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Justice League Unlimited: Dead Reckoning

The spirit of a circus acrobat arises from the dead, seeking help from Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to retrieve a stolen soul of a temple of mystic monks.



Episode Info


Episode number: 5x6
Airdate: Saturday February 18th, 2006

Director: Dan Riba
Writer: Dwayne McDuffie


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Guest Stars
Powers Boothe
voiced Grodd
Recurring
Clancy Brown
voiced Lex Luthor
Recurring
Juliet Landau
voiced Tala, Rama Kushna (uncredited)
Recurring
Michael Beach
voiced Devil Ray, Mr. Terrific (uncredited)
Recurring
David Ogden Stiers
voiced Solovar
Recurring
Raphael Sbarge
voiced Deadman
Sab Shimono
voiced Monk
Main Cast
Kevin Conroy
voiced Batman / Bruce Wayne
George Newbern
voiced Superman / Clark Kent/Kal-El
Susan Eisenberg
voiced Wonder Woman / Diana

Recap

In a remote monastery, Nanda Parbat, an ancient Master addresses the ghost of Boston Brand, known as Deadman. Deadman wonders why he can't pass on even after he brought his killer to justice. The Master notes that he is still there and informs him that his destiny is to avenge the Master's death. Outside, a guard stands watch when several Legion of Doom villains teleport in, accompanied by troopers and lead by Lex Luthor. The guard confronts them and one of the villains, Devil Ray, casually shoots him down and they go inside. Another monk informs them that outsiders are not allowed in the temple of Nanda Parbat. When Atomic Skull goes up to him, the monk casually disposes of him and summons the other monks. The villains dispose of many of them and approach the temple to find the Master waiting for them. Devil Ray tells him to step aside but when the Master refuses, he deflects the initial shots. Undaunted, Devil Ray brings down the archway on him while Deadman and the remaining monks, look on, horrified. The dying Master tells Deadman they will meet away. Deadman leaps into the body of Rampage and possesses her, smashing Devil Ray into the temple. Tala senses Deadman's presence and casts a spell to exorcise Deadman...

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Episode Notes
Originally aired on January 18th, 2006 on Toonami in UK.

Juliet Landau reprises her roles as Tala from season 3 and 4, and David Ogden Stiers reprises his roles as Solovar from "The Brave and the Bold (1)."

Legionnaires that appear throughout the episode:
In the Himalayas: Devil Ray, Lex Luthor, Bizarro, Rampage, Tala and Atomic Skull.
In Gorilla City: Star Sapphire, Major Disaster, Goldface, Blockbuster, Dr. Polaris, Volcana, Puzzler, Sonar, Copperhead, Doctor Cyber, the Tattooed Man, Cheetah.
At the meeting: (sitting, left to right) Lady Lunar, Merlyn, the Shark, the Dummy, Queen Bee, Fastball, Dr. Spectro, the Key; (standing up, left to right) Sinestro, Sonar, the Blue Lama, the Monocle, Javelin, Angle Man, Livewire, Crowbar, Black Mass, Tsukuri, Evil Star, Psycho-Pirate and KGBeast.

This episode marks the death of Devil Ray.

Justice League Roll Call: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Mr. Terrific.



Episode Quotes
The Master: I know you are here, Boston Brand.
Deadman: (appears) What’s the point of being a flippin’ ghost if you can’t even sneak up on people?

The Master: And yet, here you are.
Deadman: “Here you are”? What kind of lousy wisdom is “Here you are?”

Devil Ray: Grodd never sends us to any place nice...

Guard: This humble one begs your forgiveness, but to enter this sacred place the right must be earned.
Devil Ray: (shoots him dead) Keep the change.

Monk: This humble one begs your forgiveness, but no outsider is permitted in the temple of Nanda Parbat.
Atomic Skull: That’s cute, kid--get out of the way or I’ll spank you.
Monk: (catching his punch) This would also not be permitted.

Devil Ray: (chuckles) Little Bruce Lee’s got your number. Lucky thing you got us for backup.

Lex Luthor: Bizarro, you despise me right?
Bizarro: Uhuh. Bizarro hate Luthor. Me do anything for he.
Lex Luthor: Good--I mean, bad. Anyway, take care of those monks.

Devil Ray: Stand aside or you’re dead.
The Master: In the fullness of time we are all dead.

Devil Ray: When Giganta gets out of prison, she ain’t gonna appreciate you hanging on to her boyfriend like that.
Tala: That’s her problem. Giganta is not nearly enough woman for Grodd.

Deadman: Rama Kushna. Just like you to show up too late to help.
Rama Kushna: Your impertinence is as refreshing as always. But have a care--the gods are capricious.

Batman: Solovar, this is Batman
Solovar: What a coincidence-–I was about to call you.
Batman: Wanted to give you a head’s up. We have reason to believe Grodd is heading your way.
Solovar: You don’t say? That might explain the armies of super villains attacking the city.

Deadman: Gorilla City?
Wonder Woman: A hidden city of super intelligent talking gorillas with technology far beyond anything humans have created.
Deadman: (pause) No, really...
Wonder Woman: You’re the ghost from the Himalayas having trouble believing this?
Deadman: Point.

Deadman: You know, when they beam down on that TV show, they never miss...

Deadman: (possessing Superman) Looks like a job for Superman!

Deadman: (possessing Wonder Woman) You killed my teacher, my friends!
Devil Ray: You’ll have to be more specific, lady. I’ve killed a lot of people.

(Deadman leaves Wonder Woman’s body)
Wonder Woman: Next time, ask permission!

(After being turned back from being apes)
Superman: Is everything okay?
Wonder Woman: Well, I’m sorta missing Flash’s obligatory joke about how Grodd made a monkey out of us...
Superman: Just couldn’t let it go unsaid...
Wonder Woman: Obligatory...

Lex Luthor: (to Grodd) I wasn’t going to do this for another few weeks, but seriously, turning all of humanity into apes?! That was your master plan? (shoots him)



Episode Goofs
How could Grodd be shot at close range without even trying to attack Luthor. Grodd has mental powers, which means he would have at least seen it coming before Luthor even stood up, but not only did he seem surprised, but also didn't do anything while Luthor was pointing at him and monologuing.



Cultural References
Devil Ray: (chuckles) Little Bruce Lee’s got your number. Lucky thing you got us for backup.

Bruce Lee is considered to be the greatest martial arts film actor of the 20th century.

Deadman: You know, when they beam down on that TV show, they never miss...

"That" TV show is with all certainty Star Trek.

Deadman: (possessing Superman) Looks like a job for Superman!

This was an ongoing line in the old Superman series.



Episode References
Bizarro Logic

Lex Luthor: Bizarro, you despise me right?
Bizarro: Uhuh. Bizarro hate Luthor.

In his comic incarnations, Bizarro's logic followed a pattern of saying the opposite of what he meant, so when he said "friend,” he meant “enemy,” when he said “save,” he meant “kill.”

"Balance"

Tala: I owe Grodd everything. I would still be trapped in that mirror if he hadn’t freed me.

Tala is referring to the time when she was tricked by Felix Faust and ended up being trapped in a mirror.

"To Another Shore"

  • Devil Ray: When Giganta gets out of prison, she ain’t gonna appreciate you hanging on to her boyfriend like that.
  • Mr. Terrific: Do you guys remember the one bit of information J'onn was able to pull out of Giganta’s mind before it shut down?

  • "This Little Piggy"

    Wonder Woman: You’re sure that’s not the magician you saw?

    The first woman Wonder Woman shows Deadman is Circe, who turned Wonder Woman into a pig.

    "I Am Legion"

    Batman: First sign of Luthor since Shayera saw him on Blackhawk Island.

    "Secret Society (1)"

    Wonder Woman: Grodd. Think he’s built together a new Secret Society?

    The Secret Society was the first group of Supervillains brought together by Gorilla Grodd with the sole purpose of bringing the Justice League down. Its member included Grodd, as the leader, Giganta, Sinestro, Parasite, The Shade, Killer Frost and Clayface.

    "The Brave and the Bold (1)"

    Deadman: Gorilla City?
    Wonder Woman: A hidden city of super intelligent talking gorillas with technology far beyond anything humans have created.



    Analysis
    Batman vs. Guns

    Batman’s disgust upon realizing he killed someone with a gun – even if unwillingly – refers back to his childhood trauma of having witnessed the murder of his parents. From that day one, he never used a single gun in his crime fighting.



    Other Episode Crew

    Executive ProducerSander Schwartz
    ProducerDwayne McDuffie  |  James Tucker  |  Bruce Timm
    EditorJoe Gall
    CastingAndrea Romano
    Line ProducerShaun McLaughlin (1)
    MusicMichael McCuistion
    Assistant EditorJay Lawton
    On-Line EditorChristopher Lozinski
    OtherSam Register (Executive in Charge of Production for Cartoon Netw)
    Story EditorDwayne McDuffie  |  Matt Wayne
    Production ManagerKathleen Keegan
     
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