Episode #1 - On Leather Wings.
Mad Scientist Here we have Madeline, who hasn't seen any of Batman: TAS; Hannah, who has watched some of it while on the internet; and myself, who has watched all of it. Obsessively. Three times. Should be an interesting cross-section of perspectives.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Madeline and I will be approaching it from a shipping perspective, with additional flailing.
Madeline Noble I am excited! Because Batman, and also shipping.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas This will be screencapped and put on another site for posterity.
Possibly Livejournal, or Tumblr.
Madeline Noble :D
Mad Scientist What threw me the first time I saw this is that we get no intro episode. It's just assumed that you know who Batman is and what he does.
Madeline Noble Of course you do, everyone does: he's the night and his parents are dead
Hannah Sunshıne Climas HE IS THE NIGHT.
Mad Scientist And that his parents are dead.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Old Warner Brothers logo! So old!So very old. And low image quality.
Madeline Noble that guy wasn't very good at punching
Hannah Sunshıne Climas HE JUST GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.
Mad Scientist Apparently the show was revolutionary in its use of colour on black instead of white.
Mad Scientist Also, that theme music; different theme music for every episode.
Madeline Noble that's cool.
Mad Scientist So we open on two randoms in a helicopter.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas That's a really interesting helicopter. Almost looks like an air ship.
"Two randoms in a helicopter". Or possibly two police in an airship.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas "Things are actually quiet for once".
Hannah Sunshıne Climas "It looked like... bat wings".
Mad Scientist I'm sure these guys will encounter nothing strange.
Madeline Noble I bet that guys has to get like psychologically tested now: "he just keeps saying he saw batwings"
Mad Scientist "What does this inkblot look like to you?"
Madeline Noble NO DUDE, DON'T INVESTIGATE THE NOISE
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Dude, that is the worst sneaking ever. You're just crouching and walking loudly.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Throw a chair at the mystery shape.
Best. Security guard. Ever.
This will not help. Brave though.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas GIANT BAT INJURES NIGHT WATCHMAN.
Mad Scientist Uh-huh, falling on water from any distance is totally safe.
Don't worry, there's water down there.
Madeline Noble he's fine, he just had like a bandaid on his noise
Mad Scientist And now we see Harvey Bullock and Commissioner Gordon for the first time.
Mad Scientist Harvey is, of course, immediately being a dick.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Harvey had crazy eyes. I don't like him :-/
Mad Scientist Harvey Dent!
Hannah Sunshıne Climas "You mean it wasn't you tossing guards out of the window last night?"
Hannah Sunshıne Climas OH ALFRED YOU SO WISE.
Madeline Noble OH ALFRED YOU SO SASSY
Madeline Noble "I only toss butlers"
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Alfred is judging you man.
Mad Scientist This animation is really cheap-looking.
Mad Scientist You don't notice how much it improves over the series until you go back.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas I'm hoping it picks up, but I'm too used to recent cartoons.
Madeline Noble it does look very old school
Mad Scientist Making out in a hallway after hours?
Mad Scientist CAN ONLY GO WELL
Madeline Noble hat "police line: do not cross" banner is TINY, that's not going to stop anyone.
Mad Scientist It's more optimism than anything.
Mad Scientist Batman cares not for such rules
Hannah Sunshıne Climas THIS IS NOT THE SHIPPING I WANTED.
Madeline Noble It's a friendly suggestion
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Also yeah, that barrier was pitiful.
Mad Scientist It's like they're trying to make Bullock look as incompetent as possible
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Oh Bullock. Pulling all officers in to arrest Batman.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas You do not understand policing.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Or Batman.
Madeline Noble that was never going to work.
Madeline Noble Batman's currently cosplaying as Cyclops
Hannah Sunshıne Climas He just found a video tape.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas And also, he totally would. Because of the costume kink.
Madeline Noble OMG THE SWAT TEAM
Madeline Noble i thought it was a trailer for horses actually
Madeline Noble also, YES
Hannah Sunshıne Climas The Commissioner has Tintin hair. It's adorable.
Mad Scientist I think you mean Tintin has Gordon hair.
Mad Scientist ... this is the least competent SWAT team ever.
Mad Scientist "Gas attack! Put on your masks!"
Mad Scientist They should already know that.
Madeline Noble OH SNAP
Hannah Sunshıne Climas "Somebody's in there Commissioner".
Stellar police work there.
Madeline Noble he'll get promoted for sure
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Could be civilians in there?
TEAR GAS THE PLACE.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas And then... it exploded.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Did he just kidnap a SWAT team member?
Madeline Noble of course it did THAT WAS BATMAN'S PLAN ALL ALONG
Hannah Sunshıne Climas He can't make friends normally.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas He kidnaps people and/or kills their parents. Or something.
Mad Scientist He probably does.
Mad Scientist ... also, those are not hairs.
Mad Scientist Roots, maybe.
Madeline Noble I thought they were twigs, but apparently they're hairs.
A hair, apparently.
Mad Scientist And this guy is crazy.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas It's the mad eyes.
Madeline Noble I love how the scientists are like BATS ARE AMAZING AND AWESOME
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Slicked-back hair and a smarmy face?
Bet he's not a villain or anything.
Most definitely not a villain.
Mad Scientist Yeah, it's a good thing they introduce these guys early.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas SWEET JESUS FUCK THAT'S NOT A BAT NOISE THAT'S CTHULU.
Mad Scientist I LOVE YOU ALFRED.
Madeline Noble ALFRED I LOVE YOU
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Batman looks so sad that his computer won't recognise the noise.
Mad Scientist Also, Bruce's voice in the Batman cowl? Creepy.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Yeah... that's weird. Never do that again Bruce.
Mad Scientist I love the big old computer.
Madeline Noble okay, i want a computer like that "computer, make me a sandwhich"
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Seriously. Why do people bother lying to Batman?
Mad Scientist BOILING BEAKERS OF COLOURED LIQUID.
Mad Scientist THIS SURE IS SCIENCE
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Look Jacqui. They're doing what you do!
Hannah Sunshıne Climas "Can't fight it... it's got me..."
Madeline Noble soon Batman will have him
Mad Scientist I love that the lab is just labelled "LAB".
Hannah Sunshıne Climas THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas NEITHER MAN NOR BAT... BUT BATMAN...
Madeline Noble i love all the test tubes because SCIENCE IS HAPPENING
Mad Scientist Actually they call him the Manbat.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Or yourself
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Either way.
Mad Scientist Put it in the Gotham water supply or something
Mad Scientist Everyone always does.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Oh look. Cthulu. I was right.
Mad Scientist WOO MANBAT!!
Either Manbat, or Cthulhu.
Madeline Noble he doesn't look anything like batman though
Madeline Noble OH NO HE RIPPED BATMAN'S COSTUME
Hannah Sunshıne Climas MANBAT IS NOT THE NIGHT. MANBAT IS CREEPY.
Mad Scientist I'd argue that those wings couldn't possibly support him but this'll go much easier if I surrender my physical principles now.
Mad Scientist Because comic land
Hannah Sunshıne Climas We can have the comicbook!science debate later ^-^
Hannah Sunshıne Climas ... the fuck is that?
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Is it a clock? A scanner? A thermometer?
Madeline Noble YOU DIDN'T "SIGHT" HIM HE RAN INTO YOUR BLIMP
Mad Scientist All in all, one of the better ways to encounter Batman.
Mad Scientist Some people wake up with him standing over them, glaring.
Mad Scientist So does Batman
Hannah Sunshıne Climas The bigger the chin, the more important you are.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas Trufax. Science.
Madeline Noble seems legit
Mad Scientist I'll be really surprised if Batman gets through this construction site with all his ribs intact.
Superman wouldn't have this problem.
Madeline Noble I mean, his pants aren't even ripped a little!
Hannah Sunshıne Climas I'd love to see Manbat's secret identity though.
Because he wouldn't have one.
Mad Scientist You just did. He's Langstrom.
Mad Scientist Also, spoilers for anyone reading this.
Mad Scientist He's Langstrom.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas ... yeah. Spoilers. Probably should've warned for that.
Madeline Noble "who would have thought" HOW ABOUT EVERY SCIENTIST IN THIS SHOW
Mad Scientist It's over... FOR NOW.
Hannah Sunshıne Climas "It's over... for now".
AND THEN, THE LEGAL SYSTEM.
Madeline Noble END OF EPISODE ONE