The Complete First and Second Season
review by Bobby Blakey
Before HBO MAX DC Comics and Warner Bros brought all kinds of new properties to life with their streaming service DC Universe Online. Most of them were live action series including Titans, Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing, but they also dipped into animation bringing back the popular Young Justice. To capitalize on the service and popularity of the character they also debuted a new R rated animated adventures of Harley Quinn with The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco in the lead role. While fans wait for the third season to now hit HBO MAX, fans can dive back in with the new release Harley Quinn: The Complete First and Second Season.
Harley Quinn has finally broken things off once and for all with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City in this half-hour adult animated action-comedy series. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of Doom. I am not a big fan of Quinn, but admit that I enjoyed her in Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey so was interested in seeing what they did with this show. To my joyful surprise it not only delivers it pulls no punches to bring some great fun and hijinks like only Quinn can. I am so glad they opted for the mature direction as it opens so many doors to take things way over the top. The animation is great and the cast of characters make for a great ensemble piece to give Harley a fun world to play in. Her over the top persona and crazed adventures make this a great new version of the DC characters to spread their wings.
In Season 2, Harley has defeated the Joker, and Gotham City is hers for the taking…what’s left of it, that is. Her celebration in the newly created chaos is cut short when Penguin, Bane, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler and Two-Face join forces to restore order in the criminal underworld. Calling themselves the Injustice League, they’re intent on keeping Harley and her crew from taking
control as the top villains in Gotham. Believe it or not I actually thought the second season was not only better, but it seemed to just go all in. The laughs and violence seemed more in taking full advantage of the shows rating and it delivers. The animation was better than ever filled with vibrant visuals and great characters. I am in love with this show now and applaud them for going all in with it. They pull no punches from beginning to end and have made something that is a blast to watch.
Now you can bring the first two season of the animated series home on a new Blu-ray collection that offers up all 26 episodes of the show. Join in with the villainous mayhem and laughs with Harley Quinn: The Complete First and Second Season when it hits Blu-ray on February 16th from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.