unlimited

Season 2 Episode 15

The Terror Beyond (1)

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Nov 15, 2003 on Cartoon Network
8.9
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After Aquaman frees Solomon Grundy, Hawkgirl and the Justice League are convinced that the Lord of Atlantis has gone rogue. But when the trail leads them to the mysterious Dr. Fate, they discover there is more to this strange partnership than meets the eye.

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  • Finally the creations of HP Lovecraft reach out with their tentacles towards the Justice League. Aquaman, Doc Fate and Solomon Grundy fight to keep the sanity and safety of their world - against the JLU, against time ... and against Cthulhu.moreless

    9.5
    This is the first (and up to now only) episode of the JLU series, that refers to the "Old Ones" - a race of gods created by HP Lovecraft.

    Referenes like these are usually made in the Batman series so I've been fairly surprised as I saw the episode for the first time.

    The bad thing is: the only TRUE reference towards HPL is the title.

    Everything else is either spelled wrong (like "Cthulhu"), wrong references are made (Cthulhu is a BIG OLD ONE, here he seems to be a OLDER GOD), the language Fate uses clearly is everything but the MYTHOS language ... and why didn't anyone come up with the idea to ask Bats or Etrigan for help?

    Both are familiar with the the Big Old Ones.



    But just mentioning Lovecraft's worth 9.5 *g* ... and it's obvious that they at least tried ...moreless
  • Its a three-way super-brawl!

    9.0
    Admitidly this episode was a little slow in parts, not to mention odd (Why were the soldiers after grundy?) But the fight really makes up for it later, and the story of Grundy's origin is very interesting too.

    Superman really gets to shine here, taking down Grundy AND Aquaman almost singlehandedly (How did he break out of Grundy's hold anyway?) Wonder woman and hawkgirl also get to show off their fighting prowess, giving this episode true quality over quantity.moreless
George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

Kristin Bauer

Kristin Bauer

Mera

Guest Star

William Hootkins

William Hootkins

Commander

Guest Star

Sean Donnellan

Sean Donnellan

Technician

Guest Star

Scott Rummel

Scott Rummel

Aquaman

Recurring Role

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

Solomon Grundy

Recurring Role

Oded Fehr

Oded Fehr

Dr. Fate

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When the General tells that Grundy escaped with one of the Justice League's "friends," Superman asks "who," but his lips clearly mouth "what".

    • In the scene where Arthur and Grundy arrive in Fate's tower, Fate floats in and his uniform is missing the gold dividers for his boots. They reappear in the next scene.

    • It does seem a little odd that Dr. Fate is so secretive. Aquaman, sure, he's a arrogant SOB, but Fate's worked with Superman before. Inza wasn't doing anything that significant - why didn't Fate just tell her to explain things while he completed the ritual? Or even just shout out "We're busy casting a ritual to save the world from an extradimensional evil!" in a second or two. Instead he stays silent, endangering the whole process. Sure, Supes & Company still wouldn't have gone along with the torture-Grundy thing, but Fate doesn't know that.

    • For wanting to talk things through and not hurt Grundy, Superman sure hit Grundy a lot.

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (7)

    • Character bios: Dr. Fate, Inza, Aquaman, Solomon Grundy

    • William Hootkins (Commander) is best recognized as Lt. Eckhardt from Batman (1989). He's fought with Mark Hamill (Solomon Grundy) before, although they were on the same side then - he played Porkins (Red Six - "I can hold it") in Star Wars: A New Hope.

    • This is the first time that J'onn does not appear in at least one part of an episode.

    • Series producer and creator Bruce Timm has a brief voice cameo as one of the soldiers during the capture of Grundy. He has done several voices in his previous series Batman and Batman Beyond, but this is his first credited Justice League "appearance."

    • Oded Fehr takes on the role of Dr. Fate, who was previously played in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "The Hand of Fate", by George DelHoyo. Several bits in this episode refer back to that one such as Superman's knowledge of Fate and his tower.

    • Only Superman, Wonder Woman, and Hawkgirl appear in this episode.

    • When Cartoon Network premiered this episode, they aired the two episodes back-to-back, without inserting closing credits at the end of part one or opening credits/recap at the beginning of part 2. They still listed the title and writer/director credits, though.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Defenders Assemble!
      Coincidentally or not, the team of Aquaman, Dr. Fate, and Solomon Grundy parallel a team of similar individuals over at Marvel - The Defenders. Aquaman = Namor, the Submariner, Dr. Fate = Dr. Strange, Inza = Clea, and Solomon Grundy = The Hulk. Grundy even calls Fate "Stupid magician," which was what the Hulk called Dr. Strange in the Defender comics.

    • Hulking Out
      The parallels between the Hulk and Solomon Grundy, hinted at in "Only A Dream," are even stronger here. The general hunting Grundy looks suspiciously like General "Thunderbolt" Ross from the Hulk series.

    • Skulk
      Remember Amalgam comics? It was a comicbook series where the superheroes & villians were mixtures of DC & Marvel Comic characters. There was one character named "The Skulk," who was a mixture of Soloman Grundy & The Incredible Hulk.

    • Aquaman: If you want to live, come with me!
      This line resonates Arnold Schwarzenegger's line "Come with me, if you want to live!" to Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. This line was originally uttered by Michael Biehn in The Terminator, but Schwarzenegger made it famous.

    • General: He wrecked our tanks, grabbed Grundy and hightailed it on back of the flippin' Loch Ness monster.
      The Loch Ness Monster is a myth of one or more large serpent or dinosaur like animals living in the large Loch Ness of Scotland. Most of the evidence of the Loch Ness has now been discredited.

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