The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 48: “Birds of a Feather”

Are there really any villains in the world? Or is “bad behavior” shaped by how society treats us?  Hurtful primary relationships? Childhood neglect? Can we really put blame on a struggling individual who has been “dealt” a bad hand?

In this week’s show, we take a closer look at The Penguin from Batman: The Animated Series. Upon being released from prison, Oswald Cobblepot declares that he’s turned over a new leaf and will never engage in criminal behavior again! Suspicious, Batman keeps a close eye on him. Then there’s Veronica and her manservant Pierce, two Gotham City upper-class socialites who choose Oswald as their next form of entertainment. Veronica befriends the befuddled Penguin, who eventually grows quite fond of her and even begins to change his lifestyle for the better. Once discovered, Veronica’s deception, belittlement and cruelty do not settle well with the Penguin. He immediately resorts to his violent, antisocial ways! But can we really blame him?

We discuss Penguin’s tendency toward criminality in relation to his tragic history and lack of positive experiences. We explain topics such as Narcissistic Personality Disorder, correctional rehabilitation and positive psychology. Are we too sympathetic or on the mark? Listen to the episode below for the full analysis!

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One Response to “The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 48: “Birds of a Feather””

  1. Shikome Kido Mi says:

    Wait… Is Pierce her servant? I thought he was just her friend she hung out with to complain about stuff with.

    Now I have to re-watch the episode.

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