In case you are on the lookout for a wild journey, look no additional than DC Universe’s Harley Quinn animated collection. Wow! This present is like nothing you’ve got ever seen earlier than from DC. In reality, I have to admit that at first, I used to be uncertain of my emotions on it after the primary episode laid the whole lot out on the desk by way of violence, language and the tough themes. 

In my thoughts, I wasn’t certain that it could be simple to take a seat via an animated collection with so many grownup components. Might this work? Will this be an excessive amount of for an animated present? Properly, the reply was sure and no, respectively. It will possibly undoubtedly work and it isn’t an excessive amount of. In reality, it’s fairly becoming for the themes and characters. In the end, the grownup components make for a certainly one of a sort, actually distinctive viewing expertise that makes you assume and really feel far more than a extra typical animated collection would.

Firstly, this present is about turning into your personal particular person and actually loving your self. Harley’s journey in the direction of conducting that, after so a few years of being in an abusive and controlling relationship with the Joker, proves to be an extended one. She doesn’t actually obtain it till the final episodes of season one. That journey of ups and downs and errors, nevertheless, is what makes this collection so considerate and human. Folks make errors—even badass, butt-kicking girls who’re bodily robust on the skin. Harley’s journey reminds us that everybody has their obstacles to beat and is studying from these struggles and errors.

One among Harley’s greatest stumbles within the present is falling for the Joker’s charms as soon as once more after she makes it into the Legion of Doom. Over the course of a memorable episode, the Joker lures her again in with variety phrases and reward (all pretend clearly!), and Harley bails on plans that she had made together with her finest pal Ivy to as an alternative be together with her ex for the night time. After all, as at all times, after an encounter with Batman, Joker proves to be his previous self, revealing he was but once more simply utilizing Harley for his personal positive factors. In a dramatic scene, after realizing this, Harley doesn’t battle again, cry or present any emotion. In reality, it was the other—she simply stares off into nothing and has no emotion in any way to present anymore. I felt that was one other very actual second that the present addressed with exceptional perception and humanity. After being abused and tricked again right into a false sense of safety, solely to be abused once more, many individuals would run out of feelings to present and simply change into an empty shell, very like Harley.

After all, Poison Ivy finds out that Harley bailed on her for the Joker, which is clearly an enormous blow. Because the first episode, Ivy had been the one comforting Harley at any time when Joker broke her coronary heart and had helped her on her method to turning into assured and unbiased. Most of all, Ivy had change into Harley’s finest pal.

It takes a couple of episodes for Harley to win Ivy’s belief again, after she learns for herself that the Joker won’t ever change and that she’s higher off being her personal girl, however the two buddies at all times know that their friendship is extra essential than any mistake they usually seemingly bury the hatchet and change into companions once more.

All through all the insanity, violence and potty-mouth language, you actually are rooting for Harley. She finally ends up additionally rooting for herself, which is so nice to see after so many episodes watching her self-sabotage her personal development. She even turns the tables on her ex and makes use of Joker’s personal manipulation methods to triumph ultimately (we received’t spoil how for you—you need to see for your self how she pulls it off!)

Fortunately, after many shut calls with demise and damaged relationships, Harley and her gang are again in motion collectively on the finish of Harley Quinn’s first season. It additionally appears as if the Joker nonetheless has but to be defeated, though Harley thinks he’s, which I’m certain will come as one of many large surprises in retailer for her in season two.

Talking of subsequent season, I’m hoping we’ll proceed to see the identical improvement in Harley as a personality. I wish to see her develop much more assured, extra strong-willed and extra badass. The debut season was all in regards to the villains of the DC Universe, and whereas it was so superb to see all of them collectively, I might undoubtedly wish to see her work together with the superheroes extra. In reality, certainly one of my favourite episodes in season one featured none apart from Aquaman. It sounds bizarre to say it’s nice seeing our favourite heroes performed for laughs, however it makes for such welcome comedian reduction in a present that, for all its ridiculousness, might be intense at instances.

I additionally look ahead to seeing the identical famous person solid of actors lend their superb comedic skills to those characters for subsequent season. The expertise on this present actually elevated season one. I don’t assume they might have picked higher performers for these roles.

General, I used to be pleasantly stunned with how a lot I ended up appreciating and having fun with Harley Quinn on DC Universe. I feel it’s a very “actual world” take set inside an in any other case nutty comedian ebook universe—one thing that’s actually refreshing alongside the remainder of DC’s extra severe adult-skewing tv. You’re not going to wish to miss in the present day’s season two premiere. I do know I’ll be watching and having fun with!

Harley Quinn Season 2 premieres in the present day on DC Universe. Not a DC Universe member? Click on right here to subscribe.

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