Debriefing #34 ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Vol 2 Disk 3

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Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2 Disk 3

Directors: Dick Sebast, Bruce Timm, Boyd Kirkland, Eric Radomski, Frank Paur

Writers: Len Wein, Steve Perry, Mark Saraceni, Paul Dini, Marty Isenberg, Robert N. Skir, Michael Reeves

Note: The following discussion concerns the Animated Series episodes Moon of the Wolf, Day of the Samurai, Terror in the Sky, Almost Got’im, Birds of a Feather, What is Reality?, I am the Night

James: This batch of episodes at first seem rather eclectic: we go from a werewolf story, to a samurai/ninja story in just the first two episodes. It certainly demonstrates the diversity of the show. However, the more I watched this batch, the more I think that what tied this batch of episodes together is that they build off past events from previous episodes. My question to you Edgar is did you like getting followup to previous episodes from TAS, or were you yearning for more episodes that start us off from scratch? Continue reading

Debriefing #30: ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Vol 2 Disk 2

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Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2 Disk 2

Directors: Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur, Kevin Alteri, and Eric Radomski

Writers: Buzz Dixon, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Bynne Stephens, David Wise, Paul Dini, and Cherie Wilkerson

 Note: This is a discussion of the episodes Cat Scratch Fever, The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne, Heart of Steel (Part 1 & 2), If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?, Joker’s Wild, and Tyger, Tyger

Edgar: As we go deeper and deeper into Batman: The Animated Series, more familiar villains are provided additional episodes, while some long forgotten ones receive their share of the spotlight for the first time and still in other cases entirely new foes are brought into the ring to challenge the Dark Knight. This batch of adventures presents a healthy mixture of each scenario, some of which I found to be stronger than others. James, were you more interested in the repeat offenders like The Joker and Catwoman, were you more excited by the first time appearances of old friends like The Riddler and Doctor Strange or did you prefer the entirely new maleficent maniacs we got this time around? Continue reading

Debriefing #28: ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Vol 2 Disk 1

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Batman: The Animated Series Vol 2 Disk 1

Creators: Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm

Directors: Kevin Altieri, Frank Paur, Boyd Kirkland, Bruce Timm, Dick Sebast,

Writers: Beth Bomstein, Elliot S. Maggin, Laren Bright, Michael Reaves, Steve Perry, Paul Dini, Randy Rogel

Note: This discussion covers the episodes Eternal Youth, Perchance to Dream, The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy, Robin’s Reckoning Part 1, Robin’s Reckoning Part 2, The Laughing Fish and Night of the Ninja.

James: After working our way through the first volume of The Animated Series, we’ve gotten the setup for a lot of the characters (with an exception we’ll talk about this time around). As we move into this second volume, we’re getting a lot of repeat customers, especially in the rogue’s gallery. The show is still giving itself some space to explore new characters, but for the most part we’ve got the groundwork set. My question for you is do you think these latest episodes do a good job developing these characters or were you left hoping for more?

Edgar: I’m glad you chose to start the discussion with the topic of developing the characters we’ve already come to know a little bit through the first volume of episodes. The reason being that I was particularly intrigued and in some cases satisfied with where this small collection of episodes took Bruce, Batman, Robin and even one of the villains, Poison Ivy. I don’t know if this was a conscious decision on the part of the writers to string together a series of episodes where viewers got to understand some of the deeper inner workings of these people but in any event it made for a really interesting run of adventures. I very much liked what they did with Poison Ivy in ‘Eternal Youth’, painting her as an even more twisted version of Batman himself. I appreciate it when the writers have the courage to go that deep with the characters. They did it a number of times in the first volume and continue to do so thus far in volume 2. James, were there any particular highs or lows in that regard?

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Debriefing #17: ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Vol 1 Disk 3

Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1 Disk 3
Creators: Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm
Directors: Kevin Altieri, Dick Sebast, Dan Riba, Boyd Kirkland and Frank Paur.
Writers: Sean Catherine Derek, Laren Bright, Richard Mueller, Jules Dennis, Martin Pasko, Dennis O’Flaherty, Tom Ruegger, Garin Wolf, Dennis Marks, Bill Finger, Marv Wolfman, Michael Reaves

Note: This discussion covers the episodes The Cat and the Claw Part 1 & 2, See No Evil, Beware of the Gray Ghost, Prophecy of Doom and Feet of Clay Part 1 & 2. Continue reading

Debriefing #14: ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Vol1 Disk1

Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1 Disk 1
Creators: Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm
Directors: Kevin Altieri, Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur and Ken Butterworth
Writers: Mitch Brian, Tom Ruegger, Paul Dini, Michael Reaves, Henry Gilroy, Sean Catherine Derek, Laren Bright, Carl Swenson, Eddie Gorodetsky, Jules Dennis and richard Muller

Note: This is a discussion of the episodes On Leather Wings, Christmas with The Joker, Nothing to Fear, The Last Laugh, Pretty Poison, The Underdwellers and P.O.V.

Edgar: And now for a refreshing change of pace. James and I enter the world of Batman on television, but before venturing into the Adam West 60s comedic serial, we explore the most widely recognized, most critically acclaimed animated series which aired in the early 1990s. James, there are a lot of things I think we can talk about regarding this show, which holds a special place in many fans’ heart, including yours if I am not mistaken, but I would like to start with a simple question. Given what you and I have talked about since starting Batcave Debriefs, namely, some pretty dark and violent comic stories and Christopher Nolan’s ‘epic’, dramatic conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy, do you find Batman the Animated Series, these first 7 episodes at least, to be on par with what hard core Batman fans should expect, or a watered down version for the kids (notwithstanding that all Batman fans are still kids on the inside)? Continue reading