Starcrossed (Justice League episode)

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"Starcrossed"
Justice League episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 24, 25, 26
Directed by Butch Lukic & Dan Riba
Written by Rich Fogel & Dwayne McDuffie
Original air date May 29, 2004
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Starcrossed is the second-season finale of the Justice League animated series, composed of the 24th, 25th, and 26th episodes. It is notably the last episode to go under the Justice League title before the show's transition into Justice League Unlimited.

It first aired on May 29, 2004.

Plot[edit]

Part One

The League is staking out a conference of world leaders, based on a tip Batman received that a terrorist incident may occur. Superman, as Clark Kent, is watching the conference from inside, among the press corps. Outside, Green Lantern steals a few seconds to flirt with Hawkgirl.

Suddenly, a greater menace appears in the sky: an alien battleship that opens fire. None of the U.S. military’s weapons can hurt it. Before the League attacks, an even larger alien battleship appears and downs the attacking craft, which crashes. Hawkgirl recognizes the newcomer as a Thanagarian ship.

The ship’s commander, Hro Talak, asks to meet with Earth’s leaders. He reveals that Hawkgirl has been lying to her teammates: she did not arrive on Earth by accident, nor is she a law enforcement officer; rather, she is a lieutenant in the Thanagarian military, and was sent to Earth as an advance scout, and a sort of ambassador, to prepare for their arrival. Talak explains that for decades Thanagar has been at war with a vicious alien race, the Gordanians. Now the Gordanians have targeted Earth for invasion, and Talak offers to help.

John confronts Hawkgirl, asking what else she’s kept secret. Uncomfortably, she admits that she and Talak are betrothed.

Having seen the power of the Gordanian ship, Earth’s leaders feel they have little choice, and accept the Thangarians’ offer. Immediately, they begin constructing a massive force field generator in the Gobi Desert, which they say will provide a planetary defense shield. The Justice League aids in the construction. Batman is suspicious, as always, and examines the remains of the Gordanian battleship. He finds that all the Gordanians were dead long before the ship appeared on Earth, meaning the attack was a ruse.

As soon as he communicates with the others, the Thanagarians turn on them, taking them prisoner. John tries to fight his way free, but Hawkgirl tricks him into lowering his ring, then knocks him out and takes his ring.

A Thanagarian unit takes control of the Watchtower, while the rest of their forces occupy Earth.

Part Two

The League is taken prisoner and transported to a holding facility. Hawkgirl returns to the mother ship. Talak commends her on a job well done, but his subordinate, Kragger, is suspicious of her sympathies with the League, and the humans.

The League manages to escape the prison ship, which crashes in an unspecified city. The League decides that to stay hidden, they will need to discard their costumes and assume civilian clothes. Flash protests for "secret identity" reasons, but Batman cuts him off, saying that he (always the detective) has already found out Superman and Flash's alter egos, and then reveals his own. (J'onn, Wonder Woman, and Lantern do not have secret identities). The League split into pairs and make their way toward Gotham City, to rendezvous at Wayne Manor.

Aboard the mothership, Hro reveals the Thanagarians’ true plan: the force field generator is actually a “hyperspace bypass,” the last in a series of wormhole relays that will allow the Thanagarians to bypass the Gordanians’ defenses and attack their homeworld directly, finally ending the war. But in the process, Earth will be destroyed – to the Thanagarians, a sad but necessary sacrifice. Hawkgirl is horrified.

The League meets in the Batcave, to puzzle out why the Thanagarians are interested in Earth. Hawkgirl appears, giving them data on the project. Batman accepts the information, then coldly orders her out. Before she goes, she shares a private moment with John, returning his ring to him.

But Kragger has planted a bug on Hawkgirl, allowing him to track her to the League’s hideout.

Part Three

As soon as Hawkgirl returns to the mothership, Kragger has her arrested. He plays the recording of her conversation with the League for Hro, revealing both her treachery and her affection for John. Hro is heartbroken and orders her locked up.

Kragger leads a strike team to Wayne Manor to eliminate the League. Fully powered now, they beat back the attack and take several prisoners.

Batman is in command of their strategy: Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern attack the command ship to shut down the force field protecting the hyperspace generator; Batman, Flash, and J’onn infiltrate the Watchtower using the strike team’s shuttle (and with J’onn masquerading as Kragger), and incapacitate the occupation force. Batman explains that he plans to take the Watchtower out of orbit and use it as a missile to destroy the generator. He and the others load the unconscious Thanagarians into the escape pods, but Batman launches the pod with himself staying behind, saying that he has to guide the Tower in manually. “Gentlemen,” he says in farewell, “it’s been an honor.”

While Superman and Wonder Woman battle the Thanagarian fighters, Lantern breaks into the ship to reach the force field controls. Talak is waiting for him, wanting revenge for his stolen love.

As Wonder Woman fights her way through another part of the ship, she passes Hawkgirl’s cell. “I should leave you to burn,” she says, but releases her.

The generator complete, the Thanagarians begin the activation to open the hyperspace gate.

The Watchtower travels down through the atmosphere, piloted by Batman. As the heat increases, the Tower begins to break up. Hearing where Batman is, Superman breaks off from the battle and flies to intercept him.

In the control room, Lantern fights hard against Talak, but loses and is knocked out. Talak raises his battle axe for the kill, and Hawkgirl appears, telling him to stop. He attacks her, and they battle even more ferociously. He beats her, and she begs him, for the sake of “us,” not to kill Earth’s innocents. He throws her to the ground. “There’s no ‘us’ anymore, Shayera. Just a fallen traitor, and a soldier with a job to do.” Lantern regains consciousness, and attacks Talak again, but is very weak. As Talak punches him, Lantern taunts him, and an enraged Talak swings his axe, inadvertently hitting the force field controls. In the resulting explosion, he is knocked out. Hawkgirl and Lantern then shut down the force field.

Superman streaks after the Watchtower as Batman, overcome by the heat and smoke, finally passes out. Superman breaks in and pulls him free just before it hits, destroying the generator.

Aboard the ship, Lantern, Hawkgirl, and Wonder Woman are confronted by more Thanagarian soldiers, but Hro orders them to stand down – their mission has failed, and there’s no point in fighting anymore. The Thanagarian forces leave Earth, abandoning Hawkgirl.

At Wayne Manor, Hawkgirl waits while the League debates whether to allow her to remain. Alfred tells her that, regardless of what the others decide, he still considers her a hero.

Superman is about to announce the League’s decision, but Hawkgirl interrupts, saying that she’s resigning from the League. Flash, upset by her decision, hugs her. As she goes, J’onn and Superman say that it’s their duty to rebuild the League.

Outside Wayne Manor, John asks Hawkgirl where she will go now. She says she isn't sure. She tells him that she never lied about one thing: she truly does strongly love him with all her heart. Then she flies away, leaving him to say, “I love you, too…”

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
María Canals Hawkgirl
Kevin Conroy Batman
Susan Eisenberg Wonder Woman
Phil LaMarr Green Lantern
Carl Lumbly J'onn J'onzz
George Newbern Superman
Michael Rosenbaum The Flash
Victor Rivers Hro Talak
Hector Elizondo Lieutenant Kragger
Jason Marsden Snapper Carr
Elizabeth Peña Paran Dul
Kevin Michael Richardson General Wells
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Alfred Pennyworth

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