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- Episode: Toxic (Season 1, Episode 6)
- Starring: (Voices) Anthony Ruivivar, J.B. Blanc, Jeff Bennett, Cree Summer, Adam Baldwin
- Written By: Erin Maher and Kathryn Reindl
- Directed By: Curt Geda
- Network: Cartoon Network
- Studio: Warner Brothers Animation
BEWARE THE BATMAN: TOXIC REVIEW
Love and Revenge
By Johnny Destructo
August 21, 2013
Whoa-Ho-Hey, Bruce is making out with a gal named Sapphire! Way to go Brucie! Wait. Why is Bruce wearing that uniform? Is he a security guard? Simon Stagg used to be Bruce's boss? What is this, a flash-back? Alternate universe Bruce Wayne?
OH. Whups. That's Rex Mason. The character modelers really need to work a little harder to differentiate some of these faces!
We are 6 episodes in and we are finally starting to get some recurring characters beyond just the main ones! This show was starting to get the freak-of-the-week feeling. You know what I mean: our three main characters Bruce, Alfred and Tatsu meet and take down a completely different villain every episode? That would be lame, if continued any longer. Thankfully though, some previously seen characters are returning, such as Simon Stagg and Dr. Ravencroft.
Last episode, I was complaining about the lack of emotion or depth and this one more than made up for it! Rex and Sapphire Stagg are in love, but she's the daughter of wealthy douche-nozzle Simon Stagg (from the first episode), and Rex is just a lowly security guard. Can their love overcome financial class differences? More importantly, can their love overcome his hideous new Colors Of Benetton monster form? Sigh, we've all been there. So yeah, of course anyone who knows the name Rex Mason, knows that Metamorpho can't be far behind. Ole Morphin' Mason can manipulate the elements and change his form! Why doesn't he change his form to look human? I don't know, dear reader! Because they SAY so, that's why! Quit asking your pesky questions.
Speaking of which, the Metamorpho effects were pretty awesome! This is one time the digital animation style really worked in the show's favor. The electricity and the fog/mist effects were nicely done!
As for Dr. Ravencroft…it seems she has an eye on our favorite Genius Millionaire Playboy Philanthropist (or second favorite, at least). Bruce has to keep hanging up on her and standing her up during this episode, but boy is she persistent! She seems to be reporting to someone and setting Bruce up for a trap. What is she up to, and who is she being controlled by? Dun dun dunnnn! I guess we'll find out next time, same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel.
Oh hey! There's the Dharma Initiative logo from the tv show LOST! Sort of. It's on the door to the building where Bruce buys some Bovine hormones to try to need less sleep.
"I'm not flustered. …….I'm not."
There's a really nice bit of "camera" work where Metamorpho is running away from Batman and the camera follows him as he leaps up a building. It's not a regular medium shot, it stays tight on him and his perspective as he jumps. Pretty cool.
The bit with the laser batons was awesome! Electrical Dragon Breath Go!
I've never understood why in the world, when someone is under water, they would only raise their FIST out of the water. It seems to be a Batman staple, in fact! I remember Jack Nicholson's Joker doing the same thing in the 1989 Batman film. "He's been under that water for a long time, why is he only raising his hand out of the water? It's not like anyone else is there! Shouldn't he be gasping for air?"
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