SEMI-REGULAR MUSINGS FROM THE SEMI-REGULAR MIND OF WRITER J.M. DeMATTEIS
Friday, May 27, 2011
THE CASE OF THE VANISHING EPISODE
If you tuned in earlier tonight to watch "Scorn of the Star Sapphire" on Batman: the Brave and the Bold, you might have noticed that my episode...wasn't there. Someone—a member of Batman's infamous rogue's gallery, perhaps—swapped it out for a rerun of an earlier episode. Who did it? And for what cryptic purpose? This is surely a mystery for the world's greatest detective, but, until Bruce Wayne himself calls me to explain, the best I can do is scratch my head and wonder why Cartoon Network would promote the episode with multiple preview clips and then pull it at the last moment. I'm sure there's some logical reason and I hope the episode will be rescheduled soon. Till then, my apologies for hyping The Show That Wasn't There.
Posted by J.M. DeMatteis at 9:36 PM
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My first theory was ad hoc synergy. Whether by their own realization or a message from higher powers, CN probably realized they should air "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!" closer to the release of the live action Green Lantern movie and direct to video movie, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights on June 17th and 7th, respectively. But alas, CN has pulled Batman off the schedule for the entire month of June so not even reruns are being played.ReplyDelete
So all I got left is CN wants to air the last 10 episodes in two consecutive 5 episode airings and end the show around October or early November just in time for a preview airing of Green Lantern: The Animated Series during Thanksgiving then go on winter hiatus.
Ha! It happens, J.M. No worries--or apologies necessary. Network executives are a ... unique breed, shall we say. : ) Some of the decisions they make are often head scratchers, to be kind. Nonetheless, I'm sure it'll air soon, if not next week. Looking forward to it even more now!ReplyDelete
Your guess is as good as mine, Yojimbo -- maybe better! -- but what I don't get is, whatever the reason, why did it take them till the very last minute to figure it out? Ah, well...c'est la vie!ReplyDelete
If nothing else, A. Jaye, it helps build anticipation!ReplyDelete
This is classic bat-mite. Now that a more serious Bat is taking over he knows that he no longer has a home.ReplyDelete
wishing you nothing, but goodwill and hipness from here to the stars;
Y'know, Jack, I think you're absolutely right!ReplyDelete
I can't speculate on that one. They've done it before so I'm going to beat the dead horse on this mystery.ReplyDelete
Well, if fans want to, the episode is still available for purchase on sites such as Amazon for $1.99. I used a coupon code and got it for free. It was a really good episode but I totally blanked on who Georgette Taylor was. Was she from the comics?
It's on iTunes? Fantastic. I didn't know.ReplyDelete
As for Georgette Taylor...I have no clue if she's from the comics, although I wonder if she's any relation to GEORGE Taylor, the editor of the Daily Star, the paper Clark Kent and Lois Lane worked for before the Daily Planet.
Yes sir, for now anyway, the episode is on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes (maybe PSN Network, too) until it gets pulled. This happened previously with "The Siege of Starro!" two parter and "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!" last year. So fingers crossed, because I hope they have "Time Out for Vengeance!" next week, too.ReplyDelete
Yes, that's all got when I ran some searches. So if she is from the comics, she is definitely a very obscure one that James Tucker is rather infamous for picking to be on his shows. Thanks for your thoughts, on it, and well, for writing the episode. Couldn't stop watching it yesterday.
And thank you, Yojimbo, for your insights and information. VERY much appreciated!ReplyDelete
CN does not treat B:BATB with anything resembling respect, especially when you factor in how damn good the show is!ReplyDelete
Weird time slot (630 on Friday---whuh?), only one airing per week, no info about any given ep available on their site, and now stuff like this.
If Marvel can have their own movie studio, why can't DC have its own cable channel? They could run this show, re-runs of the 50s Superman, 60s Batman, 70s Wonder Woman, and 80s Flash show. Add in all the various DC cartoons--we're talking thousands of episodes over dozens of series--and sprinkle in original TV movies starring characters not big enough to warrant their own GL-style summer blockbuster! What comic fan wouldn't die to have "DCTV" on their cable package???
(Sorry for the rant, JMD!)
No apologies necessary, Rob: I think it's a fantastic idea!ReplyDelete