|The lyrics they wish they wrote for "Big Yellow Taxi."|
This webisode begins with a headline about the mayor planning to pave paradise and put up a parking lot. And you better believe that Poison Ivy ain't happy.
Poison Ivy: "Har-ley! I've got a job for you, girl."
We cut to the conveniently labeled Mayoral Residence, where the lawn care guy is hard at work caring for the lawn. While he mows, Harley replaces his numerous bags of grass seed with "Ivy's Overnight Seeding Formula." You know, this raises all sorts of questions, and I'm not just referring to the fact that Ivy has custom-labeled bags for her instruments of ecoterrorism.
|I like to think that Ivy only wrote that on there so Harley would stop confusing it for oatmeal.|
Anyway, sometime later, Ivy prepares to make her move. Step one: tell Harley to wait in the car and not move.
Poison Ivy: "No matter what."
|Well, between this and "The Vault," you can't say she doesn't follow directions to the letter.|
|She and River Song must get their lipstick from the same place.|
Poison Ivy: "Veto the bill."
Mayor: "It'll cost jobs!"
Poison Ivy: "It'll cost votes, you mean."
Yeah, because taxpayers hate parks and love urban sprawl.
Actually, I can't help but kind of side with the Mayor. I mean, he's got a good point. Gotham's a cesspool of crime. Maybe getting some people some much-needed employment could help. Get some businesses in there, create commerce. Of course, the fact that the mall would be replacing a wetland (a surprisingly necessary part of any ecosystem) is a huge issue that would need to be figured out. Clearly, studies would have to be done and someone involved in this land deal is going to end up with the short end of the stick.
Welcome to politics! It's harder than it looks.
|The game of politics isn't just made of mansions and Batgirl pajamas|
|Well, this exact thing minus the mutant vines, I mean.|
The next day, Harley and Ivy watch TV and laugh as the Mayor not only goes through on what Ivy forced him to do, but also resigns from politics, owing to a new "medical condition." Our heroes, ladies and gentlemen, ecoterrorist bullies.
|Where's Batman when you need him?|
|He looks like a pink nightmare.|
I joked about the problems inherent in Ivy's plan, politically, economically, and otherwise, but when it comes down to it, she's a supervillain. Of course her goals are reprehensible. I have to admit that this is a cute little one-shot story with some charm to it. For an internet cartoon that debuted the same month as "Homestarloween Party," this is pretty good. Of course, these days, this is a piece of crap compared to say, a Game Grumps fanimation, but I've got to be fair to the time. I won't complain about the lack of color in the old black and white Superman show, and I won't complain about how this web animation from the year 2000 isn't up to our modern standards.
All in all, it's harmless, cute, and a little charming. We'll see if this can keep up next time. See you then.