The Batman

Season 2 Episode 8


Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Jul 09, 2005 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Joker pirates the airwaves of Gotham in order to broadcast his crimes on TV as entertainment. When Detective Yin's overzealous new partner tries to bring the clown prince of crime down, he merely becomes Joker's latest "co-star." Batman must find where Joker is broadcasting from before he can carry out his plan to make Gotham die of laughter!moreless

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  • JTV exemplifies the Joker's insane ambitions for Gotham City while drawing on well written interactions between Mayor Grange and Cash Tankinson.

    JTV takes several elements of previous incarnations of Batman and blends them together perfectly. For starters, Joker in Batman TAS pirated the air waves to broadcast his Christmas with the Joker Special. Then in Justice League's Wild Cards this time he bought air time to broadcast his battle with the Justice League. Both JTV and Wildcards are similar that the Joker wants to defeat either the Batman or the Justice League and make money at it, but really he is only interested in having mad cap fun with citizens of the world.

    These are the better Joker apperances where he seems to be driven by money when actually he has a larger revenge plot in mind.

    However, focusing more on the episode, I will miss Cash Tankinson, his stock dialogue matched up against the Joker's was hilarious.

    I also enjoyed when Joker was speaking through Mayor Grange at the beginning of the episode for it reminded me of his commercials in the Batman movie.

    No matter how reminiscent this episode is of previous incarnations, it lacked in Ellen Yin's involvement. There was one scene towards the end of the episode, where she is sitting at her desk deciding what to do while watching the telecast. It just did not seem to be her charteristic to sit on her hands and wait for something to happen.

    Overall, this is a classic Joker episode where his motives are not quite clear until the climax and his interactions with the straight characters, (Batman, Grange, and Tankison) are quite comical.

  • Joker is a genius!

    All I can say is Joker is a genius! He starts a TV network that entrigh the people of Gotham and while they are watching they get some Laughing Gas through out the shows that were on.

    Joker was funny (as usual) and smart. I would have never thought to use "Silly String" to wrap someone up and I probalby would have never thought to use a TV program to trick people in order to make them laugh with the laughing gas.

    I really liked this episode. Not the best episode but I was good....moreless
  • The Joker kidnaps the Mayor and broadcasts it on national television blah, blah, blah. We’ve seen it all before.

    Okay, I am officially sick of seeing the Joker now. We’re only about half way through season two and the Joker has already appeared in about eight episodes or so. Enough with this guy already! What’s worse, is that the writers provide us with what is probably the most over-used Joker plot of all time. Didn’t they already do this episode in the old series? I seem to recall “Christmas With The Joker” ran along pretty much the same path as JTV. The guy just sucks, plain and simple. This is a horrible version of the Joker, and I want to pull my hair out every time I see those big goofy red eyes and green dreadlocks.

    On the plus side however, I am really warming up to the animation style used in this cartoon. It’s taken me a while to get used to it, but I really like the attention to detail that is employed when it comes to the architectural symmetry of Gotham City.

    I also like the sly references made to the original 1966 Batman television series. Once again, Adam West, the original Batman, provides the voice for Mayor Marion Grange. Also the Joker is heard saying, “Same Joker time, same Joker channel”, a slight re-wording of the original end credits to the 1966 show. Moreover, in one scene, the Joker is viewing Batman fighting a goon through his ‘Joker-cam’ and the words “Biff!” and “Pow!” flare up on the screen. This form of onomatopoeia was frequently used in the original series as well. This is appropriate I suppose, as this episode matches the original show in terms of quality and expectation.

  • Joker is back! He is a good villan but his talent is wasted in this episode.

    I like Joker,his jokes,His plans of silly evil and his episodes. But this one was horrible the plot has been used{kinda} before in Batman:Forever exept that one was good. Joker has no good jokes in this episode, Batman has no good fight scenes. It was just boring i couldn\\\'t even watch it the first time.
Alastair Duncan

Alastair Duncan

Alfred Pennyworth

Rino Romano

Rino Romano

Bruce Wayne / Batman



Detective Ellen Yin

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

Cash Tankenson

Guest Star

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

the Joker

Recurring Role

Adam West

Adam West

Mayor Grange

Recurring Role

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