‘Harley Quinn’ Brings Comic Stories To Absurd Levels

It’s difficult for reviewers to keep reviewing a show that continues to do the same things well over and over again. Harley Quinn is excellent because it takes stories that might be first read in the comics and applies them to the show’s universe and characters in its ridiculous tone. It’s awesome television. But as the episodes progress, reviewing each means trying to point out new and engaging ways the show excels. If the show keeps on doing the same thing over and over again, reviews can become repetitive. This week’s episode was no different as it continued the show’s trend of excellence since the season premiere.

The episode essentially focused on two separate storylines. One had to do with Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) attempting to kidnap Bruce Wayne (Diedrich Bader) while Batgirl (Briana Cuoco) constantly gets in the way. The other storyline focused on King Shark (Ron Funches) returning home after his father passes away. Both of these plots would be excellent in comic book form. But they elevate to a completely different level in the world of Harley Quinn as they both play out in absurd comedic fashion. Even more than that, though, both storylines had excellent fight scenes that would be considered great action in their own right.

The show continues to portray great comic book characterization as it’s supporting cast continues to evolve and grow. The action is there. The humor is there. The only thing that’s moving fairly slowly is the main storyline itself. Each episode takes about one or two steps forward in that plot while focusing more on characterization — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. During this episode, Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) spent the time growing her powers so that her plan can continue. It’s only a matter of time before the main story takes center stage again. But until then, the show continues to deliver in its unique way week after week.

Harley Quinn streams new episodes Thursdays on HBO Max.

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