Batman: The Animated Series – Season 1, Episode 52 – Mudslide – Holding Together

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“Mudslide,” is the final time we see Clayface in season 1. The story deals with how he is losing structural integrity and needs a chemical to keep his form held together. Using a doctor he begins stealing chemicals to achieve this…which brings Batman into the picture and the story unfolding.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

Pros: Clayface – Clayface is actually handled pretty well in this. We see how his pride and narcissism drive him from being patient for finding a solution outside of stealing and how obsessed he is with his new identity of Clayface and denying the man he was before.

Stella Bates – Is compelling as the doctor who had advised on his movies and is the obsessed fan. She can actually see the bigger picture of himself that he is unable to see because of his narcissism and pride. It’s a shame her character is never brought back. She brought some much needed dimension to Clayface.

Batman – Batman is great as the one who is trying to help Clayface but also as the one who won’t let him steal and do ill. He wins largely due to luck though considering if he’d attacked Clayface’s hideout when it wasn’t raining Clayface would have had more structural integrity to take him on and end him.

The episode is alright. It is good but not great. Clayface is not that redeemable of a character which takes away from the tragedy of his origin story and situation. He also doesn’t use his awesome powers as well as he should have. It has been a long time since we’ve seen him and I expected him to do more. He just wasn’t threatening.

Final score for this episode is 7 / 10.

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