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The Color of Revenge!
Original Airdate - May 22nd, 2009
Batman and Robin team up again, but it's not like it always was--there was a reason Robin left to go work on his own. As Crazy Quilt comes after Robin for revenge, all the dirty laundry comes out between the dynamic duo!

Written by Todd Casey
Directed by Michael Chang
Animation by Digital eMation
Review by Andrew
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Deidrich Bader as Batman / Solomon Grundy
Jeremy Shada as Young Robin
Jeffrey Tambor as Crazy Quilt / Green / Red
Sean Donnellan as Officer / Blue
Cranford Wilson as Robin

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

What’s this? A silhouette pair of unmasked heroes? A sliding door revealing a secret passageway? Starting off with some of the most prominent references to the Adam West and Burt Ward days, this teaser immediately pulls you in to enjoy the classic Batman and Robin team-up. This time to battle the colors-obsessed villain Crazy Quilt. Unfortunately, this is where the episode begins it’s slow but definite downfall. Batman and Robin exchange puns and taunts with Crazy Quilt as they have to dodge a tank outfitted with a strange rainbow-beam weapon that never really comes off as threatening. Oddly, Crazy Quilt meets a blinding defeat when Robin uses a mirror to reflect the beam back towards the villain, and he’s overwhelmed with the light. This is actually rather problematic, though, as we just saw the beam bounce off a mirror surface and destroy what it was reflected to - meaning Crazy Quilt should’ve lost more than his sight. The teaser ends with the dynamic duo happy as usual with their dual defeat of the maniacal villain.

Sadly, none of that is reflected to the rest of the episode. As it starts off with a slightly more interesting use of Solomon Grundy than the teaser of “Night of the Huntress!” Robin - now sole protector of Bludhaven - responds to the police call for “big back-up” and takes no time in defeating Grundy, all the while sporting a rather unique and underrated costume based on his Earth-2 appearance. Fans are quite split on the costume design, but I find it to be one of the few good things about this episode. After the defeat of Grundy, Robin speeds off on his cycle and randomly goes into an angsty narration.. Somehow despite the fun antics in the teaser, Batman and Robin don’t see eye-to-eye anymore. This is a well-known aspect of Batman lore as Dick Grayson grew out of the sidekick persona, but just comes off as ridiculously contrived here. We’re not offered any significant context as to why there is this divide, and really seems to depend on your already being familiar with the story. This is an absolutely horrible approach, as it will leave any new audience members baffled to why the legendary Robin seems to be a superhero manifestation of Linkin Park tracks.

As Batman forces the pair to team up, they go after Crazy Quilt and they’re both certain that he is out for revenge. Now, if you’ve been following this series closely then you’ll be left wondering why this is such a big deal when Crazy Quilt was already on the loose in “Day of the Knight!” As the writers have done, however, let’s just ignore this and move on. To counter-balance and attempt to justify Robin’s angst, the writers have turned Batman into an utter jerk which never comes off as wholly convincing, and simply leaves Robin appearing to be nothing more than a spoiled brat. Certainly not deserving of his own solo role - which he already has, and apparently never asked Batman why he was sent to Bludhaven.

An unfortunate side-effect, though, as Crazy Quilt comes off as simply an after-thought to the Boy Whiner dynamic. Despite being voiced by the legendary Jeffrey Tambor, he never seems of real significance, especially as his role is simply repeated from the teaser. Combine that with the ignored first appearance from “Day of the Knight,” and you have a completely disappointing villain, for an almost completely disappointing episode. I recommend just watching the teaser.

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