Batman the Animated Series Review 6-10

My Batman the Animated Series reviews continue with episodes 6-10! My reviews will use an A(Great), B(Good), C(Ok), and D(Bad) rating system as well as my thoughts on the episode.

6. Underdwellers: We get our first original character for the animated series in the Sewer King. A surprisingly twisted tale of child abuse, urban legends, and a look at Batman’s softer side if you will. Definitely not the most dramatic or action packed episode, but Batman fights alligators which is pretty awesome! I think the Sewer King has a lot of potential to revisit. Batman admitted himself that he was tempted to break his killing rule with the Sewer King, which also reinforces Batman’s relationships with children. Having been a victim of childhood trauma, Batman has always connected with troubled youths. He really cares about kids, and I think that makes a lot of sense psychologically so I think there was a good portrayal of Bruce’s emotional involvement with the case. Definitely a surprisingly good episode considering the lack of Batman’s classic rogues. Rating: B-

7. P.O.V.: One of my favorite things that this series does is it’s more unconventional episodes in terms of storytelling. This one deals with the GCPD investigating a botched sting attempt through three different versions told by the officers involved. I think it’s a really cool way to tell a story. You also get to know Commissioner Gordon, and Detective Bullock better and meet Renee Montoya, while dealing with the mobsters of Gotham which helps build the world of Gotham City. Montoya really comes across as a strong willed cop who is really dedicated to her job and doing what’s right while being quite the bad ass. I’m really glad they created her, and she’s left quite a legacy in the comics since. It’s actually a really interesting episode despite the lack of traditional villains. Rating: A-

8. The Forgotten: What strikes me most about this episode is that I don’t remember it at all. Not whatsoever. I watched this show a lot as a kid, but obviously I hadn’t seen every episode. But I re-watched the entire series a few years ago, and somehow I must have missed this one? The fact that I don’t remember this one is especially ironic based on the Bruce Wayne amnesia plot of the episode. Basically, Batman goes undercover to get to the bottom of missing poor people and ends up losing his memory and working for a gluttonous slob in the mines. The highlights of the episode are Bruce’s struggle to regain his memory and Alfred flying the Batplane. Ultimately the episode is forgettable. Rating: C-

9. Be a Clown: The Joker returns to target the Mayor of Gotham by infiltrating his son’s birthday party and unwittingly convinces him to run away and join him. A really good Batman vs the Joker story that isn’t too over the top and really takes advantage of the creepy circus/clown theme. The Joker is scary and dangerous and his laugh is perfect! And Batman vs the Joker on a roller coaster? That’s just great! Rating: B+

10. Two-Face part 1: Harvey Dent’s transformation into Two-Face begins! This is one of my all time favorite episodes! This episode is appropriately broken into two parts, so I will review both episodes individually and then as a whole. This episode really hammers in who Harvey Dent is in Gotham and his friendship with Bruce Wayne. We also learn that Harvey has been seeking treatment for an already existing personality disorder. The episode is dramatic and intense with some fun action scenes and a strong build up to the destruction of Harvey’s face. The episode ends on a powerful note when we see what Harvey has become! Two-Face is one of my favorite Bat-villains, and they really did such a killer job making Harvey Dent a really great character. And the contrast between Harvey and “Big Bad Harv” are almost chilling. Definitely a don’t miss episode! Rating: A+

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