Superman Homepage reviewer Marc Lax reviews episodes from the “Justice League Action” Animated Series, airing on Cartoon Network.
Check out his review of the 52nd episode of Season 1 in which, when Booster and the JLA come under attack by a mysterious and unrelenting new villainess known as Red Velvet, Booster comes to realize she’s actually the fiance he left at the altar in the future.
Originally Aired: June 3, 2018 (U.S.)
Written by Tim Sheridan
Directed by Shaunt Nigoghossian
Kevin Conroy as Batman (voice)
Diedrich Bader as Booster Gold (voice)
Rachel Kimsey as Wonder Woman (voice)
Chris Diamantopoulos as Green Arrow (voice)
Rating – 3 (out of 5): While Booster Gold is at a signing for his book All That Glitters (promising an appearance by Batman which of course is not going to happen) a woman in a Red costume with a red ring crashes the signing. She starts causing mayhem while Booster tries to protect the people at the signing. While everyone is safe, the building collapses around Booster who has shielded himself. The woman calls herself Red Velvet. Back at the Watchtower Booster, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Arrow try to figure out who she is and why she attacked Booster. Red Velvet shows up at the Watchtower using a time portal. She asks Booster if he received her gift. The JLA don’t remember any gift being sent. Red Velvet tells them it will arrive soon. Before the JLA can catch her she calls Booster MJ! Booster realizes this is Margot Montgomery his former fiancé from the future. Margot comes from a rich family so when the two are at the alter Booster realizes being poor he won’t be able to give her all the things she’s used too. So he runs, deciding to come to the past to make money. He can then go back and marry her when he’s rich. Before he can tell the JLA his story the Watchtower starts shaking. Red Velvet rigged the volcano the Watchtower sits atop to explode. That’s her gift! The four heroes race to the hangar to escape but a piece of rock falls destroying the bridge to the hangar. The shuttle (Justice One) falls toward the lava but Wonder Woman stops it using all her power to keep it aloft. Batman and Green Arrow jump the bridge and get to the shuttle in time. The four heroes escape before the Watchtower is destroyed! Booster then fills the rest in on his story. It’s decided Booster has to go back in time to marry Margot and prevent this timeline from happening. Will the plan work? And what is Margot’s real reason for coming after Booster?
This is an action-packed episode. And is also a lot of fun. Big improvement over last episode! Red Velvet is kind of a one note villain created specifically for this story, but her backstory is a good one. As usual Booster is the comedian and doesn’t take things too seriously. The revelation of Red Velvet’s identity takes him aback, but not much. I always enjoy episodes dealing with time travel and this one uses it to good effect. Will we ever see Red Velvet again? With time travel one never knows.
Batman accompanies Booster back to the future and noticed during the ceremony the ring Booster puts on Margot’s finger is the same ring she used as Red Velvet. Batman stops the ceremony and tell Booster that the reason she came after him as Red Velvet isn’t because he left her at the alter but because he didn’t. Turns out after Margot and Booster marry Booster becomes the worst husband ever! Squandering her family’s fortune on cons such as beach front property on Pluto and self zipping pants. Before Red Velvet can finally get the drop on Booster, Batman, using a bat zapper, knocks Red Velvet unconscious. The present day Margot who’s been hiding comes up to Booster, who smiles thinking all is forgiven, throws the ring in Booster’s face and leaves. The unconscious Red Velvet then disappears thus changing the timeline. Back at the Watchtower after explaining to Wonder Woman and Green Arrow that they changed the timeline (the two have no recollection of the Red Velvet incident) Batman checks the computer and confirms that there is no record of the villain even in the future. Batman tries to console Booster telling him he’ll get over this in time, when Booster nonchalantly asks for Giganta’s phone number. Booster never changes.
Again a fun episode with some clever gags. It was able to combine some action with the show’s trademark humor. If this series continues this is the basic formula they should follow, unless of course they want to do a more serious adaptation. But unfortunately I don’t think that will happen.
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