Batman: The Brave and the Bold: "Long Arm of the Law!" Review Season 2, Episode 2


If any character was meant to enjoy the Batman: The Brave and the Bold treatment - that is, to appear in the sort of tale that revels in its own silliness - it's Plastic Man. The character's powers always lead to great physical comedy and visual gags, and his personality is similarly suited for goofy fun. And while the character has appeared on this series to great comedic effect in the past, it's been mostly in a supporting capacity. "Long Arm of the Law" finally gives him the starring treatment he deserves.


The episode begins with an opening segment that reminded me of the great shorts that often appeared - and still do, in the case of Pixar - before Disney animated movies. It has a beginning, middle and end, a rich comedic set-up and a humorous pay-off. A gang of Shaggy Men have kidnapped a troupe of boy scouts, and it's up to Batman and Plastic Man to free the children while the beasts nap. This means that Plastic Man, who's definitely not known for his self control, must keep quiet during the entire operation, which is where the comedy comes in.


As it turns out, Plastic Man's lack of self control also plays heavily into the episode's main story. As a way to better himself and perhaps appease his nagging wife, Plastic Man has taken to emulating Batman as much as possible, even swearing in his own sidekick, Woozy Winks, in a scene that mirrors Robin's famous candle-lit oath. Plastic Man even has his own Plastic Cave (it's just his garage) equipped with gizmos like his Plastic-rangs (they're literally just plastic toy boomerangs), Plastic Shield (a garbage can lid) and Plastic Wrap (that one's even more self-explanatory than the rest). This sequence is a lot of fun, even if it's a little awkward to see Woozy introduced formally after he debuted previously in "Death Race to Oblivion."


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