DCAU #324: Armory

IN THIS ONE... Batman fights a high-tech villain called Armory.

CREDITS: Written by John P. McCann; directed by Kyung-Won Lim.

REVIEW: A number of characters return from a long absence, not having been seen since Season 1. One of these is Terry's friend Jered, who you thought might have a more regular presence after Spellbound; another is Paxton Powers, merely mentioned here, and who you would have thought would be a MAJOR presence after last season's finale but has yet to do anything. Except fire Jered's stepdad, that is. We also met Jim Tate in Spellbound - he'd just married Jered's mom - and now this weapons designer is faced with not being able to pay the bills because no one's hiring. Really? A top guy in the WEAPONS business can't get a break? Even if I believe that, I'm not really able to empathize with a guy who COULD pay the bills, but refuses to give up the lap of luxury. Whether he's doing it for his family (who don't care about money), or he's just addicted to his lifestyle, I just can't get behind him as a "sympathetic" character. And therein lies the main problem with Armory (the episode, not the character).

Now, if they'd done something cool with the character as an antagonist, maybe I could look beyond those concerns, but it's mostly punching and zapping. He needed to dazzle. I like the van that changes color, but otherwise, only Terry scores points - when he uses his retro-rockets to kick something at Armory, for example, or when he pushes a giant sand truck over to smother a fire. Even the "real" villain, Istivan Hegedesh (a weapons broker for a rogue nation), has better moments, like when he gets his hands stuck in hardened foam and decides to attack Batman with that solid mass. The cool sonic gun prototype? It's Hegedesh that uses it.

Terry doesn't even need Bruce's help to figure out who Armory was, so... a dismal showing.

SOUNDS LIKE: Istivan Hegedesh is voiced by Corey Burton, same as Brainiac, Toyman and many others.

REWATCHABILITY: Medium - It's not a BAD episode, but I just can't get with Jim Tate as Armory.

0 comments:

 

Blog Archive

Category

5 Things to Like Activities Advice Alien Nation Aliens Say the Darndest Things Alpha Flight Amalgam Ambush Bug Animal Man anime Aquaman Archetypes Archie Heroes Arrowed Asterix Atom Avengers Awards Babylon 5 Batman Battle Shovel Battlestar Galactica Black Canary BnB 2-in1 Books Booster Gold Buffy Canada Captain America Captain Marvel Cat CCGs Charlton Circles of Hell Class Comics Comics Code Approved Conan Contest Cooking Crisis Daredevil Dating Kara Zor-El Dating Lois Lane Dating Lucy Lane Dating Princess Diana DCAU Deadman Dial H Dice Dinosaur Island Dinosaurs Director Profiles Doctor Who Doom Patrol Down the Rabbit Hole Dr. Strange Encyclopedia Fantastic Four Fashion Nightmares Fiasco Films Within Films Flash Flushpoint Foldees French Friday Night Fights Fun with Covers FW Team-Up Galleries Game design Gaming Geekly roundup Geeks Anonymous Geekwear Gimme That Star Trek Godzilla Golden Age Grant Morrison Great Match-Ups of Science Fiction Green Arrow Green Lantern Hawkman Hero Points Podcast Holidays House of Mystery Hulk Human Target Improv Inspiration Intersect Invasion Invasion Podcast Iron Man Jack Kirby Jimmy Olsen JLA JSA Judge Dredd K9 the Series Kirby Motivationals Krypto Kung Fu Learning to Fly Legion Letters pages Liveblog Lonely Hearts Podcast Lord of the Rings Machine Man Motivationals Man-Thing Marquee Masters of the Universe Memes Memorable Moments Metal Men Metamorpho Micronauts Millennium Mini-Comics Monday Morning Macking Movies Mr. Terrific Music Nelvana of the Northern Lights Nightmare Fuel Number Ones Obituaries oHOTmu OR NOT? Old52 One Panel Outsiders Panels from Sheena Paper Dolls Play Podcast Polls Questionable Fridays Radio Rants Reaganocomics Recollected Red Bee Red Tornado Reign Retro-Comics Reviews Rom RPGs Sandman Sapphire & Steel Sarah Jane Adventures Saturday Morning Cartoons SBG for Girls Seasons of DWAITAS Secret Origins Podcast Secret Wars SF Shut Up Star Boy Silver Age Siskoid as Editor Siskoid's Mailbox Space 1999 Spectre Spider-Man Spring Cleaning ST non-fiction ST novels: DS9 ST novels: S.C.E. ST novels: The Shat ST novels: TNG ST novels: TOS Star Trek Streaky Suicide Squad Supergirl Superman Supershill Swamp Thing Tales from Earth-Prime Team Horrible Teen Titans That Franchise I Never Talk About The Prisoner The Thing Then and Now Theory Thor Thursdays of Two Worlds Time Capsule Timeslip Tintin Torchwood Tourist Traps of the Forgotten Realms Toys Turnarounds TV V Waking Life Warehouse 13 Websites What If? Who's This? Whoniverse-B Wikileaked Wonder Woman X-Files X-Men Zine