Recap / Justice League S 2 E 23 Comfort And Joy

After saving an alien world from destruction, the League decides to take some time off for the holidays. GL and Hawkgirl stay on the alien planet to play in the snow, Flash goes on a quest to get a toy for some orphans in Central City, Superman and Martian Manhunter go to the Kents' farm for some R&R, and Batman stays at the Watchtower for monitor duty.

Tropes:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: After a fashion. Having expected a dancing, rapping, farting personality from a DJ Rubber Ducky, the children are understandably nonplussed when he starts speaking the Humanite's voice and tells them a story instead. Once he gets going, though, they seem to appreciate it more.
  • Adorkable: Superman is eager to light the Christmas tree, tries to use his X-ray vision to sneak peaks at his presents, and still believes in Santa Claus.
  • An Ass-Kicking Christmas: Green Lantern and Hawkgirl spend their holiday in an alien bar. Flash gets into a fight with the Ultra-Humanite before they reach a truce.
  • Bar Brawl: Hawkgirl loves these, as seen with her idea of a "celebration."
  • Blood Knight: Hawkgirl's idea of a good time is to go to an alien bar and start a Bar Brawl.
  • Breather Episode: this episode is the only oneshot in a series of two- and three-parters, and would be immediately followed by the Season Finale.
  • Cats Are Mean: Streaky hisses at J'onn on sight. Averted in the end, though.
  • Children Are Innocent: The Ultra-Humanite is contemptuous of humanity in general, but thinks that children have not yet been corrupted into their elders' shallowness. This motivates him to fix the orphans' toy (and modify it to tell the story of The Nutcracker in place of its usual litany of hip-hop music and rude noises).
  • Christmas Episode
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: The Bar Brawl is started by Hawkgirl bringing her mace down on the hand of a big, mean-looking blue alien. In the aftermath of the brawl, she and GL are seen curled up with said alien and having a doze.
  • Enemy Mine/Merry Christmas in Gotham: The Ultra-Humanite agrees to a Christmas truce with Flash in order to fix the toy for the orphans.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Ultra-Humanite is annoyed at Flash's concern that he might be booby-trapping the toy, an act he clearly considers to be beneath him.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Flash feels so bad about the orphans' toy being broken that he says he wouldn't care if Ultra-Humanite shot him.
  • Hidden Depths: Flash spends his Christmas visiting Central City orphans and getting them a desired present. He has been doing this for some time.
  • Hope Spot: Flash has trouble finding the popular present, but gets the last one at the company. Then it gets broken during a fight with the Ultra-Humanite.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: During the battle in the museum, Flash uses his Super Speed to disarm Ultra-Humanite's ray gun, and taunts him the next time he tries to fire it.
    Flash: (holds up power cell) Should have asked Santa for extra batteries.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: GL and Hawkgirl's snowball fight is made a bit more epic thanks to their superpowers.
  • Mundane Utility: GL uses his Green Lantern ring to make himself a snowboard.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • For the first time in the series, J'onn takes on his John Jones alias from the comics.
    • He also eats what looks like an Oreo that had been left for Santa.
  • No Sympathy: After being pushed back onto the DJ Rubber Ducky toy by Flash, Humanite is contemptuous of giving children such a crude toy and suggests they'd be better off with literature by Voltaire. Despite this, Flash's impassioned speech about giving orphans goodwill at Christmas get through to him and he agrees to fix it — albeit replacing the Toilet Humor with a recording of him narrating The Nutcracker.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Superman's really looking forward to Christmas.
    • Same with Green Lantern. He's only too happy to play in the snow and start a snowball fight with Hawkgirl.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Of a sort. J'onn has never seen Superman just be Clark and finds the difference striking.
    • The same could be said of John. He happily makes a snowman and a snow angel, asking Shayera with child-like glee if she noticed his wings.
  • One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others: Many mediums involving Superman have dogs on the Kent Farm. This one on the other hand has a cat.
  • Pet the Dog: Flash's words move the Ultra-Humanite to fix the toy and give it some welcomed improvements.
  • Present Peeking: Superman/Clark Kent's parents mention how young Clark used to peek at his presents with his X-ray vision. Later that night, (adult) Clark sneaks into the room with the tree—and finds his presents are all wrapped in X-ray-blocking lead foil.
  • Seen It All: The Kents come across as a bit jaded when they say that they're not strangers to aliens in the house.
  • Snowball Fight: John and Shayera get into a superpowered version.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Hawkgirl starts the Bar Brawl by smashing a rather large patron's hand with her mace. She then hands her mace to a clueless Green Lantern and points to him.
  • Wicked Cultured: Ultra-Humanite wrecks an exhibit of "modern art" for being an eyesore and a general waste of public funds.
  • Written-In Absence:
    • Batman is on monitor duty, which Superman says he practically begged for.
    • Kara's absence is explained by her being off skiing with Barbara Gordon.

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