What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about the DC Universe’s Harley Quinn “Dye Hard”! Talk about an experience. Harley and Ivy finally getting to a place where they acknowledged the feelings they have for each other, but still it being too late. Harley has yet to meet someone like Ivy halfway where a relationship isn’t going to end in heartbreak. I was all in to see what emotional state this would throw Harley in next. Would this be the point where she begins turning things around?
The great thing about this episode, was the transition from what happened last week. At this point in time, they haven’t minced words that Harley has a lot of work to do on herself. For a good while it worked seeing her in this position where she was propped up as the symbol of fighting against a toxic relationship, and what effects that can leave on the person after. Now was the time to dig into the part which makes herself toxic. It’s not a bad thing to explore either. As I said before, any person who has overcome those obstacles doesn’t come out one-hundred percent. There are things you will do to numb the pain, things you do which don’t take the feelings of others into account, things which expose the false narrative of what love is in your head. That is what Harley went through, that is what she discovered as well. This week was her doing something about that realization.
I didn’t find it hard seeing Harley put in a position where she needed to slow down a bit. Not that I would ever call drinking to forget slowing down, but it is a farcry from everything else Harley has done when things haven’t quite gone her way. That this would actually lead to her running into a now-sane Joker again was a plus. Certainly a convenient encounter too, considering both of them are casually working and dining in Wayne Tower of all places.
What made everything to follow that so funny had to be the eggshells Harley was walking on while interacting with this now-sane Joker. We all know that this is not something meant to last, so it was just a question of what could go wrong to bring back the Joker we all know and fear. Because of that, the suspense they stirred up throughout the encounter was genius. It wasn’t even just an escaped Riddler and ParaDemons that she had to worry about. It was as if the world was working against her to make every action of hers the would be catalyst for his return.
Now where the Riddler and ParaDemons played their part in this was the highlight of the episode,. Mainly for the fact that there was no way for Riddler to have himself this kind of army backing him without some help. From the promos, it was also a given that this person was going to be Dr. Psycho. That part I loved because this was what I was waiting for a long time now. I can’t say it enough that this is a villain who was capable of much more than what he was doing with Harley. It was great to know that the writers had a plan for addressing that from the start. He was in his element between the power he unleashed, and even his dialogue. Someone like him could have gone the distance if it weren’t for the fact that he is just like most villains at the end of the day. You know, getting so caught up in that power and control that he loses focus of the small things which could take that control out of his hands.
With that said, how their confrontation ended was definitely heartbreaking. I was not ready for such an endearing moment to come out of that battle, and that is part of the charm this show has. Hits you out of nowhere with emotion, and it tends to come from the most unlikely of sources.
Aside from this, still I find myself taken back by the way that they use Gordon and Batman as a point of humor. Their involvement was always going to be a necessity, but who would have expected that they would be so cartoon-ish about it. They were just entertaining enough without taking away from the seriousness of the situation unfolding. That said, I was surprised that Batgirl didn’t have a part to play in this. One would think that she would be a bit more reliable than Gordon who still doesn’t seem to have it all together upstairs.
Overall, jumping into each new episode of Harley Quinn is like a fresh new experience. Something to appreciate when other DCU shows you would expect more consistency in tone. Even with a heart broken, the chaos didn’t end in “Dye Hard”.