Karina M. from PLACENTIA, CA Reviewed on 8/29/2012...
This was well done. A very good ending to an awesome season! My boy and girl loved it.
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Julie C. (LadyGrey) from HUNTSVILLE, AL Reviewed on 12/8/2009...
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I Was Floored
J. Tucker | New York, NY | 07/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There are times when mainstream animated series outdo themselves. The Simpson's softball episode, the X-Men's Phoenix saga, and the Mr. Hanky episodes of South Park are great examples of this. 'Star Crossed' is on that level.
This episode is really intended for fans 'The Justice League' animated series, and makes a number of references to past events and relationships. If you're in that category, know this: this episode brings the heat from the first few minutes through the dramatic (and somewhat unexpected) conclusion.
The plot and dialogue are tight, and the animation strong. This is a phenomenal jumping off point for the upcoming 'Justice League: Unlimited' series as well.
I don't want to spoil the story with too many details, but the plot is actually somewhat reminiscent of the series pilot, and brings each of the heroes' personalities into clearer perspective. And for those of you who only watch for the fight scenes, this episode ought to satisfy you as well.
One of the toughest aspects of writing stories for a team like the Justice League is that some characters render others redundant. For example, if you have Superman and the Green Lantern, what do you do with the Flash and Hawkgirl? In order to make for a truly interesting story, then, you have to introduce a conflict that will really tax ALL of the characters. This does--trust me.
I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because new viewers would likely miss the significance of many of the character interactions. With that in mind, I would say people who have no familiarity with the Justice League series should at least watch the pilot, 'Secret Origins' before viewing this. I'd also recommend the episodes 'Paradise Lost', and 'In Darkest Night' if you can find them. But the bottom line is that this is the best DC animated episode to come along since "World's Finest". 'Nuff said!"
Prepare to be Starcrossed
Simon | Brampton, ON | 05/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I guess the Amazon.com editorial reviewer keeps tabs on Justice League news across the internet, because the three episodes on this DVD that make up "Starcrossed" do indeed drastically shake the status quo, and set the stage for the show to return as "Justice League Unlimited" for season 3. However, Starcrossed will not be broadcast first in the United States; while these episodes have already aired around the world, Cartoon Network USA has decided to make this DVD the official US premiere of Justice League: Starcrossed.In Starcrossed, Hawkgirl's people come to Earth to help the Justice League repel an alien invasion. As their ulterior motives are slowly revealed, Hawkgirl is torn between her relationship with Green Lantern and her loyalty towards her commanding officer, whom she is actually engaged to. That's as much as I can reveal without spoiling things, because there is definitely a lot to spoil. Screenshots and episode summaries can be found online, but there's so much Justice League goodness in this episode that if you haven't looked at them already, I'd strongly advise you not to. Those who've complained about the blandness of season 1 have seen the improvement of season 2, and Starcrossed is the culmination of all the best things about this season. Despite all the budgetary constraints that have hindered the series, this is as epic as you can get in animated programming these days. Some other good news is that the disc will contain both fullscreen and widescreen versions, and that there will be some probably quick but juicy bonus interviews. It's kinda sneaky for WB to get fans to buy these three episodes instead of just airing them, but Justice League: Starcrossed is the kind of program worth shelling out money for."
Beware of Thanagarians bearing gifts!
Reginald D. Garrard | Camilla, GA USA | 08/09/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD serves two purposes: it concludes the television series, as fans know it, and sets the stage for the new incarnation known as "Justice League Unlimited". The movie is a fitting end to a show that has more winners than losers.
"Star Crossed" features the same exemplary voiceover work from Kevin Conroy (the voice of "Batman" since 1992), Carl Lumbly ("Martian Manhunter"), Phil LaMarr ("Green Lantern"), Maria Canals ("Hawkgirl"), Susan Eisenberg ("Wonder Woman"), George Newburn ("Superman") and "Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum as the fun-loving "Flash". Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. reprises his "Alfred" role from "Batman" and Hector Elizondo and Victor Rivers add their respective talents to the production.
The action is swift and the story line benefits from moments of character interaction, especially the romantic triangle among Hawkgirl, Katar Hol, and Green Lantern.
While the animation is not as stylized as that featured in "Batman: The Animated Series", it still has the contemporary blend of traditional and computer animation.
This is a film for the comic fan in all of us!"
Bruce Aguilar | Hollywood, CA | 08/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I haven't watched much of the Justice League series (probably only three or four episodes), so I didn't come to this story with knowledge of character histories and events other than what I know from comics and other shows. Still I throughly enjoyed this DVD. More than enjoyed, my mouth was hanging open in shock and amazement through most of the movie.
Every aspect of this movie is terrific. The scoring is very exciting and moving, the voice actors do a phenominal job, the writting is top-notch giving everyone a chance to shine while staying focused and believable, the animation was beathtaking and hallelujah, it's offered in both widescreen and full screen! The bonus material is OK, with the Hawkman featurette being the highlight.
Story wise, I was surprised over and over again by new revelations about characters. This is a character dirven plot which is a refreshing break from all the senseless "let's just get our heroes to the next battle" sensibilities of many other shows. Not to imply that there is little action in this story (quite the opposite in fact), but all the action evoles from character motivations and personalities. It's obvious that the creators of this movie care for the characters they are representing. No fan of these characters should miss out on this powerful story.
The biggest complement I can give this DVD is that it's convinced me to begin watching the series on a regular basis. If this level of sophistication and excitement is the norm for this series, we're all in for one amazing ride!"
Can't Go Wrong With This Movie
L. Mintah | USA | 09/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For those like myself who have enjoyed Cartoon Network's fine series, The Justice League, you may have felt like something was missing, namely Hawkman. Peanut butter and jelly, Hawkman and Hawkgirl. They go together. I had always hoped he would make an eventual appearance, and in Starcrossed, he does in a big way. In the movie, the sky over Earth is filled with Hawkmen, pleasantly reminiscent of Buck Rogers.
Although cool and formidable, Hro is a villian in this movie. Voiced perfectly by the talented Victor Rivers, Hro comes off as a Spartan warrior bent on saving his home world of Thanagar at any cost. Hawkgirl is shockingly revealed as a spy, and pays a terrible price for her deceit.
So what is stopping you from seeing this? Romance between Green Lantern and Hawkgirl; you see Hawkgirl without her mask, Batman takes his mask off to reveal his face and his identity to the shocked League; all take refuge in the Batcave; Alfred is there. The DVD has great extras including a tour of the Watchtower, character bios of the seven League members with clips of each one in action, very good deleted scenes including storyboard line animation, and a special "Hawkman: From Comic to Cartoon.""