‘Harley Quinn’ Can’t Get Any Better

by Frank Martin

If the plot points and character arcs of Harley Quinn were implemented into a comic book it would be the best Batman run in years. The show seems to instinctively know the heart and soul of every character. Even when the show is poking fun, it still gets to the core of their being and tells intricate stories with them. This has been on full display all season and it was firing on all cylinders for the season finale as Harley and Ivy’s relationship hit a tipping point.

Last episode, Ivy’s (Lake Bell) plans for her plant paradise were undermined by Harley (Kaley Cuoco) because she felt bad about turning Gotham into a city of zombies. Harley’s actions were even a shock to her as she never considered herself a hero and, all of a sudden, everyone was praising what she had done. But this episode wasn’t just about Harley. Ivy also had to come to terms with her newfound strength and how to utilize it. In the end, Ivy decided to allow Harley to follow her gut on becoming a hero and joining the Bat family to keep Gotham safe.

All of that doesn’t even take into account the fact that Batman (Diedrich Bader) had his own character arc of sorts. After trying to resurrect his parents, Bruce Wayne had to deal with the emotional and mental trauma from his childhood. Harley even helped him work through it as his therapist when the Joker (Alan Tudyk) schemed to have Bruce arrested for financial crimes. This was a development worthy of the comic books as Bruce decided to carry out the prison sentence, leaving the rest of the heroes to pick up the slack. All of these various storyline threads came together perfectly, showcasing that Harley Quinn is not just a hilarious comic book show. It’s just a damn good show period.

Harley Quinn is now streaming on HBOMax.

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