Day of the Knight!
Original Airdate - January 2nd, 2009
In this episode, the evil Morgan Le Fey has
taken over Camelot and turned everyone to stone! To
thwart her plans, Merlin transports Batman and Green
Arrow back in time to retrieve Excalibur, defeat Etriga,
battle dragons and return King Arthur to the Throne! In
the teaser, Guy Gardner teams up with Batman to stop a
criminal riot at Green Lantern Corp.
Written by J.M. Dematteis
Directed by Ben Jones
Animation by MOI Animation
Review by Andrew
Media provided by Warner Bros. Animation
Diedrich Bader as Batman
Dee Bradley Baker as Jason Blood / Etrigan
David McCallum as Merlin
James Arnold Taylor
as Green Arrow / Guy Gardner
Yassukovich as Morgaine le Fey
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis,
In this quirky and fun episode we first find Batman all
the way through space on the Green Lantern home world of
Oa, helping out the infamously hot-headed Guy Gardner.
Despite Batmanís warnings Gardner insists on picking up
a diminutive alien escorted by the always popular and
towering Kilowog. Eventually Gardner exposes the
creature to liquid that causes it to get larger and far
more vicious, in so doing it begins to wreak havoc
throughout the facility including the lunch room. Though
hilarious and fun, it is puzzling that with so many
great Green Lanterns present such as the esteemed Chíp
cannot manage to take the creature down. Itís only until
Batman gets involved does the situation become resolved.
Granted, Batman is the highlight of the show, but it was
rather disappointing to see the Green Lanterns dumbed
down a bit. This opening - as usual - has nothing to do
with the rest of the episode.
The main plot of
the episode starts off with Batman responding to a
jailbreak and several inmates with familiar faces (some
more than others) fleeing to freedom. Among them are
several cameo appearances from the golden days of the
Adam West Batman. To our delight Batman gets help in the
form of the illustrious Green Arrow, speeding in on the
most inconveniently shaped and sized vehicle ever.
Seriously, there is no way it fits in one lane. Of
course, Batman has a fond friendship with the Green
Arrow as they pass back and forth friendly barbs (or
arrows?) regarding who can capture the most. Batman in
his internal thoughts admits the childishness of it,
which actually helped what would have otherwise been a
strange and disappointing aspect of their team-up.
After theyíve recaptured all the criminals and are
going over their headcount, an elderly inmate makes his
late run, but as they attempt to apprehend him he
transports them into the past and reveals that heís
Merlin. This is all fun and fascinating; however, it was
a bit annoying that they never explained not only what
he was doing in the prison, but also as to why he was
running -away- from them? Although Green Arrow doesnít
take him seriously, he goes on to explain that Camelot
was attacked by King Arthurís half-sister Morgaine Le
Fey, in which neither him nor Merlin were a match for
and all people of Camelot were turned to stone.
Supposedly the two are deemed worthy to rescue Camelot
from itís stone-cold fate by retrieving the sword from
the stone, but Merlin doesnít say which one it is.
Morgaine, keeping a watchful eye over all of this,
sends the demon Etrigan to stop them from reaching
Excalibur. When Etrigan proves no match for the trio,
Morgaine decides to up the stakes by possessing Batman
and giving him the coolest set of armor ever. This
causes conflict obviously as he battles against his
friend Green Arrow, however, Batman manages to overcome
the spell. Neither one is worthy enough to remove
Excalibur by himself, but the two of them remove it
together and thus defeat Morgaine. Overall itís a pretty
entertaining episode and keeps the show surprisingly
decent despite mostly keeping the maturity in the
overtones. The animation continues to be surprising at
times as it wants you to believe itís yet another
simplistic style, yet it still manages to give plenty of
detail. Too bad the same couldnít be said about the CGI,
which there is fortunately none of in this episode.
Also, that Bat-armor was flipping awesome.
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