SYNOPSIS: Introducing the prototype of his newest product to the world – the Ion Cortex, a device capable of solving the world’s energy crisis – Bruce Wayne hires brilliant scientist Dr. Jason Burr (MATTHEW LILLARD) to work on the project. The announcement also draws the attention of one of the most dangerous groups in the world – the League of Assassins. When one of the League’s deadly assassins, Silver Monkey (JAMES REMAR), attacks Wayne Manor to kidnap Burr while Batman’s in Gotham, it’s up to Alfred and Katana to keep the assassin at bay until Batman’s return. But Katana is armed and ready for the task – with her legendary Soultaker Sword, a weapon she stole from the infamous League of Assassins!
INFO: "Safe" was written by Mark Banker and directed by Sam Liu. It originally aired on Saturday, August, 2013 on Cartoon Network.
PREVIEW:CLICK HERE for BOF's preview of this episode with images and video.
A new villain enters the world of BEWARE THE BATMAN – Lady Shiva – and brings her League of Assassins to wreak havoc on Bruce Wayne…and his body guard/chauffer.
Story wise, this week’s episode – titled “Safe” – involves Bruce Wayne hiring a scientist named Dr. Jason Burr to build something called a “Ion Cortex” which will, if successful, solve the world’s energy problems. However, the abovementioned League of Shadows has designs on the machine as well – most likely for nefarious purposes. When the LoS attempts to kidnap Dr. Burr, Bruce Wayne has him brought to Wayne Manor to keep him safe.
“Safe” is connected the previous episodes of BTB, so I guess we’re far enough into the series now to say that this linked, episodic storytelling is how this show is going to operate. While each episode has its own unique plot, story threads from preceding installments continue to be a part of the overall narrative from week to week.
And I like that!
This episode has LOTS of action – fighting and chase scenes specifically – so it was sort of balls out from beginning to end. Also, it looks like we’re getting closer to seeing Batman make Ms. Yamashiro (AKA “Katana”) his crime fighting partner. Got to say I really like this character and Batman having a trained ninja as a partner makes more sense than a 13 year old boy. The only negative I can come up with was that the Dr. Burr character (voiced by Mathew Lillard) was annoying as hell – but I guess he was supposed to be that way.
The review continues after the jump!
Personally, I’m totally hooked on the show and look forward to watching it each Saturday morning. I don’t get why this show is being based by a small segment of Bat-Fandom. Hey, to each his own and I don’t expect everyone to like everything Batman, but some of the criticism has been unfounded and unfair from where I stand. Of course, they're fanboys who are like "Life Cereal Mikey" -- they don't like it because they're going to hate everything. But overall, I think most fans of The Dark Knight are enjoying this series as it’s a fine addition to the world of Batman.
Oh yeah, "Gun-Totin' Alfred" finall makes his appearance...and it's not a big deal at all. - Bill "Jett" Ramey
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