Monday, August 27, 2007

Justice League Unlimited.

So for the last couple of months, I've been watching Justice League Unlimited at 8pm on the Boom! Network. I think I've watched all of them and I think they're starting to replay the series again. It's pretty good, you should check it out if you get the chance. For example, check out the intro to the show, it's pretty rockin':

See? That was pretty rad, wasn't it?

I do have a couple of complaints about the series though. First, they never play the original series (I just it was just called "Justice League") and there are a whole bunch of callbacks to it. I guess I should sign up for a free trial to Netflix and rent the first series on DVD.

Second, there are way too many Super Heroes in the mix. Half of them I had never heard of before I started watching the series. It centers around the seven founding members, but there are a whole bunch of other guys just wondering around. And during the episodes where there's an unstoppable Super Villain and all of the Super Heroes come out of the woodwork to battle him, it can get a little out of hand.

Third, the amount of collateral damage in some of the episodes borders on comical. No one ever dies, especially civilians, no matter how many buildings are destroyed. In one episode, Lex Luthor gets ahold of the Watchtower (the JLU's HQ in outerspace) and uses it's superlaser to destroy about ten city blocks. The heroes get down there and after a few minutes of helping people evacuate, they report that there were no casualties. Dude, it took out ten city blocks! How are there no casualties? Seriously? None? Zero? Zilch?

In another episode, Superman and Captain Marvel (aka: Shazam!) have a no holds bared brawl in the city and for about five minutes they trash entire city blocks. Superman would hit Captain Marvel and he'd go flying into a building and then the building would collapse on top of him. Then Captain Marvel would get up and punch Superman and he'd go flying into another building and it would collapse on top of him. They did this for about five minutes, I swear to God. It was getting ridiculous after awhile. Later, the rest of the founding members of the JLU were taking Superman to task and were scolding him for getting in such a destructive fight, and then one of them said something like, "You're lucky no one was hurt". What? They showed ENTIRE buildings getting destroyed, where were all of the people in those buildings? They're all out getting dinner? ALL of them? I don't think so. Personally, I don't think there's enough concrete and construction workers to keep up with the amount of rebuilding that has to take place on a daily basis. Metropolis has to have like .0000001% unemployment. Lose your job? Just go get a construction job. It's a union gig which means good pay and great benefits. I guess the Super Heroes help out with some of that, but they never show any of that. And they never show things like the Martian Manhunter writing checks to the city to pay for damages or talking to their lawyer or even filling out a duty roster. That's kind of boring stuff, but at least they could have made an effort there. They don't just beat the crap out of bad guys and robots all day. I'm just sayin'.

All in all, JLU is a pretty good series though. I highly suggest it. If you've got a DVR, just set it and forget it. Boom! runs it without commercials, so they end up being like 18-20 minutes episodes, which you can plow through pretty quickly. So check it out if you get a chance.


chris said...

Wow, that's a ridiculous number of characters in that image. I guess the number of members is unlimited, too!

God, that was an awful joke.

Tyler said...

I think that's why they called it Unlimited, because there is literally an unlimited amount of Super Heroes available.