JLUCast The Ties That Bind

Chris and Cindy discuss JLU Season 2 episode 2, “The Ties That Bind” featuring the return of The Flash, on a mission to Apokolips with Mister Miracle and Big Barda to save Oberon! Plus the villainy of Granny Goodness, Kalibak and Virman Vunderbar! This episode is Krackling with Kirby!

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Clip credits:

Clips from Justice League Unlimited “The Ties That Bind”, music by Lolita Ritmanis, theme by Michael McCuistion

12 responses to “JLUCast The Ties That Bind

  1. I have tried so far to get into The Fourth World, the characters and concepts, and I feel like it just keeps resisting me. I can certainly appreciate the sheer torrent of creativity on display, but as far back as the Super Powers Collection, I remember thinking “Why are we getting these as toys and not more classic DC characters?”

    Unsurprisingly, Timm and co. make these characters are palatable as they ever have been, for me at least. Maybe it’s because they reduce some of the “Kirbyness” of them, so they fit better in this world.

    And I think I say this every other episode, but Andrea Romano’s casting is unmatched. Artie Johnson as Vermin Vunderbarr? Absolute genius.

  2. It was plenty rough when I found out Ed Asner died…and it was on my birthday, no less.
    Somehow that makes me feel like I did something wrong.

    Still, I enjoyed this episode immensely. Flash really got to shine in this episode, even though it seemed like none of his allies would give him a chance at first.

    1. Ooh, that’s rough on your birthday. I don’t think anyone blames you, though!

      Flash certainly gets a dismissive attitude from other heroes alot , but by the end of this season, they’ll have some shiny new respect for ol’ Wally West!

  3. I never knew the Fourth World characters all that well but was limitedly aware of Scott’s, Barda’s and Oberon’s backstories. That said, Scott has got to have Bruce Wayne-type resources, where he can arrange to have a train locomotive flown in and dropped on him… FOR PRACTICE! By the way, if the train was being dropped from the sky, why did the stunt need to be performed on the train tracks? And did you notice that when the train whistle blows, Oberon first looks down the tracks behind him and then looks up?

    Flash’s treatment in this episode was very reminiscent of his treatment in Eclipsed. While I was glad to see him come out on top at the end, I would have liked to see J’onn admit he was wrong and apologize to Wally. Oh and my vote for Power Action Feature: Wally’s peace offering to Barda. Who else could have calmed Barda’s rage so easily and quickly with such a simple gesture. That’s true power!

    1. I assume Scott packs arenas and makes mad money, hence being able to practice on a train track, and demolish a real train! Good catch on the Oberon looking down the tracks thing.

      Wally’s smooth move was indeed a great Power Action feature!

  4. The Hunger Dogs are the poor people of Apokalips, also called the Lowlies.

    When I told you making a mistake would trap the nerds into leaving a comment, I didn’t think I’d be the nerd who’d fall for it!

  5. Great Episode!

    I’ve never understood why Mister Miracle isn’t one DC’s top characters. I’d pitch him as a cross between James Bond and Doctor Who.

    “Need a Miracle? Meet Scott Free – the greatest thief in the galaxy! He can break in and out of any place in time and space. The only thing he can’t escape from? His past.”

    Ditto for Barda. I’m visually disabled and haven’t read comics in a decade and a half, so my knowledge isn’t what it used to be. Has Barda ever had her own comic, mini-series or even one shot? If not, that is a shame.

    Thanks again for another awesome episode!

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