The Batman

Season 1 Episode 10

Topsy Turvy

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Feb 05, 2005 on The CW
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Joker is out of Arkham. He's going after everyone responsible for getting him arrested, turning them into playing cards ... with the Batman being his main target.

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  • The Joker is back, and this time he plans on getting revenge on all those who have wronged him by stuffing them inside of massive playing cards. He's out for the Batman, and this time he's playing for keeps.moreless

    I'm glad that the Joker is back. I was greatly missing this version of him, considering that he's a very sadistic and completely insane one. However, this episode starts out a bit bumpy with the opening. I was glad that he zapped the judge, because I thought he had owned him, but instead he had just stuffed him into a playing card. In fact, this entire episode is kind of weird, with the whole playing card plan. It was just plain old randomness, but I guess that is what Joker should be. This episode also has one of the best conversations so far in the series, with Batman and Joker talking in his cell. It really does develop their relationship as "two sides of the same card". However, considering the way they were talking, you'd think they had battled several times before when they've only battled once. Also, the small subplot with the Arkham guard is hilarious, especially with "macaroni and cheese". It's also nice to see that Ethan and Yin are being fully utilized again, and their characters continue to be fleshed out. However, I will say that the final battle was a disappointment, but nothing that wrecks the episode. All in all, a great Joker episode, however, I would like to see him get away with a murder, just to really show off the dark side of his character.moreless
  • In the end you'll always know that Joker will be the one to lose.

    Joker captures the Judge that sentenced him to the asylum. Evidence brings Batman to Joker, but as a result, Batman was the one trapped in the prison. Though Batman finds a way to escape. At the Gotham theater, Joker tries eliminating his victims one by one, but Batman was there to stop him. In the end, Joker fell victim to his own weapon.

    The aesthetics for the action scenes are, like always, very pretty and nice to look at. Though the fight between Batman and Joker wasn't really engaging. The story was a bit unique, but nothing from it made you pop out of your seat. In short, it was just average. Though how Joker orchestrated his escape was brilliant.moreless
  • A good ep for the Joker and for season 1

    Good, but could've been better. The Joker, since he happens to be a martial arts fighter, could've put up a much better fight with the batman. They should at least reveal how he gotten out of jail so that the episode would make more sense, and I really didn't Like Ethan and Yin in this episode either. They could've been portrayed much better than this.
  • When all of the Joker's old enemies are turned into life-size playing cards, the Batman wonders whether his old enemy actually committed the crimes.

    This series picks up in the shadow of the upcoming finale, with the Joker's return. This is the first time in the series that a villain has come back, and I'm told that Penguin will be back in the next episode.

    This episode, however, was chilling and unexpected. I though the writing was perfect, and that the involvement of Yin and Bennett was needed due to their absence in some of the recent episodes.

    The Joker's fate left me in fits of giggles and I believe that this series will now carry on for years to come.

Alastair Duncan

Alastair Duncan

Alfred Pennyworth

Steve Harris

Steve Harris

Detective Ethan Bennett (Season 1; guest otherwise)

Rino Romano

Rino Romano

Bruce Wayne / Batman



Detective Ellen Yin

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