Journey to the Center of the Bat!

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Plasticman and Elongated Man

Plasticman and Elongated Man

I… wut? Like I said in my previous review, Batman: The Brave and the Bold can be a bit of a hit or miss. And apparently when it is a hit it is a hit, and when it is a miss it is a miss. “Journey to the Center of the Bat!” was quite… off.

The mini-team ups at the beginning of each episode are a nice way to introduce characters to the series, and get a little bit of comedy in as well. That’s no different here, when Plasticman and Elongated Man take on Babyface. Plasticman is dead on, as he was in previous episodes, but Elongated Man sounds a bit like he should be throwing dinner parties on Martha’s Vineyard or the Hamptons. The two spend the fight arguing over which one of them Batman likes working with better. Huh. I mean they, they’ve both got similar powers, but… that’s a bit odd.

The main story kicks off with Aquaman calling in the Atom, Dr. Ryan Choi, when Batman is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation from Chemo. But something is off with this incarnation of the Atom. He sounds like a Andy Dick with a PHD, with a very loose lisp.

You can only imagine my amusement as he spouted off phrases such as:

“As the Atom I can shrink to the size of a sub-atomic particle and ride electrons through the phone wires.”

“I’m a phyicist!”

“Specifically fast-replicating monoclinic philosilicates.”

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Basically anything with an “s” sound in it is worth a laugh. While Atom and Aquaman shrink down to tackle Chemo’s virus within Batman, Bats goes after the creature to discover who is behind it.

Overall, not a particularly enthralling episode, and the mischaracterization of the Atom left me with a… weird taste in my mouth. The villain was meh, and the heroes shrinking and takin a trip into Batman to zap some bug-virus things has been done before. Atom does do other things! Believe it or not though, Aquaman is growing on me. He’s so oddly Silver Age that you can’t help but grin.

Next time: Despero wipes out the Green Lantern Corps, and Batman must team with the few remaining ring-bearers to bring him down.

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2 Responses to “Journey to the Center of the Bat!”

  1. gokitalo Says:

    Man, sounds like they flubbed their chance to give the new Atom a much-needed boost. Sure, his series was cancelled a while ago, but this was DC’s chance to show how cool Ryan Choi could be!

    Oh well. At least the show handles the new Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes, well. And next week’s episode sounds pretty interesting…

  2. spiffyithaca Says:

    This was the first episode I’ve seen, and clearly, it’s not the best one to start on.

    Aquaman must’ve been a joke during the Silver Age, because he was laughable in this episode. And yes, I loved it because he was hilarious (I’m assuming it was on purpose), but it’s really not the greatest way to characterize Aquaman unless he’s only going to appear for comic relief or as a ridiculous sideshow.

    Basically, this was a mediocre episode of the Magic School Bus.

    The beginning with Babyface and the strecho’s was the highlight of the episode, which is sad, since it came in the first two minutes.

    I need to see the BB episode.

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