Monday, May 11, 2009

Night of the Huntress!

Season: 2
Episode Number: 16
Season Episode Number: 3
Production Number: 203
Airdate: May 8, 2009

Writer: Adam Beechen
Director: Ben Jones

Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman, Solomon Grundy), Will Friedle (Blue Beetle), Tara Strong (Huntress), Jason Marsden (Paco, Weasel), (Black Canary), Tom Kenny (Baby Face), (Lazy Eye), Ellen Greene (Mrs. Manface), Armin Shimmerman (Calculator).

Plot: The Blue Beetle and the Huntress team up with Batman to bring down Baby Face and Mrs. Manface who are springing their gang from Blackgate Prison, but Blue Beetle's crush on the Huntress proves to be a liability.

Teaser: Batman and Black Canary take down Solomon Grundy and his gang.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Night of the Huntress is a weird episode. Good, but weird. It really pushes the envelope as to what the show can get away with. I'm speaking particularly in reference to the Batmobile turning into a giant robot. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that.

However, the episode's plot is great, with Baby Face and Mrs. Manface (a match made in heaven) springing a variety of B and C-List thugs from Blackgate Prison. And as usual, here is a list of cameos:

Breaking out of prison is Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Polecat Perkins, Hammer Toes, Skeleton Keyes, and Lazy Eye (who is left in prison due to his inability to be a good lookout). All of these villians are from Batman's silver age and resemble a cast that you would find in Dick Tracy comics.

In the prison riot there are many cameos of villains who have been put away in past episodes: Black Manta, Cavalier, Clock King, Crazy Quilt, Dr. Polaris, Felix Faust, Fun Haus, Kite Man, Scarecrow, Sportsmaster, Top and someone we haven't seen yet, Shark.

Also included in the prison riot, just like in Day of the Dark Knight, are several villains from the Adam West series: Archer, Bookworm, Egghead, Falseface and King Tut.

The Calculator make a hilarious cameo talking to the Weather Wizard. This version of the Calculator is a nerdy, overweight guy living in his mom's basement, a role that is perfect for his behind the scenes schemes but will probably upset fans of the character who loved that he was a brilliant criminal mastermind.

The bulk of this episode deals with the Blue Beetle as he battles villains and his hormones at the same time. Beetle seems to be the character who is making the most guest appearances, but also the one who is getting the most character development. His swooning is well played out and while it does seem a bit slapstick, it works within the context of the show's humour and especially this goofy episode.

Huntress is the first female guest star of the series and is totally hot and totally rad! Her design is beautiful and she has a really tough voice, provided by Tara Strong. However seeing her follow the cameo from Black Canary in the teaser was not great as they seemed to have the same character. I hope that there will be a bit more diversity in future female guest stars.

One of the best additions to the storyline was Warehouse X, a giant warehouse that stores all of the impounded super-villain weapons and traps. This will serve as a great way to stick in more classic references for the fans.

For example: The giant hourglass trap is a reference to an episode from the Adam West Batman series in which the Clock King traps the Caped Crusader in the very same hourglass. Baby Face even mentions that he is borrowing the trap from the Clock King!

While this episode is obviously playing up the absurd humour, it was still enjoyable and full of great one-liners. But I hope that these episodes are few and far between.

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Orphen said...

It was an alright episode nothing special, I still can not quite get the image out of my head of Baby Face and Mrs. Manface kissing... It is just wrong, but as far as an episode goes it was good, although of course they had to have someone attracted to the first female hero. Even though the Huntress is a pretty strong women character that should be treated more as an equal.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't scarecrow and cavalier go to Arkam Asylem.

Anonymous said...

Why does Blue Beetle use claws to get thouse guys off of Batman? Wouldn't that huge lazer that takes up both of his hands work better?