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Menace of the Conqueror Caveman!
Original Airdate - May 15th, 2009
In this episode, 31st Century Booster Gold travels back 100 centuries to join Batman and become a celebrity hero. In his quest for fame, he unwittingly enables the immortal tyrant Vandal Savage to carry out his nefarious plot of turning everyone into cavemen and take over the world! This week’s teaser gives you a first look at Bane as he takes on Wildcat and Batman.

Written by Matt Wayne
Directed by Ben Jones
Review by Andrew
Media provided by Warner Bros. Animation
Deidrich Bader as Batman / Punch
R. Lee Ermey as Wildcat
Billy West as Skeets
Tom Everett Scott as Booster Gold
Michael Dorn as Kru’ll / Bane
Jane Singer as Jewelee / Trung

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

How do you nullify an entire episode? With a decent few minute long teaser, of course. Starting off with Batman chasing a raincoat-clad person, Wildcat is immediately brought in despite his finding the alleged criminal to be not very significant. The elderly hero is quickly, or rather slowly, proved wrong as Bane finally buffs up into his normal appearance. In a short but well done fight, the teaser makes use of Wildcat far better than his full episode - "Enter the Outsiders!" - even came close to.

The rest of the episode is a bit of a rocky premise, as not only has a Booster Gold “woe is me” episode been done by DCAU’s “Justice League Unlimited,” but the “woe is me” hero is a far too common plot used by Brave and the Bold. I have to say, despite these two strikes against it, it’s quite close to a home run. Booster and Skeets make for some real fun, especially as Booster’s origin recalling is frequently contradicted by cuts to what actually happened. What really helps this time around is that we’re not simply introduced to Booster in the middle of a fight, instead we’re brought into the middle of a pitch for a Booster Gold toy line to cynical CEOs. Interestingly, he’s turned down due to not being an “A-list” hero - a term often applied by real life toy company Mattel.

To remedy this, Booster seeks out Batman for a “Brave and the Gold” team-up leaving him to bug Batman in the rarely-seen Batcave. Which, according to him, is not only a public attraction in the 25th century, but even has a rollercoaster inside of it. Future people get all the fun. To Booster’s luck, they team up to thwart the bizarre plot of the primitive yet immortal villain Kru’ll (how cruel is that pun?) voiced by the famous DC voice veteran Michael Dorn. During their first encounter, Kru’ll manages to capture the heroes and prepares to kill them in a device most likely inspired by the Hadron Collider controversy.

They even manage to make even Skeets useful for more than just dialogue fun, the little bot manages to free Booster, but unfortunately is bot-napped shortly afterwards by the burly villain for his power source. Which is then used in a very Grodd-like device, but instead of turning people into gorillas, it turns people in to… cavepeople. The point of that was lost on me, but even though the main villain’s intent wasn’t all that interesting, the episode is quite entertaining. The teaser is better than the main storyline, but overall it’s still an episode to see at least once.

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