Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Batman 66 - Episodes 81-84 Reviews

It's a case of robots and blackmail for one baddie while another finds mischief in college and fencing expensive jewels.

2x47: The Joker's Last Laugh

The Joker's back and this time, along with another female assistant, he's got a slew of robot bank tellers to try and help him seize control of Gotham's banks while Bruce Wayne goes undercover in an attempt to undo the Clown Prince's latest scheme. It does go somewhat wrong for Bruce when Robin ends up getting captured and Bruce is forced to be the one to pull a lever. I do find it amusing how the show sends up Bruce's unconvincing undercover story with the Joker doubting it initially before deciding to go along with it. 7/10

2x48: The Joker's Epitaph

You have to give it to the Joker. When his attempts of blackmailing Bruce Wayne fail, he then gets his female accomplice to force the latter into an engagement and it almost worked, until Batman and Robin managed to get the Joker's teller robots to work against him that. Then there was the subplot of having Bruce almost committed by Gordon and O'Hara along with the absurdity of Alfred in Batman's costume for good measure. 7/10

2x49: Catwoman Goes To College

You'd think with her many crimes, Catwoman would be setting up her own courses in criminology rather than wanting to take one of them but it seems not. Instead, she's attending a lecture by Batman, sipping sodas with him while also getting one of her minions to pose as the Caped Crusader in order to discredit him towards a new police Captain. When none of that works out, she then resorts to putting the Dynamic Duo in a large cup so they can be scalded but again, this is another one that shamelessly plays on the BatCat dynamic. 9/10

2x50: Batman Displays His Knowledge

A fantastic second half to one of the best two parters of the episode. I loved the little meta commentary the Dynamic Duo had as they escaped the boiling coffee pot of doom while finding Catwoman's inability to get rid of some hot diamonds absolutely hysterical, more so when Freddy the Fence told her they were actually fake for good measure. Then there was that particular scene with Batman and Catwoman as the latter tried to bring him over to the dark side and failed yet again. Given that this was the last time Julie Newmar properly played the role again until 2016's Return Of The Caped Crusaders animated movie, this was a superb last outing for her fantastic take on the character. 9/10

Next blog I'll delve into A Piece of the Action/Batman's Satisfaction and King Tut's Coup/Batman's Waterloo.

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