Justice League Unlimited

Season 2 Episode 16

The Terror Beyond (2)

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Nov 15, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

With the initial ritual destroyed, the League, Fate, and Grundy must travel into the dimension of the Old Ones while Aquaman fights the invaders in the Earth realm.

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  • Yess, Hawkgirl Smash.

    I enjoyed the conclusion. It was faster pjaced than the first part. Lots and lots of monsters in the seas get thier butt kicked by aquaman. Plus, its touching that hawkgirl and wonder woman have a talk on faith. Plus superman and wonder woman kick more monster butt in the other diminsion place. This episode had so much concern for other s in it. From The magician saving superman from flying off and getting lost, to aquaman worried about not hearing the sea creatures. Plus, such a kind moment between grundy and hawk girl about his soul. He makes the big sacrifice and saves the day.moreless
  • Solomon Grundy makes the ultimate sacrifice.

    This is a very good episode. Grundy and hawkgirl strike up an unlikely friendship, and grundy bravely fights with everything hes got, just to get his soul. The scene where he asks hawkgirl if his soul is waiting for him was really touching. He may have been a villain, but his death brought tears to my eyes.

    This episode proves that, with the right motivation, anyone can die a hero.
George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie


Guest Star

Kristin Bauer

Kristin Bauer


Guest Star

Scott Rummel

Scott Rummel


Recurring Role

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

Solomon Grundy

Recurring Role

Oded Fehr

Oded Fehr

Dr. Fate

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Is Wonder Woman's belief in her gods really "faith"? She's actually met most of them (although only Hades has actually been in the series so far).

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Hawkgirl: I tried to do this according to human customs.
      Wonder Woman: You honor his memory.
      Hawkgirl: He was happy at the end. I still don't understand why.
      Aquaman: It's faith, Hawkgirl. You're not supposed to understand it... you just have it.

    • Icthulhu: Speak not until spoken to, dustmote.
      Hawkgirl: Okay, that was just rude.

    • Grundy: Do you think Grundy's soul is waiting for him.
      Hawkgirl: Grundy, I don't believe . . . yes, it's waiting for you.
      Grundy: Then Grundy . . . gets his reward.

    • Ichthulhu: Speak to me, child of Thanagar.
      Hawkgirl: Nothing to say. I got a gesture for you, but my hands are tied.

    • Grundy: Grundy crush pimple men!

    • Ichthulhu: You have the stench of the Thanagarians upon you.
      Hawkgirl: Says the giant squid.

    • Grundy: Birdnose helps Grundy, but Birdnose and her friends hate Grundy.
      Hawkgirl: Grundy help Birdnose, Birdnose help Grundy, okay? Excuse me, Hawkgirl smash.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Alien Creature
      The big black creature with the teeth and no eyes that Grundy fights with inside of Ichthulhu resembles an "Iszt", one of the creatures from Sam Keith's comic book The Maxx.

    • More Defending
      The parallels between this episode and Marvel Comic's Defenders continue - Grundy calls Hawkgirl "Birdnose" (which is what he referred to his Defender ally Nighthawk), Aquaman wields a mystic trident that looks a bit like that wielded by the Son of Satan, and you could probably argue that Wonder Woman = Valkyrie and Superman = Silver Surfer (cosmic powered refugee from a distant planet). There are several similarities between this episode and Avengers 115-118 and Defenders 8-11 when the two teams squared off against each other before teaming up and traveling to another dimension and fighting Dormammu's faceless gigantic minions.

    • Grundy's Sacrifice
      The heroic death of Grundy parallels that in the comic books seen in Starman v. 2 #32-34 or thereabouts. It is there that for the first time we get an explanation for Grundy's occasional mood swings and heroic acts - that when Grundy dies and comes back it's with a different aspect of Cyrus Gold's personality, and that sometimes the buried "good" side comes to the fore.

    • Icthulhu is Doomed!
      Although the Elder God shown here certainly looks like his artwork in the Lovecraft books and related source material, he also looks a lot like the old Superfriends' Legion of Doom HQ.

    • Ugly Sea Monsters
      When Aquaman goes to defend Atlantis we see the demonic creatures emerge from the vortex. The first creature leading looks like a shark with webbed-hands. In a Superfriends episode, Aquaman was transformed into a sea monster by a broken cannister of radiation. The sea monster was a shark with webbed-hands. The other superfriends had to shrink themselves down and used the supermobile to enter the Aquaman creature to drop the antidote onto his brain (similar to the movie Fantastic Voyage).

    • Ichthulhu:
      The whole concept here echoes the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and his creations of Cthulhu and the Elder Gods.
      There are many other Lovecraft mythos monsters making cameos; the heroes fight a Gug (the thing with four arms joining into pairs at the elbow), a Servitor of the Outer Gods appears (the frog thing with the big tentacle), and the Screaming Men (the headless gray dudes with mouths in their hands) are copies of Y'Golonac.

    • Headstone: Solomon Grundy - born on Monday.

      The full nursery rhyme that the headstone references at the end (and is the origin of Solomon Grundy's name, although that isn't stated here - see part 1) is:

      Solomon Grundy,
      Born on Monday,
      Christened on Tuesday,
      Married on Wednesday,
      Took ill on Thursday,
      Worse on Friday,
      Died on Saturday,
      Buried on Sunday:
      This is the end of Solomon Grundy.