Jimmy and Tom are back for another round of animated superhero chat. This time around, we’ll be discussing the Batman Beyond episodes “Inqueling,” “Big Time,” and “Out of the Past”.
Inque returns, but she’s badly injured! Will a long lost relative of hers help her out or turn her over to Batman?
jimmy: So, they, uh, couldn’t have aborted the launch when the ship was being torn apart right in front of them? Or because greedy old guy was working with Venom?
tomk: Um, both?
jimmy: It just seemed a little odd. And they had like 5 minutes of destruction prior to launch. I’m sure the slightest issue they would have aborted.
tomk: See, there you go with your general knowledge of the dangers of space launches.
jimmy: It’s a gift and a curse.
tomk: I’m sure you’ll feel differently when you’re older with your own space cargo company.
jimmy: My memory is already headed in that direction.
tomk: Before or after you try the experimental mutigen?
jimmy: Um, both?
tomk: You really are ahead of the curve.
I suppose next you’ll figure out when the best time to approach a long lost offspring.
jimmy: At least a 1000 years. Or, if they need money.
jimmy: As long as you have credit, you’re fine.
tomk: Jimmy Junior is going to have so much financial discipline…
jimmy: I couldn’t remember if we saw Inque’s origin when she debuted? As this episode implies she’s been Inque for a long time.
tomk: It’s only seen something Bruce described to Terry.
As far as Inque goes, this is her last full episode appearance. She has a small cameo coming up, but that’s about it. And it looks like Terry never actually beat her without major help from somebody.
jimmy: I was thinking about that. And wondering how Bruce would have beaten her? Because you know he would have. He’s Batman.
tomk: Bruce can do anything with enough prep time. Because he’s Batman.
He was probably in Tibet prepping for Inque’s return this very episode.
jimmy: He should have left and came back earlier.
tomk: He’s not as fast as he used to be.
jimmy: This is true.
tomk: Still, the important thing here is Terry still didn’t actually defeat Inque.
jimmy: That is interesting though. How many other prominent heroes have never defeated their arch enemy?
tomk: Is Inque his arch enemy?
jimmy: Yeah, I thought that might be too strong. But, a major enemy at least.
tomk: It’s not as if Terry has never defeated Inque. He just always needs help to do it. Especially since she always learns from previous encounters.
jimmy: So does he.
tomk: Well, she’s a better student.
Plus, she’s been doing this a lot longer than he has.
jimmy: Apparently, given the age of her daughter. Speaking of whom, did you see the Daughter Double Cross coming?
tomk: She wasn’t exactly a trustworthy individual.
jimmy: I did not.
tomk: But we also saw she had huge money problems.
jimmy: Yes. But that’s a big leap from “Mom, lend me some money will ya” to “I think I’ll kill you and take all your money.”
tomk: Well, that’s why you need to actually teach you children well.
Don’t you ever ask them why.
jimmy: Children are the future.
tomk: And this show is set in the future.
jimmy: That’s deep.
tomk: I try.
And did you notice the girl’s last name was “Clay”?
jimmy: I think I did.
tomk: Well, good.
And hey, Dana doesn’t mind broken dates anymore.
jimmy: Because she’s figured out what’s going on.
tomk: Yes. Yes she did.
It’s probably for the best. They didn’t know the show would end with season three, but they maybe finished off some not-quite storylines.
Ok, so, we got some kind of backstory on Inque. Anything else to add, Jimmy?
jimmy: The Dana “I know what’s going on” moment was kinda lame. It had this moment of suspense of “she’s knows he’s Batman and is cool with it?” that is resolved seconds later, off screen for that matter and with the most obvious “realization” that probably occurred to everyone else in Season One.
tomk: At least she says something like that unlike, say, Terry’s mom or kid brother.
jimmy: Maybe that happened off screen too.
tomk: All this stuff off-screen! What’s next? We get Max and Bruce hanging out in the Batcave sipping Mai Tais and laughing over Terry’s still unexplained criminal record?
jimmy: …do we get that?
tomk: That exact scenario? Would you want it?
tomk: Good. You don’t get that.
jimmy: No? Oh…I mean good! No one wants that. cough
tomk: Now, we could instead get an episode where Terry has a former friend from his less reputable days come back from wherever he was.
jimmy: We could get that, but we’d be burning down a part of ourselves.
tomk: Ok then. We could just skip the next one that might give you some answers on Terry’s criminal past.
jimmy: Fine, fine. Yes, I’m interested in that.
tomk: Shall we move on then?
jimmy: Let’s do it.