Challenge of the SuperFriends: Season 1, Episode 1

Wanted: The Superfriends/Rokan: Enemy from Space (9 Sep. 1978)

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Lex Luthor creates a Dream Machine that causes the SuperFriends to steal the world's treasures overnight; Bizarro and Cheetah turn people around the world into Bizarros and Cheetahs.

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Episode credited cast:
Jack Angel ...
The Flash / Hawkman / Samurai / Fort Knox Guard 3 (voice)
Marlene Aragon ...
Cheetah (voice)
Lewis Bailey ...
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The Riddler (voice)
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Aquaman / Bizarro (voice) (as Bill Callaway)
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Brainiac / Black Manta (voice)
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Danny Dark ...
Superman / U.S. Mint Guard 1 (voice)
Al Fann ...
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Wonder Woman (voice)
Ruth Forman ...
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Buster Jones ...
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What is the purpose of the Legion of Doom? This team of thirteen supervillains is dedicated to the cause of evil and to the elimination of good. They desire to be the rulers of the world, but they have one great obstacle: the SuperFriends. These eleven superheroes are dedicated to truth, justice and peace: everything the Legion hates most. But the leader of this nefarious group, Lex Luthor, has a scheme to eliminate the SuperFriends. He has invented the Dream Machine, which will cause the SuperFriends to rob the world's treasures overnight. When they awaken - they'll believe they've dreamt it all. Meanwhile, Bizarro and Cheetah have devised a way to turn everyone in the world into Bizarros and Cheetahs. Written by J. Spurlin

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Dick Ryal gives Captain Cold a quavering voice, evidently to suggest that he was, in fact, cold. He dropped this affectation for all subsequent episodes. See more »

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Lex Luthor: The meeting will come to order. The Legion of Doom is now in session. It is the purpose of the Legion to align our infamous forces against the powers of good and defeat them, leaving us the rulers of the world. To do this we have gathered together the thirteen most ruthless villains on earth: the frigid Captain Cold; the sinister mind of Sinestro; the awesome Bizarro and Solomon Grundy; the cunning Cheetah and the super-intelligent computer android Brainiac; Black Manta and Grodd ...
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Hilarious first episode to a deliriously illogical Saturday morning cartoon show
10 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom have a foolproof scheme for eliminating the SuperFriends. Luthor has invented a dream machine, whose red beam will find the SuperFriends, wherever they are, and cause them to "dream" that they are committing various robberies. Only the "dreams" are real.

That night, Superman steals all the gold from Fort Knox. Batman and Robin loot the U.S. Mint. Black Vulcan removes the priceless treasures from King Tarom's tomb. Flash steals the crown jewels. Wonder Woman lassos the world famous paintings in Paris. (Who knew that a rope would be the most effective way of removing them en masse from the wall?)

What weird dreams, they all say in the morning. Only they discover something that turns their dreams into nightmares (to paraphrase Hawkman). They open a secret panel at the Hall of Justice - behind it is all their stolen loot!

Well, there's nothing left for them to do but turn themselves in until they can figure out this mess. The chief of police puts them in a jail cell and relies on their personal integrity not to break out. Only that's not the chief of police! And that's not a lady cop next to him! That's Bizarro and Cheetah in disguise!

It's time to get the hell out of that cage. But it's too late. The cage emits yellow rays that freeze their muscles. Worse, the cage is rocket-powered; and Bizarro sends it hurtling toward the sun. "Holy hotfoot, Batman!" cries Robin. The SuperFriends will all be burnt to a crisp.

Luckily, Superman … but no. "Without the use of my muscles," he says, "my super strength is useless." Will the SuperFriends escape?

Meanwhile, Brainiac (who never speaks in this episode) has helped Bizarro and Cheetah create a device that will turn everyone in the world into Bizarros and Cheetahs. All these ersatz Bizarros and Cheetahs become minions who commit profitable robberies for the Legion of Doom. One wonders, though, why they even bother with money when they have complete power over everyone on earth anyway.

Then again, it's unclear whether they've really made minions of everyone. The SuperFriends eventually return to earth. (Oops, I gave away that they escape.) They round up all "Bizarro- and Cheetah-faced citizens." If everyone is a Bizarro- and Cheetah-faced citizen, what's the point?

There's still more deliriously illogical fun where that came from.. Highlights: Lex Luthor introduces the Legion of Doom to one another. Batman's butler, Alfred, makes a nifty entrance.


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