I've gotten a lot of enjoyment out of this show, not just because of its Crazy Awesome
, Rule Of Fun
style, but because, despite cries of Ruined Forever
about embracing the Silver Age
instead of Batman The Animated Series
, characterization is still a pretty large part of the show. I've grown fond of several of the guest stars that I couldn't have cared less about previously; Aquaman has finally developed an identity separate from his Super Friends
incarnation or his Namor-knockoff origins; and one-time B-lister Gentleman Ghost is practically the Big Bad
of the series. After seeing what they did with GG, I was looking forward to what they would do with Equinox, an awesomely creepy Canon Foreigner
. Unfortunately, what seems to be his final appearance was my first real disappointment with the show.
This Batman/Dr. Fate team-up is a bit lacking. Equinox is revealed to be explicitly mystical in origin, but doing so robs him of his mystique. He's not the only one to suffer: devoting most of the episode to Equinox's origin and motivation leaves Doctor Fate with very little time to establish a personality. I never got to know the Doctor, so the Aesop about him being too set in his ways compared to Batman came out of the blue, IMHO.
It would have been awesome to see the separate heroes deal with the unraveling of space-time in their own way, so including them as mere props for Batman have a All Your Powers Combined
moment seems a waste. This season-finale material would've been best as a two-parter, letting us get both the raw, unprocessed awesomeness, and some better characterization. While there are bright spots (carnivorous Stegosaurs in the streets! Kaiju-Batman vs Kaiju-Equinox!), this episode strikes me as a Missed Moment Of Awesome
that was rushed by the time constraints.
Admittedly, the above can be dismissed as mere nitpicking. However, they are all outweighed by what I consider to be a Wall Banger
. It involves the ending, and I can't use spoiler tags, but it's my real issue with the episode. I guess I'll post in the comments section, so PRESS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
This episode is not Jump The Shark
material, but it is
a low point, and the writers can do better.