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From tonight's JLU
Tonight's episode had some *great* dialogue. The writers have really gotten the witty banter down. This episode was all comedy, all the time. Good stuff, very silly.

WW and Bats on stakeout:
WW: Don't you ever wish you were down there?
Bats: I'm down there all I need to be.
WW: Yes, but its just a job to you. I'm talking about going down there and having some fun. Maybe... Maybe with someone special. *fetching pose* *pause* No. No dating for the Batman. It might cut into your brooding time.
Bats: One - Dating within the team always leads to disaster. Two - You're a princess from a society of immortal warriors. I'm a rich kid with issues. Lots of issues. And three - If my enemies knew I had someone special they wouldn't rest until they'd gotten to me through her.
WW: *Crushes stone/concrete with bare hands.* Next.
*alarm bell*
Bats: There!
WW: Saved by the bell.

Later:
WW: Circe! Be careful, she's...
Bats: Yeah, I've read the Odyssey.

Zatanna: Circe huh? It was all over the mystic ethernet that she made parole.

B'wana Beast: How you doin'?
Zatanna: My legs are fine, as is the rest of me. Up here. *points to face*
B'wana Beast: Whoa, she's got the fire of the cheetah in her. *growl*

Medusa: C-girl and me did some time together back in the pit of eternal torment. That's where they hang you by your ankles and weasels come each night to eat your fingers. They grow back the next day, but trust me, it gets old real quick.

*looking at 'statues'*
Zatanna: You've got to admit, Medusa does good work.
Bats: Too good.

Circe: Insolent trickster, you dare to strike... *hit with chair* ow. You dare to strike... *hit with table* Ouch! You dare to strike... *covered with cloth* Quit it! Oh no... *hit with piano* *toes curl like in Wizard of Oz*

I am: amused amused
Current Media: TiVo: Justice League Unlimited

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Comments
eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: August 28th, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
You mean it's a JLU that doesn't suck? How did they manage that? I thought they'd fired everyone with a brain when they changed the name.
eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: August 28th, 2004 09:42 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Actually no, you didn't mean that. I watched it. Even better that mediocre dialogue couldn't save that stinker.

I stand by my statement that the "Unlimited" version is ruining the name "Justice League" built for itself with the good writing.

Yes, if those conversations happened, they were good, but the whole premise is flawed, ridiculous, and unbelievable, and if the people were in character they'd be bitching about being trapped in a nightmare of cliches and in situations sillier than those in a Mexican soap opera.

Batman just happens to know the goddess, Justice? She what, is on his board of directors at Wayne Enterprises? Batman just happens to know a sorceress who is an old flame of his who doesn't hate him for being a real bastard about relationships? And the new characters they introduced are obviously part of the moron convention. No, it would take more than decent dialogue to save that.
slarti From: slarti Date: August 28th, 2004 10:43 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I stand by my statement that the "Unlimited" version is ruining the name "Justice League" built for itself with the good writing.

I dunno. I've pretty thoroughly enjoyed JLU so far, and think it pretty well continues in the vein of JL since it got over its not-so-good first half-season or so. Hell, "Kid Stuff" was a phenomenal episode, jaw-droppingly better than I and several others expected of the "Leaguers turned into kids" concept.

Batman just happens to know the goddess, Justice?

No, I think the idea is actually that Batman had the "we need a snitch" idea, and Zatanna had the mystical knowledge and resources to put that into practice. Given that they thought originally that they could summon Circe, it's not so far-fetched that Zatanna could transport them to the river Styx and summon a goddess who would be much more sympathetic to their cause.

Batman just happens to know a sorceress who is an old flame of his who doesn't hate him for being a real bastard about relationships?

Batman and Zatanna have had History since the heady days of early "Batman: The Animated Series". (In the years that Bruce was learning the mad skillz necessary to do the Bat-job, he learned escape artistry from Zatanna's father, John Zatara. Zatanna was also learning from her dad at the time, and spending quite a bit of time together, Bruce and Zatanna became, as Z put it tonight, "very close friends".) This JLU ep didn't explicitly reference that BTAS ep, but as far as I'm concerned, their interaction here says that they're keeping that continuity for those of us who knew it.

And the new characters they introduced are obviously part of the moron convention.

Okay, B'wana Beast was given somewhat annoying characterization. But y'know what? This was not an episode of high adventure. They decided to have a bit of fun this time. Turn Diana into Wonder Pig, hijinks ensue to get matters fixed and we get to see how much Bruce has come to care for Diana, despite himself. B'wana and company was the creators getting to have some fun showing some other DC Universe characters, even if their role wasn't particularly crucial.

Plus, this episode showed us that Kevin Conroy apparently has one hell of a singing voice, and that was pretty cool in and of itself.

So, y'know, whatever. I'll just sit here and continue to enjoy JLU. :-)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: August 28th, 2004 11:11 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, I'm really liking JLU - as much or more than JL. Especially early JL, which was wooden as all hell.

This episode was obviously played for comedy, which is fine. And I think it worked really well.

I think they did a good job of showing the Batman and Zatanna interaction - it fits what we've been shown in the past series.

I busted a gut when Red Tornado spun in dramatically and then said, robotically, "Sue-eeee!"
ash_3 From: ash_3 Date: August 29th, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Good thing Flash wasn't around. Diana would have been forced to evicerate him for the comments he would been unable to restrain after she became human again. :)
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: August 30th, 2004 10:47 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
"... must've heard that song a hundred times."
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