TV Review: Justice League Action [S1Ep19] “Rage of the Red Lanterns”

Synopsis:

Lobo’s up to his old tricks. This time he’s up against some angry Red Lanterns. The Justice League doesn’t trust him. It doesn’t end well for Lobotomy.

Justice? When Will They Learn

Rage of the Red Lanterns, Review, Justice League Action, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, superhero animation, cartoonsBatman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg are on monitor duty. Batman’s been studying an alien artifact that has as yet unseen power. He’s trying to unlock its secrets when the main man Lobo shows up. Guess what? Lobo’s asking for sanctuary.

Right there, they shoulda been like, “you’re on your own dude.” But I suppose Clark and Diana have to be noble. Rage of the Red Lanterns, Review, Justice League Action, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, superhero animation, cartoonsCyborg’s still learning and Batman always fights to win. He doesn’t care about “fair.” And true to form, Batman’s willing to let justice take its course, even if its not their justice. But in any event, after a quick skirmish (where we at last get to see the League win because they’re better), the Justice Peoples grant Lobo sanctuary. They’re smart enough to tie him to a chair at least.

“Can ah get a cucumber water or somethin’? I’m super parched.” hahahAHAHHAAH

When the Lanterns come Calling

Rage of the Red Lanterns, Review, Justice League Action, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, superhero animation, cartoonsBefore Lobo can even fully explain what’s going on, his trouble finds him. Turns out Atrocitus and his band of Merry Angries are after the main man. They accuse Lobo of taking three Red Lantern rings from them. The JLAers can’t figure out why, because as Superman rightly points out, Red Lantern rings are useless unless worn by the chosen user.

I was glad(momentarily) to see that Superman had learned to lock the front door. He needs to take that knowledge back to the Fortress. As I pointed out last time, I don’t like stupid in mah superheroes. Also glad to see that the Watchtower had some level of security. But as Cyborg rightly points out, they need to beef it up. Know why? Because Dex-Starr, the Red Lantern cat zips right through it.

I’ll take a Double

Rage of the Red Lanterns, Review, Justice League Action, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, superhero animation, cartoonsLobo’s got the stolen rings hidden in his secret heel compartment. They should’ve shown up on Cyborg’s scan unless he just scanned his body. Batman would know better. But anyway, he plants the rings on a table in the WatchTower. Atrocitus & Co. find them. And then it’s time for a good ol’ fashioned Justice Brawl. Red Lanterns vs. Juckus League. Batman even stops some Red Lantern fire with his cape, that was great. There’s nothing Batman’s tech can’t do. Because he’s Batman.

Lobo starts laughing. It was all a distraction to get him into the Watchtower. Guess what his real goal is? That’s right, the Spider Gauntlet that Batman was working on earlier. Lobo has the key that’s been missing. He puts it on, and ZAPOWEE! …..Well they don’t actually explain what it is, but it’s like a Magic Hand of Power. We’ll go with it.

Rage of the Red Lanterns, Review, Justice League Action, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, superhero animation, cartoonsThe one thing I didn’t get was why Lobo didn’t leave. Once he got the Spider Amulet and put the Hand on, he just started chilling on his bike. Well stupid is as stupid does. HAH. The JLAers and the Red Lanterns(in spite of Atrocitus’ clearly stated animosity) decide that teaming up is the right move here. So they do. Lobo’s newfound gauntlet is powerful enough to trounce all of them. So my favorite hero(no sarcasm in that one) has to save the day! Batman uses a batrope to make Lobo self-punch with that Magic Fist. Then Dex-Starr uses some Red Lantern rage vomit to finish him off. Off to a prison on the edge of the galaxy he goes in a mummy’s tomb. He’ll be back, but let Lobo rot in jail for a while, that’s good for him.

Conclusion

Rage of the Red Lanterns, Review, Justice League Action, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChat, superhero animation, cartoonsThe other highlight of this episode was Zilius Zox. Click on his name to read more about him. Holy cow his groveling was HILARIOUS. He played the classic over tempered under powered minion to Atrocitus’ angry straight man. They were great.

Seeing them however, made me deeply miss Green Lantern:The Animated Series. Man that show was good and severely underrated.

 

 

 

 

 

So much more I wanted to see them do with Hal and John. Well, Young Justice got a revival so we can always hope!

Good episode. Full of action, humor and surprises. But you know how I feel about Lobo, as long as he gets his butt kicked I’m happy!

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Stop right now and go get Green Lantern:The Animated SeriesYou owe it to yourself to check out . You will not regret one minute of watching it, I kid you not.

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