Batman: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary #7: P.O.V.

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P.O.V., the seventh produced episode, was first broadcasted on September 18, 1992 with a script by Sean Catherine Derek & Laren Bright from a story by Mitch Brian and directed by Kevin Alteri.

A botched police operation results in the suspension of those involved: Officer Wilkes, Officer Montoya, and Detective Bullock. Confronted by their superiors, each of them is forced to tell their tale of what happened that night.

This one essentially takes the concept of hearing a similar storyline through the characters’ various point of views, sometimes they’ll stretch the truth for dramatic effect and to make their story seem more convincing, sometimes they’ll just straight up lie. It’s a plot that’s been done to death before in other cartoons such as Alvin & The Chipmunks and Garfield & Friends and has been done since this aired. Heck, Batman: Gotham Knight essentially uses that plot in the first short they did, I’ve Got A Story For You, where these kids had different interpretations of what happened with Batman and this bad guy.

It is interesting to see each scenario played out through these different characters although to be fair, the only one who we really can identify with is Bullock, Montoya hasn’t really been given much character development up to this point in the series and Wilkes…well….this is the only time we’ve seen him in the series.

The animation and voice work is once again very good, Robert Costanzo as Bullock, Ingrid Oliu as Montoya, and Robby Benson, also known as the voice of the Beast in Beauty & The Beast, as Wilkes work off each other very nicely and I do like how they all eventually come together to help Batman come out of the jam he finds himself in.

As far as the overall writing for P.O.V., it’s not one of the better written episodes and it is a little too predictable in where it’s going to go but I do think that the animation and voice work is once again really solid and does carry the episode all the way through. But because the writing is not as strong as I think it should’ve been, this is the least enjoyable episode of the show so far to me. It still has its’ moments but it doesn’t work as well all around as the previous six episodes did. The first mixed bag episode for Batman: TAS so far.

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