SYNOPSIS: Professor Pyg and Mr. Toad are back…and they’ve set their sights on Gotham’s elite couture culture. Leaving clues that only Batman can decipher, they attack both a model and a clothing designer – encasing them in deadly traps. Although Batman and Katana are able to save the day, they miss Pyg and Toad’s master plan: to destroy the yacht where the after-party for Gotham’s Fashion Week is being staged. Every fashion icon in the world will be there… as well as Bruce Wayne!
INFO: "Instinct" originally aired on Saturday, October 5, 2013 on Cartoon Network. It was written by John Matta & Matt Weinhold and directed by Rick Morales.
PREVIEW:CLICK HERE for BOF's preview of "Instinct" with images and video.
One-off episodes apparently are not part of the BEWARE THE BATMAN modus operandi. However, “Instinct” comes close.
Professor Pyg and Mr. Toad – last seen in the series’ very first episode titled “Hunted” – are back and have set their diabolical sights on Gotham’s elite couture culture.
Fortunately for The Batman and Katana, Bruce Wayne knows fashion.
Though targeting fashion lovers – models, designers, etc. – Prof. Pyg and Mr. Toad are also playing games with Batman by leaving him little puzzles/clues to their future capers that they know he can solve. Why give “The World’s Greatest Detective” a heads-up? Because they think keeping Batman and Katana busy with nonsense will prevent them from discovering – and thwarting – their master plan.
So, what exactly is this “master plan” of Pyg and Toad’s? Blowing up the yacht that’s hosing the Gotham Fashion Week after-party!
Thankfully, Bruce Wayne also knows yachts too.
The review continues after the jump!
I know I sound like a broken record here, but “Instinct” is yet another more than solid installment of BTB. Good to see Pyg and Toad back – though a Batman villain who is basically a man-sized, clothes-wearing, talking frog doesn’t really mesh with my personal Batman sensibilities. However, I will say that BTB does a pretty good job of balancing the realistic with the fantastical which should please a wide spectrum of Batman fans.
Eleven episodes in, BEWARE THE BATMAN has become a fairly complex TV series – especially for one that’s a “Saturday Morning Cartoon.” As I alluded to in the beginning, “Instinct” is a one-off episode for the most part – but previous story threads ease their way back in its closing moments. Hell, BTB has become a kinda-sorta Batman soap opera – and I’m totally OK with that.
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