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Pilot - Air Date: October 9, 2002 - Discuss the episode on our message board
Written by: Laeta Kalogridis - Directed by: Brian Robbins
Guest Stars: Chris Ellis (Larry Ketterly), Shawn Christian (Wade), Aaron Paul (Jerry), Mark Hamill (The voice of Joker), Roger Stoneburned (Joker)
From the WB: The Batman Legacy lives on in the Birds of Prey. The Batman legend takes an unexpected turn when the Caped Crusader vanishes from the crime-ridden city of New Gotham and his legacy is taken over by a trio of beautiful and relentless heroines – the Birds of Prey. Barbara Gordon (Dina Meyer) started out as Batman’s protégé, Batgirl, but an attack by The Joker left her confined to a wheelchair. Reinventing herself as Oracle, she takes under her wing Helena Kyle (Ashley Scott), the secret daughter of Batman and Catwoman, who quickly grows into the fierce and beautiful “Huntress,” and Dinah (Rachel Skarsten), a teenage runaway who is drawn to the city by meta-human visions. With the help of the only honest cop in New Gotham, Detective Jesse Reese (Shemar Moore), the Birds of Prey fight their first battle against a mysterious madwoman (Mia Sara) who is bent on their destruction. Ian Abercrombie also stars.
Our Thoughts: This episode was somewhat disjointed and the actors do not seem comfortable in their roles. Mia Sara was the best actress in the lot and we hope she teaches the others a few things. And please don’t make Dinah the “annoying blond” a la Gabrielle in first season Xena!
Slick - Air Date: October 16, 2002 - Discuss the episode on our message board
Written by: Laeta Kalogridis & Melissa Rosenberg - Directed by: Michael Katelman
Guest Stars: Shawn Christian (Wade), Silas Weir Mitchell (Slick), Hans Hernke (Student)
From the WB: Thicker than Water – Slick (guest star Silas Weir Mitchell), an evil meta-human who can turn from solid to liquid, is hired by Dr. Quinn (Mia Sara) to kill the honest cops who stand in her way. When Reese (Shemar Moore) is the next intended victim, Helena (Ashley Scott) comes to his aid and their mutual attraction continues to grow. Meanwhile, Barbara (Dina Meyer) believes Dinah’s (Rachel Skarsten) story that she’s just a runaway, but Helena remains suspicious.
Our Thoughts: Still suffering on the acting arena. The most interesting characters so far are Reese and Harley...not good when the leads who are supposed to be the heroes are bland and played by actresses who can’t act. Despite the hype this show has gotten, I’ve gotta wonder if it has the power to last. Unless the scripts and characters get a lot more interesting, I don’t see it surviving the season. Though I will grant it’s a lot better than the UPN’s new Twilight Zone!
Prey for the Hunter - Air Date: October 23, 2002
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Story by: Adam Armus & Kay Foster - Teleplay by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz - Directed by : Chris Long
Guest Stars: Hans Hernke (Student), Shawn Christian (Wade)
From the WB: In the Line of Fire - Helena (Ashley Scott) and Detective Reese (Shemar Moore) clash again when they both try to track down a serial killer who destroys metahumans by taking on their powers. Meanwhile, Dinah (Rachel Skarsten) ditches school when she learns from Helena there is a metahuman-only bar, and Barbara meets Wade’s parents who think she is not normal enough for their son.
Our Thoughts: The Huntress/Reese thing is getting a little old I think. They should have decided to hate each other or work together by now I think. And it is just me, or why does it seem very few people remember/know about Batman? You’d think he’d be infamous since he was in Gotham for so long and fought so many. Not to mention the whole Bat-symbol in the sky thing!
Three Birds and a Baby - Air Date: October 30, 2002
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Considering the title, I expect it to be similar to the movie “Three Men and a Baby” where the girls in this case have to take care of an abandoned infant. From the WB: When Helena (Ashley Scott) rescues an abandoned baby boy and brings him back to the Clocktower, Barbara (Dina Meyer) and Dinah (Rachel Skarsten) try to help, but to everyone's surprise, the baby, Elliott, is only happy when Helena is holding him. Even more surprising is the fact that Elliott wakes up from his nap as a walking, talking 5-year-old and is soon a teenager (guest star Riley Smith). Now in a race against time, the Birds of Prey discover that Elliot is programmed to live his entire life in three days, and to kill the first person he attaches to, putting Helena in grave danger.
Our Thoughts: I missed the first half of this one, but from what I saw, the story seemed fairly interesting, though the ending didn’t surprise me.
Sins of the Mother - Air Date: November 6, 2002
Written by: Melissa Rosenberg & Hans Tobeason; Directed by: Jeff Woolnough
From the WB: Dinah’s mother, Carolyn Lance (guest star Lori Laughlin), comes to town and Dinah must save her when the head of a crime family tries to take Carolyn out...revenge on her taking him down when she was the Black Canary. Helena wonders about her own mother’s past and about the secrets the Canary could tell her about those years while Barbara tries to unite them all to take out the bad guys.
Our Thoughts: Another that I missed most of, but the character of Black Canary seemed the most interesting one they’ve introduced to date.
Primal Scream - Air Date: November 13, 2002
Written by: Edward Kittis and Adam Horowitz from a story by Adam Armus and Kay Foster. Directed by Jim Charleston.
From the WB: At the request of Det. Reese, Helena goes under cover to help bring down a gang of thieves terrorizing New Gotham and quickly discovers that the gang is part of a larger infrastracture. Helena goes after the big goss until her cover is blown, putting her in grave danger. Meanwhile, Barbara has to deal with her fear of intimacy when her relationship with Wade (guest star Shawn Christian) takes a serious turn.
Our Thoughts: A fairly interesting episode and it seems to me the actors are becoming a little more ‘settled’ in their roles (or are taking acting lessons). Mia Sara continues to shin as Harley though - and be more interesting than any of the Birds. I’ve gotta wonder though why Helena is still going to see her??
- Split - Air Date: November 20, 2002
Already frustrated with her relationship with Reese, Helena is intrigued when she meets Darkstrike (guest starr Kristoffer Polaha), a metahuman who has come to New Gotham on the trail of a serial killer. Meanwhile, Barbara and Dina discover that Darkstrike has a dangerous alter ego.
- Homecoming - Aird Date: December 11, 2002
- Shiva (or Lady Shiva?) - Air Date: ???
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