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The Siege of Starro! Part 2
Original Airdate - September 24th, 2010
Star Conqueror may be defeated, but Faceless Hunter is not! The alien warrior manipulates B'Wana Beast, forcing him to combine the tiny starros into one massive beast he plans to use to destroy the planet! But Batman has his own back-up -- the Metal Men!

Written by Joe Kuhr
Directed by Michael Goguen
Animation by Digital eMation, Inc.
Review by Andrew
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Cast
Diedrich Bader as Batman
Dee Bradley Baker as Star Conqueror
Jeff Bennett as Captain Marvel
Corey Burton as Doc Magnus
John DiMaggio as Faceless Hunter / Aquaman
Lex Lang as Alloy / Gold
Kevin Michael Richardson as B'Wana Beast
Tom Everett Scott as Booster Gold
Tara Strong as Billy Batson
Billy West as Skeets

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


Video Clip



Review
Once again ditching the usual teaser format, this second part to the long awaited Siege of Starro attempts to give us insight into the origin of B’Wana Beast as recounted by him, as he’s held in captivity by Starro’s herald, “Faceless Hunter.” Unfortunately, I ended up more bored than enlightened due to the lack of actual details into his origin, such as why a mask-wearing Gorilla was so liked by the local humans that they even lifted it on their shoulders which doesn’t seem an easy feat, or why the mask was so important. It was subtly grim to see his powers originate from a jungle’s toxic water supply, but it would have been nice to have been given an actual reason as to why his entire drive and eventual heroic outcome was so important. Instead, the exposition given was only a vague monologue about what drives other heroes in their origins.

Despite being a two parter, the “siege” of Starro doesn’t last very long. Defeated in the last episode, Starro remains pretty much defeated through most of this episode, with the primary focus being on B’Wana Beast. It’s a strange shift in focus, especially since B’Wana Beast has been very limited in appearances through the one and a half. Starro does eventually become resurrected from his dead or dormant state and begin to wreak havoc once more, prompting a welcome cameo by the team of allied alloys, The Metal Men. I’ve gained a bit of fondness for them due to this series and highly enjoyed seeing them return, especially with some new tricks up their sleeves. Although it was actually a little surprising just how much they became involved since the rest of the heroic cameos were generally pretty brief, almost feeling as though their involvement was planned before most anything else in the episode.

As I said, though, the episode really shifted the focus of the titular character, Starro, to really featuring the insight of what is to be a hero from the perspective of B’Wana Beast as he deals with Faceless Hunter by himself through most of the episode. As disappointing as the attempt of his origin was in the teaser, it really was a redundant effort as you sympathize with B’Wana anyway through his present time struggle; they easily could have used the teaser for something else and it wouldn’t have taken anything away from him. However, the ending makes up for the rather boring beginning as it takes an unexpected, and quite heartbreaking, twist that is more of a shocking note to end on than I anticipated the episode would be capable of. While it’s not something that hasn’t happened in Brave and the Bold beforehand, it certainly hasn’t had the same impact, especially given the events of the previous episode, “Gorillas in the Midst.”

Overall, it’s disappointing and great at the same time. The hype that they built up for Starro over a trilogy of teasers was fantastic, and kept me eagerly anticipating what would happen, but this felt something of a half-hearted effort that was made all the more disappointing by a ludicrous length of time as I waited for it air. When you expect a character to go on a dual part “siege,” you don’t exactly expect their invasion to go out with a fizzle and nary a consequence. In fact, Starro didn’t really do anything significant aside from cause some expensive damage to a stadium, all of the actual significance was between Faceless Hunter and B’Wana Beast. It should have been called “The Siege of Faceless Hunter while Starro Annoys the Populace!” Still, the two parter is worth a watch for some decent action, a plethora of familiar heroes and some first appearances, and the heartwrenching fate of one of them.

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