Ep. 120 – BTAS – Terror in the Sky

It’s episode 120 of the DCAU Review and the hosts are still reviewing the OG DCAU show with Batman: The Animated Series episode “Terror in the Sky” which officially ends the Man-Bat/Langstrom saga. Cal and Liam discuss some similar plot beats to “On Leather Wings”, how this episode uses music animation and plot to create a  truly memorable action scene, attention to detail within the designs, the many different expressions of the Man-Bat,  the range of acting asked of Kevin Conroy, and once again bring up how to rate an episode with a mystery plot point. The hosts also reveal which episode won their fan choice poll for next week’s Elseworld’s episode.

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Ep. 119 – BTAS – Day of The Samurai

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The Good Brothers take a break from all of the sci-fi man-beasts for a good old-fashioned revenge tale. The culmination to the Batman/Ninja plot comes to an end as the hosts cover “Day of the Samurai”, the follow up to the Kyodai Ken saga that started in “Night of the Ninja.” The hosts discuss a variety including the sepia-toned bookends of the Wayne/Ken story, inconsistent animation that leads to some high highs and low lows. The hosts also discuss the cultural sensitivity for the Japanese culture being refreshing, the fantastic music and where this episode improved over the previous Ninja episode. Plus, the thread throughout that they believe could’ve been expounded on, an appreciation of Eric Rodomski’s background images, why this Batman feels truer to the character than some recent live-action portrayals, practicing the “fatal touch” as kids, and a discussion on the latest unfortunate news out of DC Comics. A full scorecard and much more await on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 118 – BTAS – Moon of The Wolf

The unofficial Creature Feature month continues on the DCAU Review as the Good Brothers continue their month of Batman: The Animated Series coverage. This week our hosts review “Moon of the Wolf” which is based on a 1970s Neal Adams era Batman comic of the same title. Unfortunately for the hosts the comic seems to have been a bit more interesting as they quickly learn, due partly in fact to the return of Akom Production Co. as the team responsible for the animation. Other topics discussed include the lack of intelligence from each featured character, Bruce Wayne’s body dysmorphia, a soundtrack that introduces electric guitar for the first time to the DCAU soundtrack, speculation on the purpose of the cliffhanger ending, and a in-depth look at “Werewolfism.” Plus our hosts preview next week’s episode and highlight some connections from this episode to the larger DCAU continuity.

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Ep. 117 – BTAS – Tyger, Tyger

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Hard to believe we are already kicking off the month of August, but the calendar never lies, so the Good Brothers are kicking off the month with a return to where It all began, with Batman: The Animated Series episode “Tyger, Tyger.” The hosts discuss the H.G. Wells novel on which the episode is loosely inspired, the unsettling feelings one host has from some of the character designs,  a soundtrack that hits its spots where it has to, why it doesn’t make sense where this episode falls in production order, a struggle to find the moral of the story, and some Fleischer Superman vibes. Plus, a clinic in voice acting from the great Kevin Conroy, why there was no follow-up episode for Tygress, and a preview of next week’s episode on this week’s all-new DCAU Review podcast!

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Ep. 94 – BTAS – Joker’s Wild

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The 94th edition of the DCAU Review is here and this week the hosts review another classic tale featuring The Clown Prince of Crime in Batman: The Animated Series episode entitled “Joker’s Wild.”The brothers discuss a strong soundtrack and comment on how each Joker episode features a unique sound while still using the familiar Joker theme. With a pot that includes insurance fraud and a greedy casino owner trying to recoup money from his investment, the brothers poke a few minor holes in the plot and have loads to say about another AKOM animated show with some glaring mistakes and why the brothers feel a consistency within being off-model goes a long way. All of this and dissection of some of Mark Hammil’s best lines of the episode along with a full scorecard on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 93 – BTAS – If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?

Image result for if you're so smart why aren't you rich title cardEpisode 93 premieres today and the Good Brothers are discussing the Batman: The Animated Series debut of Edward Nygma aka The Riddler in the classic episode entitled “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?” The hosts discuss the real-world parallels between the Mockridge character and another mustachioed theme-park owner, John Glover’s unforgettable performance as The Riddler, this version of the Riddler vs. the Batman ’66 and Batman Forever interpretations and the very comic book-y plot of the video game theme park. Plus the hosts ponder why Batman’s wrist computer was never used again, plenty of memories from The Adventures of Batman & Robin game for SNES and a preview of next week’s episode. All of this, and a full episode scorecard from both hosts on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 92 – BTAS – Heart of Steel Part I & II

Image result for heart of steel title cardA new edition of the DCAU Review is here and finds the Good Brothers continuing with Batman: The Animated Series and the two-part episode entitled “Heart of Steel.” Cal & Liam discuss a nearly flawless pair of episodes, from the plot steeped in tragedy to the amazing visuals, some Batplane vs. Bat-Glider talk, what we learn to be androids’ one weakness and the exciting introduction of Barbara Gordon to the DC Animated Universe. Plus an instantly memorable soundtrack, a really fun voice cast and an exciting first for the podcast. All of this and the hosts look ahead to next week’s all-new episode, on this week’s DCAU Review!

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Ep. 91 – BTAS – Cat Scratch Fever & The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne

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It’s a double feature for episode 91 of the DCAU Review as the Good Brothers cover “Cat Scratch Fever” and “The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne” both from Batman: The Animated Series. It’s a vastly different set of episodes as Cal and Liam tear the first episode to shreds, from the animation to the plot to even some tepid voice-acting in the Catwoman-centric episode. How can a character be both too fluid and too stiff at the same time? Find out today as Cal and Liam delve deep into the story of the animation studio that earned the nickname “The kiss of death” with their poor animation! In the palate-cleansing second episode, our hosts enjoy a very comic-book storyline centered around the Dark Knight’s deepest secrets being exposed, and an ensemble cast made up of DCAU voice-acting legends. All of this and scorecards for both episodes on today’s all-new episode!

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Ep. 82 – BTAS – Night Of The Ninja

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Episode 82 is here and it finds the Good Brothers wrapping up their stay in the retro-futuristic Gotham City of Batman: The Animated Series. This week the boys review “Night of the Ninja”, a tale that sheds some light on Bruce Wayne’s past and part of how he trained to become the Batman. Our hosts discuss the choice to make Kyodai Ken’s motivation go beyond straight revenge, another reference to a Batman ’66 plot device, more fleshing out of the Robin character, why Bruce was needlessly secretive about the Ninja and the uncharacteristic respect paid to Japanese culture found in this cartoon compared to others at the time. All of this, plus a breakdown of the excellent soundtrack and a full scorecard on this week’s DCAU Review!

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Bonus Ep. 2 – Ten Favorite DCAU Toys

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To celebrate the start of the Holiday season, Cal & Liam are bringing you a special gift in the form of their second BONUS episode ever, and this one is set to bring back a whole bunch of nostalgic feelings. The Good Brothers are talking about their top ten favorite toys from the DCAU on this extended episode. From the early Kenner Batman: The Animated Series figures to the Superman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures toys of the mid to late nineties, all the way up through Hasbro’s Batman Beyond and Mattel’s Justice League and Justice League Unlimited figures, the hosts run the gamut of DCAU collecting, including some surprises and deep cuts while discussing why these particular toys mean so much to them.  So sit back, make yourself another plate of Thanksgiving leftovers and relive your childhood on this week’s bonus episode of the DCAU Review!

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Ep. 81 – BTAS – The Laughing Fish

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As we move through the month of November, Cal & Liam have been on a bit of a hot streak as of late, with multiple episodes landing in the coveted “Top Picks” section here at the DCAU Review. This week the Good Brothers look to add to that with a Joker tale adapted from two different comics and written and produced by the dynamic duo of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. This week’s episode covering The Laughing Fish discusses how Paul Dini’s unique writing style is a perfect fit for a Joker story, how the ridiculousness of the Joker seeking a patent is, more light shed on the Joker and Harley relationship explored and several memorable performances in voice acting and why one of our hosts believes this is the PERFECT Joker showcase. Could this be yet another episode for the Top Picks sections? Find out on today’s all-new episode of the DCAU Review!

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Ep. 80 – BTAS – Robin’s Reckoning Part I & II

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In the 80th year of Batman’s existence, it’s only fitting that the 80th edition of the DCAU Review covers the origin story of one of the Caped Crusader’s greatest allies, the Boy Wonder, in the episode “Robin’s Reckoning.” The Good Brothers discuss the perfect storytelling of a pair of murders while keeping the episode kid-friendly, some of Loren Lester’s best work in Batman: The Animated Series as Robin, excellent shadow work and some inconsistencies in the animation, some insight into scenes cut for time and a soundtrack that accentuates the climatic ending of the episode. Could all of this praise lead to this episode joining the “Top Picks” category? Find out on this edition of the DCAU Review!

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Ep. 79 – BTAS – The Cape And Cowl Conspiracy

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Where podcasts stream you’ll find this new
Episode of the DCAU Review
It first debuted in ’92
27 years ago, you first did view

“The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy”, the episode’s name
With the categories of grading all the same
A mention of Dudley Do-right came
And allusions to Brendan Fraser’s resurging fame

Will our hosts recommend another viewing
Or comparisons to Untiy and Eternal Youth might they be spewing?

You’ll want to note so grab a pencil
The DCAU Review streams each Saturday at 10am/9 Central

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Ep. 78 – BTAS – Eternal Youth & Perchance To Dream

 

Image result for eternal youth title cardImage result for perchance to dream title card The month of November is here, and Cal & Liam kickoff a month of Batman: The Animated Series reviews with a double feature! Never before have there been two polar opposite episodes featured on one podcast as the Good Brothers discuss the episodes “Eternal Youth” and “Perchance To Dream.” First, the brothers have what can only be described as shared disdain for a bizarre episode featuring #MyAlfred and the never before seen or heard from again Maggie. The brothers are fairly harsh in their criticism and comparison to a lost Batman ’66 episode but this episode does bring about the largest score disparity to date and for only the second time in DCAU Review history, a point deduction!

Up next the guys discuss one of the most universally loved episodes where we learn what it would be like if Bruce never put on the cape and cowl and instead lived solely as Bruce Wayne. Cal and Liam talk about some great subtleties in the soundtrack, the psychology of Batman’s ability to be happy and talk foreshadowing throughout the episode! Of course, they have full scorecards for each episode and an exciting preview of next week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 55 – BTAS – Dreams In Darkness

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For the final week of May, the Good Brothers wrap up season one of Batman: The Animated Series with the episode “Dreams In Darkness.” Cal & Liam discuss the psychology of Batman, voiceover narration as a plot device, Kevin Conroy’s exceptional performance, a trippy animated sequence and final details on your last chance to win our Twitter giveaway contest!

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