Harley Quinn (Season 2): A Fight Worth Fighting For Review
*This Review Contains Full Spoilers*
On this week’s episode of DC Universe’s Harley Quinn, A Fight Worth Fighting For, Harley (voiced by Kaley Cucuo) brings back The Joker (voiced by Alan Tudyk) in order to get the Book of Fables so that they can take out Dr. Psycho (voiced by Tony Hale) and his army of Parademons.
Although we’re nearing the end of this second season, a lot has happened and I guess that means it’s time for a quick recap from a character we’ve sadly rarely seen this season – Frank the Plant (voiced by J.B. Smoove). While it’s enjoyable to see Frank deliver a great little profanity filled recap of the last couple of episodes and see him sat next to his favorite drug-dealer Chazz, the one who got a boner from drugs last season, it’s another moment for a fan-favorite character that falls flat. The joke about the producers shoehorning him in from time to time is sadly all too true and while it’s a moment of honesty, it doesn’t really soften the blow. This series continues to use great comic relief characters and try to create menial tasks for them that just fall flat and only exist to remind you that they are still there. If Frank had done this last season than maybe it could’ve worked, but since he didn’t it just comes off random and isn’t all that spectacular since he just comes in at the beginning and end of the episode.
What is great though is that Joker has finally returned and the banter between him and Harley is just as awesome as ever. From Harley not willing to put up with Joker’s shit to Joker being mortified by the idea of living a normal suburban life, the return of Joker is the dose of freshness this season needed and offers an interesting vision of him. It’s made even better when he has to return to his suburban lover, Bethany (voiced by Justina Machado), and he gets berated in Spanish. It’s hilarious to see Joker be forced back on his heels in this way and it leads to a great realization for him that’s very intriguing.
Oddly enough, Joker has some feelings for Bethany still latent and has an appreciation for her loving him even when he wasn’t really himself. However, it’s the way he says it to Harley while snidely commenting on how she blew her chance with Ivy (voiced by Lake Bell) that keeps you guessing as a viewer if he’s really being honest about his feelings. It’s what makes Joker such a compelling character and I’d even say that he sort of outshines Harley in this episode. There’s almost a reliability to Joker that’s never been touched on before and it’s kind of cool to see him have seemingly real feelings. His feelings for Bethany even seem to outweigh his obsession with Batman (voiced by Diedrich Bader), who we get to see have another delightfully snarky back and forth with Alfred (voiced by Tom Hollander), as he decides to make things work with Bethany. It’s going to be interesting to see Joker be a real dad and perhaps this could be a way to introduce Bethany as a stronger part of the series – maybe as its own version of Punchline, Joker’s new girlfriend in the comics.
As for Harley, her issues with Ivy take the kind of course they always seem to. She’s all bummed out about it, says that she’s not, hears good advice about it, and then is ready to make things right. It’s a rinse and repeat kind of thing that’s getting a little old here, but is made interesting that the good advice comes from Joker. We’re also left on another cliffhanger with Ivy now being controlled by Psycho and ready to kill Harley – which is built up through one enjoyable side-plot and one that’s just okay.
Having Kite-Man (voiced by Matt Oberg) and Ivy still be planning their wedding in the midst of Parademon chaos is hilarious. From dealing with wedding planners to finding the right dress, it’s great to get more alone time with these two. We even get to see how Ivy is still riddled with regret and inner turmoil over her feelings towards Harley and with only two episodes left of the season it seems like she’s going to have to come to terms with them before she walks down the aisle. Speaking of being riddled, we also catch up with Psycho and Riddler (voiced by Jim Rash) as they try to get Darkseid (voiced by Michael Ironside) to help them take over the world. Honestly, this whole part of the episode didn’t work for me as Psycho just isn’t measuring up as the main villain for me. His plan isn’t anything special, the backstory he gives to Darkseid to win him over is lame, and he’s not really doing anything other than just sending Parademons to do his dirty work. Also, him getting Ivy on his side doesn’t feel right with Ivy’s character since it’s hard to believe that she would just blindly fall into his hands like she does. Hopefully there’s still something strong in Psycho’s villainous uprising waiting in the wings because there’s really nothing all that interesting here.
While the return of The Joker and Ivy and Kite-Man casual wedding planning as Parademons continue to destroy Gotham is great and offers new moments of hilarity, this week’s episode is another middling entry in this second season. With only two episodes left, hopefully a spectacular finish in the works to give Harley Quinn Season 2 the finale it deserves.