Luthor and the Secret Society refit their headquarters and fly into deep space in a last-ditch attempt to reanimate Brainiac. En route, Tala frees Grodd, who leads a mutiny of other disaffected villains against Luthor and his supporters.

!!This episode includes examples of:
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Darkseid]]
* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:Darkseid. WordOfGod says that his redesign is due to him being fused with non-sentient remnants of Brainiac's technology.]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* DyingCurse: [[spoiler:Tala]] invokes this trope in a different sense by tampering with the process and bringing back [[spoiler:Darkseid]] instead as a final middle finger to Lex.
* EnemyCivilWar: Remarkably this is one of the best episodes of the series, and unlike several other episodes with this trope, it is notable for not actually featuring the heroes until the very end when [[spoiler:Darkseid]] returns.
* EnemyMine: The episode ends with Lex and the Society forced to help the Justice League defend Earth from invasion by [[spoiler:Apokolips]].
* ExactWords: Poor [[spoiler:Tala]]
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:Gorilla Grodd]]: "You twisted pink rabble of a hominid, I'm not done with you! I'll get out of this and when I do...!"
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Gorilla Grodd, Tala and a host of other Legionnaires.]]
* LivingBattery: Luthor uses [[spoiler:Tala]] as one of these to revive Brainiac.
* [[spoiler:MercyKill]]
* OhCrap
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: [[spoiler:Gorilla Grodd]].
-->'''Luthor''': Goodbye, [[spoiler:Grodd]]. It could have gone the other way.\\
[[spoiler:'''Grodd''']]: It really could have, couldn't it?\\
'''Luthor''': No; but why speak ill of the dead? (opens airlock)
* {{Understatement}}: the cliffhanger shows [[spoiler:Luthor and what remains of the Society appearing at the footsteps of the Metro Tower, telling Superman...]]
-->''We have a little problem.''
* VillainEpisode
* WomanScorned: Tala. She instigates the insurgence against Lex.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Tala realizes Lex was planning on [[LivingBattery using her to revive Brainiac]] all along, whether or not she stayed loyal to him, even though it would kill her. When it finally happens, [[WomanScorned Tala]] tampers with the process in a final act of defiance by reviving Darkseid instead. The evil alien invokes this trope by killing almost all of the remaining rogues for their efforts.