Quick reviews (I'll try to limit them to incomplete sentences) and grades for Justice League story arcs, because right now I cannot get enough of CARTOONS. Usual spoiler whosits apply.
Series finding its feet, too many dead audio spots, generically faceless alien enemies, hooray for Batman.
"In Blackest Night"
Potential race allegory, punches pulled in the end.
"The Enemy Below"
Aquaman = ugh. Aquaman chops off hand = better, because there's less of him now.
Decent occult/adventure story mired by humorless Amazons. No sign of empathetic Lucifer, or of blank verse.
Superman in meandering "reality tv is like gladiator games" aborted slobberknocker. Points for Hawkgirl and GL's married-couple bickering.
"The Brave and the Bold"
Establishes trend: every Justice League episode that features a talking gorilla rocks.
Amazons don't know how to have fun, reeks of "vengeful feminist" phobia -- but first episode to air with Olivia d'Abo's delectable accent as sassy Star Sapphire.
JSA analogue! And just a little bit hokey! Still can't believe they got away with the "You're a credit to your people" line.
"Injustice For All"
Lex Luthor! Joker! Bounded Batman bides time! And, yes, talking gorillas! Wherein Ultra-Humanite is revealed to be a PBS devotee.
"A Knight of Shadows"
A leftover Batman: TAS script? Mishmash of occult and King Arthur myths -- Batman's presence assures grade won't fall into C range.
Is Metamorpho this boring and emo in the comic?
"The Savage Time"
Wonder Woman funny when confronted with WWII-era chauvanism. Old-fashioned "Superheroes vs. the Axis" story mixed in with time-travel. For a season finale, not enough Batman (though fascist alterna-Bat (HOW CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE? HAR HAR) saying that nothing would make him happier than to no longer exist is Batman at his best) or talking gorillas.
Indie rating: Barbara - "Septembre (Quel Joli Temps)"