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Basically, the idea originally came up while shooting the breeze with my girlfriend – why not do a fan commentary series for one of my favourite TV series, Justice League? After pointing out that I had the small issue of not really wanting anyone to hear me ramble for 22 minutes at a time, she once again came up with a better idea: just rip off The Onion’s excellent TV Club format, only for the DC Animated Universe (they don’t seem to have any plans to add the DCAU to their retro section… not hipster-centric enough for them, I suppose).

So that’s what this is. It’s been seventeen years since Batman: The Animated Series took its first bow, and the overall storyline finally seems to have come to a completed end (although you can never be too sure with all the DVDs that have come out), so looking at the series as a whole is, I think, a valid approach. The format will be fairly fluid, but it’s going to mainly be a brief recap of the events of an episode followed by discussion of the origins of the material, how it works in retrospect now that the entire series is completed, and just various wacky points that come up or great lines that get used (such as Hawkman implying that Hawkgirl is into bondage… but that’s a story for five seasons’ worth of episodes in the future).

Of course, Justice League is just the spine; while I’m hardly going to be touching on Batman: The Animated Series due to the lack of direct ties, if an episode comes up that merits an entry from either that series or the others, I’ll cover them in the same format. I’ll also crib from TwoMorrows Publishing‘s excellent Modern Masters: Bruce Timm interview to provide contextual quotes where available.

The goal is to make this as new viewer friendly as possible, since all of these episodes are available on DVD and I figure anyone watching for the first time is bound to have more than a few questions. So the occasional link to Wikipedia and / or DC Comics for a more detailed character origin is probably inevitable, but I’ll cover all the important stuff here. My philosophy is simple: all you need to know about Batman is that his parents were murdered and as a result he dresses up as a giant bat to fight crime by scaring the crap out of bad guys. If you care about more than that, there’s people better qualified than me to tell you (although I’ll answer any questions in the comments).

Although the intent of this blog is to look at Justice League, the structure will basically be one Justice League episode and then one or two or more side stories for a while – usually tied into the next episode in the queue. So, for example, we’ll look at Aquaman’s first episode in Superman before talking about him in Justice League. Of course, some of these side stories will be totally unrelated, simply because I want to have a lot of the long-term storylines taken care of.

Obviously, since most of the backstory for later episodes will be based on earlier ones, towards the end there’ll be very few direct side stories and I’ll probably just amuse myself by talking about entirely unrelated Batman episodes.

Justice League

Season 1:

  1. Secret Origins
  2. Side Story. The Call (Batman Beyond)
  3. Side Story. In Brightest Day (Superman: TAS)
  4. In Blackest Night
  5. Side Story: A Fish Story
  6. The Enemy Below
  7. Side Story. World’s Finest (Superman: TAS)
  8. Injustice For All
  9. Side Story: Stolen Memories / Ghost in the Machine (Superman: TAS)
  10. Paradise Lost
  11. Side Story. Tools of the Trade / Father’s Day (Superman: TAS)
  12. War World
  13. Side Story: Speed Demons / Monkey Fun
  14. The Brave and the Bold
  15. Side Story: Batgirl Returns / Girl’s Night Out (Batman: The Animated Series)
  16. Fury
  17. Side Story: Beware the Grey Ghost / Legends of the Dark Knight (Batman: TAS)
  18. Legends
  19. Side Story: The Demon Within / Knight Time (Batman: TAS)
  20. A Knight In Shadows
  21. Side Story: Apokolips… Now! (Superman: TAS)
  22. Metamorphosis
  23. Side Story: Little Girl Lost (Superman: TAS)
  24. Side Story: Black Out (Batman Beyond)
  25. The Savage Time
  26. First Season Wrap-Up
  27. Shock to the System / Aftershock (Static Shock)

Season 2:

  1. Side Story: Legacy
  2. Twilight (Pt. 1 &2)
  3. Side Story: Heart of Steel / His Silicon Soul
  4. Tabula Rasa (Pt. 1 & 2)
  5. Side Story: Dreams in Darkness
  6. Only A Dream (Pt. 1 & 2)
  7. Side Story: The Demon’s Quest / Avatar
  8. Maid of Honor (Pt. 1 & 2)
  9. Side Story: Fallen Hero / The Green Loontern
  10. Hearts And Minds (Pt. 1 & 2)
  11. Side Story: Brave New Metropolis / Absolute Power
  12. A Better World (Pt. 1 & 2)
  13. Side Story: Mixyplixated / The Eggbaby
  14. Eclipsed (Pt. 1 & 2)
  15. Side Story: The Hand of Fate / Unity
  16. The Terror Beyond (Pt. 1 & 2)
  17. Side Story: The Late Mr. Kent / The Man Who Killed Batman
  18. Hereafter (Pt. 1 & 2)
  19. Side Story: The Big Leagues / Hard as Nails
  20. Side Story: Toys in the Hood
  21. Side Story: Growing Pains
  22. The Secret Society (Pt. 1 & 2)
  23. Side Story: Christmas with the Joker / Holiday Knights
  24. Comfort and Joy
  25. Side Story: Harley’s Holiday / Mad Love [next]
  26. Wild Cards (Pt. 1 & 2)
  27. Side Story: A League of their Own
  28. Starcrossed (Pt. 1, 2  & 3)
  29. Second Season Wrap-Up

Justice League Unlimited:

  1. Initiation
  2. Side Story: Perchance to Dream
  3. For the Man Who Has Everything
  4. Hawk and Dove
  5. Side Stories: Identity Crisis / Bizarro’s World
  6. Fearful Symmetry
  7. Side Story: Little Big Head Man
  8. Kid Stuff
  9. Side Story: Zatanna
  10. This Little Piggy
  11. The Return
  12. Side Story: Almost Got ‘Im
  13. The Greatest Story Never Told
  14. Side Story: Heroes
  15. Ultimatum
  16. Side Story: The Prometheon
  17. Dark Heart
  18. Wake the Dead
  19. Side Stories: Showdown / Future Shock
  20. The Once and Future Thing, Part 1
  21. Side Story: Return of the Joker – The Original, Uncensored Cut
  22. The Once and Future Thing, Part 2
  23. Third Season Wrap-Up

Season 2:

  1. The Cat and the Canary
  2. The Ties That Bind
  3. The Doomsday Sanction
  4. Side Stories: The Clock King / Time out of Joint
  5. Task Force X
  6. The Balance
  7. Double Date
  8. Clash
  9. Hunter’s Moon
  10. Question Authority
  11. Flashpoint
  12. Panic in the Sky
  13. Divided We Fall
  14. Side Stories: On Leather Wings / Rebirth, Parts 1 and 2
  15. Epilogue
  16. Fourth Season Wrap-Up

Season 3:

  1. I Am Legion
  2. Shadow of the Hawk
  3. Chaos at Earth’s Core
  4. To Another Shore
  5. Flash and Substance
  6. Dead Reckoning
  7. Patriot Act
  8. The Great Brain Robbery
  9. Grudge Match
  10. Side Story: New Kids in Town
  11. Far From Home
  12. Ancient History
  13. Alive! (Part 1)
  14. Destroyer (Part 2)
  15. Fifth Season Wrap-Up
  16. Grand Finale Wrap-Up
  1. Side Story: The Hand of Fate / Unity
  2. The Terror Beyond (Pt. 1 & 2)