Batman 1.32 – The Riddler’s False Notion

This episode… well, it’s really kind of horrible, actually. It’s just one eye-rolling moment after another. I even found myself very much on the Riddler’s side when he, naturally, let the very boring truth of his plan out. He’s just making the movie to get Van Jones to open his safe so he can burgle it.

It turns out that Van Jones has, in the collection of films in his vault, the only copy of the most famous silent film of them all. Hoarding bastard. Batman should have let the Riddler get on with it. Oh, yeah, Bruce Wayne’s probably buddies with Jones at the country club. Rich people.

There’s a long, long, bit where Batman brings Commissioner Gordon to the Batcave to administer a truth test to the Riddler’s dame of the week, and a really ridiculous bit where Batman tosses a rope down to the bound Robin, who is plummeting to his death, and who catches the batarang in his mouth, and is grateful to his dentist for his clean teeth after being hauled up. Never mind his teeth, what about his jaw, neck, and spine?

Anyway, the high point came after this awful one ended and we got a little freeze frame “next week!” shot that the Penguin will be in the season finale. Daniel declared that he’s not scared of the Penguin. Penguins are cool, because they live on ice!

Then I told him that after the Penguin episode, we would watch the movie, and asked him who might be in the movie. He immediately predicted that Batman will meet Mr. Snake, who’s like a snake, but he walks like a man. I said that he sounded like a bad dude and hoped he was wrong. I was corrected: Mr. Snake is a good guy, who punches bad guys super, super, super hard. Shame that he’s not in the film, really!

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