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Night of the Huntress!
Original Airdate - May 8th, 2009
In this episode, Blue Beetle develops a crush on the slightly older and far-more-dangerous femme fatale Huntress, but there is little time for love with Baby Face busting his gang out of prison for a major heist! Watch the crowd closely during the jailbreak sequence to see some of your favorite villains including Pharaoh, Skeleton Keyes, Polecat Perkins and more! This week's teaser features Solomon Grundy and Black Canary.

Written by Adam Beechen
Directed by Ben Jones
Animation by Moi Animation
Review by Andrew
Media provided by Warner Bros. Animation
Deidrich Bader as Batman/Solomon Grundy
Will Friedle as Blue Beetle
Jason Marsden as Paco / Weasel
Grey Delilse as Black Canary
Ellen Greene as Mrs. Manface
Armin Shimerman as Calculator/Cop
Gregg Berger as Scientist/Mob Boss
Tara Strong as Helena/Huntress
Tom Kenny as Babyface

Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter

The term teaser applies very well to the opening of this episode, as it introduces to characters new to the Brave and the Bold alumni; Solomon Grundy and Black Canary. The latter of which is done better - perhaps even better than her JLU counterpart - but it doesn't exactly help. The entire scene is disappointing despite the teaser's opening being quite disturbing as Grundy's henchmen attempt to cut a man's head open for his brain. It simply falls flat once Batman and Canary show up, however, as they quickly defeat Grundy's henchmen and focus entirely on highlighting his intelligence - or lack thereof. This would have been somewhat redeemable if they had actually pointed out why he's after a person's brain, and why he's so easy to foil. Granted, Batman slips in a comment about the “undead” at the end, but it's quite vague. Maybe they'll use his origin for a later story to help it make sense, and if so, then this teaser should have been postponed until after that.

The rest of the episode doesn't fare much better, unfortunately. Starting off with a character that sounds remarkably close to B:TAS' Harley Quinn, who is somehow allowed into a prison without revealing her face and pushing a suspiciously large carriage. A guard with a hint of common sense finally pops up to question the behemoth baby, but it's too late as the two most disturbing villains unleash their ambush, which results in quite possibly the most disgusting almost-kiss scene to be shown on TV, or at least outside a reality show. The scene is quite defining of the episode, however, as it focuses far too much on a completely ridiculous display only to leave the viewer - in this case, the sense-laden guard - in a gagging, face-contorted shock. But I digress.

Babyface and Mrs. Manface begin to spring out their old freakish pals complete with voice over introduction to these characters, which turns out to be quite possibly the most pointless bit of the entire episode as they never take anymore significance than the average henchman. In response to this, not one, but two heroes react to help out Batman. Blue Beetle we're already quite familiar with, but the other being the extremely flirtatious and practically promiscuous Huntress. Not only that, but we're introduced to her through a ridiculously long changing session from professional appearance to crime-fighting facade…in a pubic restroom. Subtlety at it's finest. Surprisingly, her help is still needed by the time she finishes applying lipstick, and this is when we realize that they completely forgot to add a plot. The majority of the episode is pretty much devoted to Huntress hitting on Batman, Beetle hitting on Huntress and any other ridiculous joke they can get their hands on. They even manage to plop a middle-aged man living with his mother in the middle of it all. Top it off with the usual ugly CGI, and a completely randomly ridiculous need for the Batmobile to go MegaZord, and you've got a rather boring episode.

Strangely, though, I wouldn't say it's a terrible episode, it's just not all that interesting. It's just bland and pointless, as though they weren't quite sure how to tie all of this in, but attempted it anyways. Further evidence towards their clueless writing is the title; “Night of the Huntress!” Yet, her entire involvement takes place during the day. I suppose “Afternoon of the Huntress!” just isn't as captivating.

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