BEWARE THE BATMAN Episode Review: "Allies" (S1/E8)
Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
September 14, 2013

SYNOPSIS: Tobias Whale (MICHAEL LEON WOOLEY) is the most powerful gangster in Gotham City, and, after years of trying, Batman just got the evidence to put him away. But Whale is not going to be harpooned easily. After his lawyer tells Lieutenant Gordon to free Whale or else, the gangster has Barbara Gordon (TARA STRONG) kidnapped and held in “The Cauldron,” the most dangerous part of Gotham. Even the cops are afraid of this place, but not Batman. With Alfred and Katana’s help, they stage a raid on the Cauldron, which is populated by a frightening group of thugs called “the Ghosts.” As it turns out, the Ghosts aren’t the most fearsome threat. Barbara Gordon is being guarded by a dangerous figure with a flaming head, who calls himself Phosphorous Rex.

INFO: "Allies" was written by Erin Maher & Kathryn Reindl and directed by Rick Morales. It originally aired on Saturday, September 14, 2013 on Cartoon Network.

PREVIEW: CLICK HERE for BOF's preview of "Allies" with images and video.

So, Batman and Katana are now partners, right? That's the meaning of the title of this episode, correct? Well, not just exactly. We’ll discuss this shortly.

What a GREAT episode of BEWARE THE BATMAN was today! Yes, I know I’ve said that before, but this show just gets better and better. If you’re not watching, you’re definitely missing out on some good Bat-stuff!

In short, this episode – titled “Allies” – consists of Barbara Gordon being kidnapped by Tobias Whale’s “chief enforcer” (more on him shortly) in order to get her father – Lt. James Gordon of the GCPD – to drop all charges against Whale and free the gangster from jail. Backed into a corner, Gordon turns to the only man in Gotham he knows can save Barbara: The Batman.

When I reviewed last week’s episode, "Family," I wondered if and when we’d see the classic relationship between The Dark Knight and Jim Gordon we all know and love. I’m not going to tell you if that happens, but I will say that The Batsignal and a rooftop meeting between the two is featured in this episode and the title of “Allies” doesn’t refer to simply Katana.

Speaking of Katana, yes, she does finally join Batman as his partner and, as you might expect, it’s doesn’t happen with his total blessing. “Batman and Katana” – it has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

The review continues after the jump!

Oh yeah, I said I was going to discuss Tobias Whale’s “chief enforcer.” It’s his Russian attorney who just so happens to have the ability to shoot fire out of his fists and has a huge flame for a head. He goes by the moniker “Phosphorus Rex” who Batman comic book readers know is a Grant Morrison creation who first appeared in July 2007’s BATMAN #666. Even though I’m not the biggest Morrison fan in the world, it is sort of refreshing to see new villains being used in this series as opposed to the more well-known members of the rouges gallery.

All in all, “Allies” is yet another fun, action-packed, and well produced installment of this series. I think many of you all are REALLY going to like the ending as there’s a little bit of THE DARK KNIGHT and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in it. Very cool. - Bill "Jett" Ramey

A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
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He resides in the GREAT state of TEXAS with his lovely wife, three kids, and two Boston Terriers.


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