Monday, November 24, 2008

Terror on Dinosaur Island!

Season: 1
Episode Number: 2
Season Episode Number: 2
Production Number: 102
Airdate: November 21, 2008

Writer: Steven Melching
Director: Brandon Vietti

Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman), Tom Kenny (Plastic Man), Greg Ellis (Gentleman Ghost), Grey DeLisle (Fire), John DiMaggio (Gorilla Grodd).

Plot: After taking down the Gentleman Ghost, Batman and Plastic Man follow Gorilla Grodd to Dinosaur Island where the ape has created a machine that will turn the entire human population into gorillas!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): For fans of Plastic Man, this episode is a dream come true after being teased with a Plastic Man animated series pilot that was developed by Tom Kenny and Andy Suriano for Cartoon Network back in 2006. The pilot was leaked onto youtube and was a hit dispite CN's decision to cancel production. Tom Kenny not only served as the series producer, but was also the voice of Plastic Man, which is why it's so great to see Plastic Man in this episode, voiced by Tom Kenny!

Unlike the previous episode with the Blue Beetle, we get to see Plastic Man's origin story, which has been altered to fit this series. In this version, Eel O'Brian is a thug working for Kite Man. But O'Brian get knocked into a vat of chemicals by Batman which gives him his plastic powers. Feeling responsible for O'Brian's new state, Batman promises to oversee O'Brian's reform and this episode is one of (hopefully) many Batman/Plastic Man team-ups.

The episode plays like a buddy cop film where the straight-edge cop is forced to team up with the goofy con who is trying to turn his life around. Except there are gorillas riding pterodactyls with laser cannons. The series staff really have a handle on the feel of the show. It is a great blend of humour and action. It is smart and funny without being cheesy and while it does have some elements of camp, it is purely for the adult fans who remember Batman as part of the Super Friends.

Gorilla Grodd gets the spotlight as the villain in this episode and he proves to be a worthy villain for Batman, even though it is unusual to see him without seeing the Flash. Grodd's character and abilities are aligned with the comic books, including his intellect, strength and mind control powers.

I think what I liked the most about this episode is the sheer over the top superhero plot: Gorilla Grodd wants to turn the entire human race into gorillas! Back in the day, every villain was a theme villain whose crimes always had to do with their gimmick. The Penguin always stole something to do with birds, Catwoman's crimes always involved cats and this time, Grodd's crime has to do with gorillas. Quite different if you were hoping for the criminal mastermind you saw in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, but I think it's a great interpretation of the character.

A second solid episode from Brave and the Bold, including a show opener featuring Gentleman Ghost and Fire! This show will, without a doubt, make a good impression on Batman's television career.

DVD Releases:
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Volume One

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    Chip Chief said...

    I enjoyed this one even more than the Blue Beetle episode. It is funny though that Grodd pretty much had this same plan in the JLU episode Dead Reckoning. Batman even got ape-ified there as did Superman and Wonder Woman. Though it wasnt until this episode that we got to see the hairless Grodd. Bravo!

    Anonymous said...

    you know Plasticman is voiced by Spongebob Squarepants, and is trying to be similar to Fires big hips talk about greed hope Bats show him.

    Anonymous said...

    Fire has a big butt.