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Harley Quinn Seasons 1 And 2 Blu-ray Review

“Harley Quinn” takes a different approach to DC characters.

After Harley Quinn became uber popular in “The Suicide Squad,” it was inevitable that the fan favorite character would have her own animated series. Now she does with this adult animated series that originally aired on DC Universe. 

In the first two seasons (comprised of 13 episodes each), we follow Harley after a break-up with the Joker. She’s trying to figure out what she wants in life and hopes to become a bigger player in the criminal world. Joining Harley on her journey is her pal Poison Ivy. Plot wise, viewers can expect stories about Harley wanting to join the Legion of Doom, Harley starting her own criminal crew, robberies, a further exploration of the Harley and Joker dynamic, Harley’s family, a nefarious Scarecrow plot, Gotham City in disarray, Batman disappearing with Robin and Batgirl taking up the hero mantle, the Injustice League, Harley and Ivy being imprisoned, Ivy and Kite Man’s relationship, mind control, Harley seeking power, Commissioner Gordon, adventures to Apokolips and Themyscira and more.

“Harley Quinn” should be called “Harley And Ivy” as that is essentially what the series becomes. Indeed, it’s the heart of the show and is the highlight of the entire series. Their blossoming friendship (perhaps more?) and adventures together elevate the series as a whole. Sure, it’s fun to see the rogue’s gallery like Joker, Bane, Two-Face, Man-Bat, Killer Croc, Riddler, Scarecrow, Penguin, King Shark, Clayface, Sy Borgman, Queen of Fables, Doctor Psycho, Mr. Freeze, and Catwoman along with heroes like Batman, Robin, Batgirl and the Justice League, but the dynamic between Harley and Ivy is what is capturing fans. A lot of the credit has to go to Lake Bell (Ivy) who steals the entire show and Kaley Cuoco (Harley) for their voice work. Do I wish Margot Robbie voiced Harley instead? For sure, but Cuoco puts her own spin on the villainess. 

So how does the show play? It’s a very comedic animated series that is strictly for adults. It’s full of cursing, bloody violence, sexual innuendos, jokes (which can be hit-and-miss) trope mocking, references (to everything from the films to CW), character deaths (some a bit flippant), and very different interpretations of the DC characters you know and love. Admittedly, not all of the characters will work for everyone. I found Riddler, King Shark and Clayface to be rather annoying myself. On the flip side though, lesser known characters like Sy Borgman and Kite Man get the spotlight here and turn out to be among the funniest characters in the series. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The 2D/3D animation shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The music, voice acting, and acton sound effects are satisfactory.

Zero extras here.

February 20, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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