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:
* AlasPoorVillain: [[AffablyEvil Gorilla]] [[BenevolentBoss Grodd]] and Tala both die a CruelAndUnusualDeath. Parasite might also count given his implied death.
* BackFromTheDead: Darkseid
* BadBoss: Luthor as always.
* CameBackStrong: Darkseid. WordOfGod says that his redesign is due to him being fused with non-sentient remnants of Brainiac's technology.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Several villains change sides in the Civil War several times.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Parasite, one of Superman's main rogues is implied to be killed offscreen in the ship explosion.
* DyingCurse: 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.
* EnemyCivilWar: The bulk of the episode is spent on one between Team Luthor and Team Grodd. We also get a glimpse of the one on Apokolips...which ends the second Darkseid shows up. Unlike several other episodes with this trope, it does not actually feature the heroes until the very end.
* EnemyMine: The episode ends with Lex and the Society forced to help the Justice League defend Earth from invasion by Apokolips.
* EvilPowerVacuum: As soon as Darkseid returns to reclaim his post as the ruler of Apokolips, the two factions that started fighting for control when he left surrender to him.
* EvilVsEvil: the episode.
* ExactWords: Poor Tala
* FamousLastWords: 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...!"
* FauxAffablyEvil: Luthor as always.
* KarmaHoudini: Killer Frost takes part in the mutiny against Luthor but when given a chance to save herself she does... by freezing her fellow mutineers. Even the villains on Luthor's side were shocked at the ease she did this.
* KillItWithIce: Killer Frost's specialty.
* KilledOffForReal: Gorilla Grodd, Tala, quite possibly Parasite, and a host of other Legionnaires.
* LivingBattery: Luthor uses Tala as one of these to revive Brainiac.
* MassOhCrap: The entire Society's reaction when they see who they've really brought back.
* MercyKill: For a certain definition of "mercy" - Darkseid "rewards" the Society for reviving him by blowing up their ship, a much quicker fate than the one he has planned for Earth.
* MythologyGag: Among the villains that side with Luthor are Bizarro, Sinestro, Toyman, Giganta, Cheetah--all of whom were in the Legion of Doom in ''Challenge of the Superfriends''.
* RedShirtArmy: Grodd's forces.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Tala receives a CruelAndUnusualDeath. 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.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Darkseid makes it clear his desire for this precedes even getting the Anti-Life Equation.
-->"Superman must suffer for killing me. His adopted world will die screaming. Only then will I seek the ultimate end."
* TheStarscream: Tala.
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: 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)
* TookALevelInBadass: 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."
* VillainEpisode: The majority of the episode is spent on Luthor and Grodd's civil war.
* WhamShot: Smoke clearing to reveal Darkseid was revived rather than Brainiac, followed by MassOhCrap.
* WomanScorned: Tala. She instigates the insurgence against Lex.
** Giganta too towards Grodd for frying her brain in "To Another Shore".
* 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.
* YouWillBeSpared: "Though your world will suffer slowly, I grant you a quick death."