Anyhoo, let’s talk about a Flash animation that debuted in the Bush era that people first watched with dial-up internet.
|Before I snap and start yelling at you dang kids to get off my lawn.|
This time, the pre-load game is yet another clone of Simon. But instead of feeding Poison Ivy’s plant, this time you play as Batgirl to disarm Joker’s bomb. If you fail three times, it releases gas and you hear Batgirl’s death rattle.
|That's actually disturbing. Not gonna lie.|
Harley Quinn: “I don’t do speed. I do style.”
Batgirl: “You’ll both do 8 to 10 for stealing government property.”
Stealing government property only gets you 8-to-10 years? Man, things really were different before 9/11.
The two villainesses play keep away with the disk and Batgirl, and I’ve noticed that the animation looks really good because of all the custom poses.
|Just don't pause it at the wrong time.|
Batgirl: “Harley! Over here! I’m open!”
Harley falls for the trick harder than Daffy Duck fell for the old "Duck Season, Rabbit Season" gag, and Batgirl runs off to return the government’s data, setting back the formation of Wikileaks by five or six years. Our villains, defeated and despondent, return home and decompress.
Poison Ivy: “I’m not mad at you Harl. It’s unrealistic to expect someone to perform beyond her limitations.”
Harley Quinn: “Right! …Hey, what’s that supposed to mean?”
To illustrate her point, Ivy does the “what’s that on your shirt” gag and flicks Harley’s nose, telling her that she’ll need to be less gullible in order to fight Batgirl.
|You should have seen the time she fell for the "got your nose" gag. She cried for days.|
|Not like that. Get your mind out of the gutter.|
Poison Ivy: “There’s only one way to learn to think strategically. Chess!”
Oh, God, please no. Whether it be Beware the Batman, Avengers Assemble, or even Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four, it seems like nobody knows how to play chess in fiction. And honestly, learning how to play chess isn’t the hard part. Getting good at it is what requires patience and intelligence.
But Harley, the dumb-as-a-sack-of-hammers bimbo with a PhD in psychology, can’t even master which pieces are hers.
|Here's a hint. It's not the green ones.|
|"Is that the word 'gullible' written on your shirt?"|
After hours pass for Harley and Ivy, we get to the second interactive portion where you help Harley put Ivy in checkmate. Finally, a cartoon admits it needs help with chess.
|I was born for this moment.|
|Thanks to some actual chess strategy. You're welcome.|
|No joke, I just really like the way this looks.|
|Obvious Miley Cyrus joke goes here/|
And with that, the episode ends.
This was above average for Gotham Girls. If the animation were more refined and polished, I could see this being on TV as a short, say, during the DC Nation. You know, the one that doesn't exist anymore because the Cartoon Network executives are more childish than their audience.
Either way, this is definitely a step up from last season and an above average installment for this season.
Next time, we get a baby boom. Thankfully, it doesn't involve Harley Quinn bombing an orphanage. See you then!