Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. s1e4: Eye Spy

Air Date: October 15, 2013

Rating: 6/10

After a murderous robbery on a train, many suspect an inside job, but Agent Coulson realize it’s someone from his past. But when the team realizes she’s being controlled by something else, they have to find out who it is before it’s too late.

This has probably been the best episode in this series so far, but I still feel like it’s lacking in a few places. For one, I still don’t really care about any of the main cast, though I did start feeling for the woman they were trying to help in this one. But they keep throwing emotional scenes in there, even though none of these characters really deserve it and in the end I’m left feeling kind of empty. You have to establish who these people are before throwing heavy handed stuff at us like this.

Also, I think this show is having a really hard time deciding what genre it wants to be in. One minute, it’s more action and comedy, the next it’s emotional drama, the next it’s tension and thriller, the next it’s horror, the next it’s political drama, and around and around we go on this weird emotional rollercoaster that is watching this show.

SCORING:

+8: I did like the majority of this episode, but this show needs be something more than what it has been so far

-1: The characters need more characterization before I can feel anything for them

-2: A tonal disaster

+1: The guest star on this one is a great actress and wouldn’t mind seeing the character come back in a later episode

Harley Quinn s1e11: Harley Quinn Highway

Air Date: February 7, 2020

Rating: 10/10

Harley Quinn gets the crew, and Sy Borgman, back together to save Ivy. They have to delve into Ivy’s mind to defeat her greatest fear before a crazy chase on the Harley Quinn Highway, which Harley got to design herself…

This is turning into something that was kind of crazy and hilarious into something that’s totally insane but still pretty hilarious. And Harley is basically the Batman of supervillains, it seems. She doesn’t have superpowers to speak of, but is able to do just about anything she puts her mind to. I’m almost worried what she’ll put her mind on next.

I love all these characters, even if they’re mostly B-list supervillains (aside from Ivy) but they all have a strong part of every show. Sy Borgman really shines in this episode, he has some great one-liners, along with a neat ability he showcases in this episode.

SCORING:

+10: More insanity please!

Harley Quinn s1e10: Bensonhurst

Air Date: January 31, 2020

Rating: 10/10

When Harley has no one else to turn to, she goes back to Bensonhurst to spend time with her family with mostly violent conclusions. Meanwhile, Frank, Ivy’s man-eating plant, is trying to find Harley so they can both rescue Ivy.

This was a surprisingly good episode considering most of the cast was missing and it focuses more on Harley’s backstory and where she came from before she met the Joker. I also like how again it’s real world problems but Harley can just be Harley as she solves them. You get to see what type of people raised her and see that Harley becoming Harley was probably inevitable.

This show being a cartoon makes a lot of sense. I think it helps to match the psychosis that Harley’s probably suffering. Everything is super violent but through Harley’s eyes seems light-hearted and silly. Maybe this world is “real” and Harley only sees it as a cartoon? Probably not…

SCORING:

+10: An episode filled with lots of comedy and action though more focused on Harley’s backstory

Harley Quinn s1e9: A Seat At The Table

Air Date: January 24, 2020

Rating: 9/10

Now that she’s a big shot in the League, Harley ends up blowing off her friends and crew in order to spend more time with the Joker. She thinks he’s changed, he’ll show her just how much he has.

I do like that despite being a psychopath, Harley Quinn has some very real problems. In this case, just how much she isn’t over her ex, and how much she’d still love him if he’d only change from his usual sadistic self to someone who at least cares about Harley. Then they could be sadistic psychopaths together!

I like Bane in this show, but I feel he works better as the guy in the background who is hilarious even though you kind of feel sorry for him. It was better with the B plot tying in with Harley’s story again and worked well for the overall story.

SCORING:

+10: Another great episode

-1: Not sure Bane works eating up so much screentime

Harley Quinn s1e8: L.O.D.R.S.V.P.

Air Date: January 17, 2020

Rating: 9/10

After one-upping Aquaman, Harley Quinn gets an invite to the Legion of Doom, but Lex Luthor reveals to Ivy they won’t take Harley unless she comes aboard as well. Meanwhile, Sy Borgman and Dr. Psycho discover there’s a giant tentacle monster in the basement of Harley’s new hideout (which Sy may have been hiding there for over 35 years…).

This was also a pretty entertaining show, but I feel that having the A and B plots being almost entirely separate from each other is kind of weak, especially after how well they complimented each other in the previous episode. It’s still fairly entertaining, but the plotline with Sy and Psycho feels a bit unnecessary when Harley’s storyline is definitely the driving force of the show.

I do enjoy both storylines, but they feel like they could have been their own episodes and given more time to both.

SCORING:

9: Still pretty entertaining, funny, and action-packed but has a few issues

Harley Quinn s1e7: The Line

Air Date: January 10, 2020

Rating: 10/10

After the Queen of Fables is released from her book imprisonment (and Harley busts her out of regular prison) Harley recruits her into her crew. But the Queen of Fable’s makes Harley realize that there’s even lines she won’t cross.

The humor in this one is super dark, so warning to everyone. I think we’re supposed to see this show through Harley’s eyes to some degree. She does do well being the Sociopath-with-a-Heart-of-Gold but she’s still a psycho and sometimes other people are just in the way. But I do enjoy that while Harley does have some morals, the Queen of Fables in her own words “does not give a f*@#.” It really shows up close where Harley draws the line, and might have made a great enemy in the process.

I do like the sitcom formula of this show but I wonder if it’s going to become more serial and less sitcom? This isn’t a complaint or anything, just wondering…

SCORING:

+10: If you don’t mind ultra-dark humor, and I don’t, this is another great episode

Harley Quinn s1e6: You’re A Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon

Air Date: January 3, 2020

Rating: 10/10

After Clayface loses an arm during a heist on Wayne Enterprises, Harley loses face to the League of Doom because of the bad publicity for “leaving a member of the team behind.” Meanwhile, Jim Gordon, after being jilted by Batman, finds a new friend in Clayface’s lost arm.

I really like how they’re playing Gordon in this part of the DC Universe as a desperate man, driven nearly crazy by how little he can actually do in a city full of super-criminals. He’s a man on the edge, but one rendered inept by being just a normal man in a city riddled with so many psychopaths. It’s…kind of hilarious, to say the least.

I like how both stories come together at the end with a conversation between Harley and the Batman himself. It’s a good touch and shows the power of strong writing, even on a show made mostly for laughs.

SCORING:

+10: another great episode that showcases a few of the slightly-more-minor characters

Harley Quinn s1e5: Being Harley Quinn

Air Date: December 27, 2019

Rating: 10/10

Harley Quinn is looking for a new layer, but is so indecisive she gets a “Level-4 Brain Freeze” as Dr. Psycho describes it. To solve it, Poison Ivy and Harley’s crew must travel into her mind in order to help her solve what’s plaguing her psyche. Meanwhile, Sy Borgman finds their comatose bodies and sets for to get rid of them by burning them in a pizza oven in an abandoned mall.

This is the episode where we go full crazy. Since the characters are literally traveling through Harley’s unhinged mind. Truthfully, this version of Harley might be even crazier than Joker, and therefor the most mentally damaged person in this DC Universe. There’s something I really like about that, but I can’t say exactly why.

Anyway, this was a great episode, especially if you like it when things go for the full-crazy without holding anything back.

SCORING:

+10: As nuts as it is good

Harley Quinn s1e4: Finding Mr. Right

Air Date: December 20, 2019

Rating: 9/10

Harley Quinn is looking for a nemesis, and is gunning for either Batman or Superman. However, 12-year-old Robin is the only one who’s answering the call.

King Shark joins Harley’s crew on this one and he is a great addition. He’s not how you might know him from the comics or the Flash TV show and is instead a tech nerd who “doesn’t do well around blood.” I also really like Cy Borgman and hope he makes more appearances in the future. Also, this episode has some great action in the last ten minutes and shows that action and comedy are a great mix.

My only complaint about this one is that it felt a bit slow at the beginning, not really funny and felt like the plot had a bit to really get moving. Once it does though it’s another great episode.

SCORING:

+10: Another great episode

-1: A bit slow at the beginning

Harley Quinn s1e3: So You Need A Crew?

Rating: 10/10

Harley realizes she needs a crew but is having a hard time getting one since no one has faith in her abilities without the Joker to back her up. She recruits two other super-criminals in Gotham, Dr. Psycho, who needs to save face after some bad publicity, and Clayface, who just needs a new acting gig.

Harley Quinn isn’t just a good show, it’s one of the best shows made for streaming I’ve ever seen. It takes all of the DC Universe and puts it in an R-rated blender while focusing more on the characters and making a great situational comedy that is still free to be as violent or as crazy as it wants to be. That may be a jumbled mess of a run-on sentence, and truthfully it’s just as jumbled as this show might seem on the surface, but it’s voice-acting, writing, pacing, comedy, and characters all come together so perfectly they make it look easy. Why can’t every show be this fluid?

The villain on this one, aside from Harley Quinn and her friends, is Moxie Zeus. I really like how he immediately goes from someone that Harley idolizes as ‘da-guy-who’s-gonna-teach-her-da-things immediately into “total dirt bag” in the blink of an eye. Also, Harley fighting villains is just neat to me because, unlike Batman who will knock out and arrest pretty much any criminal, you know if Harley takes someone down they definitely had it coming.

SCORING:

+10: Really, this show shouldn’t be missed by anyone who’s a fan of the character, or anything in the DC universe, and can watch R-rated movies