Batman the Animated Series – Review
Batman the Animated Series came out in 1993 and back then I was a young lad in grade three. When I would get home from school my older brother and I would watch this show. Of course being young I only enjoyed the show because of its action and how Batman would bring the wrong-doers to justice. Some episodes had me slightly frightened as well due to the suspense levels. Now many years later as an adult I enjoy the series a hundred times more but from a different viewpoint. When I watched the series for the first time after so many years I couldn’t help but get the feeling of nostalgia swelling up in my chest. Going back to wonderful childhood memories in itself rekindled my love for the series but I soon started to appreciate it for a lot more reasons. Viewing this show as an adult I would be hooked on the various plots, sharp dialogue, and action. I believe this series is one of the best television shows of all time.
The first reason I love this series is because of the plots. There are many episodes where the solution isn’t obvious right from the start, so you actually can go through a guessing game before the episode ends. I especially love the plots in this series because some of them deal with societal issues. It’s good to see a show that doesn’t have to solely be based on epic battles of hero and villain. Some episodes in fact don’t even have super villains in them, for example the episode called Appointment in Crime Alley. In that episode the plot revolves around a corrupt businessman’s scheme to build a super mall on a city block that belongs to the impoverished. Since the city disapproved his plans, the businessman hires explosive experts to make it look like the block blew up due to a gas line rupture- leaving the city no choice but to approve his plan as a repair to the destruction that would befall the city. This episode deals with issues such as poverty, Darwinism, and corporate oppression. There are many other examples but even this one example demonstrates how rich the plot of the series is.
The second reason I enjoy this series is for the dialogue. The level of language used in the series would fly passed children but strike a chord with teen and adult audiences. The dialogue is another reason that makes the series appeal to older audiences. In the episode called Dreams in Darkness the amygdala region of the brain is referenced, I’m sure not a lot of children know what an amygdala is. Another example of mature dialogue is in the two-part episode Robin’s Reckoning where Batman adopts the young Robin after he lost his parents to a circus accident. The two characters share an intimate and heart-felt talk where they both relate to losing their parents and how they must deal with the pain. There is no doubt that this series has some well written dialogue.
The final reason I love this serious is for the action. There are enough chase scenes, interrogation scenes, and gritty battles to keep you entertained. Some of the best battles are against the Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Two-Face. There are also battles with other villains the series made popular like the Clock King, Clayface, and a whole host of villains that only made single appearances. There is enough action in this series to keep you at the edge of you seat.
Yes the series like any other series has good and bad episodes. There are some episodes of Batman the Animated Series better left forgotten but still worth watching. The series was best during the first 3 seasons but season 4 is also worth watching. Batman The Animated Series was the show that started stories that would continue later in other series like Superman the Animated Series, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. The series may be old but the action is entertaining and the stories are still relevant to today’s world. I believe that Batman The Animated Series is one of the best shows of all time because it combines together a fair share of sharp dialogue, intriguing plots, and a good level of action.