great episode IMO that capped off what Timm & Co. started all the way back in 1992...
"Divided We Fall"/"Destroyer" will always be the definitive finales of JLU in my book... but as Michael24 said, "Epilogue" was more like a bonus.
Given the whole point of the story, i didn't mind that the JL itself took a backseat to the story. At least we got good final looks at Star, Dr. Light, and Red Tornado... frankly, i found it to be a nice change of pace. For a show based on so-called 'kiddie-books,' it was dialogue-heavy, and didn't insult the viewers' intelligence... i guess beauty's in the eyes of the beholder, cuz i thought it was great.
As for the whole "Terry being Bruce's son" thing... i'll admit, it caught me off guard at first. I kinda thought they ruined Terry's character, but I gradually came to accept and even adore the idea.
To me, the 'bombshell revelation' was basically a symbol for the curse of Batman. One of the most interesting aspects of "Batman Beyond" as a series was the fact that it really provided a somewhat grim fate for Bruce Wayne. When u go back and watch "Mystery of the Batwoman" or see Batman flirt with Wonder Woman, you can't help but feel bad knowing that Bruce will ultimately end up a lonely and bitter old man. This is where his crusade has taken him. For all the good he had done, he left nothing for himself emotionally and became a detached figure. The Batman name would become synonymous with the brooding, loner archetype.
Terry always wanted to prove himself as his own man, out of the old man's shadow... however, by being his 'son,' he felt that this was it... as much as he wanted to, he could never escape the 'genes' or the 'curse'... balancing the life of a man and a BATman has been too difficult. If this is what i'm destined to do, I'll do it... but I won't be happy about it... you screwed me over...
the thing I love about this is that ultimately, it doesn't even matter. Death and chance created the first Batman, and it did so again with this one. At the end of the day, Warren McGinnis raised Terry. Derek Powers had the elder McGinnis murdered WITHOUT any Cadmus machinations. And most importantly, Terry is not Bruce Wayne. He says f*** it, I'm gonna marry Dana, and still keep the Batman alive. The 'bombshell' just represented the curse of Batman, and how even that can be overcome.
"You will be different. Sometimes, you will feel like an outcast. But you will never be alone. You will make my strength your own. You will see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine.
The son becomes the father, and the father becomes the son."
--Superman, Superman Returns