TV Review: Justice League Action [S1Ep16] “Luthor in Paradise”

Synopsis:

Luthor’s up to his old tricks with a new scheme for new power. But there’s way more to this adventure than meets the eye.

Once and For All

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This episode deals with a lot. It goes by so quickly it’s easy to miss. But keen eyed observers will catch it all.

It opens with Luthor invading Paradise Island in search of an ancient artifact named the Oculus. Right off the bat, under Pre Bronze Age rules, his presence on the island would’ve triggered a reaction. It used to be, if a man set foot on the island, their blessing of eternal youth was broken and they’d begin to age super fast. But that’s old school. Here he just walks right in the front door and attacks Hippolyta and her guards. And soundly defeats them.

Wonder Woman shows up to help. Then surprise surprise, Luthor’s got help too. Circe’s there and they’re together. And that’s when the completely unsubtle man bashing starts.

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Old Song

Hippolyta goes, “You’re here with this…this man? What can he do for you that you can’t do for yourself?” You can both see and hear the total distain for manhood in Hippolyta. Yep so Social Justice Agenda is front and center, as with much of the media content presented today.

Because remember….if Batman and Superman EVER talked about women the way that Hippolyta talks about men here, they’d be screaming SEXISM! MISOGYNY! They wouldn’t want any equality then.

Bruce and Clark could NEVER mock Diana and women the way Hippolyta mocks Luthor, Superman, Batman and men in general in this episode. Period.

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Luthor and Circe make a pretty effective team actually. Science and magic in conjunction. Hippolyta beats Luthor in hand to hand, but Circe blasts her from behind. They grab Hippolyta’s staff and head for the Fallen Realm. Diana however is still trapped by Circe’s Hands of Hercules spell. The World’s Finest arrive! Superman and Batman get Diana out. Hippolyta is so surprised and offended at Bats & Supes’ presence and their association with her daughter until Diana has to appease her by calling them sidekicks. “Prickly” is how Batman describes the Amazons. And he wants to know if ‘Lyta can get them to the Fallen Realm without her stolen staff. And the males again get dissed through a warning not to address Hippolyta directly. Hmph. Diana also explains that if a mortal man puts on the Oculus, he can obtain the Power of Zeus.

Now stop right there.

Doesn’t that line call for an appearance from Captain Marvel? Justice League Action, Luthor in Paradise, the Trinity, Review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChatY’know, the kid who yells the Wizard’s name (SHAZAM!) and gets magically endowed with the Power of Zeus? I was so sure Cap was gonna show up in this episode. But alas he does not.

Into the Black

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So the Trinity gets to the Fallen Realm. Gravity is kinda different there. Luthor and Circe find the Oculus and Luthor puts it on. And sure enough, he gets endowed with the Power of Zeus. Complete with hair! (Signs of his inevitable double cross to Circe are showing already.) Diana gets in yet another jab at men. Then they go at Circe and Luthor. Luthor takes all three of them down by himself. It only takes one lightning bolt to lay Wonder Woman out. When he fights Superman, it takes two punches and one lightning strike.

Now hold on just a blue-black minute.

I don’t want to hear any more garbage about how Superman is more powerful than Captain Marvel. That argument is over. Done. Finished. Captain Marvel carries the power of one Jewish king, one Titan, two demi-gods, and two gods. One of those gods is Zeus. In this fight Luthor, channeling Zeus’ power, lays the whole Trinity out in less than five minutes. So Captain Marvel deserves his proper respect and power levels. Period.

Saving the Day

I’ve got to hand it to these writers, they are ridiculously creative. They come up with twists and turns and new ways for the good guys to win. The heroes are defeated, Circe siphons some of Zeus’ power, and the Villain Duet are about to leave to conquer Olympus. Circe has turned the Trinity into trees. With their last ounce of effort before they get swallowed up into treedom, Batman(with a bomb batarang) and Superman (with super breath and heat vision) temporarily knock Circe out and return Diana’s lasso. (That’s also the second time this episode they’ve saved her.) It was awesome to behold. Diana catches Luthor with the Lasso of Truth. And makes him confess his impending double cross. Circe hears it and is enraged. And then that’s it, the heroes lose. They’re totally trees.

Circe realizes that Luthor is a lying snake. She easily removes the Oculus from Lex and he returns to mortal form.  And she stings him on his butt with her lightning. Circe sets the heroes free, but doesn’t escape them herself.

Justice League Action, Luthor in Paradise, the Trinity, Review, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChatBack on Paradise Island, Diana reminds her mother that the male heroes have names. Hippolyta thanks them, and then kicks them off her island before her Elite Guard fillets them. That’s gratitude for ya.

 

 

Still a fun episode despite the misandry, still love this show! More Justice League Action please!

 

 

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