Thursday, November 12, 2009

Inside the Outsiders!




Season: 1
Episode Number: 25
Season Episode Number: 25
Production Number: 126
Airdate: August 8, 2009

Writer: Alex Van Dyne
Director: Brandon Vietti

Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman), Bumper Robinson (Black Lightning), Scott Menville (Metemorpho), Kim Mai Guest (Katana), Armin Shimerman (Psycho-Pirate), Paul Nakauchi (Takahiro, Takeo), James Arnold Taylor (Green Arrow), Nika Futterman (Catwoman), Unknown (Cat Thug), Unknown (Man on cell).

Plot: Batman must travel into the minds of the Outsiders in order to save them from the malicious Psycho-Pirate who feeds of their rage as a source of strength.

Teaser: Green Arrow and Batman are caught in a death trap set by Catwoman.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Batman is often known for only using violence when necessary, using his mind over anything to get the job done. But let's face it, this is an action show! We like seeing Batman beating up the bad guys! That being said, an episode specifically about reasoning and talking the way out of a fight doesn't make for the most exciting of episodes.

The version of Psycho-Pirate that is used in this episode is not the original Silver Age version, nor is it the revamped, post-Crisis version from the 80s. The version used here is from when Psycho-Pirate was an 'emotion vampire' as Batman put it, in the mid-90s. It was around this time that Psycho-Pirate tangled with the Outsiders on a number of occasions which is why they are foils in this episode.

Batman gets a bigger role in this episode. It seems that lately Bats has been getting overshadowed by the special guest or the villain (which is often the case in every Batman cartoon), but this episode puts Batman front and centre in a role that shows off his brilliant mind as well as his brilliant technical skills.

But this isn't a hard task since the Outsiders aren't very strong characters. Batman can't help but steal the spotlight.

The point of the Outsiders is that each member has been shunned by society, so they have banded together and formed a family of sorts. But the reason that they have been shunned by society is because each of them has some great character flaw. So now we have a whole team of people with character flaws and in a show like Batman: The Brave and the Bold which doesn't feature strong continuity, they may learn something at the end of the episode, but the characters will be reset for their next appearance. This makes the Outsiders hard to like, in my opinion.

Anyway, this episode was fairly entertaining, humourous in parts, but overall, since I'm not a fan of the way they are writing the Outsiders, this episode fell a bit flat.

If only the episode's teaser would have carried through the whole 22 minutes! The intro to this version of Catwoman was marvelous! The report between Batman and Catwoman is thick, hinting at a long, complicated past that is begging to be explored by this show! I'm sure we'll see more of her in season two!

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