Birds of Prey

Season 1 Episode 11

Gladiatrix

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 08, 2003 on The WB
8.5
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When young metahuman women are abducted in New Gotham, Helena's investigation leads her to uncover a secret club where the captive women are drugged and forced to fight each other in an arena. When Helena is also abducted, it is up to Dinah to rescue her. (TV-14,L,V)moreless

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  • Meta-human females are disappearing from the streets of New Gotham and The Birds are looking for the reason. Huntress gets abducted and then Dinah and Reese must save her with Oracle's help.moreless

    7.0
    A lot of interesting meta-human skills revealed in this episode. I liked the electric lady at the beginning, but I especially liked the lady who could shoot laser beams from her eyes. Very Cool.



    I think this has been a common theme with super heroes and comic books for a long time. What if you made Batman fight Superman or Green Lantern fight Captain America , who would win etc...? Moot point and really a waste of a possible good episode. The characters were fine but I didn't find the elaborate scheme to be much of anything other than a petty vendetta. Someone who could come up with something like this definitely must have something better to do with their time. Actually pretty disappointing. Also the fact that it's slavery, they are fighting to their death, and only uses women. What exactly is the point.



    Very sexist episode sort of like an In Like Flint movie but that was done in the 60's so it has an excuse and it was clever. Also I always have liked James Colburn.



    Justice prevails in the end after we get to see some women kick the crap out of each other. Let's hope all of those politicians and cops who were looking the other way get theirs in the end as well.



    I am giving this a 7 for the acting of the principals and the clever meta-human females. The acting has improved a great deal since the beginning and the actors seem much more comfortable in their roles. Otherwise I would not really recommend this episode. Thanks for reading...moreless
Ian Abercrombie

Ian Abercrombie

Alfred Pennyworth

Dina Meyer

Dina Meyer

Barbara Gordon/ Oracle

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

Jesse Reese

Rachel Skarsten

Rachel Skarsten

Dinah Lance

Ashley Scott

Ashley Scott

Helena Kyle/ Huntress

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Huntress' necklace and earrings (communicators) are removed when she is abducted, yet Dinah is allowed to keep hers during the fight.

    • Except for levitating a pipe, Dinah does not use her mental abilities in her battle with Huntress. Instead she chooses to fight physically, despite the fact that Huntress' powers and experience give her a clear advantage.

    • Barbara mentions that no two metahumans have the same power yet in episode 3 a janitor has the same power as "Kayla the Destroyer" to throw fireballs.

    • The metahuman woman in the opening scene is supposedly knocked out by a drug but when Huntress moves her body from under the falling power lines the woman can clearly be seen holding onto Huntress and moving her feet.

  • QUOTES (8)

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Helena: Do you know, when you talk like that you remind me of Charlie Brown's teacher? 'Wah-wah-wah.'
      Comparing Barbara to Charlie Brown's teacher, from the comic strip Peanuts.

    • The Gladiatrix Match: Superhero Fighting Arena
      The basic plot of this episode bears a very strong resemblance to JSA issues #28 and 30, which featured an individual who ran an underground fighting arena, kidnapped superheroes and filled them with aggressor drugs to force them to fight each other, and inhibited their super powers on occasion. The head of the arena even had a oddly-looking right eye (due to a tattoo rather than a scar, though).

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