CREDITS: Written by Buzz Dixon (G.I. Joe's story editor) and Sean Catherine Derek; directed by Boyd Kirkland.
REVIEW: Was not expecting to see Catwoman's trial, so that's nice. As is the idea that, to people, she would be a folk hero, an animal rights activist who also saved the city from a genetically engineered plague. Her sentence is only probation, but she must agree not to put the costume on ever again. As she looks for her escaped cat Isis and gets embroiled in yet another of Roland Daggett's plague schemes (this time with a just-introduced minor foe from the comics, Prof. Milo), there's a sense that the judge chose the wrong language at the sentencing. Selina Kyle is a badass regardless of whether she wears a cat suit or not, but she eventually does break "curfew" and puts it on. Cats just don't listen.
It's an okay story, perhaps far too reminiscent of Selina's first appearance, but the episode's wintry feel does provide a nice backdrop. In a sense, it helps the story's metaphors along. Isis is "out in the cold", and so is Catwoman. Though Bruce Wayne and Batman both try to help her, there's also an icy chill coming from them/him. He can't quite reconcile his love for a law-breaker. And in another sense, it's a good excuse for ice action, with Batman falling into a frozen lake and taking down criminals up on the surface. Jessy and Paunch aren't a bad double act, with the nastier goon a woman. It's at least interesting. But I don't like to see even cartoon animals suffer, and that's the case with Isis being experimented on.
Regardless, this is one of the worst animated episodes yet (yes, Akom). Characters pull strange faces and even weirder gesticulations. The action is at times juddery, and most times lackluster. The faces are sketchier than usual. And why does everyone have giant hands? There ARE some nice touches, like everyone's breath becoming visible in the cold, and the ice pond stuff is surprisingly effective, but I may being kind.
IN THE COMICS: Prof. Milo is a criminal chemist who first appeared in Detective Comics #247 (1957) who is much more interesting as the main villain of a story, whether he's making Batman lose the will to live, taking control of Arkham with a special gas, or...well, I'll wait for his next appearance to mention his other well-known scheme.
SOUNDS LIKE: Milo is played by Treat Williams, who I will always know as the guy from Hair. The Judge's voice is recognizable because Virginia Capers has been in so many things, even though she was mainly a Broadway star. Jessy is voiced by Denny Dillon (Saturday Night Live, Dream On). Paunch doesn't speak.
REWATCHABILITY: Medium - A pretty good Catwoman story, with well pitched emotions, but rather badly animated.