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When it's good, it's great!,
This review is from: Justice League: The Complete Series (DVD)
One of the most epic and groundbreaking shows...with some of the most disappointing moments.
Season 1 of Justice League was clearly a warm up. Some good moments and interesting plots. Not being the world's biggest fan of over the top sci-fi (a city of gorillas for instance) they actually added enough drama to keep me interested. Cliched dialogue is laced throughout but character dynamics are starting to hatch. Luthor gets together a team of super baddies that actually feels motivated by more than just "We shall rule the world! Bwahahahaha!"
Season 2 was when things really picked up. The wide-screen format makes for a more mature presentation (somehow those magic bars make things look more professional) and the emotion of these characters takes center stage over the sci-fi gimmicks that would be ridiculous without any grounding. More adult themes and innuendos are slipped in particularly with Green Lantern and Hawkgirl's relationship (it shouldn't work...but it does somehow!). Sadly, one of the few duds in this batch is the episode with the Joker and the Royal Flush Gang, which is the most lackluster Joker since the nightmare that was "Christmas with the Joker" in Batman TAS. Brainiac and Darkseid make appearances in an awesome story. Oh yeah and the Justice Lords rock! The three part season finale, Starcrossed, could have been a typical alien invasion story but betrayal, police state themes, and ultimately the expulsion of a Justice League memeber (who is it?..I won't say...even though Bruce Timm gave it away on the special features of Season 1...the jerk) make for an epic story that would have been the perfect ending to the show.
BUT there was more. Justice League Unlimited changed the format to keep the show from getting stale. While sometimes convoluted and rushed, the one part episodes make for quicker stories that can introduce new characters for the sake of one story then discard them to background roles for the rest of the show (Hawk and Dove, anyone?). The characters that do survive more than one story (Green Arrow, Black Canary, THE QUESTION!) are deservedly given bigger roles in the Cadmus story arc that combines shadow government themes with whodunnit suspense. While not as engaging as JL season 2, the new Cadmus story arc proves that this show can still far surpass most action shows aimed at kids.
Then there was JLU Season 2. The creators thought they were going to be finished with the show and put all their creative energies into Cadmus. Then Cartoon Network asked for one more season from producers who thought they were done...it shows! Season 2 has the feeling of a VERY disappointing sequel. The only episodes worth bothering with are The Great Brain Robbery (Flash and Luthor swap brains...comic gold!) and the last two episodes of the series (even then they have their lousy moments).
So in closing, there's enough great material here to merit buying the complete set BUT if I were you I would wait until you can find one for cheaper than what they're asking as I write this. I got it new for the cheapest I could find on the web (I won't tell you exactly how much...but it rhymes with "pixty-five") and that was probably about fair. I'm just saying it's not SO amazing that you can't wait for a better price.