Sunday, March 05, 2006

Justice League Unlimited –The Great Brain Robbery

The upshot: A mystical accident leads to Lex Luthor and the Flash's minds being swapped into each other's bodies.

The old hero/villain switch bodies dilemma is one of the oldest tricks in comics or cartoons but JLU really makes it work this time, thanks in no small part to the voice talents of Michael Rosenbaum as The Flash and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor.

The beginning of the episode cuts back and forth between the Justice League’s Watchtower orbiting satellite and the Legion of Doom’s secret headquarters.

While Lex Luthor is in the midst of probing the mind of Gorilla Grodd, the recently deposed leader of the Legion, at the same time Dr. Fate is mystically probing the mind of the Flash in the hopes of getting a lead on Grodd and the rest of the LOD.

As viewers are reminded, Grodd used his telepathy to take over Flash’s mind a couple of seasons back. In one of those only in comic books/cartoons coincidences, there is a short circuit on the astral plane and Flash and Lex Luthor wake up in each other’s bodies.

The League immediately knows it is Lex in Flash’s body and they tear apart the Watchtower trying to apprehend him. Along the way, in addition to Dr. Fate and Green Lantern, we get to see more of Mr. Terrific running the Watchtower, as well as the android Red Tornado who this time gets a few spoken lines.

The mind of the world’s worst criminal genus in the body of the Fastest Man Alive is not a good thing. As Lex/Flash tries to get off the satellite, a lot of mayhem ensues. The thing we really found annoying, however was that Lex used the Flash’s speed powers better than Flash does.

One laugh out loud moment for us was when GL and Fate cornered Lex/Flash in the Watchtower cafeteria. As the fastest evil guy alive was speed throwing everything in sight—forks, knives plates—the then tossed a yellow custard pie at GL which went through his power ring shield.

“Ah ha!” we yelled….so the ring DOES have a yellow weakness in the JLU universe…we hadn’t been sure until now.

Meanwhile, at the Legion of Doom headquarters, Dr. Polaris was already itching to depose Luthor as the new leader even before the body switch but now Flash/Lex is desperately trying to fake it. It’s actually kind of fun to watch.

They proceed with Lex’s plan to rob a train full of cash and we get to see Sinestro and Polaris, as well as Rampage among the bad guys in action. Called out to stop them were the female/good Dr. Light, Steel and Ice.

The league finally captures the Lex/Flash, allowing Dr. Fate to work his magic do the old reverse mind/body switcharoo. The LOD villains had been doing what villains do when they realized that Luthor was a Justice League spy and were unmoved when Luthor announced he was back in his own body.

Dr. Polaris made his move and attempted to assume leadership but Luthor, who had helped Polaris augment his magnetic powers, shut him down with a click of a button. They don’t call him an evil genus for nothing.

However it doesn’t take an evil genus to figure out where the series finale is going—a big battle between the heroes of the Justice League and the villains of the Legion of Doom.

As we keep count, the Great Brain Robbery marked the 8th of the 13 remaining JLU episodes before the series goes dark.

Next week: Grudge Match. Roulette starts Metabrawl up again this time with female contestants only.


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