Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Season 2 Episode 17

Menace of the Madniks!

Aired Friday 7:00 PM Oct 15, 2010 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

When Booster Gold uses time time travel to go back in time and visit his currently-deceased friend, the Silver Age Blue Beetle, he throws the timestream into chaos and needs Batman's help to resolve things.

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  • The Haunted Tank features in a great opening teaser, the main episode is not as good however.

    I loved the opening teaser with Haunted Tank, driven by none other than Jeb Stuart who assists Batman in capturing Ma Murder. It has a really funn moment where the tank jumps over a bruidge and we hear that standard cheesy car horn sound, this opening is a lot better than the main episode. So, the main episode then, Booster Gold is in it, this should mean it's going to be just as fun as the opening, but it's a fairly serious episode, nothing wrong with that BTW. Here, Booster and Batman travels back in time to help Ted Kord capture the Madniks before his death, and thus give him some sort of closure. I thought the episode was merely okay, main problem, the villains, the Madniks, I love the superlame villains of this series, problem is, the Madniks are definitely not cool, and they're not even so lame enough to be cool. When they undergo their transformation, they look kind of like the Preserver in his true form from the Superman TAS show, but they're boring villains.

    The stuff between Booster Gold, Batman and Ted Kord is fun enough, loved the line where Ted Kord explains how Batman is more of a "work friend" and Booster is more of a "fun friend". I don't know why it never quite becomes as entertaining as it should, the action is pretty boring and uninspired and there are only brief moments of humour. I thought something special would happen here, like Booster dying to save the future he messed up, or even Blue Beetle dying here instead of Science Island, then again, I guess the world would be doomed if he did, but no, nothiing major happened. I just found this episode to be very average, one of the weakest ones so far, but the opening is great though, so check it out for that at least. Skeets, voiced by Billy West, arguably the most talented voice actor currently in the business, should get more lines as well.moreless
Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

J.E.B. Stuart/Krebs

Guest Star

Lauri Johnson

Lauri Johnson

Ma Murder

Guest Star

Billy West

Billy West


Guest Star

Tom Everett Scott

Tom Everett Scott

Booster Gold

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (6)

    • General Stuart: She may be long in the tooth, but that filly's a mighty fine driver. For a Yankee.

    • Krebs: With these funds, we'll tear down the charade of organized society that cages our souls.
      Batman: You're gonna know a lot more about cages when I'm through with you.

    • Skeets: Sir, I know what you're thinking. But we can't just travel back in time and save Ted Kord. It's his fate to sacrifice himself on Science Island. And if you change history...
      Booster Gold: I know I can't change history without screwing up the timestream. Heh. How dumb do you think I am? (Skeets just stares) Anyway...

    • Booster Gold: I don't get it. If we want to fix the future, why didn't we travel to just before I showed up before, then, tell me not to visit Ted?
      Batman: That would just create another dangerous time paradox.
      Booster Gold: Or, better yet, go back to just before I left to come here to stop me then.
      Batman: That's not how time travel works.
      Booster Gold: Wait a minute. What about visiting my mother before I was born? And...
      Batman: Look, I'm not going to explain the intricacies of time travel to a man without a library card.

    • Batman: You never said you and Booster were friends.
      Blue Beetle: It never came up.
      Batman: A consummate professional like you friends with a dilettante like Booster?
      Blue Beetle: You're both my friends, okay? You're more of a work friend, and Booster is more a fun friend.
      Batman: What's more fun than fighting crime?
      Booster Gold: Ooh, he's got you there.

    • Blue Beetle: Are you two thinking what I'm thinking?
      Booster Gold: Yes. But why don't you tell me just to make sure.

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