Friday, June 8, 2018

Justice League Action - Keeping up with the Kryptonians

The second straight episode featuring Mr. Mxyzptlk (Gilbert Gottfried) toying with DC heroes, "Keeping up with the Kryptonians" is of interest for finding a way to incorporate the Red Son Superman into the series. Toying with the idea of alternate realities, Mr. Mxyzptlk alters the history of both Superman (Jason J. Lewis) and Supergirl (Joanne Spracklen) sending the Man of Steel to be raised in Eastern Europe and the Maid of Might to be raised in Hollywood. As Kara turns into a popular, if vapid, celebrity, the Kryptonian becomes the lead warrior for an invading army.

The Twilight Zone style opening works well, and as a fan of Booster Gold (Diedrich Bader), who somehow still hasn't gotten introduced in Legends of Tomorrow yet, it's fun to see the time cop be the one to step between the two heroes and talk some sense into them (and without ever realizing what exactly is going on!). As with every Mr. Mxyzptlk story, its also fun to try and guess just how the characters will trick the imp and sending him back to his own dimension (and this one is pretty good).

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