|Justice League Unlimited episode|
|"Panic in the Sky"|
|Airdate:||July 9, 2005 (USA)|
|Animation Services by:||DR Movie Co., LTD.|
|Written by:||Dwayne McDuffie|
|Directed by:||Joaquim Dos Santos|
|Episode images (7)|
"Panic in the Sky" is the eleventh episode of the second season of Justice League Unlimited. It originally aired on July 9, 2005. It is the third episode of the four-part finale of the Cadmus story arc.
Professor Hamilton installs a transmitter on Galatea's forehead putting her in telepathic contact with the Ultimen. He explains that, unlike the previous versions, these Ultimen clones are just "blank slates", entirely dependent on Galatea's commands. Waller appears, telling Galatea it is time. As she prepares to leave on her mission, Galatea stops, turns back, and gives Hamilton a goodbye hug, calling him "Daddy". With that comment, Hamilton's face falls.
Aboard the Watchtower, the crew are still working flat-out to restore main power as quickly as possible. The first thing they get back is communications, which allows them to speak with Flash, who reports from the surface that, mercifully, there are no fatalities. However, Flash also conveys that the public no longer trusts the League, blaming them for what happened.
Seeing a news report of the devastation, Superman calls a meeting of the founders, sans Flash and Batman, who are both planetside. Superman says they've lost the trust of the people, and Wonder Woman proposes making a gesture of cooperation. The founders announce to the rest of the League that they are temporarily giving themselves up for arrest until their innocence is proved.
When called, Flash agrees to come too, but Batman vehemently refuses, despite Wonder Woman's pleas, preferring instead to track down those responsible for framing them. Six of the seven founders surrender themselves to the authorities.
Aboard the Watchtower, the systems detect a volley of incoming Damocle-class missiles, which deploy driller heads instead of explosive payloads. The missiles strike, boring into the hull and disgorging the Ultimen. Galatea follows, issuing two simple orders: Clear her a path to the station's reactor room, and then kill everyone in the Watchtower.
Inside Cadmus, Amanda Waller and General Eiling are watching the progress of the attack, when Batman appears, knocks out Eiling easily, and confronts Waller. He tells her that, moral considerations outside, the League wouldn't have fired the cannon. They've been keeping tabs on Cadmus for months, and would have known that the facility was empty when it was hit. The cannon was fired remotely, and out of the people capable of doing so, the only one not already on the Watchtower was Lex Luthor. Batman suggests that Waller "start looking at him, hard", then leaves.
A full-scale battle rages inside the Watchtower. Even the human support staff, though told to stay sheltered, join in the fighting. As a group of Ultimen reach the infirmary, Huntress and Question join the fray, as does Captain Atom, who rises, still injured, from his sick bed, having decided whose side he is on.
Steel notices a danger signal from the reactor room and flies down to join Atom. As the League takes the upper hand, Supergirl breaks off and runs down to check. She finds Atom knocked unconscious, and sees Galatea wiping the floor with Steel. Galatea informs Kara that she is about to sabotage the reactor and blow up the Watchtower. They fight, but Supergirl is outmatched. Galatea is stronger and more aggressive than she is. As they fight, Supergirl goads her with the fact that she is not a real person, and Galatea becomes even more violent.
Back at Cadmus, Waller has started "looking" at Luthor, and it has taken her an embarrassingly short time to discover that Batman was right: Luthor has been poaching copies of advanced Cadmus technology and shipping it to his laboratory at LexCorp. Hamilton makes a quick examination of the technology and confirms that it could have been used to remotely fire the Watchtower's cannon, but there's something else. In horror, Hamilton realizes what Luthor's true plan is.
Waller calls Galatea and orders her to cease the attack. Galatea, blind with rage and her desire to kill Supergirl, ignores the order. As she burns Supergirl with her heat vision, Steel awakens in time to fire a blast that drives her back. Reaching the end of the restart process, the power is restored. As Galatea charges, Supergirl rips out a huge power coupling and rams it into her stomach, feeding her a massive surge of electricity.
Up on the bridge, the League cheers as the last of the Ultimen are defeated, but the power goes off as soon as it came back on. Supergirl helps Steel to his feet, while Galatea is left on the floor, twitching and catatonic.
In his laboratory, Luthor has finished his great project: An android body based on the design of AMAZO, with his own likeness. He intends to transfer his consciousness into the android, but Batman confronts him before he can begin the transfer. Batman notes that he has finally solved the puzzle: When Luthor worked with the Atom to stop AMAZO, he saw the android's blueprints and memorized them. Batman realizes that the Cadmus crisis is all a cover for Luthor's true goal: Giving himself superpowers. Luthor confirms this, but adds that he'll also gain his revenge on Superman; The world has turned against the Justice League, so him killing the Man of Steel will be seen as a heroic act.
Batman attempts to destroy the android, but Luthor intercepts and crushes his explosive Batarang. They briefly fight, but Luthor quickly subdues Batman and throws him out of the window with his mysterious super-strength. Before he can hit the ground, however, a hand grabs Batman by the shoulder, saving his life.
Meanwhile, Luthor has hooked up his equipment and is ready to begin the consciousness transfer. Just before he throws the transfer switch, Waller appears with a nano-disassembler cannon, Luthor's own design, and disintegrates the android. Luthor rages that Waller has ruined weeks of hard work, but the she declares him to be under arrest for framing the League and attempting to kill everyone at Cadmus. Backing Waller up, the seven founders of the Justice League have entered the room.
Superman tells Luthor that it's over. He's outnumbered and out of options. Luthor refuses to give up, but interrupts himself with a scream of pain. He falls to the floor, his body mutating into a tentacled, top-heavy monstrosity with a familiar three-dot triangle on his chest. As a skeletal metal face emerges from his stomach, Luthor's voice becomes mingle, and rapidly subsumed, by a robotic monotone... Brainiac.
- The episode picks up directly from the events of "Flashpoint".
- Batman refers to his conversation with Waller in "The Doomsday Sanction".
- Luthor makes reference to the creation of Amazo by Professor Ivo in Justice League, "Tabula Rasa". Batman likewise refers to when Luthor and The Atom fought Amazo in Justice League Unlimited, "The Return", and Waller uses an anti-nanotechnology beam of the same kind Luthor designed in that episode.
- Upon registering the missile attack, Steel immediately identifies the missles as LexCorp technology. Steel previously worked for LexCorp, as depicted in the Superman: The Animated Series episode, "Prototype".
- Galatea's final fate is unknown.
Background information Edit
Home video releases Edit
- Justice League Unlimited - Season One (DVD)
- Justice League - The Complete Series (DVD)
- Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (Blu-ray only)
Production inconsistencies Edit
- After the core Leaguers announce to the others that they are surrendering to the authorities, Wonder Woman's eyes are black as she flies away.
- In "Flashpoint", Booster Gold joins the rescue team that Flash leads down to the surface, but here he is shown fighting aboard the Watchtower.
- When Galatea is lying on the floor twitching, her eyes are black.
- Fire can only fly when she is in her flame-form. However, after she fends off an attack from a Downpour clone, she is seen levitating in her normal human form.
- When Waller looks to see Eiling getting up from Batman's punch, he is behind her. In all other shots he is to her right.
- This episode marks the last appearances of Galatea and the Ultimen. It also marks the last appearance of Professor Hamilton in the DCAU.
- It's revealed in this episode that Cadmus's headquarters was located in New Mexico.
- Steel puts the number of Justice Leaguers at 60, not including the founding members. It is unclear whether he is including the Leaguers on the ground, or only counting those in the Watchtower, and whether or not he counts civilian personnel as well.
- Steel classifies the missiles fired at the Watchtower as Lexcorp-manufactured "Damocles-class" missiles. The name Damocles refers to a classic myth about a courtier who was punished by his king by being seated at a dinner table with a sword hanging over his head by a thin thread; the myth has frequently been used as a metaphor for the threat of nuclear war. In the DC Original Animated Movie "Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths", which was originally meant to be part of the DCAU, the Crime Syndicate decides to solve the problem of the President threatening them with nukes with "Project Damocles", a bomb that would destroy the planet.
- The episode's title is a hint towards the reveal at the conclusion: Brainiac was the antagonist in a multi-part Superman comic story which shared the title.
- The Flash's response of "Batmobile lost a wheel, Joker got away" comes from a children's altered version of "Jingle Bells" which references Batman. The full version was sung by the Joker in "Christmas With the Joker".
- When Batman confronts Waller, he tells her that the fusion cannon was taken over by remote control and that "There are maybe three people on Earth smart enough to pull that off". Waller quickly guesses that he means Luthor but they do not mention the other two who were "already on the Watchtower". Batman probably means the Atom and Steel, both top physicists who try to repair the Watchtower's reactor before being assaulted by Galatea. Captain Marvel even suggests calling on either of them in order to check out Luthor's suspect energy generator in "Clash".
|Susan Eisenberg|| Wonder Woman |
|Phil LaMarr|| Steel |
|Carl Lumbly||J'onn J'onzz|
|Clancy Brown||Lex Luthor|
|Corey Burton|| Brainiac|
Government Official (uncredited)
|Robert Foxworth||Emil Hamilton|
|CCH Pounder||Amanda Waller|
|Nicholle Tom|| Supergirl |
Uncredited appearances Edit
(Galatea starts to leave the lab to lead the attack, but stops)
Supergirl: I'm worried about them, Steel. I'm worried about my cousin.
Batman: Someone took over our fusion cannon by remote control. There are maybe three people on Earth smart enough to pull that off. Two of them were already on the Watchtower. And that leaves...
Supergirl: You know what? No matter how bad you beat me, I'm real, not a clone.
Amanda Waller: He played me. I knew he was a snake and I still let him bite me.
Galatea: (her last words) When I get rid of you, I'll be the only...! (Supergirl shocks her with a huge power plug)
Amanda Waller: Hey, Lex! That android is Cadmus property. You're going to have to find somewhere else to keep your brain!
Amanda Waller: A nano-disassembler beam. Your design, I believe.
Lex Luthor: (laughing) Did you really think you could take me down all by yourself?
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"Divided We Fall"
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