Recap / Superman The Animated Series S 3 E 7 In Brightest Day

The Green Lantern guardian Abin Sur, pursued by Sinestro, instructs his ring to seek a new, worthy guardian before dying. The ring selects Kyle Rayner, an artist working for the Daily Planet.

This episode features examples of:

  • Badass Normal: Kyle, which is part of why he was chosen.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Kyle got rejected by DC Comics.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: The Lantern battery is activated by the Green Lantern motto.
    Kyle/Guardians: In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might beware my power, Green Lantern's light!
  • Composite Character: Kyle Rayner from the DCAU combines the backstories of Hal Jordan and Kyle from the comics.
  • Evil Gloating: Lampshaded and averted.
    Kyle: Wait! Don't you want to talk first? You know, banter back and forth to show me your innate superiority?
    Sinestro: No.
  • Gilligan Cut: After Kyle stops a mugger, Jimmy takes a picture, saying "Page One for sure!" Cut to a disappointed Jimmy posting the picture in Kyle's cubicle, asking "No Page One, huh?"
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Kyle and Superman try to figure out how the Lantern battery works.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Kyle pretends to hand over his ring, but actually hands over a ring-construct decoy that explodes when Sinestro takes hold of it.
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: The plot starts off by Abin Sur passing on his ring, which eventually makes its way into Kyle's hands.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Hal Jordan gets his nod when Kyle is flung into a fighter plane assigned to a "Col. Hal Jordan".
    • Kyle shows he's a Badass Normal when he helps stop a thief - who looks just like Guy Gardner.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Sinestro doesn't bother gloating, he just tries to kill Kyle.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Kyle tries to pull this against Sinestro, but finds his ring has run out of power.
    Sinestro: You can't run from me, Green Lantern. I never give up!
    Kyle: You never shut up, either. (tries to use his ring, which fizzles) What?
  • Unprovoked Pervert Payback: As the ring searches for its new recruit, it brushes against a woman's backside, causing her to turn and smack the guy standing behind her.
  • The Worf Effect: Sinestro spends much of the episode effectively tossing Superman around.