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Episode #22 - Chemistry
Original Airdate - October 24th, 1998

Bruce hangs up the cape and cowl when he finds the perfect woman, but everything is not what it appears to be.

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Written by Stan Berkowitz
Directed by Butch Lukic
Music by Kristopher Carter
Animation by Koko/Dong Yang

Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Mathew Valencia as Robin/Tim Drake
Tara Charendoff as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon
Linda Hamilton as Susan Maguire
Tim Matheson as Michael Vreeland
Diane Pershing as Poison Ivy
Loren Lester as Dick Grayson
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred
Mel Winkler as Lucius Fox
Marilu Henner as Veronica Vreeland
Ed Gilbert as Photographer
Bruce Gilbert as Mr. Liu
Screen Grabs


TIM: Yeuch! I hate slow dancing!
BARBARA: You might find it useful someday...
BARBARA: Then again, maybe not...
BRUCE: Everything's changed for me in the past few weeks. The pain of my parents' deaths... It's still there, but it seems smaller. And there's a new feeling now.
BARBARA: Which would be?
BRUCE: It's a lightness. A sense that things will work out for the best.
TIM: It's called happiness.
BRUCE: Whatever it is, I like it. And I know who's responsible for it. I've asked Susan to marry me. She's accepted. She's everything I need. She's perfect.
DICK: There's just one problem. That.
DICK: How you gonna keep it from her?
BRUCE: I won't have to. I've always assumed that sooner or later the three of you would get all this. Well, it's going to be sooner. I'm not going to be Batman anymore.
BRUCE: I should have known. It was to easy.
SUSAN: Relationships aren't supposed to be easy. Even I know that and I'm a vegetable.

Review: The animation was this pseudo stuff that TNBA seems to use a lot, and it just doesn't work. I don't know if it's the new style affecting the animators or what, but it just doesn't work. Faces look terrible and action is clunky. There were some nicer done bits such as the plant-people melting, but in general, it wasn't too great. Also, something was just wrong in this episode. Batman was more monotonous than normal, Ivy was too vibrant and not herself, and Robin just sat around and narrated some of the actions.

 Some of the better touches were Robin being sick at the sight of Ivy's plant people (remember, he's new to all of this), the use of the Mask of the Phantasm creation of Batman music when Bruce quit being Batman, and the final moments with Batman flipping his ring into the ocean. There was also the guest list at Bruce's wedding that was nice to see, including Jim Gordon, Mayor Hill, Lucius Fox, Summer Gleeson, Kirk and Francine Langstrom, Jack Ryder, Jason Blood, Dr. LeLand and Leslie Thompkins. Those small touches made the episode a bit better.

Frankly, this episode wasn't too bad story wise though. It would have seriously benefitted from an original BTAS' length of 22 to 24 minutes rather than TNBA's 18 to 20 time period. It also would have benefitted from better animation, and better voice acting.

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