CREDITS: Written by Stan Berkowitz; directed by Curt Geda.
REVIEW: Batman Beyond's villains are mostly driven by money, including Inque, but oddly, Aaron Herbst, a secondary antagonist, is the character with the most Arkham-worthy personality - he's in love with the frozen, protoplasmic Inque and talks to her every day, despite her silence. Part of it is wanting to become inky protoplasm, but still counts. Even so, he does go on about being underpaid, and only breaks Inque out after he's fired for being a perv. Mad villains often deserve ironic ends, and he gets one. Turned into useless protoplasm by Inque, he finds his way to a facility where a talkative nurse goes on tediously about her day as he's force-fed meat smoothies, unable to respond. So the show knows he's more of a Batman villain than Batman's villains in this era.
Indeed, Inque's mean and vengeful, and her powers always make for crazy fights, but one wonders how often they can go to the inkwell and still make it interesting. Here, we get to see her cruelty to Aaron, and her skill with chemistry to make herself more stable, but the rainstorm outside was always going to be her undoing. Very little surprise there. No number of Bat-exoskeletons were going to actually win the day.
Because ah yes, Chekhov's armor shows up early in the episode, so it must be used by the end. The only and best surprise is that Bruce is the one wearing it, going back into action, ever so briefly, as Batman. That's cool, and it's great how they use the old theme music during the sequence. And good thing too, because otherwise, this is a rather weak episode for Bruce. It's like his every line is delivered with dripping sarcasm, to the point where it becomes annoying. It's fine, even expected, for him to be one step ahead of Terry, but that smug smile and tone are just one flat note in this one.
IN THE COMICS: Batman armors have been featured in the comics (and in a recent film), this one most like the one worn by Bruce Wayne in Kingdom Come.
SOUNDS LIKE: Aaron is played by none other than William H. Macy.
REWATCHABILITY: Medium - Inque's back, but her liberator is actually the main attraction. Similarly, the two Batmen jostle for attention.