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Episode Review: "The Vile and the Villianous!"
Author: Jett
April 16, 2011

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SYNOPSIS
"The Joker teams up with The Weeper to finally bring Batman down!"

INFO
"Joker: The Vile and the Villianous!" was written by James Krieg and directed by Ben Jones.
It originally aired on Friday, April 15, 2011.

PREVIEW
There is no preview of this episode.

THE REVIEW
The latest new installment of BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD -- The Vile and the Villainous! -- is probably the best episode of Season 3 to date. Of course, thats not saying much since the last two sucked and was OK respectively. Plus, this one is the first "Batman-centric" episode of the Season 3 which is always a good thing. Though, "Joker-centric" may, ahem, be a better description. Anyway...

After a Batman-less opening segment that will put a smile on fans of the original PLANET OF THE APES films (Its ridiculous, but the ending is hilarious -- LOVE that Joker!), the title sequence begins as usual. However, this time something is, well, differentits been Jokerized!

Instead of Batman, The Joker is featured and the show has been renamed JOKER: THE VILE AND THE VILLIANOUS.

If you are thinking WTF?! as I did, you will quickly understand why once the main story of the episode begins. In a clever twist by the writers, The Vile and the Villianous! is presented through the POV of The Joker. While The Joker is still evil and Batmans still good, the story plays out the opposite way -- you know what I mean? For example, a headline from a Gotham newspaper is shown briefly that says Batman: Public Hero #1. OK, get what Im saying now?

Im not going to get into the plot too much because itll definitely spoiler the fun of watching the episode. But basically, The Joker teams up with this character called The Weeper (Yes, I had to Google him), the two team-up to take down The Batman, and the entire thing plays out in that aforementioned reverse POV.

Ive got to hand it to the show-runners and writer to Jim Krieg for coming up with yet another cool and clever way to present an episode of this great show. Just when I think, Man, theyve got nothing left, the B:TBATB guys deliver one like this.

I figure Joker fans (Im one of em) and DCU enthusiasts will get the biggest kick out of The Vile and the Villainous! Its darn good and certainly is a proud addition to what will go down as a classic animated Batman TV series.


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