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Bright Lights, Black Hearts is the twenty-second episode of Ben 10.
Max, Gwen, and Ben are in Miami, at a movie set. Ben is clearly upset about that they aren't at the beach, but Gwen reminds him that they're at a movie set. Gwen gasps and notices Michael Morningstar, while Ben remarks that he doesn't "worship" celebrities. Gwen reminds him of his encounter with Mr. Munch, and a flashback is shown. The flashback ends, and Max asks one of the employees about the location of the film canisters. The employee mentions that they've switched to digital, and he speaks to someone on his earpiece, mentioning how he thinks that Max will work for free. Max walks away with the employee, leaving Ben and Gwen to their antics. Ben and Gwen briefly argue about Morningstar, and that leads to Gwen mentioning one of Morningstar's well-known roles, "The Un-alivers", in which he played Sebastian Belmontez, a high school student that falls in love with a character named Jenna. In the film, Sebastian is eventually revealed to be "un-alive" and Jenna is revealed to be a werewolf.
- Ben Tennyson
- Gwen Tennyson
- Max Tennyson
- Mr. Munch (first appearance; flashback)
- Charmcaster (off-screen)
- Michael Morningstar (first appearance)
- "The Unalivers" is an obvious parody of The Twilight Saga film series, a series of five fantasy romance films based on the novel series of the same name.
- They were originally a novel series before being adapted into a hugely popular film franchise.
- Jenna being a werewolf is a reference to the character Jacob Black being a werewolf. However, her being the female lead makes reference to the female lead of the series, Isabella "Bella" Swan.
- Sebastian Belmontez being "un-alive" is a clear reference to the male lead of the series Edward Cullen, who is a vampire. Morningstar glittering while absorbing energy is also a reference to the fact that vampires in the Twilight series glitter in sunlight instead of burning in it as they do in most media.
- The last name of Sebastian Belmontez is a reference to the Belmont Clan from the Konami video game franchise Castlevania.
- This is ironic as the Belmont Clan are hunters of vampires and other creatures of the night (such as werewolves, like Jenna), while Sebastian is "un-alive", with vampires usually being classified as undead creatures.
- This episode aired as the 26th episode in the U.S.