Episode Review: "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!"
Author: Jett
September 18, 2011
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"Batman and Hal Jordan work to take down Green Lantern’s greatest enemy: Star Sapphire!"

"Scorn of the Star Sapphire!" was written by J.M. DeMatteis and directed by Michael Goguen.
It originally aired on Friday, September 16, 2011.

Preview #1 and Preview #2

Good gosh! it’s been a while hasn’t it? Just for fun -- and to get you into a "B:TB&TB Mood" -- here's the show's opening credits segment...

I just LOVE that! Anyway...

The last time a new episode of BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD aired, was sometime this past Spring. In fact, the episode that I’m reviewing today -- “Scorn of the Star Sapphire!” -- was originally intended to air last May. Heck, Warner Bros./The Cartoon Network even sent BOF the full preview package which I put up, then pulled, and then re-posted it a second time last week! I have no idea why they decided not to air this episode back then and hold it ‘til now, but it finally aired this past Friday (September 16, 2011), so on with the review…

If you are a B:TB&TB regular, you’re probably a fan of each episode’s opening segment (which sometimes are better than the episode itself), right? Well this one doesn’t disappoint as Wonder Woman makes her first full appearance on the series. I won’t spoil if for you, but I will say that the old “Wonder Woman Theme” from the 70s TV series is featured. I had to smile when that song started playing and I’m sure most of you who are from my generation will as well.

As far as the main episode, Green Lantern -- the Hal Jordan version -- teams up with Batman to take down his arch-enemy -- and girlfriend -- Star “Carol Ferris” Sapphire.

Many times on this series, Batman is a guest star on his own show and this episode is another example of that. “Scorn of the Star Sapphire!” is essentially a Green Lantern story with The Dark Knight playing only a minor role. More often than not, these episodes are so well done that Batman’s second fiddleness isn’t an issue. And that’s the case here as well.

So why is Batman out of Gotham and milling around in the world of Green Lantern (Yes, we get some “Batman…IN SPACE! in this one)? Well, it seems that Batman buys his vehicles from Ferris Air and Hal Jordan tests ‘em out before handing them over to The Caped Crusader. I wonder how this financial transaction takes place? No one at Ferris Air ever wonders how Batman has so much money? And where do they ship these vehicles to once they are ready for use? Anyway…

I’d chalk up “Scorn of the Star Stapphire!” as standard fare, if you will. If you like this show, you’ll like this episode -- though it’s not one of those that will go down as a classic. AND…

It’s probably just a petty issue on my part, but I did sort of cringe each time Batman offered Hal/GL a lesson on love. Meh. I don’t see The Batman as some sort of love coach for his fellow superheroes…you know what I’m sayin’?

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