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When Omac Attacks!
Original Airdate - October 16th, 2009
The all-American fighting machine OMAC is pitted against the equally destructive Shrapnel in a chaotic fight to the finish, but the architect behind the battle is the mysterious, balance-obsessed villain Libra.

Written by Stan Berkowitz
Directed by Brandon Vietti
Animation by Dong Woo Animation Co., Ltd.
Review by Andrew
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Cast
Diedrich Bader as Batman
Dee Bradley Baker as Brother Eye / Operative / Dove
Jeff Bennett as Buddy / OMAC
Greg Ellis as Hawk / Kafka / Shrapnel
Oded Fehr as Equinox
Keone Young as Operative

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

Video Clips


Review
This episode’s teaser is interesting because it doesn’t tie into the main story whatsoever, but it shares a similar theme; the conflict of Good vs. Evil. Of course, they both handle it in fairly different ways, but it was - as I said - interesting. Unfortunately, it’s the only interesting aspect of the entire teaser. This time around Batman is paired, or rather, tripled up with the brotherly duo Hawk and Dove. The problem, though, is that neither one is characterized well. The only one that is given a worthwhile attempt is Dove, but only for brief moments. They accompany Batman to bring two warring factions to peace, but it’s never really explained why or how they’re supposed to do this. All we get to see is the pair of the brothers trying to one-up each other, and eventually Batman solves everything off screen. The teaser ends with the brothers still fighting, leaving the entire thing with absolutely no point other than a contrived and pointless usage of two random heroes.

The main story fares far better, despite being incredibly random itself. Starting off with Batman being questioned by two faceless people, apparently leaders of the “Global Peace Agency,” we’re then introduced to a bumbling janitor that is apparently Batman’s partner for the episode. As baffled as we are, Batman questions this and is shown that his new, clumsy, horrible-accented partner is transformed via satellite into the One-Man Army Corps; OMAC. Personally, I would have liked to see an updated, far more interesting look for the character than the classic version as the over-active cheesiness factor of his appearance tends to be distracting, but I digress. OMAC and Batman set off to stop a random General that is supposedly a War Criminal. Incredibly quickly, they’re at the General’s base and OMAC makes no hesitation to attack. Batman, however, becomes distracted by the appearance of the mysterious Equinox; last seen with the worst attempt at a death-trap ever. Equinox goes into his usual shtick of explaining his existence is to leave things balanced, and that he is the one to set all of this into motion. Batman, like us, eventually grows bored of Equinox’s speech and finally joins the fight, just in time to stop OMAC from attempting to kill the General. This causes OMAC to accidentally destroy the factory, unleashing the General’s unexplained goop and transforming the random villain into an even more random super-villain named Shrapnel.

At this point, the episode feels as though it has hit an unredeemable low-point, due to it’s lack of any explanation to anything such as the GPA, the General, or even why OMAC tried to kill the General. The episode never really explains anything, but it does get slightly better as they return to the GPA so Batman can be scorned without any explanation why OMAC isn’t getting the scorning instead. Shrapnel manages to make it to the GPA to begin an attack, which quickly leaves Batman and OMAC not only split on strategies, but split on the fight as, yet again, Equinox shows up to chat up Batman. Nothing significant is ever truly revealed, except that Equinox seems to have supernatural powers. Eventually Batman again grows bored of Equinox’s ramblings and joins the fight again, only to find that OMAC and Shrapnel are battling it out at a nuclear planet - which they’ve also damaged to the point of threatening the city with a meltdown. Batman sets off to stop the meltdown, meanwhile OMAC decides for no real reason that letting Shrapnel tire out is the best course of action. Somehow he turns out to be right, and defeats the fatigued villain just in time for the satellite to lose power, and he returns to his naïve, clumsy personality. Not wanting to leave Batman in a fight, he runs to help him against the now uber-being Equinox. Batman uses this distraction to take care of the meltdown, with absolutely no explanation given as to how. Despite that, he pushes on into toxic radiation that nearly kills him - quite the high point of the episode, actually, to see Batman do something like that. Of course, there is the ex dues machina in the form of Equinox to heal him - supposedly for balance - and then he disappears. The episode is left with an allusion to a more important Equinox storyline, and unfortunately no explanations whatsoever to anything that went on in the episode. Due to this, what could have been a great episode is left moderate because everything seemed too random, and/or convenient throughout it. It probably should have been a 2-parter, but despite that, I have to say it was entertaining enough to deserve a watch.

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