Harley Quinn – S2 Ep8 – Inner (Para) Demons Review

Director: Tom DeRosier

Writer: Tom Hyndman

Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Ron Funches, Andy Daly, Tony Hale, Christopher Meloni, Matt Oberg, Alan Tudyk, Briana Cuoco, Michael Ironside, Jessica Walter

Gordo And The Kiss

“Inner (Para) Demons” finds Harls and Ivy reeling from the kiss seen (and felt) around the world. Each of them is dealing with the resulting emotions in their own way but as one might expect from these two… it isn’t a walk in the park.

Let’s hop right in and see what this episode has in store for everyone.

I’m An F Maybe

“Inner (Para) Demons” starts us off with Harley and Ivy both discussing the kiss and what it meant for them. While Ivy’s supremely easy going about everything and moves on about her day, Harley isn’t dealing with it in the best way. Ivy goes on to lunch with Kite Man’s parents, who are definitely not what she was expecting. Harls, however, is tired of not being seen as a proper villain. Batgirl hammers the final nail that snaps Harley into gear. This excites Dr. Psycho, in more ways than one, but the rest of the gang – King Shark and Clayface – aren’t as thrilled at the prospect of standing in front of Darkseid, voiced by Michael Ironside. Harley must prove that she’s worthy of an army, and we get another amazing character Granny Goodness, voiced by Jessica Walter.In an episode where everyone seems to have something to prove, lines are being drawn and it remains to be seen who’s brave enough to cross them. What will become not only of the crew, but New Gotham? What’s going to happen between Harley and Ivy? Guess we will have to wait to find out, eh?

Tattoos Of Memories Past

The writing by Tom Hyndman is absolutely brilliant in this episode. There are many visual puns, and two stuck out hard for me. The first is when we get a glimpse of Commissioner Gordon’s arm and see the tattoo of Clayface’s hand with a “Never Forgotten” ribbon. The second is an absolutely stellar costume change for Harley, that’s quite reminiscent of a popular anime series heroine. Loved it!
On another note, there’s so much more added to the relationships in this episode. Ivy standing up for Kite Man is beautiful, as it shows just how much she’s grown, in just this season alone. I do believe this episode is one of my favorites this season. I mean when you bring in Michael Ironside and Jessica Walter to do voice work it’s just a squee fest.

Conclusion

The entire team that works on Harley Quinn throws so much into every single episode. “Inner (Para) Demons” is no slouch in the wow category. I for one look forward to every new instalment, especially with all the cliffhangers.

Harley Quinn – S2 Ep7 – There’s No Place To Go But Down Review

Directed by: Colin Heck

Written by: Adam Stein

Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Christopher Meloni, Matt Oberg, James Adomian, Briana Cuoco, Andy Daly, George Lopez and Brad Morris

This Is A Safe Space

“There’s No Place To Go But Down” came to us this past Friday, and was definitely intent on shaking a few things up. Whether they’ll be for the good of Harley and her gang remains to be seen, but the die has been cast and we definitely got a lot to take in.

Let’s dive in!

Mile High Kite Club

Harley and Ivy find themselves in a bit of a pickle, as Two-Face and Bane put them on trial for the murder of The Penguin. Though with Man-Bat as an attorney and with no interpreter around, it was a pretty stacked trial overall, even with an unbiased Bane. Our girls think everything will be a breeze, as they’ve broken out of Arkham bazillions of times. Their laughter quickly turns to angst though, as they realize they’re being taken to Bane’s Pit for rehabilitation. Underground and no plant life to speak of, the girls quickly try to plan an escape using George Lopez of all people.

Meanwhile, Barbara Gordon is dealing with her Father’s demons. Gordon has been down in the dumps since losing the GCPD and has become a bit of a lush. Neither Babs or Batgirl have been able to help so far with helping Jim regain his once valiant spirit. When Two-Face threatens Jim on his home territory will it be enough to help him snap back? Or have we lost that good cop to the blues forever?

Dime Store Sushi

So much happens in “There’s No Place To Go But Down” that it’s almost hard to keep up. We’re treated to not only an amazing main story, but a sub-plot that more than keeps up the pace. We also get an immense helping of Bane in this episode. So much so that it’s definitely a treat. With some of the voice cast pulling double duty this episode, we also get Matt Oberg voicing Killer Croc. Then we get the unexpected treat of a vocal cameo of George Lopez playing himself. No spoilers here, ladies and gents, but the ending is the complete and utter icing on the cake.

Conclusion

Each week delivers my new favorite episode. The writers have done a stellar job at keeping the show not only relevant but relatable. The voice cast makes these characters live and breathe, but like with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as legendary versions of Batman and Joker, they are going to embody and become the voices we hear when reading the comics. This episode adds yet another layer of depth to the show and is wholly enjoyable.

I’ll see you here for the next review!

Harley Quinn – S2 Ep6 – All The Best Inmates Have Daddy Issues Review

Director: Juan Meza-Leon

Writer: Jamiesen Borak

Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Tony Hale, Jim Rash, Alan Tudyk, Lake Bell, Christopher Meloni, Diedrich Bader, Andy Daly

Can I Count On Your Vote?

“All The Best Inmates Have Daddy Issues” most certainly gets the mascara running. So, I guess that Ivy and Joker have more in common than just Harley eh? Last week we got more insight into Batman’s life, now the ladies take center stage.

The Nature Of Things

The girls are out on the town when they encounter a retrograde Joker, who seems to have no memory of the duo. Ivy suggests just ending the issue permanently, but Harley opts for a stroll down memory lane, swearing that people can change. Reminiscing back to when Dr. Quinzel first arrived at Arkham Asylum, and Harley tried to persuade Ivy of her logic. We get the treat of seeing some of Gotham’s most notable characters in a new light, with plenty of laughs thrown in.

Mr. Dent, You Can’t Burn Inmates

“All The Best Inmates Have Daddy Issues” is another shining example of just how genius this team is, from top to bottom. It contains a perfect mix of pun work and dry humor. Foreshadowing and homages abound in this juicy bite of an episode. It’s a genuine pleasure to watch this cast work, and the depth that this series has shines stunningly in this episode. Like Shrek says, “It’s all about layers”, something Harley Quinn takes to heart.

Conclusion

I am always amazed at just how real this show can get and how they make you root for their villains. Actually, even that doesn’t quite sum it up, they’re able to give a complete 360-degree view of the spectrum their characters fall upon. We get to see that both camps have a human side, and as a fellow creator, that just feels like the biggest compliment that I can give to this series.

Harley Quinn – S2 Ep5 – Batman’s Back, Man Review

Written By: Sarah Nevada Smith

Directed By: Juan Meza-Leon

Starring: Kaley Cuoco (Credit Only), James Adomian, Diedrich Bader, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Briana Cuoco, Andy Daly, Tom Hollander, Phil LaMarr, Vanessa Marshall, Christopher Meloni

Broken In Two

“Batman’s Back Man” gives us respite from the tear-jerking heartbreaker of last week’s “Thawing Hearts.” We take a step back from Harley and the gang, and focus instead on Gotham’s Dark Knight and how he’s been doing in the wake of New Gotham.

No Big Boy Chair

Whatever happened to Batman, after Gotham went to hell last season? We knew he’d been found, but the question of how wasn’t answered until this episode. Bruce has awoken from a coma to find out that the Gotham he knew and loved has changed. Struggling with his injuries and his vow to protect the city leads to Alfred, voiced by Tom Hollander, trying to talk him out of forgoing healing and jumping right back into the suit.

After a visit from Gordon, Bruce gets to see just what’s been happening in his city, including Gotham’s new crime fighters stepping up; characters like Batgirl and newcomer to the scene, Macaroni.

Meanwhile, Two-Face and Bane deal with the loss of membership in of the Legion of Doom. Rumors lead to the two teaming up to fight the heroes and maintain their hold over their respective parts of Gotham. Bane starts to see, however, that not all is how it seems with Two-Face, then things get a bit chaotic. With Bruce struggling with wanting to be Batman again, it remains to be seen just what will become of New Gotham and whether the caped crusader will survive.

Fandom Dreams

“Batman’s Back Man” has so many enjoyable moments, but some of my favorites are with the newly introduced characters like Lucius Fox, voiced by Phil LaMarr. It’s Alfred that absolutely steals the show, though. His humor and obvious fatherly love for Bruce make this episode so enjoyable. Also, we get to see Bane in an entirely different light, but still cannot help but cheer him on as his behavior is justifiable.

Also, getting the toxic fandom scenes at the beginning and the end of the episode was hilarious. Brian and Ian give off some pretty familiar vibes, regardless of the fandom. Bravo. Harley Quinn has given us so many memorable moments, and this gem of an episode is no different.

Conclusion

While the gang may have been getting a break, “Batman’s Back Man” was of the same great standard as all the previous episodes, and fully deserves the same kudos. The voice actors make the beloved characters of Gotham City real and relatable, in ways that are always a delight to watch. Of course, we also get a heady mix of humor and life lessons.

Harley Quinn – S2 Ep4 – Thawing Hearts Review

Writer: Tom Hyndman

Director: Vinton Heuck

Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Matt Oberg, Ron Funches, Tony Hale, Alan Tudyk, Rachel Dratch, Alfred Molina

Vile Pocket-Sized Man

“Thawing Hearts”, the newest episode of Harley Quinn, packs a hard-hitting, ice cold punch. When we last left the gang, Harley was plotting her revenge on Mr. Freeze by obtaining Firefly’s gun with Ivy and Catwoman. Now the time has come for her revenge to come full circle, as we stand outside of the proverbial snowglobe that Freeze has created in his part of New New Gotham.

All set? Let’s Fly!

OMG… It’s Beyonce!

Having used Firefly’s gun to construct an artistic entrance into Mr. Freeze’s lair, Harley, along with King Shark, Clayface, and Dr. Psycho, make their way through the main entrance to face Mr. Freeze. Meanwhile, Ivy tours a venue with Kite Man for their upcoming wedding. Harley and the gang don’t make it too far before they find themselves the captives of Mr. Freeze. He explains to them just what he is trying to accomplish and when Harley calls him out on it, she gets far more than she bargained for, and only Ivy may be able to help save the day.

During this episode Ivy also learns more about her fiance’s nemesis. We get treated to yet another character, Condiment King (also voiced by Alan Tudyk) who’s trying to ruin the wedding venue of Kite Man’s dreams. “Thawing Hearts” comes with many lessons and even deeper connections to the characters we’ve all come to know and love.

Cheese And Crackers

Victor Fries’ story has always been, and still is, one of my Gotham villain favorites, ever since I first met him in Batman The Animated series. His story always struck me as different because he didn’t have any of the black or white qualities of just being nefarious, or only wanting chaos. All his plots and schemes had to do with one thing, and one thing only. Nora. She has always been his heart, and this episode, thankfully, continued that trope. We really get to see what kind of man Victor is in this episode and Harley gets her eyes opened more than once about her misgivings.

One of my favorite things about “Thawing Hearts”, is that Harley, who’s always been steadfast about what love really is, gets a first-hand look at just how wrong she is. Not only that, but she gets support from each of her team-mates, all of whom have experienced that same toxic style love. I love how this show has always addressed the issue of just how one-sided Harley and Joker’s relationship was, but here we really get to see the final nail in the Har-Jo coffin.

Conclusion

“Thawing Hearts” made me laugh… and cry. The show’s voice actors, like Alfred Molina (Freeze) and Rachel Dratch (Nora Fries) really gave this episode life. We got deeply moving moments and saw our characters as the relatable creations they are. Alan Tudyk has to get an extra mention because, seriously, what can’t that man do? Brava!

I keep saying that every episode’s my favorite, but hands down this one reigns supreme. A beautiful job was done by all who bring this series to life, and to Tom Hyndman who wrote such a stirring and beautiful episode. This is what a 10/10 rated episode should look like.