A Bat Divided!
Original Airdate - February 5th, 2010
A school field trip goes awry when Dr. Double X
causes a lab explosion that fuses slacker science teacher Ronnie
to his genius pupil Jason, creating the reluctant hero
Firestorm...and unbeknownst them, it leaves Batman divided into
Written by Thomas Pugsley Directed by Ben
Jones Animation by Digital eMation Inc.
Review by Andrew
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Diedrich Bader as Batman Tom Everett Scott as
Booster Gold John Michael Higgins as Riddler
Tyler James Williams as Firestorm, Jason Bill
Fagerbakke as Ronnie Greg Ellis as Computer
Voice/Cavalier/Nuclear Engineer Ron Perlman
as Double X/Dr. Ecks
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis,
Batmanís classic cache of villains have certainly been
left in the backseat when it comes to Brave and the
Bold, but they eventually make their way in. This time
itís the notorious quirky quiz master, The Riddler,
finding his debut - after since season 1ís manifestation
in ďLegend of the Dark Mite!Ē Unfortunately, itís only a
mere teaser that he gets to debut in, and in this he has
our Dark Knight captured with his life relying on
Booster Goldís knowledge. You have to hand it to the
Riddler, thatís a pretty certain death trap. Well,
almost certain. Itís a mostly entertaining teaser in
general, but itís disappointing in a couple of ways.
First, itís somewhat disheartening to see the Riddler
underused, as the character really hasnít had much of a
decent romp in animated form since the good olí days of
Batman: The Animated Series. Secondly, thereís Booster
Gold. Booster himself is the usual fun with his
egocentric quirkiness, but itís not the same without the
presence of Skeets. Skeets is seen, but never gets to
speak due to, admittedly, a hilarious use of mere cloth
in order to gag the poor thing, despite the lack of a
mouth. Overall, itís fun, but nothing spectacular.
The same is pretty much true for the main story, in
which weíre introduced to not only the strange villain
Dr. Eckz, and his literally split personality Double-X,
as well the flame-headed hero known as Firestorm. Each
of these characters is pretty well done, but the episode
doesnít entirely sit well with me. Its use of people
dividing and recombining seems inconsistent and a bit
lazily random each time that itís involved. For example,
Jason Rusch being given the Firestorm costume by Batman,
only to have it disappear, and reappear, when it really
shouldnít have disappeared in the first place. The use
Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch at the same time is done
in an interesting way, but itís strange that Ronnie
isnít the first Firestorm.
Despite having issues
with the story and its plot devices, the episode is
still an entertaining watch in regard to character
usage. Ronnie and Jasonís clashing in personality, and
the mixture of serious, slacker and steroids Batmans
never comes off as too cheesy.or comedically pandersome,
both situations are well executed. Furthermore, the
depiction of Firestormís abilities is undeniably cool.
The episode also gains significant bonus points for
sneaking in the original Star Trek seriesí ambient
bridge sound effect for Batmanís radiation scanner.
Overall, itís not amazing, but still a fun episode.
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