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Bright Lights, Black Hearts is the twenty-second episode of Ben 10.

Plot

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. Their arguing gets them both kicked off the set. Gwen is upset at being kicked out, stating that it's unfair that they always do what Ben wants to do, and never what she wants to do. Ben agrees to help her meet Mornignstar. Ben transforms into Wildvine and walks over the gate. They both make it back to the set, and Gwen is excited to witness their acting. Ben times out as he gets tired of this. Michael absorbs the life energy out of Jenna, and the director ends the scene. Michael walks towards Ben and Gwen, and throws Ben to the side. Michael begins absorbing Gwen's energy as he talks to Gwen. He is then interrupted by the director. She informs him that the stunt he requested is too dangerous. Michael responds in rage, and demands they do the stunt anyway.

During the next scene they film, the stunt is preformed. The stunt car begins falling off the tracks. Ben transforms into Diamondhead and saves the guy behind the wheels. Gwen runs over to Michael, who is injured. She is thrown aside by two fan girls who helps Michael get up. He offers Gwen to join him for lunch to talk. Meanwhile, Diamondhead is being interviewed.

Micheal is talking to the girls, telling them one of his stories. Gwen asks a fan question, and Michael laughs at the fact that she likes this stuff. Gwen walks away, disappointed. Michael, however, follows her. Gwen then notices the two girls on the floor, and Michael absorbing their life energy. He proceeds to absorb Gwen's life energy as she asks him questions about what she likes about him. Ben then arrives, demanding Michael to leave his cousin alone. Ben transforms into Heatblast to fight him. Michael soon absorbs enough life energy to the point where he's unstoppable. Gwen informs Ben that he won't beat him unless he steals the spotlight. Heatblast then begins showing off to get everyone's attention. They soon draw their attention away from Michael, and onto Heatblast. Heatblast delivers the final blow to Michael, leaving him in a hideous form. An agent that use to represent Michael offers for Heatblast to join him, Heatblast, however, declines. Max and Gwen congratulates Ben on saving everyone. They then leave to the beach.

Meanwhile, a girl walks up to Michael, and helps him up as he process to absorb a bit of her life energy.

Major Events

Character Debut

Characters

Villains

Aliens Used

Quotes

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Agent: What's your favorite food?
Diamondhead: Burgers and Pizza.
Agent: What's your favorite color?
Diamondhead: Pizza.
Agent: Do you have a personally hero?
Diamondhead: I'd have to say... me.


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Naming and Translations

Language Name Origin
German Mehr Schein als Sein More Illusion Than Reality
Portuguese (Br) Luzes Claras, Corações Negros Clear Lights, Black Hearts
Spanish (HA) Luces Brillantes, Corazones Oscuros Bright Lights, Dark Hearts

Cast

Voice Actor Role(s)
Tara Strong Ben Tennyson, Jenna, Director
Montserrat Hernandez Gwen Tennyson, Fan Girl
David Kaye Max Tennyson, Reporter
Drake Bell Michael Morningstar
Daryl Sabara Heatblast, Assistant Director
Roger Craig Smith Diamondhead, Agent, Stuntman
David Hornsby Wildvine

Allusions

  • "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. More specifically, his name references Simon Belmont, the main protagonist of the very first game in the series.
    • 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.

Trivia

  • This episode aired as the 26th episode in the U.S.
  • It is later revealed in The Charm Offensive that the person who helped Michael in the end of the episode was Charmcaster.
Ben 10 Episodes

Season 1 WaterfilterThe Ring LeaderThe FilthFreaky Gwen BenTake 10Animo FarmClown CollegeSomething I AteRustbucket RIPBen 24hrsRiding the Storm OutThe ClocktopusGrowing PainsShhh!Brief Career of Lucky GirlAdventures in BabysittingSteam is the WordNeed for SpeedCutting CornersDon't Let the Bass DropVillain TimeBright Lights, Black HeartsRecipe for DisasterAll WetStory, BoredXingoDrive You CrazyHole in 10The Beast InsideTomorrow TodayForgetiScared SillyBad PennyMax to the MaxZombozo-LandDon't Laze Me, BroOmni-Tricked: Part 1Omni-Tricked: Part 2Omni-Tricked: Part 3Omni-Tricked: Part 4
Season 2 Out to LaunchCan I Keep It?Battle at Biggie BoxBon VoyageMayhem in MascotScreamcatcherVote ZombozoAnimorphosisThe 11th Alien: Part 1The 11th Alien: Part 2High Stress ExpressCreature FeatureDrone OnSafari Sa'BadThe Nature of ThingsAssault on Pancake PalaceBomzobo LivesThe Sound and the FurryKing KoilReststop RoustaboutThat's The StuffHalf-SiesXingo's BackBounty BallFear The FoggThe Charm OffensiveSuper-Villain Team-UpThe FeelsChicken Nuggets of WisdomPast Aliens PresentDouble HexYe Olde Laser DuelAll Koiled UpBen Again and AgainDreamtimeInnervasion Part 1: Message in a BoxcarInnervasion Part 2: Call the Dream PoliceInnervasion Part 3: Strange BedfellowsInnervasion Part 4: Mind Over Alien MatterInnervasion Part 5: High Override
Season 3 Omni-CoppedThis One Goes to 11Moor FoggRath of ConKing of the CastleSpeechless on the SeinePoles ApartShow Don't TellDon't TouchBig in JapanWelcome to Zombozo-Zone!Bridge OutCyber SlammersBig Ben 10Beach HeadsLaGrange MurailleCharm School's OutBilly BajillionsFranken-FightBuggin' the BuggsWhich WatchBaby BuktuThem's Fightin' Words!Lickety SplitMutiny for the BountyThe Chupaca-broBuggy OutIntroducing Kevin 11Four by FourCirque-UsForever RoadThe BentathlonBeware the Scare-CrowAnd Xingo Was His Name-OThe Night Ben Tennyson Came to TownThe Claws of the CatPrey or PlayFear in the FamilyRoundabout: Part 1Roundabout: Part 2
Season 3 Extra Xingo NationHeads of the FamilyMy BodyguardWheels of FortuneHeat of the MomentVin DiagramA Sticky SituationWhat Rhymes with Omnitrix?You Remind Me of SomeoneAdrenaland Jr.Steam Fight at the OK CorralI Don't Like You
Season 4 Summer BreakersGentle BenFunhouseThe Monsters in Your HeadTokyo Fun, Part 1: Big Bugg BashTokyo Fun, Part 2: Slamming It UpQueen of BeesFalls, Falls, FallsThe Greatest LakeMud on the RunChicken In Chichen Itza, Part 1: Pyramid SchemeChicken In Chichen Itza, Part 2: The Wages of FearIt's Story TimeCosplay DayTales from the OmnitrixBottomless BenBen in Rome, Part 1: A Slice of LifeBen in Rome, Part 2: The Bee's KneesParty PoopersWind Some, Lose SomeDigital QualityTim Buk-tvGrowing Up Is Hard to DoThe Hex FactorSweet ToothMedieval UpheavalSpeed of SoundXingo’s WorldTummy AchePlayers of the Lost ParkDe-FangedMock 10RekoilBuktu The Future
Season 4 Movie Ben 10 Versus the Universe: The Movie
Season 5 Specials Ben 10,010Ben Gen 10Alien X-Tinction
Specials Crossover Nexus

Season 1 The FilthWaterfilterThe Ring LeaderRiding the Storm OutThe ClocktopusTake 10Growing PainsShhh!Brief Career of Lucky GirlAnimo FarmClown CollegeAdventures in BabysittingSomething I AteSteam is the WordThe Beast InsideAll WetVillain TimeDrive You CrazyTomorrow TodayStory, BoredHole in 10Recipe for DisasterRustbucket RIPFreaky Gwen BenBen 24hrsBright Lights, Black HeartsDon't Laze Me, BroDon't Let the Bass DropBad PennyZombozo-LandForgetiMax to the MaxCutting CornersNeed for SpeedXingoScared SillyOmni-Tricked: Part 1Omni-Tricked: Part 2Omni-Tricked: Part 3Omni-Tricked: Part 4
Season 2 Out to LaunchBattle at Biggie BoxBon VoyageMayhem in MascotScreamcatcherCreature FeatureBomzobo LivesAnimorphosisAssault on Pancake PalaceHigh Stress ExpressThe 11th Alien: Part 1The 11th Alien: Part 2Half-SiesXingo's BackBounty BallFear The FoggSuper-Villain Team-UpCan I Keep It?Chicken Nuggets of WisdomAll Koiled UpKing KoilThe Charm OffensiveDouble HexYe Olde Laser DuelBen Again and AgainVote ZombozoDrone OnSafari Sa'BadThe Nature of ThingsThe Sound and the FurryReststop RoustaboutThat's The StuffThe FeelsPast Aliens PresentDreamtimeInnervasion Part 1: Message in a BoxcarInnervasion Part 2: Call the Dream PoliceInnervasion Part 3: Strange BedfellowsInnervasion Part 4: Mind Over Alien MatterInnervasion Part 5: High Override
Season 3 Omni-CoppedThis One Goes to 11Rath of ConPoles ApartShow Don't TellWelcome to Zombozo-Zone!Bridge OutBeach HeadsCharm School's OutBilly BajillionsFranken-FightBuggin' the BuggsWhich WatchBaby BuktuThem's Fightin' Words!Mutiny for the BountyThe Chupaca-broBuggy OutIntroducing Kevin 11Four by FourMoor FoggKing of the CastleSpeechless on the SeineDon't TouchBig in JapanCyber SlammersBig Ben 10LaGrange MurailleLickety SplitThe Claws of the CatRoundabout: Part 1Roundabout: Part 2Cirque-UsForever RoadThe BentathlonPrey or PlayBeware the Scare-CrowThe Night Ben Tennyson Came to TownAnd Xingo Was His Name-OFear in the Family
Season 3 Extra Xingo NationHeads of the FamilyMy BodyguardWheels of FortuneHeat of the MomentVin DiagramA Sticky SituationWhat Rhymes with Omnitrix?You Remind Me of SomeoneAdrenaland Jr.Steam Fight at the OK CorralI Don't Like You
Season 4 Chicken In Chichen Itza, Part 1: Pyramid SchemeChicken In Chichen Itza, Part 2: The Wages of FearBen in Rome, Part 1: A Slice of LifeBen in Rome, Part 2: The Bee's KneesGentle BenFunhouseSummer BreakersThe Monsters in Your HeadQueen of BeesFalls, Falls, FallsThe Greatest LakeMud on the RunIt's Story TimeCosplay DayBottomless BenTales from the OmnitrixParty PoopersWind Some, Lose SomeDigital QualityTim Buk-tvTokyo Fun, Part 1: Big Bugg BashTokyo Fun, Part 2: Slamming It UpGrowing Up Is Hard to DoThe Hex FactorSweet ToothMedieval UpheavalSpeed of SoundXingo’s WorldTummy AchePlayers of the Lost ParkDe-FangedMock 10RekoilBuktu The Future
Season 4 Movie Ben 10 Versus the Universe: The Movie
Season 5 Specials Ben 10,010Ben Gen 10Alien X-Tinction
Specials Crossover Nexus

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