Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Batman: The Brave and the Bold

I've raved before (and repeatedly) about the sheer awesomeness that is Batman: The Brave and the Bold. But this last week's episode, "Return of the Fearsome Fangs," kicked things up another notch or two.

Things start with Batman back in the days of the old west, teaming up with Jonah Hex to stop the Royal Flush Gang (doubtless the precursors of the modern day supervillains using the name, established in other stories as being a family tradition).

Then we jump to a mountaintop in Asia, to the Wudang Temple, where Master Wong Fei faces off against a group of shadow ninjas led by his former students gone bad, Fox, Vulture, and Shark.

Former student Batman is contacted via astral projection, and picks up his old classmate Bronze Tiger on the way.

Then Fox, Vulture, and Shark get their hands on the "Wudang Totem," get turned into giant anthropomorphic versions of their namesakes, and suddenly it is on like donkey kong.

So to sum up, this is an episode that involves Batman travelling to the old west and back, imagines the Royal Flush Gang as a band of western outlaws, reveals the origin of Batman's mastery of the martial arts (complete with secret temple), and reconfigures the Terrible Trio as kung fu villains. So tell me, is any part of that not completely awesome?

And what do we have in store for this week? Parallel worlds, baby...

By far my favorite so far has been the opening segment of episode seven. I never thought I would get to see Kamandi animated in any form. That just made my day!
Before this episode, the Kamandi opening was my favorite bit, and definitely sums up everything I love about this show. It may still edge out Batman kungfu fighting a giant shark, but it's a close call...
I have only managed to see two episodes so far. I have a photoshop class on Friday Nights and by the time I get home it is already over (and I am one of those weird people who dont have a recording device...)
Well, in looking for those clips above I found a number of whole episodes posted to YouTube, if you're in the mood to catch up (and can get to them before a cease-and-desist pulls them down).

time to plug the computer into the TV and go do some hunting on Youtube!
Newsarama, and probably other places for all I know, just put up a clip from an upcoming episode where Batman has to team up with the Joker against Owlman and the Crime Syndicate. AND, Owlman takes his Batmobile so he has to pull a 1940s style one out of mothballs. I'm almost giddy from writing those sentences.
I've been trying to stay away from the preview clips until after Georgia and I watch the episode, but just the teaser at the tail end of last week's episode was enough to get me to sit up. Blue Bowman? Red Beetle? (Or perhaps Red Scarab, I suppose.) Owlman?! Count me in!

And of course, having used an episode of Powerpuff Girls to teach Georgia all about alternate future distopias, I look forward to the chance to introduce her to the concept of parallel worlds and alternate histories. Thanks, cartoons!
See, cartoons make learning fun. Good to know she's learning the important and useful things. These are the kind of lessons I had to teach myself when I was younger, you are truly a conscientious father. Hope I didn't spoil anything for you with my comment, I can understand wanting to stay away from all of that. Take care.
Oh, don't worry, you didn't spoil anything, Greg. It all just serves to make me wish it was Friday all that much sooner!
Batman: Brave & Bold and The Secret Saturdays make a terrific block of programming. If only my sweetie didn't want to get dinner ready opposite these programs!
That's what Tivo is for, Stu. I'll admit, though, that Georgia and I are getting very anxious to see new episodes of Secret Saturdays.
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