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Justice League Action – Party Animal

by Alan Rapp on December 5, 2018

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Justice League Action - Party Animal television review

The holiday-themed “Party Animals” gives us a look at the Justice League at Green Arrow‘s (Chris Diamantopoulos) Christmas party. Even Batman (Kevin Conroy) makes an appearance, when the Flash (Charlie Schlatter) learns that the Dark Knight’s attendance is all the Emerald Archer wants for the holiday and decides to kidnap Batman at super-speed. The party is interrupted by the appearance of Plastic Man (Dana Snyder) who brings the tranked-out Solomon Grundy (Fred Tatasciore), captured earlier in the episode, as his guest. Grundy’s outburst, and the sequence of events which follow offer the true meaning of the holiday. Green Arrow’s insistence on letting the events play out even earns him some appreciation from Batman (and what more could Ollie ask for?).

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  • Title: Justice League Action – Keeping up with the Kryptonians
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Justice League Action - Keeping up with the Kryptonians TV review

The second straight episode featuring Mr. Mxyzptlk (Gilbert Gottfried) toying with DC heroes, “Keeping up with the Kryptonians” is of interest for finding a way to incorporate the Red Son Superman into the series. Toying with the idea of alternate realities, Mr. Mxyzptlk alters the history of both Superman (Jason J. Lewis) and Supergirl (Joanne Spracklen) sending the Man of Steel to be raised in Eastern Europe and the Maid of Might to be raised in Hollywood. As Kara turns into a popular, if vapid, celebrity, the Kryptonian becomes the lead warrior for an invading army.

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  • Title: Justice League Action – Captain Bamboozle
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Justice League Action - Captain Bamboozle television review

The first of two episodes to feature the fifth-dimensional imp Mr. Mxyzptlk (Gilbert Gottfried, in some inspired casting), “Captain Bamboozle” finds the mischievous creature causing new havoc by imparting super-powers to Billy Batson‘s (Sean Astin) foster uncle Dudley H. Dudley (John Astin) whose feeling a bit useless in not being able to help Billy when her turns into Captain Marvel, er… Shazam. Pretending to be the wizard, Mxyzptlk grants Dudley a wide range of super-powers (and costume that perfectly captures the homemade costume the Golden Age version of the character wore to feel part of the Marvel Family). Longtime fans of the Marvel Family should enjoy themselves here, although the only thing we don’t get, which I’ll admit leaves me slightly disappointed, is a way to fit Hoppy into the story.

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Justice League Action – Eezy Freezy

by Alan Rapp on January 10, 2018

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Justice League Action - Eezy Freezy TV review

“Eezy Freezy” is a bit of lighthearted fun featuring at team-up of Batman (Kevin Conroy) and Plastic Man out to capture Mr. Freeze (Peter Stormare). The short includes Plastic Man (Dana Snyder) taking on the shape of Santa’s sleigh (with Santa no less) as well as a makeshift stand-in for the Bat-Cycle’s front wheel after accidentally crashing into Batman. Not the most memorable of shorts, but fun nonetheless.

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  • Title: Justice League Action – The Goddess Must Be Crazy
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Justice League Action - The Goddess Must Be Crazy TV review

One of the oldest tropes in comic books is hero vs. hero. Be it from a misunderstanding, a villain’s shaninagans, mind-control, temporary insanity, or any number of possible reasons, comic writers love squaring off super-heroes against each other. “The Goddess Must Be Crazy” pits Wonder Woman (Rachel Kimsey) against a possessed Supergirl (Joanne Spracklen), controlled by Felix Faust (Jon Cryer). There’s some nice action here between the Girl of Steel and the Amazon before Dianna discovers a way to free Kara from the control of the evil magician (even if the episode doesn’t stray very far from the basics of such a plot).

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