Justice League—Season 2

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8.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 8/10

Better than the first season

Some hit or miss stories

 
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The Justice League is back…and out to save the world!

The Justice League continues to protect the Earth as the threats get bigger and bigger.  Be it an attack by Brainiac on Apokolips or the Joker hijacking Las Vegas, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkgirl are there…but a potential invasion by Gordanian and the arrival of the Thanagarians to stop it could shatter the Justice League forever!

Justice League—Season 2 aired from July 5, 2003 to May 29, 2004 on the Cartoon Network.  The twenty-six episode season marked the end of the series and a relaunch as Justice League Unlimited—Season 1 (which often is considered Justice League—Season 3).

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Lobo’s come to town, bastiches!

I really enjoyed Justice League.  I grew up with Super Friends and despite having a lifelong love of Marvel Comics, I was far more familiar as a kid with DC heroes (plus, add in Superman movies and DC was everywhere).  Despite loving Super Friends, it wasn’t very accurate to the comic books.  This series helps rectify some of this while providing a solid comic book cartoon with continuing plotlines.

I found this season of Justice League slightly better than the first season.  There are many underlying story themes that carry throughout the season (like Hawkgirl and Green Lantern’s romance), but it has some great stories worked in as it leads up to “Starcrossed”.  With all series, there are weaker stories, but for the most part, this is a really solid collection.

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Enjoy your time with Hawkgirl now Green Lantern…things are going to change!

The stories work because they flesh out the members of the Justice League quite well.  They are voiced by strong actors and for me much of the fun is the appearance of guest characters like Orion and Lobo.  For this reason, I do have to say I enjoyed Justice League Unlimited even more because it was filled with moments like this.

The art and style of Justice League is much above most animated series and it is backed by the strong stories.  Watching Justice League (and its following series), I wish that DC would continue with it.  It has been off the air a number of years now, but it maintains over a decade (!!!) later.  DC trounces Marvel in the animated series world and I’ve never understood it…but I hope it continues!

Justice League—Season 2 Complete Episode Guide:

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“Twilight: Part 1”

2.1       Twilight:  Part 1 Airdate:  07/05/03

Apokolips is in danger.  Brainiac has come to assimilate the planet and Darkseid realizes that he cannot stop him alone.  Going to Earth, Darkseid requests the help of the Justice League, and the Justice League sets out to save Apokolips from Darkseid…despite Superman’s objections.  As Superman tries to battle Brainiac, Wonder Woman and Batman head to New Genesis to rally Orion and the New Gods to help in the upcoming battle.

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“Twilight: Part 2”

2.2       Twilight:  Part 2 Airdate:  07/05/03

Superman has been captured due to Darkseid’s treacherous deal with Brainiac.  Now, the Justice League must free Superman and stop the horror of Brainiac and Darkseid.

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“Tabula Rasa: Part 1”

2.3       Tabula Rasa:  Part 1 Airdate:  10/04/03

A battle with the Justice League leaves Lex Luthor on the run and near death.  Seeking out his old associate Professor Ivo, Lex finds Ivo dead and his invention Amazo looking for guidance.  With Amazo under his control, Lex sets out to help restore his health and take out the Justice League in the process.  A plan by the Justice League to have J’onn scan for Lex Luthor backfires as J’onn finds himself overwhelmed by thoughts of the people around him.

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“Tabula Rasa: Part 2”

2.4       Tabula Rasa:  Part 2 Airdate:  10/04/03

The Justice League finds Amazo absorbing all their powers and try to battle him as Luthor plans their demise.  J’onn works to get control of his powers and finds himself in the search for a missing child.

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“Only a Dream: Part 1”

2.5       Only a Dream:  Part 1 Airdate:  10/11/03

John Dee has dreams of destroying the Justice League.  As he works to get out of prison while volunteering for an experiment involving the Materioptikon, John begins to unlock his hidden mental powers.  A denied parole and a riot provide John with the opportunity to gain access to the Materioptikon…and the Justice League is his next target!

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“Only a Dream: Part 2”

2.6       Only a Dream:  Part 2 Airdate:  10/11/03

Flash, Superman, Hawkgirl, and Green Lantern find themselves trapped within their own dreams as Batman and J’onn race against time to free them and stop Dr. Destiny.

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“Maid of Honor: Part 1”

2.7       Maid of Honor:  Part 1 Airdate:  10/18/03

As Batman seeks out answers to a string of thefts, Wonder Woman encounters Princess Audrey of Kaznia in Paris.  Becoming fast friends, Wonder Woman learns Princess Audrey is betrothed to Vandal Savage…and Savage has plans for Kaznia.

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“Maid of Honor: Part 2”

2.8       Maid of Honor:  Part 2 Airdate:  10/18/03

With Audrey’s father hospitalized, Audrey has put her plans to wed Vandal Savage on the fast track to keep Kaznia stable.  The space station funded by Kaznia is about to go online, and Vandal Savage has a surprise for Audrey and the Justice League.

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“Hearts and Minds: Part 1”

2.9       Hearts and Minds:  Part 1 Airdate:  10/25/03

A Green Lantern Corps investigation of Ranstad-7 leaves Katma Tui and Kilowog as the soul survivors of an attack by Despero’s men.  Fleeing to Earth to find John Stewart, Kilowog sends Stuart to rescue Katma…and leads Stewart to a faceoff with Despero.

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“Hearts and Minds: Part 2”

2.10     Hearts and Minds:  Part 2 Airdate:  10/25/03

John Stewart has been recruited into Katma Tui’s resistance to stop Despero…which means he must be trained again to use his ring after his last encounter with Despero.  Despero must be stopped and Kalanor must be liberated.  It is all up to the Justice League and a small band of rebels to do it!

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“A Better World: Part 1”

2.11     A Better World:  Part 1 Airdate:  11/01/03

The Justice Lords real their Earth with an iron fist and take a proactive approach to stopping crime before it occurs.  When the Justice Lords learn about the Justice League, they set out to fix the League’s Earth’s problems…regardless if the League wants their help or not.  With the League as their prisoners, the Justice Lords face the threat of an enemy called Doomsday!

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“A Better World: Part 2”

2.12     A Better World:  Part 2 Airdate:  11/01/03

The Justice League is trapped on the Earth of the Justice Lords and must rescue Hawkgirl and find their way home before the Justice Lords change their Earth forever.

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“Eclipsed: Part 1”

2.13     Eclipsed:  Part 1 Airdate:  11/08/03

The discovery of a black diamond unleashes an evil upon the world.  Bent on destruction the spirit of the black diamond seeks the ultimate weapon…with its eyes on the Justice League!

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“Eclipsed: Part 2”

2.14     Eclipsed:  Part 2 Airdate:  11/08/03

Attacked by “Glorious” Gordon Godfrey, the Justice League finds that they are becoming unpopular as the black diamond’s evil takes seed within.  With the destruction of the Earth as its goal, the Flash finds he might be the only one who can save it.

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“The Terror Beyond: Part 1”

2.15     The Terror Beyond:  Part 1 Airdate:  11/15/03

Aquaman, Inza, and Doctor Fate capture Solomon Grundy leading to an investigation by the Justice League.  When the Justice League stops a ceremony involving Grundy, an ancient enemy could threaten the world!

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“The Terror Beyond: Part 2”

2.16     The Terror Beyond:  Part 2 Airdate:  11/15/03

The Old Ones are threatening Earth and the Justice League learns that only Solomon Grundy could be the key to stopping them.  Hawkgirl’s past on Thanagar reveals ties to the Old Ones as well.

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“Secret Society: Part 1”

2.17     Secret Society:  Part 1 Airdate:  11/22/03

The Justice League finds that they aren’t working together as a team and set out to train.  Gorilla Grodd has gathered Parasite, Shade, Giganta, Sinestro, Killer Frost, and Clayface to take out the Justice League.

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“Secret Society: Part 2”

2.18     Secret Society:  Part 2 Airdate:  11/22/03

The Justice League is over and the Society is taken advantage of the situation.  As Flash, Hawkgirl, J’onn, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Batman seek out the answers individually, they discover they might need each other more than they thought.

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“Hereafter: Part 1”

2.19     Hereafter:  Part 1 Airdate:  11/29/03

Superman’s enemies have rallied and set out to destroy the Man of Steel together.  When Toyman kills Superman, the world is in mourning and the Justice League must consider its future and the arrival of Lobo who insists on joining the team.

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“Hereafter: Part 2”

2.20     Hereafter:  Part 2 Airdate:  11/29/03

Superman finds himself trapped in Earth’s future and learns that Vandal Savage is responsible for the destruction of the planet.  Teaming with Savage, Superman must find a way back to his own time to prevent Savage from creating the bleak future.

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“Wild Cards: Part 1”

2.21     Wild Cards:  Part 1 Airdate:  12/07/03

The Joker has hijacked Las Vegas and taken over the local TV stations.  With bombs placed all over the city, the Justice League must diffuse them…but the Joker has an ace up his sleeve in the Royal Flush Gang.

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“Wild Cards: Part 2”

2.22     Wild Cards:  Part 2 Airdate:  12/07/03

The Joker’s plan to destroy Las Vegas is thwarted by the Justice League…but the Joker has bigger aspirations that could drive the world insane.  Plus, Hawkgirl and Green Lantern make a big decision about their future together.

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“Comfort and Joy”

2.23     Comfort and Joy Airdate:  12/13/03

It is Christmas and the Justice League is taking some much needed time off.  Clark heads back to Smallville with J’onn while Hawkgirl shows Green Lantern what she enjoys doing in space.  Flash sets out to find a toy for the children at the orphanage and fins a strange bedfellow in the Ultra-Humanite.

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“Starcrossed: Part 1”

2.24     Starcrossed:  Part 1 Airdate:  05/29/04

When a Gordanian ship attacks Washington, D.C., the Thanagarians arrive to stop it…and reveal to the Justice League that Hawkgirl was sent to Earth to report to them.  With the threat of a full    invasion, the people of Earth allow the Thanagarians to help them prepare…but all is not as it seems!

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“Starcrossed: Part 2”

2.25     Starcrossed:  Part 2 Airdate:  05/29/04

The Justice League is on the run after escaping the Thanagarians and forced to take to their secret identities to protect themselves.  When Hawkgirl learns the purpose of her people’s invasion, she must choose between Earth and her home.

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“Starcrossed: Part 3”

2.26     Starcrossed:  Part 3 Airdate:  05/29/04

The Justice League is facing off against the Thanagarians and Earth’s future hangs in the balance.  It is all out war and the Justice League is vastly outnumbered…and may never be the same again!

Related Links:

Justice League—Season 1 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Justice League Unlimited—Season 1 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Justice League Unlimited—Season 2 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Justice League Unlimited—Season 3 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Justice League:  The New Frontier (2008)

Justice League:  Crisis on Two Earths (2010)

Justice League:  Doom (2012)

Justice League:  The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)

Justice League:  Throne of Atlantis (2015)

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