Batman Gotham Knights

Season 2 Episode 2


Aired Unknown Sep 19, 1998 on The WB
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The villainous Farmer Brown creates a new breed of gigantic enhanced farm animals to wreak havoc on Gotham City.

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  • The classification I'm really looking for is underrated. That's right I said Critters, the most reviled of the reviled of Batman DCAU episodes, is underrated. Besides, being underrated it is a darkly comic at the whole Batman style and has the whole greatmoreless

    This episode is like Frank Miller directing Batman '66 TV on acid, except less violent, less campy and kind of nothing like that comparison at all. But Critters is a fantastic, underrated episode, nonetheless.

    Yet, the thing fans most compare this episode to is a return to the style and tone of the reviled Adam West classic of yesteryears. The reason is, of course, the villain's premise... a genetist farmer. Apparently, this over the top. Clayface, the Lazarus pit, Etrican and Klarion, Man-bat, and Tygrus. But Farmer Brown, looking like a more twisted version of American Gothic, is not played for laughs; instead, he is excellently underplayed by Peter Breck and Peter Breck's magnificent voice.

    The script is a wonderful thing in itself. Written by the East Texan who brought us the solid 10er Read My Lips from an idea by the creator of Howard the Duck, this script has great pacing, most every line works for the story, and some great set pieces (love that almost Truman Show like indoor farm).

    And the lines aren't especially evocative of a sillier form of comedy. They are like the humorous, sometimes hilarious lines, in many an installment of the animated adventures of the dark knigth detective.

    Before letting this review ramble on to long for an episode loathed by most likely to read it, I should give mention to the excellent technical merit of the animation, creature design, and especially the score. I wish I knew more about musical scores so I could say something charming here, but I will say, the music captures the mood perfectly. There is a certain creepiness below the surface being evoked. Now thats what I call 'purdy.'

    In the end, I'll dock the score for a few too many Robin one-liners, but those aren't particularly endemic to just this episode.moreless
Robert Costanzo

Robert Costanzo

Detective Harvey Bullock

Bob Hastings

Bob Hastings

Commissioner Jim Gordon

Tara Strong

Tara Strong

Barbara Gordon / Batgirl

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Bruce Wayne / Batman

Mathew Valencia

Mathew Valencia

Tim Drake / Robin

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