TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S2E2 – Riddle U ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Harley Quinn S2:E2 – Riddle U … any guesses that it deals with the Riddler in some way?

Season 2
DC Universe exclusive
April 10, 2020

Episode 2 – “Riddle U”

Electricity is in short supply, except for Riddle U where The Riddler has created a green-themed electricity universe paradise … or so it seems.

Ivy looks good as a redhead, so easy to tell it’s her by the expression

Harley and her crew go undercover to kill the Riddler and steal the power. Two-face’s crew sidetracks Dr. Psycho and King Shark as they try to find a water filter (so the crew doesn’t have to eat water with rodents swimming around in it). They modify some cars and tear up the henchemen.

Nice Death Race 2000-like scene

Also, undercover a hairy-chested Commissioner Gordon joins his daughter. A bit of a gross-out moment as he picks out chips out of his “captured chest hair.” Gordon’s daughter tells Harley & Ivy that kids are missing from the university and she wants to see The Riddler taken down.

Tune in and find out the disturbing, yet funny secret behind the Riddler’s power source. Will Harley & company expose the scheme and beat down The Riddler and his goons?

Summary

This episode is a little bit like Harley Quinn meets Mission Impossible with an environmentalist themed twist. How does Ivy disguise her green-tinted skin? Does she have some sort of flesh-toned makeup? Harley’s undercover disguise is pretty much a preppie dress outfit and not having colored hair. Logic tongue-firmly-in-cheek aside, loved this one. Great jokes, a fun adventure, excellent writing and it stays pretty much on task.

It seems like this season, at least in part, is going to be about going after the former Legion of Doom supervillains and trying to restore some sort of order to Gotham. I’m down for that storyline. Another great, recommended episode. If you aren’t watching this series, get this in your watchlist ASAP.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S2E1 – New Gotham ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 2
DC Universe exclusive
April 3, 2020

Episode 1 – “New Gotham”

Following the events of season 1 closer, Gotham City is wrecked, the President has now declared Gotham as “not part of the United States.”

It’s total anarchy and Harley is loving it. She is riding around in an anti-Joker sled with her two hyenas pulling it.

The problem is nobody is in charge, so everybody is doing what they want. Harley tries to empower “the goons” to not be working for the villains, but “be” the villain (IE. Don’t be for Penguin, be Penguin). This makes it so instead of having a few villains, there are a 1000 villains.

Psy’s most comedic line in the episode: “It’s like ‘Nam after the U.S left”

So, a new supervillain group forms and they call themselves the Injustice League featuring Penguin, Two-Face, Riddler, Bane, Mr. Freeze. They want Harley to “get in line” with them. When she doesn’t agree with their plan — as it sounds like just another Legion of Doom to her — they freeze her in a block of ice.

Tune into the episode to see if Harley’s crew can free her from icy prison, what happens to the Injustice League and somewhat of a shock ending.

Summary

Watched this three times through before writing this review.

So stoked to see the second season kicking off again. Is the fun and excitement there that drove the first season? Yes, and no. It’s not as awesomely energetic and inspired as the season one opener, but it’s still pretty inspired. Tough to match the frenetic pacing episode after episode.

The pacing is a bit awkward, it’s off in this one at times, particularly after the opening scenes, perhaps with a script that is pulling or pushing everything in too many different directions (the Gordon sideplot was interesting, but slow). It’s a smart allegory on the episode itself which is clearly about the logistical challenges of a society ruled by anarchy.

Some nice side character development. We see Robin dressed as Batman and delved into what Commissioner Gordon is doing without his beloved police force and Batman, but didn’t get much of the Injustice League carnage, which would have been been more exciting and entertaining had it been interspersed with the other scenes.

Harley’s interaction with the henchmen and goons is fun and frolicy — which is what this series does best. The Ivy and Harley friendship remains with Ivy trying to talk sense and Harley barely listening and/or not understanding.

I was thinking the episode was unfocused until the third act, which expertly pulls it together. This rises the overall episode rating by at least a half star. It’s a promising beginning to the second season, but I missed Kite Man and Frank The Plant. Despite a few missteps, it’s great having this series back.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

Harley Quinn Animated Series Not Greenlit for Third Season … Yet

Greenlighting anything in the current movie and TV production environment is extremely unlikely.

Animated series often take even longer to produce, so once an animated series is greenlit, IF it even happens, we’re likely a minimum of 1-2+ years away from seeing any episodes. For now, the 13 episodes that make up season two and start streaming from April 3 – June 26, 2020 might be our last remaining fix of the adult, animated Harley Quinn.

Speaking with ComicBook.com’s JK Schmidt, Harley Quinn writer Justin Halpern revealed that while he and the writer’s room have a general idea of where they’d like the show to go, they’ve yet to receive a season order from the higher-ups at WarnerMedia, especially with the launch of HBO Max looming large in the coming weeks.

Harley Quinn Showrunners Address if DC Universe Show Will Get a Third Season

Warning: the article linked above does get into semi-spoiler territory for season two further down in the article, particularly in discussion of Harley and Ivy. Wish I hadn’t read that far into it. Even though it’s couched as non-spoiler, too much is given away.

TV series’ can go downhill, but Harley Quinn is certainly off to an outstanding start in season one. No idea how good season two will be yet, but we’ll soon find out. If it’s even half as good as the first season, it should be renewed for a third season. The writing is fresh and inspired, the animation and voice acting fantastic and comedy is pure gold. Add all this up and it’s the flagship reason to sign up for DCU.

Harley talking to Dr. Harleen Quinzel, now that’s introspection!

That, and if you are a DC comic book fan, they have like 20,000+ comics to read. Probably enough to keep you reading for years.

Are you excited for Harley Quinn season two? Friday April 3, 2020 probably available at 6AM PST (GMT-8), mark your calendars.

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S1E13 – The Final Joke ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

At the end of S1:E12 “Devil’s Snare” the Joker was laughing after his heinous, cowardly act

Season 1
DC Universe exclusive
February 21, 2020
Season finale

Episode 13 – “The Final Joke”

Revenge is on Harley’s mind after what Joker did at the end of the last episode to Poison Ivy. Has Harley finally realized here former boyfriend doesn’t really give two craps about her? This is what viewers are hoping to find out? Or (gasp) will she fall under Joker’s twisted spell again?

Opens with a repeat of the last couple dramatic moments of episode 12, then title montage and then a small burial ceremony. Now Harley wants Batman’s help in revenge against Joker. This plan using Clayface to setup a diversion fails and Batman is gassed.

Joker takes over Gotham and puts out a bounty on Harley.

Joker tortures Harley’s crew, including some cool pop references. He’s going to throw an 80s party and invites Harley to join to watch Joker executing her crew. This is why he wants her alive to see it.

Tune into the final episode to see what is Harley’s plan to save her crew and avenge her friend. Will Joker prevail and take Harley out? What happens to Poison Ivy? Find out these answers and more. This episode has a real ending, it’s not a cliffhanger.

Summary

I kind of hoped they would end this episode leaving some things not wrapped up, so taking a little away. There is still the issue of what’s happened to Gotham and did I miss what happened to the menacing trees? Where did they go? So, some loose ends were left unresolved.

The good news is we get 13 more episodes in the future to explore what happens next. I’ll save pontificating on where that might go for another day.

When I think back to my experience with the first review of this series until now 13 weeks later, I’m reminded of all the good that’s happened. I joined DC Universe which is a full-fledged, vibrant community, not just a streaming service. I’ve been subscribed to Amazon Prime Video and spend the most time streaming movies there and at Netflix, but those are places to visit with zero social component. Disney+? Same thing. These are places with a bunch of movies and TV content. They are like online warehouses, and with all the friendliness of a gigantic warehouse with just you and rows and rows of stuff to sift and sort through.

DC Universe has a thriving, active messageboard community with chat on all things DC as well as other topics. It is lovingly moderated and their are community guidelines to keep conversations from becoming too trollish, which is nice. I’ve been through communities over the year where fandom on any given subject/topic is toxic and instead of binding me to it, I’m driven away. Not the case at DCU. This might not matter for others reading, maybe you just want to binge watch a good TV show or watch movies and leave without wanting or feeling compelled to discuss what was just watched. Just saying here you have a place to do that which truly is dedicated and special.

Also, Harley Quinn animated TV got me re-interested and continued my excitement from The Mandalorian in looking forward to weekly releases of new episode. This is very reminiscent of traditional TV series and reminded me of new episodes of series I enjoyed growing up coming out each week. I don’t think the binge it and be done model has that same appeal. Yes, I realize we can control ourselves and enjoy a series by only watching one episode every week, but it just doesn’t feel the same as not having the ability to just dig in and binge it. Minor benefit to some, perhaps major to others, but important to me.

This episode was a bit too perfect a wrap-up and didn’t leave as much suspense for next season as it could have. For that reason I’m taking away a star. It’s a good ending to season one, but a bit predictable.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The first season has been amazing overall, with really only a couple misfires, a couple perfect episodes, a few above average, and several hit it out of the park ones.

Overall, season one is a solid 4 star show, very close to 4.5 / 5, if only they had finished with just a little stronger juice. I don’t think people will be disappointed with the season one finale, but it kind of lost a little dramatic punch and steam.

Season 1 All Episodes Ranking ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  1. S1:E12 – Devil’s Snare ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. S1:E1 – Til Death Do Us Part ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. S1:E7 – The Line ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. S1:E11 – Harley Quinn Highway ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. S1:E2 – A High Bar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. S1:E4 – Being Harley Quinn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. S1:E13 – The Final Joke ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (season 1 finale episode)
  8. S1:E8 – L.O.D.R.S.V.P ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  9. S1:E5 – Finding Mr. Right ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  10. S1:E3 – So You Need a Crew ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. S1:E9 – A Seat At The Table ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  12. S1:E6 – You’re a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon ⭐️⭐️½
  13. S1:E10 – Bensonhurst ⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S1E12 – Devil’s Snare⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
DC Universe exclusive
February 14, 2020

Episode 12 – “Devil’s Snare”

Harley and her crew, Clayface, Dr. Psycho, King Shark, Sy and Poison Ivy try to stop the maniacal tree army from killing all of Gotham at the Jazz festival. That’s right, Ivy can’t control these twisted trees.

The Justice League shows up and assumes that it is Harley and her crew’s diabolical doing. Wonder Woman and Superman threaten to entrap them in The Phantom Zone.

Just as they are about to be sucked into the zone, Ivy grabs Wonder Woman’s golden lasso and wraps it around her, forcing her to tell the truth. Ivy admits that they had nothing to do with the tree army. It is Scarecrow and the Legion of Doom. Superman and Wonder Woman let them go just as another villain appears to claim responsibility:

Queen of Fables. She traps the Justice League in the book.

Then she “beanstalks” Harley & crew leaving them prey for the giant in the clouds. Ivy calls the one man who can save them in the skies: Kite Man. Harley finally learns that Kite Man and Ivy are dating.

You’ll have to watch the rest of this action-packed adventure to learn if Harley & company escape the one-eyed Giant and cloud city. Learn the shocking answer behind Kite Man’s on one knee request. Find out what happens when something else emerges from the Legion of Doom and see just what the Joker has to say as the ultimate criminal mastermind behind it all.

Queen of Fables wanted to join joker because he was the most evil of the evil

Summary

This episode has it all: cameos of the famous superheroes: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, a powerful menacing threat, nonstop action for the entire 22 minute episode, drama, reveals, shocks and surprises. It’s the perfect episode of the season so far.

Why wasn’t this the live action movie made instead of Birds of Prey? This is fantastic TV. I can’t compliment it enough. Awesome writing, animation, voice acting, it’s the perfect package. Best episode of the series so far!

Next week is the season finale.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1 Episode Ranking (through 12 episodes)

  1. S1:E12 – Devil’s Snare ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (current episode)
  2. S1:E1 – Til Death Do Us Part ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. S1:E7 – The Line ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. S1:E11 – Harley Quinn Highway ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. S1:E2 – A High Bar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. S1:E4 – Being Harley Quinn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. S1:E8 – L.O.D.R.S.V.P ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  8. S1:E5 – Finding Mr. Right ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  9. S1:E3 – So You Need a Crew ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. S1:E9 – A Seat At The Table ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. S1:E6 – You’re a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon ⭐️⭐️½
  12. S1:E10 – Bensonhurst ⭐️⭐️

Future season one episode anticipated release dates (subject to change):

  • S1E13 – 2/21/2020 — the season one finale

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S1E11 – Harley Quinn Highway⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Prepare to laugh out loud with S1:E11 Harley Quinn Highway now streaming on DC Universe

Season 1
DC Universe exclusive
February 7, 2020

Episode 11 – “Harley Quinn Highway”

The title graphic gives away the outcome of the obvious resolution to the cliffhanger last episode.

We don’t know how it happens, though, which tunes us in to find out how and why. That is the basis of this episode: Harley patching it up with the crew and working together to break Ivy out.

Oh, and Frank the Plant! He’s seriously one of the greatest animated supporting characters ever.

Pretzel wrap wieners! “It’s like eating my childhood.”

But Scarecrow is on the prowl, making a vicious fear toxin based on Ivy’s DNA that he wants to unleash on the world. Watch this and find out whether or not the plot is foiled and how/if Ivy is rescued.

Summary

This series is strongest when Harley is leading her crew of Clayface, Dr. Psycho, King Shark, Ivy (even though she doesn’t feel like she’s in the team) on missions as well as the relationship with Ivy. Stories involving uniting the team against the worst of the worst DC villains. In particular, I’d like to see more of them spending foiling the most heinous Legion of Doom plans. Looks like that might be the direction this is headed. Sure, they can and should do side stories here and there — just to mix it up — profiling specific characters as long as Harley is involved.

This episode is in the top three for me so far. Sy’s Transformer-transformation is his best moment. An amazing 22 minutes of fun and entertainment.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1 Episode Ranking (through 11 episodes)

  1. S1:E1 – Til Death Do Us Part ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. S1:E7 – The Line ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. S1:E11 – Harley Quinn Highway ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (current episode)
  4. S1:E2 – A High Bar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. S1:E4 – Being Harley Quinn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. S1:E8 – L.O.D.R.S.V.P ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. S1:E5 – Finding Mr. Right ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  8. S1:E3 – So You Need a Crew ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. S1:E9 – A Seat At The Table ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. S1:E6 – You’re a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon ⭐️⭐️½
  11. S1:E10 – Bensonhurst ⭐️⭐️

Future season one episode anticipated release dates (subject to change):

  • S1E12 – 2/14/2020
  • S1E13 – 2/21/2020 — the season one finale

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S1E10 – Bensonhurst⭐️⭐️

Harley Quinn S1:E10 “Bensonhurst” now available to stream on DC Universe

Season 1
DC Universe exclusive
January 31, 2020

Episode 10 – “Bensonhurst”

Similar to Episode 4 “Being Harley Quinn” it’s time for Harley to go home, look into her past and background and why she struggles with her relationships. Complete with a mini Dr. Harley Quinzell speaking to herself.

Harley family starts in style setup like an 80s sitcom (and it would have been hilarious if they actually structured the entire episode this way – huge missed opportunity).

Meanwhile, there has been a contracted hit on Poison Ivy, she’s captured and about to be “harvested” unless she is rescued.

Ivy reaches out through her plant network and asks for Harley to come and save her. Tune into find out more about Harley’s parents, her background and whether or not she rescues Ivy.

Summary

This could have been one of the funniest episodes if more had been done with the 80s sitcom-like TV angle and more drama around Ivy’s capture (think Goldfinger with Bond strapped to table and laser about to cut him in half). I was thinking it would maybe spoof a show like Married with Children with Harley as as the Christina Applegate character. Instead, it was just a short title gag with a pretty boring family and huge overall missed comedic opportunity.

Bane gets a few good lines (he’s becoming a more standout supporting character), Frank The Plant and his stoner pot carrying guy have a small subplot, but it all just comes out flat. It’s setup for a cool ending but even that is underwhelming. Weakest episode of the season so far.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️

Season 1 Episode Ranking (through 10 episodes)

  1. S1:E1 – Til Death Do Us Part ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. S1:E7 – The Line ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. S1:E2 – A High Bar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. S1:E4 – Being Harley Quinn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. S1:E8 – L.O.D.R.S.V.P ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. S1:E5 – Finding Mr. Right ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. S1:E3 – So You Need a Crew ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. S1:E9 – A Seat At The Table ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. S1:E6 – You’re a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon ⭐️⭐️½
  10. S1:E10 – Bensonhurst ⭐️⭐️ (current episode)

Future season one episode anticipated release dates (subject to change):

  • S1E11 – 2/7/2020 + release date in theaters for Birds of Prey
  • S1E12 – 2/14/2020
  • S1E13 – 2/21/2020 — the season one finale

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S1E9 – A Seat At The Table⭐️⭐️⭐️

Harley Quinn S1:E9 “A Seat At The Table” now available for streaming on DC Universe

Season 1
DC Universe exclusive
January 24, 2020

Episode 9 – “A Seat At The Table”

With Harley now in the Legion of Doom (LOD), we follow last episode’s cliffhanger of spotting the Joker at the end of the table, suggesting he might have been pulling some puppet strings to get Harley into the LOD, but does he?

Joker saying something nice about Harley … but does he really mean it? (No!)

After a somewhat lame PSA by Lex Luthor made to look like a bad TV commercial, Joker takes over the microphone to welcome Harley into LOD.

After that, Harley meets with Poison Ivy to apologize for the fight they had in episode 8. Harley wants to help Ivy with her next scheme, taking down Planetside Paving.

Ivy and Harley making up and hatching a diabolical scheme together

Joker wants to build a tower with his face on it and Harley with a seat at the table is against the idea. So, the clown prince of manipulation offers her a drink to discuss his plans and gain her favor.

Is Harley going to fall for the Joker’s BS again?

Meanwhile, Harley’s crew is being relegated to the lower level of doom, where nothing works and the lower level goons and henchmen hangout. They are bummed out because they thought they’d be equals “since we have powers!” and Bane tries to “hire” them to help with his plan.

Ivy meets the stoner guy who carries around Frank

A stoner guy carries Frank The Plant around so he can eat people and help Ivy with the plan. Ivy believes Harley will show up, but does she? Watch the episode to find out what happens on the Joker and Harley’s business meeting (does it turn into a romantic date?), the outcome of Bane’s mission with Harley’s crew and how Ivy’s mission turns out.

Summary

This is one of the least funniest episodes in the season to date and delves almost into soap opera territory. with the whole Joker + Ivy + Harley’s crew all wanting Harley’s attention and time. My favorite part of the episode is Frank the plant with the stoner guy who carries his “pot” — that alone earns a recommendation. The episode ending is a bit too predictable, unfortunately.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1 Episode Ranking (through 9 episodes)

  1. S1:E1 – Til Death Do Us Part ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. S1:E7 – The Line ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. S1:E2 – A High Bar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. S1:E4 – Being Harley Quinn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. S1:E8 – L.O.D.R.S.V.P ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. S1:E5 – Finding Mr. Right ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. S1:E3 – So You Need a Crew ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. S1:E9 – A Seat At The Table ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (current episode)
  9. S1:E6 – You’re a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon ⭐️⭐️½

Future season one episode anticipated release dates (subject to change):

  • S1E10 – 1/31/2020
  • S1E11 – 2/7/2020 + release date in theaters for Birds of Prey
  • S1E12 – 2/14/2020
  • S1E13 – 2/21/2020 — the season one finale

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S1E8 – L.O.D.R.S.V.P ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1
DC Universe exclusive
January 17, 2019

Episode 8 – “L.O.D.R.S.V.P”

Harley & crew of King Shark, Clayface and Dr. Psycho rob the Atlantian jewels only to have Aquaman appear and try and foil their thieving plot.

Aquaman and his dolphin sidekick are introduced in S1:E8 – “L.O.D.R.S.V.P”

Aquaman almost succeeds in getting the jewels back, only to have the arrival of Poison Ivy ensnare him in poisonous kelp (“Did somebody ask for kelp?” — lol!).

Ivy snares Aquaman in the opening sequence

The successful heist draws an invite from the Legion Of Doom (L.O.D) and Harley’s crew. Harley is ecstatic and they visit the L.O.D lair in hopes of Harley getting invited.

You’ll have to watch the episode to see if Harley and her crew make it into L.O.D officially or this is just another tease, whether or not there is an advance in the Kite Man and Ivy subplot, if Aquaman reclaims the stolen jewels and more in this 22 minutes of adult animated goodness.

This episode introduces a couple of new conflicts involving the main characters. With next week being episode #9, we’re closing in on the third act of the first season. The stakes are appropriately getting raised.

This episode wasn’t as funny as some of the others, sort of a middle of the road view for me. Enjoyable and entertaining, yes, but likely not to be in the top 5 episodes by the end of the first season. I do like the twisted Aquaman portrayal.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1 Episode Ranking (through 8 episodes)

  1. S1:E1 – Til Death Do Us Part ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. S1:E7 – The Line ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. S1:E2 – A High Bar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. S1:E4 – Being Harley Quinn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. S1:E8 – L.O.D.R.S.V.P ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (current episode)
  6. S1:E5 – Finding Mr. Right ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. S1:E3 – So You Need a Crew ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. S1:E6 – You’re a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon ⭐️⭐️½

Future season one episode anticipated release dates (these are not confirmed dates as of this posting):

  • S1E9 – 1/24/2020
  • S1E10 – 1/31/2020
  • S1E11 – 2/7/2020 also the release of Birds of Prey live action movie.
  • S1E12 – 2/14/2020
  • S1E13 – 2/21/2020 — the season one finale

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S1E7 – The Line⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Harley Quinn S1:E7 – The Line

Season 1
DC Universe exclusive
January 10, 2019

Episode 7 – “The Line”

Starts with weekly coffee time with Harley and the Queen of Fables (I thought this time was reserved for Harley and Poison Ivy?). The Queen is about to be released from the tax code book, her prison for 30 years, because it’s deemed “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Harley Quinn and The Queen of Fables (Wanda Sykes) in tax book prison mode

Harley’s primary focus remains getting into the Legion of Doom.

Once The Queen is converted back into human form, Gotham authorities plan to lock her up in Arkham Asylum. Harley and her crew of Clayface, Dr. Psycho and King Shark to the rescue!

Harley’s crew planning a diabolical mission. And yay, a confirmed Frank the plant sighting!

Back to the lair to plan a new mission, which you’ll have to watch to see what that entails. From here on out, it’s SPOILER territory.

I don’t give away all the plot ruining the entire episode, but enough is shared (it’s only 22 minutes long) that you probably want to watch the episode before reading on. At the end of this post I rank all seven episodes of the first season available as of this writing.

… you have been warned SPOILERS after here …

You back? Ok … onward…

The Queen of Fables can pull out past fairy tale characters from her wondrous book. ROFLMAO on Humpty Dumpty being pulled magically from The Queen of Fables book and then cracked open, whipped and cooked.

One of the best jokes in the series yet! Was laughing at The Queen whipping with the egg yoke with her fierce staff. Small, side scenes like the one below are what make Harley’s series shine. Reminds me of The Simpsons and brings additional jokes that can be missed until rewatched.

Kite Man shows up with roses for Poison Ivy. Yay! I knew it, these two are a side romance.

“You do realize that’s like a dozen baby heads,” said Poison Ivy to a dozen long stem roses

Why you need to watch Episode 7 – “The Line”

Watch to see how the mission turns out, if Harley and her crew get into the Legion of Doom, if the Queen of Fables goes off with more and what type of fairy tale creations, how and/or if Kite Man’s date turns out … and much more!

This is how to put together 22 glorious minutes of high quality adult animated story.

Episode and Series Thoughts Through the First 7 Episodes

This is the return to form and shows the kind of regular weekly episode we might come to expect. Sooner or later in the show it has to settle into being about some recurring goal.

It (might?) be a hilarious mission by Harley’s crew to enact some bad deed in/around Gotham City. Similar to how The Mandalorian took on side missions. This gives viewers a mini-mission storyline to focus on and yet new DC comics characters can be introduced and explored interacting with Harley.

Some other brief highlights of episode 7 include: a ravenous storybook Big Bad Wolf! Queen of Fables using the eye socket of a recently murdered corpse as an ashtray. Kite Man trying to explain to a restaurant maitre’d how important he is while Ivy is in rolling incognito. Love this episode. It’s my second most favorite one next to the first episode.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1 Episode Ranking (through first 7 episodes)

  1. S1:E1 – Til Death Do Us Part ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. S1:E7 – The Line ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (current episode)
  3. S1:E2 – A High Bar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. S1:E4 – Being Harley Quinn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. S1:E5 – Finding Mr. Right ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. S1:E3 – So You Need a Crew ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. S1:E6 – You’re a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon ⭐️⭐️½

So far, only one of the seven episodes (S1:E6) isn’t recommended. The first season of Harley Quinn is off to a great start. Six more episodes left of season one. Season two has already been greenlit.