EPISODE REVIEW: Batman: The Brave and the Bold: "Darkseid Descending!"
This week, the Justice League gets a reboot just in time to face Darkseid. Oddly enough, this also seems to be the plot for next week's Smallville.
Different League, different rules, right?
Teaser: Ronnie "Firestorm" Raymond gains an arch enemy in Killer Frost, a woman he spurned using text messages. I'm kind of wondering (Along with his partner in the Firestorm matrix, Jason Rusch) who's the real bad guy here.
Main Episode: Batman, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter are getting the band back together. The band in question: The Justice League. To that end, they recruit Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, Fire and Ice. Yes, that's the line up of the 'Bwah-ha-ha' League: The Justice League International.
The get along about well as you might expect, not very well. After a donnybrook that trashes the Watchtower satellite, they get an alert: Boom Tubes are opening all over the world, disgorging Darkseid's shock troops! After an inspiring pep talk by the Martian Manhunter, they head to Earth to fight off the Apocalyptian Parademons… and promptly get captured.
Batman breaks them free and they head to an auxiliary Batcave beneath the Lincoln Memorial, where they come up with a daring strategy that just. might. work! Well, until they are discovered and have to improvise. The improvisation is impressive, but not enough to stop the arrival of Darkseid.
Batman dodges one Omega Beam attack, and goads Darkseid into a fist fight. Batman gets the crap beaten out of him. Suddenly, all the boom tubes open back up and start working in reverse, dragging all the Apocalyptian troops and Darkseid himself back to where they came from.
As the heroes wonder how that happened, the Question emerges from the main boom tube generator (Remember, he was sent to Apocalypse a couple of episodes back). He'd reversed the polarity of the neutron flow, thus sending Darkseid and company home.
First off, while watching this episode, Republibot 2.4 had a huge grin across his face. Since he's the target audience (Boy, age 9), this episode was a screaming success.
There is a huge problem when you try to shoehorn the 80s era J.L.I. into a more modern show: The Blue Beetle. The Ted Kord Blue Beetle was the heart of the J.L.I. Since he's dead in both the comics and this series, they have to use the Jaime Reyes version, and he's just not right, chemistry wise, for this group. This isn't a criticism of the episode, as such. This version of the Blue Beetle is serving with the J.L.I. heroes in the "Generation Lost" comics series, so it fits with some sort of comics continuity, but I'm still not crazy about it.
(end fanboi rant)
Ice had some of the best lines. Her deduction that since Apocalypse was the home of the Parthenon that it must be the 'evil Greeks' who were attacking made me laugh out loud. Fire, the Brazilian hottie, similarly evoked smiles. Guy was, well, Guy.
The fact that it wasn't Batman who 'threw the last punch and saved the day" was pretty significant- especially in that Batman feels "pretty good" about that. As the series heads towards it's close, I thing that this is a thematic beat. The series started with Batman training young heroes. The fact that he isn't that big a factor anymore indicates success: those who he has trained are now ready to shoulder the burden themselves.
That, and it puts a huge grin on the face of the nine year old boy in all of us.
Will Conservatives Like This Episode?
Yes, absolutely. The auxiliary Batcave is under the memorial of the first Republican president and the conspiracy theorist saves the day.