TV Review: Justice League Action [S1Ep12] “Repulse!”

Synopsis:

Love was in the air until Repulse showed up.

Duty Call

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Clark and Diana were getting really cozy on a date. They were discovering the joy of being liked as an individual person. Not because of their more famous alter-egos. Don’t know if it was intentional or not, but it really poked fun at how shallow Lois Lane and Steve Trevor are. There’s a man underneath the super, and a woman behind the wonder. Those people clearly need attention too. But of course, before they can complete the smoochie smoochie……trouble.

It’s not you, it’s me

A villain named Repulse is downtown. He looks like if Parasite and Electro had a baby. Hawkman joins the fray. I LOVE how you never know which combination of the JLA each episode will feature. It’s always at least one of the Trinity plus the unlimited number of characters in the League. Hilarity ensues as Carter doesn’t seem to understand the whole idea of a third wheel. But anyway, Repulse apparently generates a reflective kinetic energy field. Whatever tries to strike him, he can send that energy right back at its source. So of course “the Spandex Patrol” as he calls them try a frontal assault. They all get repelled, straight onto their butts. Wonder Woman gets tangled in her own lasso, and is clearly still frustrated from not gettin’ that lip lock from Clark.

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I’ve got to hand it to this writing team. Superman learns quickly here. As opposed to Smallville. ?  His second attack heat visions the ground from underneath Repulse, and he follows him into the sewer. Surprise Number One! “Repulse” is actually Lex Luthor underneath that kinetic suit. Superman crushes his power source, and Luthor goes into custody. But not without a warning about getting the last laugh.

It’s Not Over

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Superman and Wonder Woman are recapping the adventurous events, and Diana takes it as an opportunity to try that kiss again. Hawkman goes, “Ugh. Super PDA is the worst.” HAH! Love these lines. But behold…Surprise Number Two! Luthor has infected Superman with the Repulse technology. Now Clark is repelling everything and the force shield around him is growing. He even throws a plane off course that Hawkman and Wonder Woman have to save. So Superman does exactly what Superman would do: he takes himself out of the equation because he’s a danger to others. Too bad Zack Snyder doesn’t watch Justice League Action. ?Justice League Action review, Repulse, 1X12, S1 E12, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat

Into the Black

Hawkster and Wonder Babe confront Luthor in jail. It’s an old school jail too, hah. They get Batmannish and Diana forces Lex to tell the truth with that incredible lasso. He does. So they figure out that a black hole is the answer to pull the Repulsor tech off of Supes. While flying in, as Superman is near the black hole, Luthor escapes! He tries to push him further in and succeeds. Superman saves Luthor, but it seems that Clark now can’t push himself out, he’s too close to the center. “We’d need a miracle,” Superman says. “And here she is!” Wunda Womanz lasso pulls them out, and she saves the day. I love, love, LOVE how you never know which way this show is going.

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Looks like they are FINALLY (while still in costume mind you) gonna get that kiss on. But alas, third time’s not the charm. Diana stops short again, repulsed. But not by tech this time. Clark really shouldn’t have ordered that garlic risotto.

Conclusion

I tell ya, these fifteen minute shorts are the best things we’ve seen since Justice League Unlimited. In some ways, they’re better. The writing is sharper, and the personal interaction between the heroes is always the way we’ve imagined it. I can’t rave over this show enough. Bring on more Justice League Action!

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