Time to take a look at fifth episode of Batman: The Animated Series entitled Pretty Poison. This episode, as the title indicates, is the first episode to feature Poison Ivy, who has the distinction of being the first female villain to face Batman. There are not that many quality female antagonists in comic books. There are the big three, in Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series. There is Mystique over in X-Men and um...Madam Hydra, I guess. There was a Spider-Man D List Villain named the White Rabbit as well. And Princess Python of the Circus of Crime. If only they would have made Venom a woman as was the original plan. Anyway, not that many female enemies in any comic book mediums. Let's take a look at how this episode goes and how Poison Ivy does at her first time at bat against the Bat(man)
Batman the Animated Series Episode 5 Pretty Poison
Harvey Dent inadvertently destroys a rare species of flower. An accident and an action I'm sure that he regretted. Years later, Dent is engaged to a young woman by the name of Pamela Isley(who for those who are not in the know is of course, Poison Ivy, although Dent doesn't know that). So during a dinner date, Dent is poisoned, and no one knows who the culprit is right now. After a kiss I should note that I'm shocked made it on a children's cartoon.
Harvey Bullock interrogating the chef was classic, classic Bullock bad cop stuff.
For an encore, Ivy tries to get Bruce Wayne with her deadly charms, but Bruce manages to dodge a bullet.
Some great animation in this episode at points. The battle between Batman and Poison Ivy was very good stuff in the garden.
The scene with Bruce Wayne having to break the news slowly to Harvey Dent that his fiancée tried to kill him was great stuff.
Poison Ivy really blooms in her first episode. Not the best of episodes but far from the worst. Harvey Dent had a good role and the next time we see him...well it will be an important turning point. Some solid super hero level stuff right here. Give this episode a 7/10. Get Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1 on DVD to check out this episode, along with many other great episodes.
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