Mayhem of the Music Meister!

by Alan Rapp on March 23, 2017

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Mayhem of the Music Meister!
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“Was the singing really necessary?”

Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Mayhem of the Music Meister! TV review

Given the character’s recent appearance on The Flash, it only seemed fitting that this week’s Throwback Thursday look back to the first appearance of the Music Meister (Neil Patrick Harris) on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. With an ability to hyptonize both heroes and villains through song, the Music Meister shows up during a fight between Black Canary (Grey DeLisle), Green Arrow (James Arnold Taylor), Aquaman (John DiMaggio), Black Manta (Kevin Michael Richardson), Gorilla Grodd (DiMaggio), and Clock King (Dee Bradley Baker) to mesmerize both sides and steal a satellite to increase his power to control the entire world. Using some Bat-Ear-Plugs, Batman (Diedrich Bader) manages to stay outside the villain’s influence, but he’ll need help to take down the musical maestro.

“Mayhem of the Music Meister!” is an amazing half-hour of television. Neil Patrick Harris is perfect in the role, and his rendition of the villain’s self-titled song will have you humming it long after the episode ends. We also get a death trap (with its own song), and multiple characters expressing longing for a relationship they can’t have. Black Canary longs to be with Batman. Meanwhile, both Green Arrow and the Music Meister pine away for Black Canary. All take turns with the recurring song “If Only” which finally brings Arrow and Canary together for the first time. Without doubt, it is one of the show’s best episodes.

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