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Recap: Justice League S 1 E24- 26 The Savage Time
The Justice League returns from a mission in space to find the world transformed – a result of villain Vandal Savage feeding information to his younger self in the 1940's, allowing him to help take over the world during World War II. The League travels back in time themselves to stop him, and fight Nazis alongside DC Comics' WWII-era heroes (including Easy Company, the Blackhawks, and Steve Trevor).


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  • All Germans Are Nazis: Wonder Woman helps an American secret agent rescue an undercover spy and crypto agent from a nazi prison. The spy turns out to be a native German working against the Nazi regime.
  • Allohistorical Allusion: Towards the end, the members of the German High Command are beginning to resent Vandal Savage's actions and position. When speaking about the previous Fuhrer, they admit that he was crazy, but at least he listened to his generals. In real life, one of the key reasons often given for the collapse of the German military was Hitler's refusal to accept advice or corrections from his military staff.
  • Alternate History
  • America Wins the War: Vandal Savage chose to plan a massive invasion of America after learning about the outcome of World War II, particularly when his future self also warned to ready the Third Reich for a massive US/UK/Canada seaborne invasion of Normandy on June 6th, 1944. While the success of Operation Overlord in 1944 was definitely very bad news for Germany, wouldn't a specific warning not to invade the Soviet Union in 1941 before neutralizing the Western enemies first have been a higher priority?
    • The laptop he sent back in time could have arrived years before 1945 (the Martian says it). Savage had enough time to set himself up as a revolutionary scientist, prove his new weapons, and then remove Hitler. Since there's no mention made of the Soviets, one could assume he never invaded the USSR, and was instead focusing on the center of Allied supply lines, the US.
    • Also, Savage shut the laptop off while the message was in mid-sentence, implying that there may have been more to it.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence
  • Bring News Back: The League learns that Vandal Savage is leading the Nazis to invade the United States. As they lack any means of radioing this information, the Flash runs across the Atlantic to warn the US.
  • Can't Take Anything With You: Vandal Savage's time machine works with a sort of inversion: You can't go back to a time where you already exist, but you can send any objects through that you want. Being an immortal caveman, Savage can't go back himself, so he sends a laptop to his past self during World War II. No mention is made of how Wonder Woman, an immortal princess who was likely already alive during that time, and J'onn, a Martian who was DEFINITELY alive during that time, if in another planet, could be there.
  • Catch Phrase: The Blackhawk battle cry, "Hawkaaaaaaa!"
  • Continuity Cameo: Young versions of Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon (making out), as well as Tim Drake and Cassandra Cain showed up in uncredited cameos in Batman's La Résistance in a dystopian timeline.
  • Conqueror From The Future
  • Cool Train: The freedom-fighting Batman uses a rocket-powered subway car to get around.
  • Day of the Jackboot / Bad Future: The alternate present in the beginning of the episode where the Justice League find a authoritarian Metropolis and Vandal Savage as supreme Evil Overlord.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: A subtle subversion for the alternate Batman, who grabs a gun and points it at the League, which may of been what convinced them that something has changed with the timeline.
  • Emperor Scientist: Vandal Savage
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: Vandal Savage sends a laptop with a message on it to his past self, the information on the laptop allowing the past Savage to take control of Nazi Germany and lead them to win World War II.
  • Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: After gaining power, Past Vandal Savage depose Hitler by placing him in cryogenic suspension. However, after the League guys beat him, Hitler was dethawed, putting WWII back on track.
  • Human Popsicle: This is what happened to Hitler after Vandal Savage came to power.
  • La Résistance: Alternate Batman's resistance group.
  • Man Hug: When the League return to the present and find things are back to normal, Superman gives one of these to Batman.
    Batman: Am I missing something?
  • Military Mashup Machine: The War Wheels. These were taken from the old Blackhawk comics during that time.
  • Mythology Gag: The alternate-timeline Batman refers to the group of freedom fighters he started in the absence of the Justice League as "orphans and outsiders." In the 1980s, Batman left the Justice League to found a new team called the Outsiders. Naturally the background characters include cameos by the B:TAS Robins and Batgirl, and a young Cassandra Cain.
  • Noodle Incident: The episode begins with most of the League returning from a mission in space. Green Lantern complains about how he had to use his ring to drag everybody else across the galaxy, and Flash consoles him with the fact that they at least won the battle, but what they actually did is never expounded upon.
  • No Swastikas: Justified as Past Vandal Savage hijacked the Nazi war effort, and they used his symbols instead. Later episodes had no problem referring to said villain as a "Nazi war criminal", worth noting, though that the insignia he uses is the the SS insignia, Hitler's elite guard and it actually makes sense in the context of the story, making this an example of Getting Crap Past the Radar: An ancient symbol that arose individually in almost every basket-weaving culture and which just happened to be used in the flag of a fascist nation? BAD! A symbol for a group of soldiers from said nation who were primarily responsible for the holocaust? A-OK!
    • More specifically, the Sowilo rune was used, which was a common nazi symbol (as it's german meaning, "sigel", was a symbol of victory).
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: Wonder Woman rescued Steve Trevor after he was forced to abandon the plane he was flying, and caught him with only a few feet to spare before he hit the ground. He showed absolutely no negative effects from his sudden deceleration.
  • Power Loss Makes You Strong / You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum: Green Lantern's ring runs out, there's no battery around, and he becomes a rugged infantryman. To be fair, John is a US Marine veteran as well, so this is not exactly new. When The Big Guy Bulldozer questions what John can do without his ring, John promptly beats Bulldozer down with his bare hands. This helped John to get in with Sgt. Rock's Easy Company.
  • Shoot the Dog: In the middle of a retreat, Green Lantern tells Hawkgirl to leave him behind so she can carry wounded soldiers out in his place. She does so without argument.
  • Shout-Out: Superman flies directly through a German plane and emerges from the inevitable explosion covered head to toe in flames - which makes him a dead ringer for the Marvel Universe's original, Nazi-fighting Human Torch. An unidentified Allied solider later in the episode is shown injured and clutching his eye in reference to Nick Fury.
    • The Flash heckles the Nazis by yelling "Over here, Colonel Klink!"
  • Someone's Touching My Butt: The League is riding a rocket train, which abruptly starts and throws them all into a pile. Then:
    Hawkgirl: ...Whose hand is that?
    Flash: [pulling his hand from what almost certainly was her boob] Sorry!
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: The future Vandal Savage's laptop that was sent to his past self which contains mechanical schematics and Allied war plans, including the Normandy Invasion. The Nazis actually turn the tide of the war (such as the War Wheels).
  • That's No Moon: Green Lantern noted to Easy Company that the hill they were standing on did not exist in the map they have. It turned out to be Vandal Savage's hanger for his advanced jet bombers that would be used to invade the USA.
  • The Cavalry: Hawkgirl is in trouble with three Me109s on her tail shooting at her accurately enough that she has taken a bullet through her wing. Suddenly more tracer fire comes in from offscreen and through the Luftwaffe planes. Cue dramatic music as the Blackhawks swoop in.
    • And then later, The Flash shows up, and he's brought the U.S. Navy with him!
  • The Glomp / Man Hug: When half of the Leaguers come back from time travel, Superman finds that Batman is in fact alive and well and glomps him. This causes an awkward pause of Batman staring at him from inches away and very dryly asking: "Am I missing something here?"
  • The Slow Path: Once the League returns to the present, Wonder Woman re-encounters Trevor — this time as an old man, in a retirement home.
  • The Time Traveller's Dilemma: Averted. Alternate Batman doesn't like living in an authoritarian regime after the Allies lost World War Two.
    Martian Manhunter: You understand that if we do change the past, you - this version of you - will never have existed?
    Alternate Batman: Nothing would make me happier.
  • Walk on Water: Flash runs across the Atlantic, to warn the Americans that Savage and the Nazi-stand-ins are headed their way.
  • World War II
  • You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum
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