JLUCast Question Authority

Coverage of the 4-part finale to the Cadmus arc begins here! The Question uncovers a shocking secret that could potentially destroy the world. His only solution: kill Lex Luthor before Superman can!

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Clip credits:

Clips from Justice League Unlimited “Question Authority”, music by Lolita Ritmanis,  theme by Michael McCuistion.

16 responses to “JLUCast Question Authority

  1. 1. A multiverse should kinda throw A IS A into A IS A EXCEPT IN THE UNVIVERSES Where a=warthog
    2 great question story
    3 Captain Atom can shoot green k blasts right
    4 in the comics of this time wernt the question and the Cree both ex boyfriends of Lois? She likes DITKO

    1. 1. I guess Question believes that if A=an evil meglomaniac, then it will be an evil megolomaniac warthog
      2. Absolutely!
      3. More on that next episode!
      4. Hmmm, were they? All reporters, so Lois has a type! Also possibly a Ditko fan. Clark should keep her away from Hank and Don Hall!

  2. This is one of my favorite episodes specifically because of how well written it is. As you pointed out Chris, there is just enough lighter elements to keep it from being too dark – extremely well balanced. I too would have liked some follow up on what happened to the Justice Lords. Question seemed to think that the video he saw was from their universe so if the original 7 JL members didn’t know it existed, how exactly did Cadmus get a hold of it? Perhaps, as you said, the Justice Lords were extradited back to their universe and as part of that extradition Batman had to hand over key evidence?

    Oh, and one other thing I wanted to point out – in the list of folders, you mentioned the name Strategem 5. If you recall, Brainiac used the term “stratagem” with Darkseid when they captured Superman in the episode Twilight. Perhaps a bit of foreshadowing?

    1. That’s a neat thought. Maybe Batman handed over the evidence to prevent the League from doing what the Lords did? He probably trusted “himself”, but maybe not the others?

      Brainaic did you say? What does he have to do with any of this? I have no idea what you’re talking about…;-)

    2. Just for clarity, Merriam-Webster says a strategem is 1. a. : an artifice or trick in war for deceiving and outwitting the enemy. b. : a cleverly contrived trick or scheme for gaining an end.

  3. Franklins, great analysis and especially, terrific questions, appropriately enough. I’m only two-thirds of the way in, but this is a very enjoyable listen. I wondered the same thing about the Justice Lord Superman and Darkseid. I also thought Cindy’s observations on time travel stories were spot on.

    Regarding the military questions, can they activate (or “re-activate”) someone who’s been discharged from the military? Yes, absolutely. When we’re discharged, we typically go into an inactive ready reserve status for a number of years (assuming we don’t go into the active reserve component, of course). So the leash is still there, it just gets way longer. Actual activation is rare, but I know people it happened to during the Global War on Terrorism. It happened to a lot of people when the Korean War kicked off. It always hits undermanned career fields that are critical in a sudden crisis. The best way to avoid it is the old anti-sniper tactic: Try to look unimportant.

    Regarding cross-service transfer, that also happens. The bureaucratic rules of how to do it and what’s possible change constantly depending on needs of the services. I have one friend who’s been Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force Reserve. We tease him about his indecisiveness. It doesn’t happen to generals, though. By that time, you’re too far in. It’s probably easier to change the billet to the service he’s in, if you really need him there. And you’re right, Eiling was wearing Army green before. Let’s chalk it up to either different rules or different uniforms in the DCAU. And we can’t forget the unwritten rule: There’s a waiver for everything, if they need it bad enough or someone high enough up wants it to happen.

  4. Okay, finished now. A few more thoughts: Supes didn’t ask anybody to tail The Question because the only thing Superman could possibly do to convince The Question that he was worthy of trust was to trust The Question. (And I wouldn’t put any money on anybody being able to tail the question without him knowing it — well, maybe the Martian Manhunter, but no, not even him.). Bottom line, Clark chose faith in his teammate over fear. And as screwed up as The Question’s decision was, he was still motivated to protect Superman’s integrity, reputation, and legacy, so I don’t think his faith was misplaced.

    Dr. Hamilton, on the other hand…

    Emil was gutsy to assertively debate Superman when Kal was already in a state, as they used to say. That doesn’t change the fact that when Dr. Hamilton got scared, he chose to take counsel from his fears and not trust his friend. That cost him his integrity, the friendship he had with Superman, and maybe his freedom when it was all over (I don’t remember the outcome).

    This show does a good job of showing that it’s hard to figure out what’s right sometimes; Hamilton thought he was saving humanity. But it also shows why making the right call is so important.

    1. After I showed her this comments thread, one of my grown daughters texted me this:

      I think maybe what’s remarkable about the Question in that episode is he distinguishes himself as being paranoid and pessimistic, but not truly cynical. He values hope and that’s why he knows how important Superman is.

    2. I agree that’s probably why Superman didn’t tail the Question. But given the morally gray area the show is treading in, it’s still kind of surprising he didn’t do it. But then the plot would have been thrown off too!

  5. Sorry to make glue out of a dead and thoroughly beaten horse, but I keep thinking about this. The Question was willing to murder a dude to rescue Superman’s integrity and his legacy. And he got beaten and tortured when he tried. And the person he was willing to murder was Lex Flippin’ Luthor (not his actual middle name).

    I think The Question has a Metropolis All-Access Pass for life. And in the Fortress of Solitude, in that room where Superman keeps creepy lifelike statues of all his closest friends, there’s a Question statue now.

    1. Oh, I think Lex’s middle name is now officially “FLIPPIN'”. Cindy and I refer to him as such, due to this series!

      And I agree, Superman SHOULD have a room dedicated to the Question, if he doesn’t already. Maybe he can sneak in and pull a debiliating birthday prank on him just like someone ELSE he dedicated a room to!


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