IR TV Review: HARLEY QUINN – EPISODE 11 (“A Fight Worth Fighting For”) [Warner Brothers Animation-S2]

Going against her better nature always seems to get Harley Quinn into trouble but the nature of why she does things ultimately reflects back to why she doesn’t do them. Or maybe she is taking the easy way out in her dealings with life choices. In Episode 11 of Season 2: “The Fight Worth Fighting For”, the creators continue to dive into and perhaps deconstruct a lot of what Harley is while covering it up in a sense of frivolity. Quinn brings back Joker throwing him into a vat of acid at the end of the last episode, which felt more diabolical than it actually ends up being (again it is a cartoon). The id and personality breakdown of the Joker is an trigger movement which is a crucial way to look at it. What also works is the bookends of the show which gives it even more genre pinnings as it is done by a man eating plant. The simple irony of this with Ivy is simply awesome. Granted the idea of friends against friends is a trope of the superhero genre. Now the plot focus of this episode does involve a book but its actual relevance being the movement of one aspect of plot is circumspect as far as its importance.

What is fun to watch is Joker arguing against his own basic nature. What is seemingly lacking is the attraction that Harley previously had to him. it is simply gone. Some part of her is likely still fascinated by him yet Ivy blinds her in a certain way. Kite Man is just a dunce and too nice of a guys so he will be crushed eventually. Unlike earlier in the season, there is a bunch of unchecked emotions flying around these characters that would normally be more black and white in their tendencies instead of terminally gray. What is even more ironic is a realization of Joker that is completely antithetical to what he is thinking. And also one shot alone in the episode with some banter in a plane is too good to spoil because it would only happen in the animated world. As usual, the question becomes: where does the story go from here?


By Tim Wassberg

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