The Doom Patrol lives up to their name as their faced with a task even with Batman they might not handle.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Written by: J.M. DeMatteis
Directed by: Ben Jones
Diedrich Bader as Batman
Dee Bradley Baker as Brain/AVM Man
Corey Burton as General Zahl/Killer Moth
Richard McGonagle as the Chief
Olivia D'Abo as Elastigirl
David K. Hill as Negative Man
Henry Rollins as Robot Man
Stephen Root as Penguin/Carnival Barker
Fred Tatasciore as Arsenal/Mutant Master
Mae Whitman as Batgirl
I was curious about this episode ever since I heard about it was coming. More so than the Birds of Prey episode (which just so happens to be next weeks fun filled adventure). I mean this is the sort of episode which this series lives for. An episode centered around a group of heroes, who really haven't just gotten the spotlight as other more famous DC teams have had.
However, before all that the episode starts out with a very interesting introduction of someone from the other side of the Bat Family who honestly I never expected to show up on the series, Batgirl (the Barbara Gordon version) as she and Bats take on Killer Moth before we flashfoward to them in a tight spot at the hands of Penguin. And that's about it, we get no follow up and really makes the intro utterly pointless. Honestly, I have to admit the opening had to be the weakest intro of the series I've watched so far (*grabs one of the Penguin's umbrella and opens it due to the garbage going to be thrown his way*). At first everything just clicked with the Killer Moth fight for me, than suddenly after that time jump just went off into an kilter moment for me. Like was that added bit at the end really necessary?
Seriously, they end the spot with the pair in a death trap which we won't be seeing any continuation of? That kinda um well sucks. I mean if the intro had just ended it and the entire episode was about the pair well it might have been better (heck the throw out to Batgirl's actual first adventure and a certain homage to the 00's Teen Titans series for eagled eyed viewers), but alas it isn't. It almost ruined the meat of the actual episode with the focus fully on the Doom Patrol.
If only maybe they cued to another Batgirl first appearing (*cough* Cassandra Cain or Stephanie Brown *cough*) in the same situation. If they did that, then perhaps the intro would've been so much better and again playing with the multiple eras (young Dick Grayson/Robin and older Dick Grayson/Nightwing or now with the Outsiders) this show is starting to become more and more famous for. But enough talk about that damned intro, onto why I wanted to watch this episode in the first place, the Doom Patrol.
No, when we get to this the episode just turns back into the series I adore so much. However, since the series capped off with Chill of the Night (aka the Batman homages everywhere!), the show took a somewhat dark turn. We got that with Starro and again with this episode. The light kiddish tone is here, yet bubbling beneath the surface is a very adult story. Once more the show juggles to appease both sides of the audience: comic and kids. Once more we get a glorious tale out of it.
Yet again we get the focus on characters we hardly see in the multimedia side of things with the Doom Patrol with their entire Rogues Gallery (plus the Brain and Mallah WOOT! Also DC would it kill to bring these two back from the dead?!). Sure we got them in Teen Titans (during Season Five aka their final season), but here we get them in their full glory. Honestly watching this episode it does get me interested in seeing more of them during all sorts of their various periods (from the current ongoing to the famous run by Grant Morrison).
Even though I'm not a big fan of them, I could easily see some homages to other areas of the team, and I bet there are a TON more for the hardcore fans of this team. So yeah if your a Doom Patrol fan you'll probably be in heaven with this episode. For those non fans, I have to admit, it does have my curiosity peaked about the team and wanting me to learn more about them.
Honestly, there is an almost human quality to the Doom Patrol that I have to admit just grabs me. It almost reminds me of something Marvel would write. That these characters are so darn reliable. Even their gallery of fiends again (come on I'm Zechs the lover of villains everywhere) is quite impressive and unique with their freakish visuals and uniqueness (*cough* Brain and Mallah *cough*). Plus the main villain of the piece, , intrigues me as well. I honestly never heard of the fiend and now I want to know more!
Though again, what struck me most of this episode was the shocking end. I just didn't see it coming. I expected some clichéd exit, but no we didn't get that. The episode stuck to it's message and dang am I impressed with it. Sure any kids watching this episode might be a tad bit surprised at the events, but I'll be damned if this makes the show even more better in the fact you just can't predict some ways the story will go.
So yeah after a very lacking opening, the episode pulls through and gives yet another memorable finish. Sadly I cannot for the life of me give this utter perfection, but it doesn't deserve an average three star rating either. This episode has a lot going for it in that it hooks you in right into these characters and it never lets go. You actual sympathize the plight their in and the effects of what happens due to their choices. So major kudos again for this show for going to areas you just didn't think they would go. Which just goes to show you just how well Batman: The Brave and the Bold is so damn good for a comic book junkie and a perfect intro piece for anyone: kid and adult alike.
3.5 out of 5
Review by: Zechs
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About the Author - Zechs
Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Character Spotlight, and Cartoon Reviews. He's also an aspiring comic book writer trying to get some of his works published on the Outhouse. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.
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