Spoilers for ‘Harley Quinn’ Season 2 Episode 8 ‘Interior (Para) Demons’
Season 1 of ‘Harley Quinn’ launched a model new raison d’etre for Harley Quinn (Kayley Cuoco) — to make it as a profitable profession supervillain in her personal proper. It is a mission that she’s been following by way of in Season 2, as she takes out the Injustice League one after the other. Final episode’s kiss, nevertheless, has pressured Harley to confront an uncomfortable query: Is changing into the world’s best supervillain what Harley actually needs?
The kiss between Harley and Poison Ivy has modified their friendship in an enormous means. It is apparent that Harley has feelings for Ivy that she’s by no means been consciously conscious of, earlier than. If Ivy feels the identical, she has rather more expertise tamping feelings down, as the 2 chalk the kiss up to an impulsive act spurred on by adrenaline. Slightly than deal with her feelings, Harley dives proper again into her supervillain profession. With the Injustice League now out of the image, there’s nowhere to go however up!
The present has established that there are specific strains that Harley is unwilling to cross, however these strains are one thing Harley seems to be ignoring in her desperation for a distraction. Because it’s Harley Quinn, when she needs to be distracted, she goes large, and it is not lengthy earlier than she’s received a military of parademons at her beck and name, courtesy of Darkseide (Michael Ironside). It takes Harley almost burning Gotham to the bottom earlier than she realizes that that is not what she needs in any respect. What she needs is to be with Poison Ivy, and Ivy’s impending marriage ceremony to Kite Man (Matt Oberg) signifies that Harley cannot have that.
As Darkseid so rightfully factors out, “There are some holes that not even a military of parademons will help fill.”
Darkseid is a tough villain to get proper in the very best of instances, and Michael Ironside manages to do justice to the DC Universe’s most intimidating villain. On the similar time, he is simply further sufficient to current probably the most hilarious Darkseid portrayal since Bizarre Al voiced him on ‘Teen Titans Go!’ Physician Psycho (Tony Hale) additionally will get extra of a highlight on this episode, because the satan on Harley’s shoulder with a literal hard-on for world domination.
For all its jokes, it is undoubtedly one of many season’s darker episodes, with a deep dive into to the sort of villainy that ‘Harley Quinn’ has all the time stopped simply shy of. Harley Quinn makes for a terrifying A-list supervillain. The comedically gory nature of the sequence’ violence crosses the road into horror, with a Harley surrounded by flames and letting unfastened a maniacal chuckle that the Joker (Alan Tudyk) himself can be happy with.
As soon as once more, it is up to Ivy to floor Harley. Ivy stays probably the most grounded character on the present, with her complete story this episode being a supervillain model of the bride defending her man from a set of horrible in-laws. The present has not thrown the Kite Man-Ivy relationship to the curb in favor of Harley, and that is in the end what makes Harley’s plight so tragic: she will see how completely happy Kite Man makes Ivy. Harley and Ivy have made repeated sacrifices for one another by way of the sequence, and for Harley, not standing in the best way of Ivy’s marriage is simply one other sacrifice she believes she has to make.
Buried beneath this episode’s violence, humor and shockingly darkish turns, there is a deep ache felt by Harley. It is brilliantly portrayed by the sheer lengths she is going to go to to avoid feeling that ache, and when she lastly admits to it, it is heart-wrenching. Final episode’s kiss won’t have instantly led to the connection that the followers have been ready for, nevertheless it’s an actual turning level for Harley Quinn. With Harley’s give up, New New Gotham might return to regular, eventually, and for the primary time in a protracted whereas, Harley’s path ahead is unsure.
The following episode of ‘Harley Quinn’ airs Could 29 at 9 AM ET, on DC Universe.
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