Batman: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary #95: Torch Song

Torch Song was first broadcasted on June 13, 1998 with a script by Rich Fogel and directed by Curt Geda.

A lovelorn pyrotechnic engineer, Garfield Lynns, gets dumped by a big time singer named Cassidy. Lynns becomes the supervillain Firefly, bent on burning the woman who burned him.

When I look at the reviews for this one, a lot of people consider this one of the low points of the series but honestly, there are MUCH worse episodes that we’ve yet to get to here.

This one is actually pretty solid, I really do like the villain in this, Firefly, a guy who can create these insane amounts of fire all over the place, he’s got a cool design to his outfit and the great voice work by Mark Rolston really make for a cool and menacing bad guy.

Not only that but Batman gets a pretty bad ass looking anti-firesuit in this episode that I wish they kind of used more not just here but in future episodes.

The action sequences in this episode are fantastic to look at and the episode does a good job of creating exciting tension all around, especially in the ending, which I’ll talk more about that in just a bit.

They even manage to throw in some decent jokes, like they literally throw in a reference to Pinky & The Brain that’s kind of hilarious in context:

The one element of this episode that I really did not like surprisingly was Cassidy because she kind of brought this mess on herself. Like, okay, you can kind of go along with her in the beginning when she breaks up with Garfield after a few dates, obviously she wasn’t that interested in him. That’s fine but then later on, Cassidy tries to hit on Batman too and you come to the realization that she’s kind of a cocktease, just hitting on these random guys that have dark backstories to them.

But then again, much like with Daniel Mockridge in If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?, she kind of gets her own comeuppance at the end of the episode with the final scene where Cassidy has dinner in a restaurant with her agent (played very well by David Paymer in this episode), who tells her that Firefly’s kidnapping and mayhem have done wonders for her publicity, and they should capitalize on it, right away. While he starts describing his new ideas for a fire-themed tour, a flambe dessert is ignited at their table, and Cassidy recoils. Her agent asks what’s wrong, not seeming to notice her staring in terror at the flames.

Not only is that kind of a ‘you get what you deserve’ kind of moment but that is such a brilliantly executed scene because even though Firefly is pretty much gone at this point, the memories of what this woman did to him will never go away and the scene is perfectly executed with a lot of great tension and chilling animation that does a good job of giving the scene its’ intended purpose.

I know there are people that are not fans of this particular episode but honestly, I really liked Torch Song a lot, I think it has a cool villain, some really good animation, a lot of great tension and chilling moments all around, it’s a really damn good episode.

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