Harley Quinn: Devil’s Snare


Ivy gets to be a bigger part of the show


Picking up from where last episode left off, the crew has a major battle raging. Scarecrow’s new potion has twisted an aspect of Ivy’s powers, and the resulting ugly is rampaging through Gotham’s Robinson Park. Even in the midst of pitched battle, the team doesn’t wholly focus on the matter at hand, talking about having to possibly move if the crisis isn’t resolved and Ivy taking offense at how the others refer to her powers. There’s more silliness with Sy and Clayface each getting a few moments. There’s also another scene between Batman and this show’s version of Commissioner Gordon. I really don’t like their take on Jim Gordon.

There’s some ridiculous byplay making light of the militarization of police, the crew shows they’re out of their depth, and then they get reinforcements in the form of the Justice League. The League handles the plant monsters easily enough, and then very out of character leaps to conclusions and takes some fairly extreme action. Things get even worse when someone we haven’t seen in a bit returns, as the Queen of Fables takes out the League with ridiculous ease. She’s not one to forgive and forget, and the Queen remembers how the crew treated her before, sending them off into a fairy-tale styled trap, which leads to some great banter between Ivy and Dr. Psycho. As danger closes in, Ivy calls for help (after Sy proves reluctant to share his phone unless some questions get answered), and one of the other subplots of the season comes up.


The team gets saved, and Harley’s blind spot in one area gets addressed entertainingly. As King Shark gets in another good line, Batman and Gordon have another go around which makes Gordon look increasingly worse. Harley hijacks some heavy weapons to go after the Legion of Doom, but there’s yet another surprise as something else from a few episodes ago pops up. Literally. Harley gets increasingly angry as things turn personal for her, with Ivy providing a bit of a reality check. While King Shark muses about his attitude, the Queen and her unexpected ally get in a bit about day-drinking.


The news coverage goes downhill quickly as events turn more serious. Ivy offers an incoherent explanation about something she’s been doing before trying something desperate to try and turn things around. They end up doing an homage to the “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” sort of movies as Ivy channels her inner Giganta. Her costume rips looking a bit like one of Giganta’s usual outfits, highlighting one of the really bizarre things about American culture. Adult language and blood spray are fine, but God forbid there’s nudity. After defeating another fairy-tale threat, the crew closes in on their foes. There’s a sudden, last-minute stunning development that ends the episode on a major shock. I guess they’re going to wrap it all up in the season finale next episode, although they have announced approval for season two.


What I liked: The humor is good, as is most of the writing. Ivy and Psycho’s bit was possibly one of my favorite moments for the season. There was some great dialogue between Harley and Ivy, and several long-running subplots came to a head, as did a few hints dropped in previous episodes. I didn’t see the end coming, and it’s a hell of a cliffhanger.


What I didn’t: I get it’s a comedy, and I get it’s from the villain perspective. That said, there are ways to tell that kind of story with completely distorting the good guys, like Jim Gordon, Superman, and Wonder Woman.


It’s s fun show, even if I quibble with some of the writing. I’ll give this one a 3 out of 5. It’ll be interesting to see how they pull this together.