Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Menace of the Conqueror Caveman!

Season: 2
Episode Number: 4
Season Episode Number: 17
Production Number: 207
Airdate: May 15, 2009

Writer: Matt Wayne
Director: Brandon Vietti

Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman, Punch), Tom Everett Scott (Booster Gold), Billy West (Skeets), Michael Dorn (Kru'll the Eternal, Bane), Jane Singer (Trung, Jewelee), R. Lee Ermey (Wildcat).

Plot: An immortal caveman has a plot to create an army of immortal super-cavemen and it is up to Batman and Booster Gold to stop him! But can Booster forget about fame and glory long enough to get the job done?

Teaser: Batman and Wildcat take down Bane.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): By teaming Batman up with Booster Gold, one would think that Batman would fade into the background as Booster hogs the spotlight. Well, like in most episodes in this series, this is the case. However, unlike most episodes in this series, it is not handled well.

Booster Gold is a wonderful character, but in this episode he comes off way too arrogant and self-centered. I know that those are his defining characteristics, but I would have liked to see a little more seriousness.

The obvious comparison is the way Booster was written in The Greatest Story Never Told from Justice League Unlimited. Now there was a great version of Booster Gold. I know that this show is not trying to be JLU, but I can't help but make the comparison. Brave and the Bold gets bonus points for recasting Billy West as Skeets just as he did in Justice League Unlimited.

The main villain in this episode may confuse some of you who know the history of Vandal Savage. The origin story is definitely that of Vandal, however, the meteor that gives him his intellect also provides him with super strength, something that Vandal Savage doesn't have in the comics.

Furthermore, his character design is based on King Kull, a Captain Marvel villain from the 50s. Slap the two characters together and call him Kru'll the Eternal, one of Vandal Savage's aliases, and you have a brand new villain for Batman: the Brave and the Bold.

The plot is simple, leaving room for plenty of action which is all well choreographed and animated. Star Trek: the Next Generation's Michael Dorn does a wonderful job of voicing both Kru'll and the various grunts that come out of the mouth of Bane during the teaser.

Kru'll has a band of historical and powerful leaders that you may be able to discern. To me, they appear to be Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, Ramses II, Alexander the Great and one of the Trung Sisters. In the comics, Vandal Savage has claimed that Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan are but few of the aliases he has claimed while trying to conquer the world throughout history.

I have not had the same enthusiasm over these last four episodes as I did during the entire first thirteen. The quirkiness of the show seems to have been taken to the extreme in the last four episodes, which takes away from the charm and pseudo-believability that the show established at the beginning of its run.

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Hero Supreme said...

Trials of the Demon, you have to say was pretty cool and I enjoyed Night of the Huntress as well due to mostly to Babyface, but Mystery in Space and this one were major let downs. Hopefully the Boy Wonder and Bat-Mite can save the day. After all season 1 had is fair share of 'blah' as well (Secret Santas, Outsiders, Rise of the Blue Beetle).

Kurtis said...

True, true. Thanks for your comments.

Orphen said...

I thought this was a decent episode, but more of a comedic type of episode. I'm definitely looking forward to the episode with Robin, I'm curious to see how they use Robins character.

Darkness U.S.A said...

I don't know I have enjoyed the show since it has become more serious and less stupid, that first two episodes had some stupid plot holes in them I thought, but since then I have really liked it. I especially liked the new Solomon Grundy and seeing the Huntress. I thought of vandal savage too the exact same origin.