Recap / Justice League Unlimited S 3 E 3 Chaos At The Earths Core

Fresh off of successfully defeating a giant turtle, Stargirl, S.T.R.I.P.E., Supergirl, and Green Lantern are sucked down into a vortex over the North Pole and crash-land in Skartaris, a land in the center of the earth. The group meets Travis Morgan, a former Air Force test pilot who is helping defend the people of Shamballah from a warlord magician named Deimos and his Dino-Troopers. Morgan explains that he's trying to keep Deimos away from the Great Stone and that he had his daughter Jennifer magically draw the Javelin to Skartaris. Since Deimos has started using advanced technology, Shamballah is all that's left to stand against him.

Meanwhile, Deimos interrogates a messenger and his allies, Silver Banshee and Metallo, realize they've run into Supergirl...

Tropes:

  • Bad Boss: Deimos threatens a messenger trying to give him vital information, then vaporizes him after he spills the beans.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: Deimos's army attacking the people of Shamballah.
  • Big in Japan: Supergirl is apparently popular there — she has a whole convention going on there in her honor.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Even though Supergirl's powers aren't working, that doesn't stop her from grabbing a sword and leaping into the fray.
  • Cat Girl: Shakira, a woman who can shapeshift into a panther.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Metallo was wired to short-circuit if he attempted to tell the League about Grodd's new Secret Society.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Skartaris is safe and cutoff from anyone else looking to claim the kryptonite, but Green Lantern and S.T.R.I.P.E. fear the League's got a new problem on their hands.
  • Funny Background Event: As Morgan is explaining who Deimos is, Supergirl is trying to lift a rock hardly bigger than herself.
  • Kaiju: The giant turtle attacking Japan seems to be channeling this.
  • Mythology Gag: The giant turtle having orange hair. It's a nod to Jimmy Olsen's Silver Age transformation into Turtle-Man.
  • Not Helping Your Case: In response to GL wanting a word with her about grandstanding, Stargirl complains that Supergirl stole her thunder. That's the kind of mindset he's complaining about.
  • Nubile Savage: Pretty much everyone in Shamballa.
  • Power Limiter: Because of the limited sunlight in Skartaris, Supergirl is brought down to what she describes as "half-strength", though it seems to be even less than that. As it turns out, this is a good thing — otherwise, she would have been dead several times over from kryptonite exposure. It even lets her get close enough to pry Metallo's kryptonite battery from his chest.
  • Replacement Flat Character: Stargirl is basically Supergirl when she first appeared in Superman: The Animated Series: inexperienced, brash, and wanting a piece of the action.
  • So Last Season: When Stargirl tries to gain cred by pointing out her stepfather drives a mecha, a Japanese girl scoffs, "Mecha so last year."
  • The Rival: Stargirl sees Supergirl as this, until they start to become Fire-Forged Friends.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Stargirl constantly badmouthing Supergirl in the Javelin. S.T.R.I.P.E. points out the foolishness of talking behind the back of someone with super hearing.
  • Unexpected Character: Warlord and his overall world. It was the first time they had ever been adapted in other media.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In The Teaser, Green Lantern intends to read Stargirl the riot act for grandstanding and ignoring orders.
  • White Magician Girl: Jennifer, who has enough power to draw down a starship and summon a giant phoenix to mow down enemies.
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