The Batman

Season 4 Episode 13

The Joining (2)

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM May 05, 2007 on The CW
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The Joining (2)
The Joining has launched its attack on Earth and the key to defeating them is Wayne Industries' satellites. As Batman and Martian Manhunter attempt to penetrate Wayne Towers, Alfred encourages Batgirl and Robin to disobey Batman while the battle for Earth begins.

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  • A prelude to something else...

    Well, as the second and definitive part of the episode titled "the joining" and the last episode of the season, if not of the series, this was a badly executed episode.

    I love this show, but, I would think that a story line in the lines of an alien invasion on a global scale could have taken easily 4 if not 6 episodes to do the story justice.

    First of all, aliens, globally, attacking the Earth, and you don't get to see any of the big guns reacting?? No Green Lantern, Superman, etc.. This may be "the Batman" show, but the moment as far as I'm concerned, the moment they made the aliens attacking worldwide and they included the Martian Manhunter in the story, then, to me, it would only make sense to see the other heroes somehow, somewhere, even in cameos.

    Bottom Line, this story was rushed, and didn't make much sense because of it.

    Having failsafe within Wayne Enterprises tech, was truly, a lazy way out of this story, the only way to get this into 2 episodes.

    But, again, the problem is that, this was too quick in execution. The Aliens were all over the globe and fast. How did they get the resources that fast? It made no sense.

    As far as I'm concerned, the highjacking of Wayne Enterprises technologies, in itself could be plausible, but, the situation should have been contained within Gotham City as the originating point of attack/invasion.

    I love that they Martian Manhunter was part of the story. Although why? That wasn't exactly explained.

    Also, I have to admit that Bruce's knowledge of Martians, without having met one, was too me, a bit too much. Batman shouldn't know about everything, just because he can, certain things should be harder to learn.

    Anyways, the alien threat shouldn't have gone worldwide in the actual deployment, it should have been contained, even if barely, within Gotham City. Aliens of advanced technologies, able to for months if not years to pull off over everyone's eyes, the ability to build their ships, crafts, bots and dopplegangers. They way this was presented in a 2 episodes arc, was way to rushed and totally not credible.

    Now, the way the ending leads into a possible revival of a new Justice League, that part is well done.

    I say new Justice League, but I guess I mean, the beginning of the League.

    But you see the Flash, Green Lantern amongst some of the members.. But they didn't help during the invasion.. Again makes NO SENSE! :)moreless
  • It deserved a better series finale

    It kinda does....

    You know Batman came before Justice League.

    In fact, JL shouldn't even existed in the first place!!!!

    There should be no Martin Manhunter in the series anyway.

    I mean "Come ON!!!"

    Besides, this series is all about Batman as the unexperinced crime fighter. At the end of the series, He could have known the fact that he fought all the bad guys and he did all he could to save Gotham so like in 20 years later, He passes the torch to Robin. And in the end, He now saves Gotham. That even kinda leaves an explanation for Batman Beyond.

    Also on another thing. On Artifacts,He never went to JL HQ. He stays in Gotham defending Gotham. That's simple as that!

    Even that leaves an explanation for my idea for a series finale.

    All I can say is that it deserved better.moreless
  • starting to kick off the series with even more exciting episodes!

    The Joining (Both parts) has changed the entire series around (In my point of view). Now Batman is apart of a bigger team, the question arises if Robin and Batgirl will still be with him alot? With the idea of a Justice League appearing, I'm thrilled to think about seeing Batman battle villains that are bigger and badder than Joker, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Freeze or Clayface! Now Batman has battled aliens, but what's next? Hopefully Luthor, Brainiac, Felix Faust and other super powerful enemies! This is perhaps one of the best episodes this season! (2 of a kind beating it)moreless
  • The Justice league is introduced in this season finale.

    The Joining is another fairly well done episode of the batman. It has a mixture of light and dark that makes it seem somewhat reminescent of Justice League. I liked the fact that the villains had there own scene were they were helping out in Gotham City. I thought that someone else besides Joker should have had a speaking line since he is in this show way to much. This episode is fluid and better than the last one and the jokes are said by the right people in the right way. I thought that this episode was a great set up for the justice league playing a big part in the next season. This episode, despite many didn't ike it was very good although not the best.moreless
  • Batman fights to save the world. He has robin, batgirl, and the Marshon on his side. They fight to save the world from an evil invasion.

    Batman has finally found the justice leage! But what will happen to robin and batgirl? Will robin create the teen titans? Or will he join batman, or even be solo? Batgirl is left alone in this, how will his team handle the fact batman is leaving? Alfred is sure up for quite a shock. Batman already knew about the justice leage, he has been tracking their sources for months. Is bruce wayne up for this commitment? What will happen to the world? are their more challenges? Batman accepts the offer to be apart of the justice leage. Good luck batman.moreless
Rino Romano

Rino Romano

Bruce Wayne / Batman

Danielle Judovits

Danielle Judovits

Barbara Gordon / Batgirl

Evan Sabara

Evan Sabara

Dick Grayson / Robin

Alastair Duncan

Alastair Duncan

Alfred Pennyworth

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Commissioner Gordon (Episode 35-present; guest otherwise)

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Martian Manhunter was a member of the Justice League in Cartoon Network's series, but since the show's no longer airing new episodes, it was freed up to use in The Batman as long as it doesn't interfere with continuity.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Batman: No way I can shake you?
      J'onn: Not on Earth.
      Batman: Then do me a favor - fasten the belt.

    • Alfred: There are times when I, too, disagree with Master Bruce's decisions. And when that happens, there's something I do that never fails to lift my spirits ... I disobey him.

    • Batgirl: You picked us, Batman, because you knew we were strong.
      Robin: And sometimes that's about being strong enough to help you.
      Batgirl: Even when you think you don't need us.
      Batman: It was never about not needing you. It was about ... not losing you.

    • (After looking at a robot with his head)
      Lucius: What's that?
      Batgirl: Robot head. So five minutes ago.

    • Batgirl: It's not that Batman doesn't want our help. It's just that ... he doesn't need our help. Big difference.
      Robin: So, you're saying to the big guy, we're basically useless?
      Batgirl: I wouldn't go that far. We proved Alfred's not a robot.
      Alfred: And I am very relieved.

    • Batgirl: How are you so calm, Alfred? Aliens! I think that would warrant at least one of your signature cocked eyebrows.
      Alfred: I keep house for a man who dresses like a bat and works in a cave. At this point in my life, there's little that phases me.

    • Batman: Are you ready?
      J'onn: Not even Martians live forever.

    • Joker: (attacking the aliens) Forgive my inhospitality, but terrorizing Gotham is my job!

  • NOTES (6)


    • The space station housing the DC superheroes looks similar to the Hall of Justice seen in the various SuperFriends series that aired from 1973-85.

    • Super villains aiding the side of good against an alien threat (though this time for implied selfish reasons) is similar not only to the Legion of Super Heroes first season finale, but also the final episode of Justice League.

    • Martian Manhunter gathers heroes in light of an alien invasion force threatening Earth, and they later form a team. Even though we didn't see the other members until the very end, it's similar to the three-part pilot to Justice League.

    • Alfred's comment to Lucius Fox (while they are on the veranda) that he chose the record he chose because "Wagner would have been inappropriate." This may be a reference to the Gotterdamerung which forms at the end of Wagner's Ring Cycle. It basically concludes the play with the wholesale end of the world and the death of the gods.

    • The scenes where The Joining's flying ships attacking Gotham with laser beams is very reminiscent of the original 1953 film War of the Worlds. In the film, the Martians' flying machines attacked Earth's cities.