Fate of Equinox!
Airdate - November 13th, 2009
Batman has his final battle with the
balance-obsessed villain Equinox as the maniac
tries to remake the universe in his own image.
Written by Joseph Kuhr
Directed by Michael
Animation by MOI Animation
Review by Andrew
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Diedrich Bader as Batman
John DiMaggio as
Greg Ellis as Dr. Fate
Tom Kenny as Plastic Man
Remar as Two Face
James Arnold Taylor as NABU
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis,
Making his debut in the Brave and the Bold world (aside
from Bat-Mite’s acid trip), Two-Face is brought into the
action with the best use of his split personality I’ve
seen in a long time. Batman is cornered by Two-Face and
his random goons, but due to the coin’s flip landing in
favor of Face’s goons not killing Batman, Two-Face is
compelled to help out our nocturnal hero by beating up
his own goons. It’s quite easily one of the best teasers
of season 2, if not both seasons so far.
Fortunately, in a move to get us out of the trade-off
rut where only the teaser is great while the rest of the
episode disappoints - or vice versa - the main story is
equally as great. Part of that greatness is finally
making significant use of Equinox, and even pointing out
the flaws with such a character themselves. Batman is
teamed up with Dr. Fate for the second time of the show
in order to battle this strange villain. An interesting
note; Equinox is voiced by Oded Fehr, whom previously
voiced Dr. Fate on “Justice League Unlimited.” Batman
faces off against Equinox at a Mayan temple where we
shockingly see Equinox fall to his doom - or at least
his mortal doom. When they realize that the fabric of
time and space has begun to rip apart, Batman and Dr.
Fate seek the wisdom of Order and Chaos; his masters.
Through them, Fate and Batman learn that they were the
creators of Equinox, but he has begun far more powerful
than they’re able to fight.
Luckily, the writers
didn’t feel a need to give Dr. Fate a relapse of
self-pity from his previous episode, and instead remains
a great part of the episode throughout. Of course, he’s
not powerful to take on Equinox by himself, so they call
upon various previously-appearing heroes in order to
borrow their powers to give to a single hero.
Predictably, Batman is chosen. Strangely, some of the
heroes chosen don’t really have powers of their own, but
are rather technologically driven - although these
abilities are still adapted to “Batmonolith” (to quote
Plastic Man). Through this, he eventually manages to
defeat Equinox - hopefully once and for all. Although an
interesting villain - especially after finally being
given a coherent purpose - every decent thing of this
episode (excluding the teaser) would be cheapened by any
further use of Equinox. Mostly because Equinox’s end
came from finally realizing that he himself wasn’t a
balanced being, and thus his existence - and purpose -
was flawed. Highly recommend!
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