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Since: 10.12.01
From: Aurora, IL

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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.64
Steampunk John Wilkes BOOM was great. And for a lot of the episode, I was kind of wishing they could go back from that. I understood and agreed with the point the show was making, and they were hilariously over the top at times - the second dog reveal was particularly great - but I also felt like they'd done the same commentary in previous Bat-Mite episodes. So much direct meta-commentary about the show in the show is a lot less interesting than the show itself. Maybe they knew how it felt too - the father and son don't turn away when Bat-Mite does any of his changes, but when Ambush Bug is warning Batman about the universe changes. Ambush Bug and Bat-Mite can continue their arguments about the merits of this show a little off screen, I wanted to get back to Batman and Aquaman on dolphin jet-skis.

And then the last 90 seconds were just perfect, the best possible ending for this show, and it didn't matter that much to me what happened before. The show definitely had a few good episodes.

Apparently, and this I only know because I went to look up episode on wikipedia, there is really a new more serious Batman show coming to Cartoon Network. It is not a CGI staring Batgirl (which actually kind of sounded cool), but one with Katana as a sidekick and Alfred shooting guns. Alfredo shooting guns? I don't know. But, it's Batman, I believe in him, so I'll give it a chance.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.45
Ambush Bug actually appearing in animated form blows my mind. I'm pretty sure Keith Giffen's head just exploded, too.




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Since: 23.6.10
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.07
Just watched this and was about to post the recap, but you beat me to it.

Fantastic final episode. Batmite breaking out all of the Jump the Shark categories to sink the show was great, especially Ted McGinnley voiced Aquaman.

The Batgirl show isn't real?? Darn. Looked cool.
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Since: 19.8.05
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.63
What a trip this episode was! I had to rewind several times to believe what I was hearing. Jumping the Shark, Ted McGinley, Ambush Bug, and Paul Reubans on the same show. On a Batman cartoon for "kids", no less. I might have to buy the DVD set just for this episode alone. Now THAT is how you go out with style.




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Since: 27.2.03
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
I was never a regular viewer of the show, but this was a fun, classy way to end the series. I wish more shows got to go out this way.
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Since: 2.1.02
From: Worcester MA

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.62
Ah, I'm glad someone started a thread here ... Sad to see the show close up shop (I swear this is like the third time I thought I was watching the series finale of BATB), but what a send-off!

My favorite parts were the not-so-subtle digs at toy companies sticking their collective noses into cartoon storylines just to have something new to sell for the kiddies over the holidays ("Neon Talking Super Street Bat-Luge, activate!" and "Alpine Ice Climber Batman? How could you?!")

The first comic I ever bought with my own money was an old "Who's Who in the DC Universe", which is where my love of the Batmite character first manifested itself (I never watched the "New Adventures of Batman" cartoon [youtube.com], so their little purple abomination calling itself Batmite didn't have a chance to taint my initial impressions of the character) ... That's why his every appearance on the show (voiced by PeeWee Herman no less!) has been a homerun for me, and his final turn - as the fickle Batman fan who yearns for a more mature take on the character - was no different (and the only way that the show COULD have ended).

That's why - and I can only speak on my own personal tastes - everything just WORKED in this episode: the signed photo of Diedrich Bader in Batmite's room, the issue of Detective Comics with "The Rainbow Batman", Aquaman mentioning "Bat-Shark Repellant", Batman realizing that he never uses guns (after shooting guns), Batmite telling Ambush Bug that he was an obscure character ("Even for this show!"), Ambush Bug being voiced by Henry Winkler, Ted McGinley breaking character ("Married with Children was on the air seven years after I came on, just so you know!"), the Batmobile being a cardboard cutout during the "after party", Darkseid drinking punch, the uncredited Scrappy Doo cameo ("The power of puppies!") ... It's all good, and it's all making me miss the show already :(

(edited by Alessandro on 24.11.11 1255)


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Since: 24.3.02
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.28
    Originally posted by Alessandro

    That's why - and I can only speak on my own personal tastes - everything just WORKED in this episode: the signed photo of Diedrich Bader in Batmite's room, the issue of Detective Comics with "The Rainbow Batman", Aquaman mentioning "Bat-Shark Repellant", Batman realizing that he never uses guns (after shooting guns), Batmite telling Ambush Bug that he was an obscure character ("Even for this show!"), Ambush Bug being voiced by Henry Winkler, Ted McGinley breaking character ("Married with Children was on the air seven years after I came on, just so you know!"), the Batmobile being a cardboard cutout during the "after party", Darkseid drinking punch, the uncredited Scrappy Doo cameo ("The power of puppies!") ... It's all good, and it's all making me miss the show already :(

Geez, that stuff sounds amazing. I might have to find a way to see this show.
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Since: 2.1.02
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.62
    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo

    Geez, that stuff sounds amazing. I might have to find a way to see this show.


http://www.youtube.com/​​watch?​​v=Y3_​​PHVIossw (while it's still available)

Also, The AVClub makes some interesting observations on the show's run:

    Originally posted by Simon Abrams

    The meta-commentary at the heart of “Mitefall” is distractingly shallow but phrased in such a bouncy way that that doesn’t really matter. Watching Batman traipse around in his Alpine Ice-Climber outfit easily makes up for the fact that Dini is clumsily defending the merits of Batman: The Brave and the Bold’s silly style to his already receptive audience. He’s actively phrasing the last episode of the show in such a way that, while you’re watching Gotham City’s citizens get turned into giant bananas by Grodd’s Banana Beam, you think to yourself, “This is why this show was so unique and great!” It’s a distractingly ostentatious and moot defense but again, it works for the most part. Because yes, I do love Ambush Bug and I am a fan at heart. So “Mitefall” worked for me on that level.

    Besides, Dini did a commendable job of not being too cutesy in his meta-commentary. There’s no nods to Batman Begins or The Dark Knight anywhere in the episode, for which I am very grateful. Dramatic or comedic, deciding what kind of Batman you like isn’t a matter of pitting Christopher Nolan’s Bat-movies vs. Batman: Brave and the Bold’s Batman. Nobody has ever known how seriously mass audiences want to take Batman. That’s an issue that the character has always carried around with him and probably always will.

    Beyond comics, the tone of Batman TV shows and movies has shifted from goofy to serious and back again several times, from the campy Adam West TV show to the brooding Tim Burton movies to the dark-by-cartoon-standards Bruce Timm-assembled Batman: The Animated Series to the neo-campy Joel Schumacher films to Christopher Nolan’s operatic Bat-films to Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The show has had a good run and “Mitefall” is pretty entertaining. One can only hope that, regardless of the tone the next Bat-property employs, a modicum of intelligence and wit will be applied to it, too.



(edited by Alessandro on 25.11.11 0904)


"[B]eing a part of the New York Yankees is akin to having gay sex with Eric Bischoff." - Brandon Stroud
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Since: 23.6.10
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.07
Looking back on the show, it is really the total opposite of what I want in my Batman. And yet, somehow Dini and Co. made it work. It was a fun show. It entertained me. Mission accomplished.
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