DCAU #397: Gotham Girls Season 2

Category: DCAU
Last article published: 19 May 2018
This is the 404th post under this label

Let it be known that I am in no way starting these reviews again at this point. It just happens to be where I'm up to in my weekly revisit of the blog's tags, in alphabetical order. That's all. Readers who really really really want me to get to Justice League should check out the JLUCast's coverage over at the Fire and Water Podcast Network to get their JL fix instead.
IN THIS ONE... 10 more Flash animation webisodes starring Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Batgirl and Zatanna.

CREDITS: Written by Paul Dini and Hilary J. Barta.

REVIEW: Season 1 was this close to being a sitcom, and I know Season 3 is more serious, so the second season is appropriately a middle ground. Though it's lightly comic, each episode tries to get at least one action scene in there, giving these slightly longer stories a more adventurous bent. I'm sure it's because they were getting better with this style of animation. We've moved past a lot of talking heads and into the sort of cool action one could see on the DC Animated shows themselves. Similarly, they're better able to include branching choices and mini-games within the body of the episodes, leading to sight gags where the ladies imagine following an option and throw it out until you click the correct one and the story resumes. It's amusing without being truly funny.

On the comedy end of the Gotham spectrum, you'll find stories where Harley gets turned into a baby, where Catwoman fools around with a time machine, and where the girls take part in a villainess pageant, but I think the best one is probably "Cat Noir", which reimagines the characters in a film noir setting, with Catwoman a femme fatale asking gumshoe Harley to find her missing Calico. Not enough Zatanna, over all, but more quality Catwoman and Batgirl material than in the previous season.

IN THE COMICS: As previously stated, this is more or less the basis for the Gotham Sirens series.

REWATCHABILITY: Medium - Fun fluff that strikes a good balance between humor and action, but still fluff.

2 comments:

Brendoon said...

"Fun fluff!" I like it.
Thanks for the recommendation, Siskoid.
I guess "fluff" has a spectrum though and it can go from extreme comedy fluff to just "there are flying guys in capes" fluff... even that's a funny concept and always was.

Right off the far end I reckon is "Identity Crisis:" its bif finish fell off the spectrum altogether (the "Mystic River" of the tooniverse) this fan of goodness and Heroic heroism felt ill and betrayed. Some Killing Joke black humour would have saved it, but hard drama appears to kill fluff dead.
Do you think that could be the case, or not so much?

Brendoon said...

For 'bif finish' read 'big finish'. Not to be confused with Nicholas Briggs and co!

 

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