What more can be said about the famous Batman villain Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco)? She’s been expertly portrayed in live action films like Suicide Squad & Birds of Prey and now she takes Gotham hostage in the second season of the animated show. This time it’s bigger, badder and more bat shit crazy. Gotham is the perfect place for Harley to go wild with little to no supervision. Harley is a former psychiatrist who falls in love with the most psychotic villains Gotham has ever produced and in turn Harleen Quinzel is pushed into a vat of acid becoming Harley Quinn.
Season one establishes Gotham, its protagonists and its rogue’s gallery digging deep into the archives of DC Comics. It’s all about Harley and her emancipation from Joker (Alan Tudyk) mixed in with a self-identity crisis and an unexpected team up of the most obscure characters. Where season two begins is in an apocalyptic world that has Gotham forced to secede from the United States. This leaves Gotham primed for the chaos and anarchy by the hands of Harley Quinn. Gotham is Harley’s for the taking since the Legion of Doom is M.I.A and the Injustice League are a bunch of punks.
There is no Batman (Diedrich Bader) as he is indisposed following the destruction made by Joker in season one and the Justice is trapped in a story book. It’s an entirely new Gotham but the difference between old Gotham and New Gotham is the lack of fresh sushi according to Poison Ivy (Lake Bell). This is Harley’s chance to prove herself to everyone that she is meant for this life of crime and villainy and she owns every minute of it. As obsessed as she was with Joker, Harley finally puts her foot down and seizes control of her life.
“Harley Quinn, You Gave Me Cancer!?”
The only person truly in her way besides herself is Commissioner Gordon (Christopher Meloni) who confronts his alcoholism thanks to the aid of his daughter Barbara / Batgirl (Briana Cuoco). It’s a powerful moment experienced between them as it becomes a turning point for the famed commissioner in a world of sheer destruction.
Besides all that, season two of Harley Quinn gives us more sincere moments between Poison Ivy and Harley. Their relationship gets stronger as the season moves forward, but it also is put in jeopardy as the two share a moment or two together. For an animated show, it does a fantastic job at making these characters feel realistic given how bizarre of a world the characters reside in.
One of the strongest aspects of this show as a whole is the incredible ensemble of actors and actresses that have lent their voices. Harley and Ivy are the clear standouts but King Shark (Ron Funches) and Clayface (Alan Tudyk) give them a run for their money. Kite Man (Matt Oberg) is more than just a goofball frat boy who kites around Gotham – He doesn’t feel good enough as a son where he’s utterly self-conscious about his abilities around his parents, but he’s Ivy’s anchor who she can lean on and look to for support. Their relationship is crucial to who Ivy is as a person even though they started as a fling.
“Arkham Is For The Criminally Insane. The Pit Is For The Criminally Capable!”
Bane (James Adomian) is easily a showstopper with his outrageous dialogue. With his limited screen time he easily steals the scenes he’s in. All Bane wants is to be looked as an equal in the villain community but regardless of what he does he will always be looked at like a lesser villain; it’s sad, justice for Bane.
Batman is another character that will take you by surprise. He’s handled in a way that we’ve never seen before and that’s as a grown adult male who still acts as if he’s a child. Alfred (Tom Hollander) doesn’t take his shit with all the complaining and sneaking around with an injury that renders him unable to fight crime. Maybe it’s the animated aspect of the show or the fact that Gotham as a whole should be locked in a padded room but the relationship between Bruce and Alfred is intriguingly humorous.
Overall, Harley Quinn season two is more outrageous, destructive and plain psychotic. It doesn’t hold back and still offers all the blood, gore, sex and humor we all love and appreciate from season one. It’s more supernatural as more villains are added including the most powerful villain Darkseid. The ensemble is all around perfect as the show finds what makes it unique and an awesome edition to the comic book adaptation family. If I were to rate Harley Quinn season two, I’d rate it a 5 out of 5.
Harley Quinn season two premiered in 2020 and can be streamed on HBO Max. Harley Quinn season one has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 94%. Harley Quinn was created for TV by Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker & Dean Lorey and stars Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Jason Alexander, Ron Funches, Tony Hale, Giancarlo Esposito & J.B. Smoove. Harley Quinn is adapted by the comic character of the same name created by Paul Dini & Bruce Timm.
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