Harley Quinn: Being Harley Quinn Review
On this week’s episode of Harley Quinn, Being Harley Quinn, the group does some exploring inside Harley’s (voiced by Kaley Cuoco) mind to help fix the identity crisis she’s having while Ivy’s (voiced by Lake Bell) landlord, Sy (voiced by Jason Alexander), tries to evict the crew from her apartment.
After Sy says that the crew is kicked out after seeing King Shark (voiced by Ron Funches), Harley and Ivy go on a little house hunting to find a new lair that just screams Harley Quinn. Unfortunately, their looks at a volcanic lair of doom and Mr. Freeze’s old hideout don’t lead to anything worthwhile and when Harley is simply asked things about herself, she has quite the identity crisis – which results in her seizing up and being unable to move. As Dr. Psycho (voiced by Tony Hale) says, Harley has quite the brain freeze which leaves her frozen with a crazed face. The group surmises that the only option they have is to go inside and see what’s ticking inside Harley’s head. So, with the group in their new team t-shirts, which is just Suicide Squad shirts that Harley keeps getting, and everyone butt cheeks squeezed together, they delve into Harley’s head.
Inside they find that things are oddly normal for Harley. It’s almost as if they are walking through a museum of memories as they see Harley’s destructive behavior as a child and even the raunchy valedictorian speech she made at graduation. More importantly, though, the group comes across a memory that details Harley’s origins when she falls into a chemical vat after she’s pushed in by Joker (voiced by Alan Tudyk) – or so she thinks. The way this episode tackles Harley’s subconscious obsession with Joker and how she views her origins is probably the most interesting thing that this episode offers. Seeing Joker still run the show in her subconscious and even that Harley’s thoughts on what happened in her origin being wrong with her willingly going into the chemical vat was really interesting to see and plays strongly to the empowering changes she makes because of this realization. With this knowledge about the issues she still has with Joker, Harley sets to flip the script, at least in her own mind, and start anew by changing things to how they are now. Her confrontation with Joker in her head is actually quite empowering and it was really unique to see Harley confront her own issues in this way.
Other than Harley’s new origins, there’s not too much to talk about with this episode. The comedy is a little too random this time around and doesn’t hit as strongly. The lines about the “rules” changing and being based on random movies never worked for me and was a running joke with very weak legs. I will say that Dr. Psycho’s manic and aggressive personality is always hilarious to me and Hale does a really great voice performance. There’s also a very strange cameo by Frankie Muniz, as himself, as Harley had a major crush on him as a child. As a fan of Muniz, it’s definitely nice to hear his voice again, but his appearance doesn’t feel completely warranted and is totally random.
There’s also a running side-plot with Sy trying to get the crew out of the apartment with the help of Golda (Rhea Perlman), a former spy that Sy used to work with. First of all, it’s strange that when the two of them are taking their bodies out of the apartment that Frank (voiced by J.B. Smoove) is nowhere to be found. It seems like a missed opportunity as having Frank harass them the whole time could’ve been hilarious and much more interesting than seeing the two just reminisce about their spy days. It’s neither that funny nor intriguing and having Sy join the crew at the end just feels unnecessary. Hopefully, Sy is the last the join Harley’s ranks for a while because the group is definitely getting a little crowded. The end of episode does have Harley find her new home for the crew, an abandoned mall, that I’m excited to see turn into Harley’s new playground.
With Being Harley Quinn, the series has its protagonist finally tackle her own issues through her origins in empowering fashion, but it doesn’t provide much else. It definitely doesn’t hit the high comedic marks of previous episodes and the main cast is definitely starting to get a little crowded. Being Harley Quinn is more of middle of the road episode, but things should start to pick up again with Harley having another run in with the Dark Knight next week.
Being a horror fan, I liked the mashup with Harley’s warped, twisted mind. Am curious when/if Kite Man and Poison Ivy will make a secondary connection. They have played around with it a bit, but it’s missing here. Any episode with Frank the Plant gets at least a half star bump. He’s hilarious!