The Batman

Season 4 Episode 2

Team Penguin

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Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Sep 30, 2006 on The CW
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Team Penguin
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After watching a movie about criminal masterminds, Penguin gets the idea to form a team of Gotham's greatest villains in order to finally take Batman down. Meanwhile, Batgirl and Robin must learn how to work together.

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  • I have never been a fan of the Penguin.

    5.5
    Annoying, That's the only word that comes to my mind whenever the Penguin is on screen.



    Anyway, the plot revolves around the Penguin trying (and seceding) to put together a team of super for his own use (the title kind of says it all).



    The story doesn't really do much else.



    1.Batman tries to stop TP with the help of Robin and Batgirl. 2. Batgirl gets angry with Batman for letting Robin know and do the things she was never aloud to do.



    2a.See the Bat cave.



    2b.Know his secret identity.



    and after some arguing and name calling. they see the light and stop Team Penguin.



    Producible…..Right.



    (Sigh)



    And you know what is the worst part is, The Penguin gets the idea for TP while watching a heist movie.



    (dumb)moreless
  • Quite good.

    7.3
    I wasn't really expecting something like this ep. Though I have to say it's kinda Dee-ja-vu coz Penguin dumped that team of his just like how he dumped his birds in 'Pets' for someone bigger and better. That Killer-Moth guy was totally lame, kinda like an idiot to me. Anyway, we got to see Robin and Batgirl quarrel together and work together. Funny how they talked back to each other, wonder what batman was thinking of them. But finally Batman showed Batgirl the cave and his true identity that made she and Robin have equal knowledge. And both of them are still arguing! Alright! :)moreless
  • Fun fun fun!

    10
    This episode is a sitback from the dark premiere of Robin. This introduces Robin to Batgirl, who interact like real people, first being obnoxious of each other then learning how to work together. There were many funny jokes in this episode, including the Barbara Gordon deal were she tries to protect her identity but Batman just tells Robin anyway. Killer Moth was the real highlight of the episode. He was funny in everyway. Even after he mutated, he was still the klutz we all loved. This was one of few good Penguin episodes. Can't wait for the new Clayfaces episode.moreless
  • When Penguin creates a new team made up of Killer Croc, FireFly, Ragdoll and Killer Moth, Robin and Batgirl must learn to work together.

    9.1
    This episode was, in many ways, the opposite of last weeks episode. I'm not saying this is a terrible episode, but don't expect to be too heart-warmed. A nice edition to this episode was Killer Moth. he was a silly, oblivious wannabe supervillain, so it was only fitting that he turned into an evil monster who was probably the strongest of the whole Team Penguin. The fact that Batgirl and Robin didn't get along was predictable yet fun to watch nontheless. But what really made this episode was the action, which is why this episode was made. A Matter of Family lacked the action for an average episode, so Team penguin brought it in spades.

    But this episode was far from perfection. Penguin needed to have a bigger role, even if he'll be annoying. And Batgirl finding out who Batman is was totally unneccesary. But that didn't stop it from being another amazing episode. Here's hoping this season of The Batman will be BTAS quality.moreless
  • Robin's in, Batgirl's out!

    7.5
    This was a very intresting episode. Not so much because of the villians, but because of the growing relationship in the bat family. Unlike Batman the animated series, and The New Adventures of Batman,Robin, Batman, and Batgirl's identities are revealed, practically right away. However, also in this episode we get to compare the Dark Knight's two sidekicks. I for one, was never a fan of this show's Batgirl. She reminded me of my little cousin who just didn't want to leave me alone. Who always wanted to prove she was grown up, when she wasn't mature enough yet. I doubt this version of the show, will show the romance between Dick and Barbara because the kids are too young for it. Maybe later...



    Seeing Batgirl side by side with Robin, You can obviously see Batman's favoritism towards his male protege. As with most men who have children, they usually favor a male child over the female. Also, Robin has the advantage of living with Bruce, and being able to train that much more. He is Bruce's ward, and therefore entitled to things Barbara is not. On top of that, Dick has more fans.



    Poor Barbara seems to be the real underdog here...moreless
Alastair Duncan

Alastair Duncan

Alfred Pennyworth

Danielle Judovits

Danielle Judovits

Barbara Gordon / Batgirl

Evan Sabara

Evan Sabara

Dick Grayson / Robin

Rino Romano

Rino Romano

Bruce Wayne / Batman

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

The Penguin

Guest Star

Jason Marsden

Jason Marsden

Firefly

Guest Star

Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Ragdoll / Killer Moth

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Robin's collapsible Bo-staff is a staple of Robin III (Tim Drake). It was given to him in his first comic book mini-series by Lady Shiva who trained Robin in its use.

    • In this episode, Batman defeated Bane with no problem at all. So, why is it in "Traction" he couldn't do the same thing to Bane? (Reply: Because it wasn't until the end of that episode that Batman discovered electricity can short out Bane's venom infusion device)

    • Here, we see the introduction of Robin's collapsable bo staff and bird-a-rangs, the latter of which were first created for his Teen Titans counterpart. Both here and in Teen Titans, the bird-a-rangs are a deliberate homage to the preferred weapon of the leader of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman Ken (in the Battle of the Planets, Mark). The homage continues in Robin's cape design including a split at the back similar to those of Gatchaman's bird-based heroes.

    • The film's ending that Penguin was watching at the beginning of this episode differed when both he and Killer Moth/Charaxes crashed through the same movie theater. When the movie's eyepatched character says, "Now that is a blueprint for success," he's clearly on his boat with his team of criminals, but near the end of the episode, the same character is shown saying the same quote in a different background. (Reply: The part Penguin dropped in on was probably a different part in the movie. Because that line was probably that character's catchphrase, he would naturally say it more than once in the movie)

    • It's funny that Ragdoll suggests the team name "Villains United," considering that among Penguin's cadre, the Ragdoll character was the only one that was on the team-of-focus in that book.

    • Killer Moth was the first costumed supervillain ever faced by Barbara Gordon as Batgirl in the comics.

      He also appeared as the villain in the short and never screened pilot for a proposed Batgirl spin-off show with Yvonne Craig in 1967. There, he was played by Tim Herbert".

      Originally, Killer Moth was a fairly formidible foe in the comics, a sort of "Anti-Batman" with a Mothmobile, Mothsignal, and coming to the aid of villains harassed by the police and Batman. His name was "Cameron Van Cleer".

      In the 1990's, the comics retconned him to having always been a loser comedy-relief villain whom no hero or villain takes seriously, whose real name turns out to be "Drury Walker". Then, he became moth-monster Charaxes and was killed in the recent "Infinite Crisis". A new Killer Moth in the original costume has since appeared. In the Teen Titans series, Killer Moth was one of the regular villains. He looked part moth the same way Killer Croc looks part croc here. Moth's daughter, Kitten, was taken to the prom by Robin because Killer Moth threatened to blow up the city if he didn't.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Penguin: I love this movie!
      Man: Do you mind?! We can't see!
      Penguin: What I mind is this backseat yakkity-yak while I'm trying to watch a movie!

    • Batgirl: Sorry, circus boy, but you can't beat Olympic gymnastics for teaching acrobatic skills!
      Robin: How many times have you performed a triple aerial somersault?
      Batgirl: Dozens.
      Robin: Fifty-feet up, without a net, over hungry lions?
      Batgirl: I don't know if they were hungry.

    • Killer Moth: Listen, I can help you guys. I got a lot of skills.
      Penguin: Do enlighten us, Moth.
      Killer Moth: Well ... I've got stealth skills, code breaking skills, karate skills.
      Penguin: What about coffee-making skills? I take mine black, two lumps.

    • (As Bane breaks into a bank vault)
      Batgirl: Let me guess, Bane; ATM ate your card?

    • Batgirl: You'll be 40 before you get to drive the batmobile!
      Robin: At least I'll get to drive it!

    • Robin: Of course, leaving yourself so exposed like that is completely reckless!
      Batgirl: Oh, yeah? Who crashed the giant moth monster into the roof?

    • Firefly: (to Killer Moth) Nice wings. Granny make 'em?
      Ragdoll: Now, now. Give the man a chance. What are your special talents? Attraction to bright lights? Eating holes in sweaters?

    • Killer Croc: So, we still need our fifth.
      Penguin: Recruitment is my job, thank you very much! And besides, they all said "no" already.

    • Penguin: (to Killer Moth upon meeting Robin) Looks like I'm not the only one with a lackey. (laughs)
      (Robin starts attacking Penguin)
      Robin: Who's the lackey now, huh? (continues to beat him up)
      Killer Moth: Sir?
      Batgirl: (to Batman about Robin) You, uh, might wanna cut back on his sugar intake.

    • Batgirl: (shocked) Bruce Wayne! Knew it. (to Robin) And that makes you Dick Grayson.
      Robin: (after unmasking himself) And you are?
      Batgirl: Sorry. As a not quite official freelancer, I have to go the extra mile to protect my privacy.
      Batman: She's Barbara Gordon.
      Robin: Gordon?! As in the Commish's kid?!

    • Movie Mastermind/The General: Report. What's your status?
      Movie Thief: Still single. Haven't met the right girl, I guess.

    • (Upon entering the batcave for the first time)
      Batgirl: A cave? Really milking this whole creature-of-the-night thing, huh?

    • Firefly: What if we called ourselves the "Gotham Gangsters"?

    • (Regarding Batgirl as he is practicing with the practice robot in the batcave)
      Robin: Hey, I'm not the problem; she's the one flying solo.

    • Batgirl: (to Batman) Uh, who's the pixie?
      Robin: Robin, official partner to The Dark Knight.

    • (Upon seeing Killer Moth's transformation)
      Robin: Whoa, what happened to him?
      Batgirl: I'm going with: Hit by a radioactive moth ball from outer space.

    • (Suggesting a new team name)
      Ragdoll: How about "Villains United"?
      Penguin: How about you shut up?

    • (Looking at Robin and then up at Batman)
      Batgirl: So, you got a new partner. It's because I changed the presets on the Batmobile radio, isn't it?

  • NOTES (10)

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Injustice Gang/Injustice League: Team Penguin, a group of formidable foes of the Batman, can be related to either of these two groups of super-villains.

    • n/a: Napoleon Dynamite
      Killer Moth names off what skills he has. This is a reference to Napolean Dynamite, who lists off all the skills he wants.

    • Movie Safecracker: McGuffen is secured.
      A McGuffen is a term given to an object in a movie, television show or piece of writing that serves no purpose other than propelling the plot forward. One prime example is the "Grays Sports Almanac" from the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II.

    • Penguin's Movie
      The movie that Penguin watches seems to be based on both The A-Team, and part of the 2003 remake of the 1967 thief film The Italian Job. Such parallels include the boat chase and the safe-cracking specialist. There also may be hints of the recent Ocean's Eleven remake, particularly in a villain who seeks to recruit the city's top thieves for a grandiose heist.

    • Explosion: Batman & Robin
      When running from the exploding barrels, Batman is in the center, Batgirl on his right, and Robin on his left. What's more, they are covered almost completely in shadow. The trio did the same thing in front of the Bat signal at the end of the infamously lackluster 1997 film Batman & Robin.

    • Comics: Killer Moth
      Killer Moth's transformation from loser villain in a geeky costume with a cocoon gun to monstrously dangerous insect creature (who used the name "Charaxes") sort of mirrors events in the "Underworld Unleashed" comic series of 1995. However, the reason there was a deal with a demon, rather than a mutagenic compound.

    • Penguin: The stately mansion of Gotham's own software billionaire, Robert Howard.
      A reference to the 60's TV show, which invariably described Bruce Wayne's home as "stately Wayne Manor, home of millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne."

    • The Penguin: There it is – the stuff that dreams are made of.
      Penguin is alluding to another jewel-encrusted bird - the Maltese Falcon, best known from the 1941 movie of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart as detective Sam Spade. Spade decribes the fabled Falcon in the same terms.

    • Ragdoll: How about "Villains United"?
      Villains United was a six-issue mini-series which tied into the 2005 mini-series, Infinite Crisis. In Villains United, Lex Luthor gathers many supervillains to form a huge Secret Society of Super Villains as protection from superheroes. Also, in the mini-series, Ragdoll was one of the members of the Secret Six that rebelled against Luthor's group.

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