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"Batman: The Animated Series" The Mechanic (1993)

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His Name Is Earl

Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
26 May 2009

"Earl Cooper" is Batman's mechanic. He's the guy, we learn, who designed the famous "Batmobile." Now he fixes it when it gets banged up.

After a chase against three of the Penguins henchmen fails and the Batmobile is banged up pretty good, Batman and Robin go to Earl so that he and his daughter can fix their sleek auto. The two crime-fighters then leave on their motorcycles and will wait for Earl to call them when their auto is ready.

We learn the history of how Earl came to become the designer and mechanic for Batman/Bruce Wayne. Unfortunately, one of the Penguins guys learns about Earl, too. The Bad News Beak and his boys then go visit Earl and, under the threat of killing his daughter, have the mechanic sabotage the vehicle to kill our heroes.

This was a fast-moving episode with several interesting car chases and a lot of metal getting crunched. The only bad part is the typical movie cliché in which the bad guy can easily dispose of the good guy but doesn't do the obvious. I'll keep it vague so as not to spoil anything.

Note: I was surprised to find the voice of Earl was Paul Winfield, the narrator of the long-running "City Confidential" series on the A&E Network. He did not sound the same.

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This episode is pointless

Author: Ethan_Martin from United States
3 July 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Well folks, I found an episode of "Batman: The Animated Series" that's worse than "Cat Scratch Fever". While "Cat Scratch Fever" was bad, at least it had a purpose. Now what that purpose was exactly, I'm not sure, but there was at least an arc, a villain, a conflict, and a conclusion. Unlike this, which is so bare-bones it might as well be a skeleton. Hard to believe this comes from the same writing team as "Perchance to Dream" and "Terror in the Sky", isn't it. The only thing I can really describe this episode as is "filler". I'm guessing they were having a bit of writer's block with the series (it is the 55th episode after all), so they wrote this to fill time while they wrote other episodes. And while this could've worked, it failed because it was so obvious. The animation's sub-par compared to other episodes, the conflict feels more suited for a 7 minute episode, the Penguin being involved makes little to no sense, and the mechanic and his daughter add nothing to the episode. The person the episode is named after adds nothing to the episode, if that isn't a sign of failure, I don't know what is. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Alfred capable of repairing the Batmobile? I'm pretty freakin' positive I've seen him work on it in other episodes of this show. So what's the point of Earl and his daughter? I'll tell you, to fill time with his backstory. I've never seen him before, he's never been mentioned before, another established character's been seen doing his job before, so as far as I can tell, he has no reason to exist. The episode isn't insultingly bad, (I hope I never see one that is) but it comes close. The only way this probably could've been worse is if it centered around children like "I've Got Batman in My Basement".

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