No cape, no cowl, no regrets.
Clocking in at about 75 minutes, ‘What Ails You’ is Telltale’s shortest-yet episode of Batman: The Enemy Within. It’s additionally the primary wherein Bruce Wayne (mine nonetheless sporting a lacking chunk of ear suffered within the Season 1 finale) leaves Batman’s cape and cowl at dwelling your entire time. It serves the story simply effective, nonetheless, as a result of the quickened tempo helps make the episode really feel like the underside of a ramping, two-episode drive in the direction of no matter episode 5’s climax finally ends up being. In different phrases, issues begin to repay.
On that word, I appreciated that ‘What Ails You’ avoids the apparent cliffhanger ending that The Enemy Inside has beforehand been responsible of. As a substitute, the finale places one other twist on the backstory of The Joker (nonetheless recognized right here as John Doe), leaving me tantalized and compelled to see what occurs subsequent with out feeling like I used to be being hoodwinked to return for the upcoming finale.
Will probably be fascinating to see if the sequence’s writers can upend my expectations but once more.
That mentioned, a few of the dumb issues about this season’s setup – wherein Bruce has needed to infiltrate the multi-supervillain circle referred to as The Pact with the intention to destroy it from inside, sans cape and cowl – have solely gotten dumber by this, the fourth episode. Particularly, how on Earth has your entire rogues gallery that Bruce is working with not discovered that he’s Batman? He solely fights precisely just like the Caped Crusader, proper in entrance of their eyes, pulling off strikes that no regular individual might ever hope to execute. It made me query their fundamental competency, which isn’t good for villains who ought to be introduced as threatening.
‘What Ails You’ is way from The Enemy Inside’s deepest episode, what with no Batsuit, no Jim Gordon, and no Catwoman. However what is targeted on is fascinating; Waller’s motives turn out to be clear, resolving any battle I had about whether or not or to not keep on her good aspect. Alfred’s plot thread can be picked up once more, and it is going to be fascinating to see if the path Telltale appears to be going with Tiffany Fox, Lucius’s daughter, goes the best way I feel it would, or if the sequence’s writers can upend my expectations but once more.
In the meantime, sure issues are ongoing: Harley Quinn’s voice actor has not modified my unfavourable opinion of her efficiency, and I’m unsure what number of extra folks can study Bruce’s secret on this model of Batman with out the suspension of disbelief being strained past restore.
However I used to be fairly happy as a few of The Enemy Inside’s character arcs started to resolve towards their conclusions. Supplied the finale of Telltale’s second Batman season can end fairly sturdy, the underwhelming second episode might show to be a forgettable aberration, and Telltale could have as soon as once more managed to thrill longtime Batman followers who’ve turn out to be accustomed to sure guidelines being unbreakable.