Justice League Unlimited

Season 2 Episode 2

Twilight (2)

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Jul 05, 2003 on Cartoon Network
9.1
out of 10
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The League are forced to battle both Darkseid and Brainiac, while Wonder Woman and Batman seek the aid of Orion, son of Darkseid.

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  • Superman is...well, super

    7.0
    Part 2 remains Superman-centered, although Hawkgirl gets a few good moments sending Darkseid flying with a surprise attack and cutting loose Wolverine-style on the Brainiac robots. Superman beats up Darkseid, there's a lot of emphasis on his backstory (when he was brainwashed into conquering Earth), and his feelings for revenge pretty much drive the story.



    If there's a problem with the story, it's that the focus is too much on Superman. For one thing, both Brainiac and Darkseid are Superman villains and the fight is over Superman - as in last year's "War World" the rest of the JL doesn't seem to have much to do. That's not necessarily a bad thing, given how Superman was diminished last year. Still, there's room for more of Supe's fellow Justice Leaguers.



    Also, New Genesis gets shortchanged here - the Orion/Darkseid thing goes by pretty quick and Mr. Miracle and Forever People are reduced to cameos. This episode might have benefited from a third part - it doesn't look like we'll be seeing the New Gods again this season so a little more detail would have been nice. The bit with the whole Forager/bug/underclass thing seems abruptly tacked on and only barely connects at the end with the idea of orphans brought up 40 minutes earlier (if you get to watch both parts back-to-back).



    In fact, part 2 tends to lose the epic feel and seeing the money spent up on screen - we only really get stalwarts Corey Burton and Michael Ironside. Most of the battle takes place in a big room with Brainiac robot-clones. It's just not quite as impressive as part 1.



    It also seems as if Superman is...well, kinda brutal here - not particularly heroic. This gives us a major epic battle, but he never really overcomes his rage and it takes Batman to pull him off - at the end Superman still feels he was "right," presumably. Sure, Darkseid's a threat, has killed millions, and will undoubtedly show up again down the road. But he basically brought Superman down to his level here, and Superman doesn't seem to have realized it. File this one under "unresolved issues" - hopefully they'll cover this in the future, since Darkseid may or may not be showing up later in the season.



    Overall, part 2 just managed to retain the strengths of part 1, and it's generally satisfactory, but it is somewhat of a letdown from part 1.moreless
  • With the help of Orion, the Justice League must battle both the evil warlord Darkseid and the supercomputer Brainiac.

    9.0
    With the help of Orion, the Justice League must battle both the evil warlord Darkseid and the supercomputer Brainiac. When the promo of “Twilight” first appeared on Cartoon Network, I was quite excited. You couldn’t ask for a better starting episode for the second season of “Justice League”. Without a doubt, “Twilight” is one of the best episodes of the season and a personal favorite. It’s an exciting continuity of the events of ‘Legacy”. The episode features a well structured storyline, sharp dialogue, a great ending and appearances of Orion, Light Ray, High Father and the New Gods. The biggest surprise was Superman. Though fans criticized Superman in the first season, they will be pleasantly satisfied with his new aggressive attitude. Not only is he packing some serious muscle but he also carries quite a backbone. He is no more the textbook boy scout. George Newburn’s voice work in “Twilight” is outstanding. It was also nice to see Hawkgirl get some character development. The action scenes were truly great. The climatic battle between Darkseid and Superman was the big highlight of the episode. The animation and backgrounds were excellent.moreless
  • A team-up of my two of my favorite comic book villains.

    9.5
    Darkseid is my favorite comic book villain, not just because of his aspects, attitude, powers and temper, but also because of the anturage, let's say. Brainiac is the first villain ever introduces in the new Superman series, so he really should have been on the series.

    Anyway, the episode was really nice because it not only showed a team-up of my 2 favorite villains but it had two twists: Brainiac being Darkseid's ally and Darkseid getting his own way as usual.

    This episode is also important for character developement, because New Genesis is destroyed and Darkseid is left to his appparent death.

    The action is nice, the battle with the 100 Brainiacs being rather nicely done. All in all, a good episode that is a must see, especailly because it will have future importance.moreless
  • Not as good as part one...

    9.4
    ... but just as good. This episode took off where part one left off. The episode was great with great animation and clear plot points.



    The tention between Batman and Superman went a little farther this time and it remided me of World's Finest Part One or two (I own the video, never saw the ep live) where Bruce Threw Superman, and this time, Superman hit Batman.



    This episode was also a clever way to begins the series with a two parter, because for once in the series we get a climactic ending where the main villans die off, most times you never get the chance to kill of the stars of the episode, so thank cartoon network for letting that get past.



    Great installment and defined the rest of the series.

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  • Superman is taken captive by Braniac, who has formed an alliance with the treacherous Darkseid. The League works to save Superman and New Genesis from this deadly alliance.

    9.5
    I thought that this was a real pivotal part in the Superman/Darkseid struggle. I was half-shocked and half-expecting Braniac and Darkseid to be working together, really. My only regret (and probably Superman\'s as well) was that Superman didn\'t get to finish off Darkseid with his bare hands.I guess in the end, he really did have the last laugh.

    I\'m glad that the League got rid of Braniac, though; this may be the last time that we see him (I hope). Darkseid is undoubtedly one of the greatest villains in the DC Universe! So, all in all, a good episode.moreless
Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Wonder Woman/Diana

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz

George Newbern

George Newbern

Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

Mitch Ryan

Mitch Ryan

Highfather

Guest Star

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

Lightray

Guest Star

Tara Strong

Tara Strong

Sara

Guest Star

Corey Burton

Corey Burton

Brainiac

Recurring Role

Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman

Orion

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • After Hawkgirl hit Darkseid, there was a scene showing Superman's cape totally torn apart due to the energy of the device that was extracting his DNA. When Batman set him free Superman's cape was undamaged.

    • How did Superman split the two beams from his heat vision to destroy Brainac's robots? Doesn't his heat vision focus on where he is looking?? Thus unless he can focus on different things with each eye he can only hit one thing at a time.

    • Darkseid is conveniently forgetting that Superman humbled and defeated him in their last apparent battle (at the end of "Legacy"). On the other hand, given his egotism this oversight might be understandable and he might just consider his defeat a temporary setback.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Superman: But why?!?
      Darkseid: You of all people should know the universe is filled with chaos, confusion, and uncertainty. I will tear it down to nothing, and then rebuild it, bringing order and disciple at last. Think of it, Superman. A new universe created in with my image.

    • Darkseid: (to Orion) I'm glad to see growing up with Highfather hasn't made you soft and weak. You make an old man proud.

    • Darkseid: This is where you belong, Superman--under my heel.

    • Superman: To get off this rock you'll have to go through me.
      Darkseid: You really are a glutton for punishment. Time and again I've beaten you, humbled you. What makes you think today this outcome will be any different?
      Superman: Because this time I won't stop until you're just a greasy smear on my fist. Let's go.

    • Orion: (punching Darkseid) Hello, Father. Don't I get a hug?

    • Brainiac: You deceived me, Darkseid. Used me.
      Darkseid: It's what I do.

    • Batman: Next time I let Superman take charge, just hit me. Real hard!

    • Hawkgirl: (beating Brainiac to a pulp) Someone had to do it.
      Superman: No problem.

    • Brainiac: And this is your final decision?
      Superman: Read my lips - go to...
      Brainiac: (conveniently interrupting) Unfortunate, but predictable.

    • Batman: Nothing could have survived that. Not even Darkseid.
      Superman: You know something, Bruce... you're not always right.

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