The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 87: “Batgirl Returns”

We’ve arrived at the end of the original run of Batman: The Animated Series and covered the final produced episode, “Batgirl Returns!” In this episode, Batman steps out of the heroic spotlight and the determined Barbara Gordon steps in to take on one of the most hated criminals in Gotham City, Roland Daggett. As Batgirl, she teams up with Catwoman, who extends the supportive spirit that Batman hasn’t yet offered to her. Does this partnership give Batgirl everything she’s missing from her Dark Knight mentor? How does her moral development differ from Catwoman, and does that discrepancy pose a problem for them as collaborators?  We discuss (and critique) a prominent theory of moral development, as defined by the Heinz Dilemma. Plus, what’s the deal with Barbara’s weird dream about Batman? Listen below to our analysis of “Batgirl Returns!”

Note: We aren’t done with The Arkham Sessions! We’re sad that our coverage of BTAS is over, but we’re thrilled to move directly on to The New Batman Adventures!

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2 Responses to “The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 87: “Batgirl Returns””

  1. Jacob says:

    Please review the animated film Batman and Mr Freeze: Sub Zero BEFORE you examine The New Adventures. The film is a part of The Adventures of Batmam and Robin, the appearance of Mr Freeze in The New Adventures only makes sense after the canon events of Sub Zero.

    As a person grieving the loss of my best friend, my brother since this February, your examination of Deep Freeze touched on that. Ways to deal with grief healthily or unhealthily.

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