In this episode of “Justice League Action”, Firestorm appears to save a power plant from an attack by a group of androids. Ronnie Raymond and Dr. Stein share how they became Firestorm. Firestorm finds the Nuclear Family, a group of cybernetic lifeforms. Ronnie accidentally sets the nuclear waste on fire, but Stein shows Ronnie how the Nuclear Family was created in a nuclear test incident. They wake up as a prisoner. The family decides to blow up the nuclear reactor using Firestorm’s powers to create a desolate wasteland, so they may be free to live without human interference. Firestorm absorbs the attacks from the Nuclear Family to use it against them. As the father tries to force Firestorm into a nuclear reactor, they absorb more energy and traps the family. They create a controlled explosion and knocks them out. At the watchtower, the trinity offers them a spot on the Justice League and both Ronnie and Stein accept.
For those who aren’t familiar with Firestorm or haven’t watched “The Flash” on the CW, Ronnie Raymond and Dr. Martin Stein were caught up in a nuclear accident that fused their bodies together, leaving Martin’s mind trapped inside Ronnie’s body. This duology is a cause of many issues since both fight to have control of the situation. Eventually, they learn to work are one, as shown in the episode. Personally, I’m a big fan of Firestorm. They were members of the Justice League back in the 70’s to mid-80’s as part of the Satellite era team during the Bronze Age of Comics. Where “Batman: The Animated Series” was very much the brain child of that age of comics, this has a very silver age feel. I won’t go as far as compare it to “The New Frontier”, but it’s close enough.
This show gets better and better with each episode. I love how easily they could sneak in Firestorm’s origin, while still keeping the action engaging. I was very worried about this 10 to 15-minute format, but I like it a lot. I would need a larger sample size before making any grandiose statement like “Best since (insert DC animated series here).” The Nuclear Family is another villain I’m not very aware of, like Mr. Mind, but it was a great use of them in this episode. I very curious as to where they will go next week. And with a quick search of the internet, it seems like the next episode will include Batman, Zatanna, Constantine and Swamp Thing. Last episode, this episode and the next were all written by Paul Dini. I guess that explains why these few have been so great. This ups my expectations for next episode since it’ll involve both Batman and Zatanna, characters he loves to write about. Scoring time. This show just keeps improving on itself. I’ll go as high as 90%.