Happy Holidays folks, and what better way to get in the Christmas spirit than superheroes......what, haven't you read the title, of course this is gonna be Christmas related! What can be said about the Justice League cartoon that hasn't already been said? It's just a fantastic series and a fantastic cap off to the classic DC Animated Universe, and like many great cartoons, there's a Christmas episode and that's what we're gonna talk about so lets get started.
The episode starts off with Superman, Martian Manhunter, Flash(Wally West), Green Lantern(Jon Stewart), and Hawk Girl assembling a gravity device to prevent two planets from colliding with one another, after which the three formers head home while GL and Hawk Girl stay behind and our three plots get going. I'm gonna talk about each plot from least favorite to favorite since they all move to and from one another, and when I said least favorite, I don't mean I didn't like it, it's just that I like the other plots more than the first plot we're talking about, Green Lantern and Hawk Girl as I said stay behind on the planet they built the device on which was a snow planet, we see GL using his ring to create a snowboard and go down a hill, having fun, Hawk Girl has a hard time understanding and GL decides to have a little snow ball fight with her, to try and get her to see why he enjoys the winter months, and by little, I mean two superheroes are having a snowball fight, and one of them is a Green Lantern, and he's making catapults, extra hands to throw snowballs, the whole nine yards, after which Hawk Girl wants to show GL how she celebrates and takes him to a bar on a distant planet, during this scene we have a cameo from Swamp Thing in the background but I digress, this bar is basically the Canteena from Star Wars where there's multiple aliens and one can assume that most if not all of them have some kind of record, Hawk Girl smashes the hand of a giant alien and puts the blame on GL and hijinks ensue.
The second plot is that after talking with Martian Manhunter and learning that he doesn't have any plans for the holidays, Superman invites MM to join him and his parents in Smallville for some Christmas cheer, this part of the episode is pretty funny, whether it's Martian Manhunter introducing himself to Ma and Pa Kent by saying "My name is J'hon....I am a Martian" Superman still believing in Santa, Superman trying to use his Xray vision to sneak a peak at his presents only to have them be covered in lead wrapping paper, and MM reading a little girl's mind when she was thinking about a boy who told her Santa wasn't real, which leads to a nice little wink to the comics where MM goes on the roof of the girl's house and reaches down her chimney to grab one of the cookies she left out for Santa, and the cookies were Oreos, that was a cute and funny scene, but comedy aside this plot was also a little heartwarming Martian Manhunter, since he's the last of his kind and is even more of an alien to earth than Superman, he has trouble on understanding Christmas, it's only when he goes through Smallville and observes the citizens doing random acts of simple kindness whether it's a woman wishing MM (who turned into a human to blend in better) to have a merry Christmas, the girl that I mentioned, and hearing a church choir singing carols, of course there's the Kents themselves, and you really get a sense that yeah, these are the type of people who would make Superman the big blue boy scout he is today.
And the third plot and my favorite involves the Flash who is just looking for a toy to give to orphans, now from what I just typed yeah, it sounds like the plot to Jingle All the Way, that crappy Christmas movie staring Arnold Schwarzenegger and only celebrates consumerism and the commercial aspect of Christmas, but with the Flash, it's done right, the toy Flash is looking for is a new hot item that's sold out all over Central City and Flash had to go to Japan in order to get the last one from the factory, however on the way back to the orphanage, he runs into the Ultra Humanite who's destroying a museum for modern art, during the battle, Flash accidentally knocks Humanite onto the toy, breaking it, Humanite, being a villain and a cultured fellow doesn't see any real problem, thinking that the toy is just a hunk of plastic, and Flash mentions it's for orphans who have really nothing, this does get through to Humanite who, after knocking Flash out, rebuilds and modifies the toy and the two of them give the orphans the new toy which gives off a glow and starts telling the tale of the Nutcracker instead of dancing and making pooping noises that it was originally programed to do, the kids loved it still, probably more so than if it did what it originally did, the segment ends with Humanite being taken back to his cell in prison and meeting the Flash, who set up an aluminum Christmas tree, Humanite is actually somewhat grateful for it and the two leave on about as good of terms that a superhero and super villain can be on when the villain is in prison.
My over all thoughts on the episode is, Comfort and Joy just makes me smile and helps me get in the Christmas spirit, even during times when I feel like a real Scrooge, the part with the Flash, and how his story is all about helping orphan children and even a villain like the Ultra Humanite helping him out for the sake of the season, just makes me feel good, the story with Superman and Martian Manhunter is also a nice Christmas tale, though I feel that both this story and the one with the Flash could of been episode all on their own, the only part I felt served its purpose was the one with Green Lantern and Hawk Girl, it was fun to see the two have a snowball fight and use their abilities, and it was funny to see them at the bar, I almost lost it at the end of their segment when it showed both of them cuddled together and the big alien that they were fighting having his arm around them like they were his teddy bear, it was funny but also oddly sweet, I give Comfort and Joy a 8/10