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
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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