Harley Quinn appears to be starting a habit of jumping content with each episode as the last two have now focused more on character growth than her own needs or tropes. In the first few episodes, we saw hyperviolence as she tries to distance herself from Joker and prove her worth. The next two episodes took time to focus on getting new crew members, as Dr. Psycho had a falling out and Clayface wanted more acting work.
After last weeks focus on Harley’s past and letting go to make a name for herself, we got an episode focused on friendship and reconciling with loved ones. This episode gave us a look at Dr. Psycho’s relationship with his son and Batman’s relationship with Gordon.
During Dr. Psycho’s moment, we saw him explain his feelings towards his son and why he did what he did. While completely terrible and done for comedic effect, the naming and locking in a basement brought about a more emotional appeal to a character looking to redeem himself.
Meanwhile, Gordon uses the bat signal to talk to Batman about his marriage struggles, rather than Harley robbing Wayne Enterprises. This brought about a focus on Batman leaving Gordon and Gordon finding a friend in Clayface’s sentient hand. Afterwards, everyone patches things up and we see more likability for Psycho and Gordon, instead of having a show like It’s Always Sunny, where all the characters are terrible people and do things in a comedic way.
While the jokes continue to land and the writers have broadened their appeal, the show has changed character dynamics more and taken away from the initial edgy appeal, that the show feels toned down a lot. We’re still getting raunchy and topical humor, but we’re losing meta jokes and making the villains more human than what I initially anticipated from the show. I was thinking we’d get more of a Deadpool vibe from the series, but instead we are getting a redemption arc that loses its punches at times, due to a lack of villain antics, and a more human approach to the characters. This makes the series start to lose the stronger elements, as it attempts to change its dynamics, but hopefully it returns to form and goes back to the characters doing dumb stuff to prove a point, rather than strong focuses on emotional appeals.