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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.

Major Events

Character Debuts

Characters

Villains

Aliens Used

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.
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 BountyBuggy OutIntroducing Kevin 11Four by FourThe Chupaca-broCirque-UsBeware the Scare-CrowAnd Xingo Was His Name-OForever RoadThe Night Ben Tennyson Came to TownThe Claws of the CatPrey or PlayFear in the FamilyThe BentathlonRoundabout: 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 Movies
TBA
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 MurailleThe Claws of the CatLickety SplitPrey or PlayFear in the FamilyCirque-UsBeware the Scare-CrowAnd Xingo Was His Name-OForever RoadThe Night Ben Tennyson Came to TownThe BentathlonRoundabout: 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
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 Movies
TBA
Specials
Crossover Nexus

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