Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Color of Revenge!

Season: 2
Episode Number: 18
Season Episode Number: 5
Production Number: 118
Airdate: May 22, 2009

Writer: Todd Casey
Director: Michael Chang

Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman, Solomon Grundy), Cranford Wilson (Robin), Jeffrey Tambor (Crazy Quilt, Green, Red), Jeremy Shada (Young Robin), Sean Donnellan (Officer, Blue)

Plot: Batman travels to Blüdhaven to assist Robin, now grown up and independent, in the recapture of Crazy Quilt, who blames Robin for the loss of his eyesight and is out for revenge. The only problem is that Robin doesn't want Batman's help, and Batman just won't go away.

Teaser: An early adventure of Batman and Robin Boy Wonder leads to the capture of Crazy Quilt. This teaser is a set up of the main episode.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): I found that the topic of Batman and Robin's strained past is a bit odd for Brave and the Bold. A story so wrought with tension and history doesn't seem to fit in a show that features a fun, adventurous Batman.

That being said, not only does this story not fit in the series, it also might be hard for new Batman audiences to understand the gravity of their past due to the history not really being explained in this episode. There is a jump from the campy Adam West intro where everything is okay, to the present day with no word about what happened.

I know this show isn't Batman: the Animated Series, so I shouldn't really expect the same sort of depth, so maybe this episode does work on more superficial level. Maybe I just need to ask an eight year old and get them to tell me what the episode is about to see if it works. Or maybe I should just watch The New Batman Adventures episode, Old Wounds.

This version of Robin is an adult Dick Grayson in his Earth-2 Robin costume with major Dick Sprang influence. However, he is protecting the city of Blüdhaven, which makes me wonder why they didn't go with Nightwing, the persona that Dick takes up after quitting being Robin.

Don't take my bellyaching as a sign that you shouldn't watch this episode. You should. Through all its shortcomings the adventure is still fun, the episode plays out well, and it is great to see the dynamic duo together for the first time in this series.

You will also want to check out Crazy Quilt who, having had a couple of cameo spots in previous episodes, finally gets a starring role. His origin is fairly true to the comics, including his hatred of Robin for what Robin did to his eyesight. While not the most intriguing villain, his is a classic one that will hopefully be more developed, should we ever get to see Robin again.

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Hero Supreme said...

I really enjoyed this episode, and it was way better than the Booster Gold one, but some seeds of discord in the teaser would have made the rift more believable.

Orphen said...

I would have loved to see Nightwing but I think it would have been to confusing to new batman fans and a younger audience that may not know about Nightwing, and it would definitely take some more explanation then I think they were willing to put in, it would have to be a two part episode or more to really explain things well and the rift between Batman and Robin. Though in all fairness I did enjoy this episode.