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:

  • Back from the Dead: Darkseid
  • 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
  • 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 is notable for not actually featuring 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.
  • 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...!"
  • Killed Off for Real: Gorilla Grodd, Tala and a host of other Legionnaires.
  • Living Battery: Luthor uses Tala as one of these to revive Brainiac.
  • Mercy Kill
  • Oh, Crap
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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.