Recap: Justice League Unlimited S 3 E 12 Alive

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:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Gorilla Grodd and Tala both die a Cruel and Unusual Death. Parasite might also count given his implied death.
  • Back from the Dead: Darkseid
  • Bad Boss: Luthor as always.
  • Came Back Strong: Darkseid. Word of God says that his redesign is due to him being fused with non-sentient remnants of Brainiac's technology.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Several villains change sides in the Civil War several times.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Parasite, one of Superman's main rogues is implied to be killed offscreen in the ship explosion.
  • Dying Curse: Tala invokes this trope in a different sense by tampering with the process and bringing back Darkseid instead as a final middle finger to Lex.
  • Enemy Civil War: Remarkably this is one of the best episodes of the series, and unlike several other episodes with this trope, it does not actually feature the heroes until the very end when Darkseid returns.
  • Enemy Mine: The episode ends with Lex and the Society forced to help the Justice League defend Earth from invasion by Apokolips.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: As soon as Darkseid returns to reclaim his post as the ruler of Apokolyps, the power factions that started fighting for control when he left surrender to him.
  • Evil vs. Evil: the episode.
  • Exact Words: Poor Tala
  • Famous Last Words: 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...!"
  • Faux Affably Evil: Luthor as always.
  • Kill It with Ice: Killer Frost's specialty.
  • Killed Off for Real: Gorilla Grodd, Tala, quite possibly Parasite, and a host of other Legionnaires.
  • Living Battery: Luthor uses Tala as one of these to revive Brainiac.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!"
  • Mercy Kill
  • Red Shirt Army: Grodd's forces.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Tala receives a Cruel and Unusual Death. Subverted because she'd receive it even if she didn't betray Luthor.
    • Averted with Killer Frost — when Luthor asks the defeated mutineers if any of them can suggest a reason why he should let them live, she steps away from the others and freezes them.
      Luthor: Killer Frost... you've got a future. Get rid of the rest.
      Frost: You got it.
  • The Starscream: Tala.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Gorilla Grodd.
    Luthor: Goodbye, Grodd. It could have gone the other way.
    Grodd: It really could have, couldn't it?
    Luthor: No; but why speak ill of the dead? (opens airlock)
  • Took a Level in Badass: Toyman.
  • Understatement: the cliffhanger shows Luthor and what remains of the Society appearing at the footsteps of the Metro Tower, telling Superman...
    We have a little problem.
  • Villain Episode: The Majority of the episode is spent on Luthor and Grodd's civil war.
  • Wham Shot: Smoke clearing to reveal Darkseid was revived rather than Brainiac, followed by Mass "Oh, Crap!".
  • Woman Scorned: Tala. She instigates the insurgence against Lex.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Tala realizes Lex was planning on 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, 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.