You know a character is incapable of having a good episode when not even Paul Dini can save them. Catwoman has been in some bad episodes, and hopefully this is her last episode, period. The only episode with her in it that I even remotely consider good is "Tyger, Tyger", and that was mostly because I thought the idea was original. Every other episode with Catwoman in it has either been forgettable, boring, or just bad. And no, I don't count "Almost Got 'Im" as a Catwoman episode, because she wasn't the focus of it. I feel bad that Ventriloquist had to be in this, of all the episodes for him to be in after "Read My Lips" he had to be in a Catwoman episode. So this episode, (like every other Catwoman episode) has a "Captain Planet" environmental message, only this one is about extinct animals. OK Kyle I get it, you're a bigger environmental nut than Ivy. I don't have a problem with environmental messages in animated films or TV shows, (one of my all time favorite films is "Princess Mononoke") if they're handled well. The problem is that it's a lot easier to have a one-sided argument, than a fair one.
So Wesker wants to sell a bunch of extinct animal statues to make a serious profit, OK cool, and Catwoman still can't decide whether she wants to be Catwoman again, and you've lost me. Isn't this like the third episode where this has been brought up? Either have her as a character or don't. And the worst part is that Batman has a super serious life altering choice at the end of the episode, either capture Catwoman, or save an extinct animal statue. Hopefully that choice didn't give you a heart attack, because you'll never guess what Bruce chooses. He chooses a statue of an animal that's been extinct for (insert time here) amount of years, over apprehending a criminal. "Oh but Ethan, you don't understand, it's a one-of-a-kind item that's worth millions of dollars." It's a statue! It's an inanimate object! Maybe if it had been save Scarface or arrest Catwoman and he chose Scarface, it could at least be because it would damage Wesker's psyche if his puppet were to be destroyed again. But no, he chose a statue of an extinct animal.
I've found it folks, I've found not only the worst episode of "Batman: The Animated Series", but the first thing so bad that it deserves 1 Star. "The Terrible Trio" might have been lazy, "The Mechanic" might have been pointless, but at least those two episodes didn't recycle an already overused plot and attempt to shove it down the audience's throats. At least those other episodes had some originality to them. At least those episodes had an interesting concept. "Catwalk" has none of that. It's bland, lazy, the plot's overused, Catwoman is still a one-note character, and the episode as a whole has absolutely no reason to exist. This could've easily been covered at the end of "Cat Scratch Fever". Selina decides to keep being Catwoman and not care about the cops, Batman, or her own personal image. But nope, they had to drag it out one more freakin' time. Please tell me this is the last episode with Catwoman in it, because I don't think I can take another terrible episode like this.
Remember how I said in a previous review that I hope I never find an insultingly bad episode of this show? I've found one.
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