Can Batman and the Black Canary stop the world from singing to the tune of the Music Miester'? Or will you too fall under his sway?
*Once more an episode airs outside the US, and leaks onto the net. For those who desire to see this episode you need only to look in the proper places to find it. For those wishing to see it in the US, well we still don't have any idea when they'll be aired. It might be in October, it might not. I just don't know when Cartoon Network will air this episode.
Shown at this year's San Diego Comic Con, this is the much heralded and talked about musical themed episode. In the spirit for older fans, this will remind fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena Warrior Princess similar themed episodes. For the younger crowd, they will probably adore this just as much. All the songs are quite memorable, witty in their lyrics, and entertaining.
All of this is in due part James Tucker & Michael Jelenic truly inspiring written songs. For example, there's "Drives Us Bats" which litterly is a treasure trove of easter eggs for an older fan, but is also so darn wacky a kid will love it. Then there's the nice confession into the soul, which we learn via the music as well with Black Canary and another member of the cast given I won't spoil any details. For those characters used in this episode it's utter genius, and it fits so much the era the creators of this show wish so much to convey, the late 1940s to 1950s style of comics.
As much credit you have to give to the writers, it can't be merely as memorable if not for the voices who sing such sweet music. Enter cause of this entire episode, the Music Miester, whose voiced absolutely perfectly by who else but Neil Patrick Harris. NPH carries this episode upon his shoulders bringing jovial life to the songs and the character of the Miester. Surprisingly, the Miester is an actual original creation made for just this episode. Even though some fans will scramble to wonder where this gem of a supervillain was in the Golden Age. He never was, but no doubt some will probably be craving him now to appear.
Then there's Grey DeLisle aka Black Canary's voice. When she first appeared on this show in "Night of the Huntress", I was curious as to why they cast her in this role instead of the Huntress one (and Tara Strong likewise in Dinah's role). Well this episode showcases very well her other great talent, that when she isn't voice acting she pursues her greater love, singing. And she's a very talented singer at that. Both she and NPH make this episode work perfectly and honestly it make's sense that Black Canary would have some great vocal skills given her super power.
If there is but one flaw I have with this episode, it's during the finale involving Batman. Perhaps I've been spoiled too much with what I've had thus far in the episode, given voice actor for Batman, Diedrich Bader obviously wasn't the one carrying the tune at the end (instead it's Jeff Bennett aka the being who voices the Joker,). Still, I don't mind. I'm quite sure no child would pay any mention. So why should I lowly critic? This episode just oozes a ton of fun. Enjoy it folks, because I sure did.
5 out of 5