Monday, January 11, 2010

The Fate of Equinox!




Season: 1
Episode Number: 26
Season Episode Number: 26
Production Number: 124
Airdate: July 25, 2009

Writer: Joseph Kuhr
Director: Michael Chang

Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman), Greg Ellis (Dr. Fate), Oded Fehr (Equinox), James Arnold Taylor (Nabu), Tom Kenny (Plastic Man), John DiMaggio (Aquaman), James Remar (Two-Face), Unknown (Skinny).

Plot:With the help of Dr. Fate, Batman arms himself with the powers of his allies in order to bring down Equinox, who has become an eternal being.

Teaser: Batman faces off against Two-Face.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Season one wraps up with an episode that was not the best of the season (I think the two part Owlman episode should have closed the season), but certainly not the worst.

The Equinox subplot that was built upon in When OMAC Attacks is fully realized in this episode as Equinox takes centre stage as he tries to bring balance to the galaxy.

Since Dr. Fate follows the will of the Lords of Order and Chaos, it makes sense that he would be the one to lend a hand as Batman battles this baddie.

One major thing that I have had to get use to in this show is the amount of science-fiction in this show. To me, Batman has always been grounded more in reality than Superman, Green Lantern and the rest. This school of thought definitely comes from watching too much Batman: the Animated Series.

But I have let my self believe that Bats can fly through space, travel through time, battle dinosaurs and aliens and I have really enjoyed this show.

But now, this is the first time Batman goes up against a cosmic being and I find that I little hard to swallow. I find it even more difficult to believe that he was able to defeat him, even with the added superpowers.

Speaking of added superpowers, you can always tell it is a season finale when everyone shows up to the party! Special guest stars in this episode (other than Dr. Fate) include Aquaman, Plastic Man, Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Red Tornado and Black Lightning, as well as Green Lantern, Flash and Fire who have yet to star in their own episodes.

Having Batman gain the powers of all of these heroes made for a cool action sequence, and I applaud the writer/director for actually having Batman use each of the individual powers in a practical way. However, not even Super-Batman could make me believe that he could accomplish the task of bringing down Equinox.

This episode was not bad, but I guess I had my hope up for a stellar season finale which was not delivered. This was especially obvious to me since the episode followed a fantastic teaser featuring Two-Face in a classic showdown. This is Batman to me and this teaser only made me wish that the whole episode was devoted to it.

Oh well, vast majority of this season was spectacular. I am looking forward to season two!



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