It’s been advertised as a season finale, but it’ll take some amazing ratings tonight to prevent it from becoming a series finale. They’ve finally produced episodes good enough that make me regret the WB’s decision to cancel this show. It took time to find its legs, but they did some good work on these episodes.

Cast

Dina Meyer as
Oracle/Barbara Gordon.
Ashley Scott
as Huntress/Helena Kyle.
Rachel
Skarsten
as Dinah Lance
Shemar Moore as
Detective Reese
Ian
Abercrombie
as Alfred Pennyworth
Mia Sara as Harley
Quinn

The first hour was written by Adam Armus and Kay Foster. The
second hour was written by Adam Armus and Melissa Rosenberg.
The first hour was directed by Joe Napolitano.
The second hour was directed by Robert J. Wilson.

Original Airdate


Feat of Clay
and Devil’s Eyes
originally aired on Wednesday,
February 19, 2003 in a two hour movie cut.

Synopsis

In the first hour, Huntress needs the help of Clayface to stop a
similar killer.

In the second hour, the final showdown between Harley Quinn and the
Birds of Prey takes place.

High Point

In the first hour, I’d pick Clayface. I don’t know if that’s an
accurate adaptation of the comic book character, but the scenes with
him in Arkham were excellent.

In the second hour, I’d pick the scene at Helena’s day job. Or,
rather, her not-as-late-at-night job.

Low Point

That was the elaborate plan that Harley Quinn has been working on for
years? They knew they were being cancelled with five or six episodes
left to produce. There’s no reason they couldn’t have expanded that a
bit. The early build-up just collapsed.

The Review

The revelations that let people in on the secret identities helped
give the show a new feel, which boosted the originality
score. Unfortunately, just about everything else had been done
before. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects in the first hour were passable. Those in the
second hour were minimal, but (apart from the two humans hopping up a
floor) were pretty good. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story was fairly well written when regarded as an
isolated pair of episodes, but it really didn’t work in the larger
scheme of things. The payoff was just too fast, and the scheme too
cheap. At least Oracle only made one logical leap (about the identity
of the Big Bad) this week. I give it 5 out of 6. (I’ll forgive them
a bit for rushing the ending considering that they probably had
planned on 22 episodes, not 13.)

The acting really picked up this week. The guest star
playing Clayface (Kirk
Baltz
) did an excellent job. Dina Meyer really had some meat to
work with this week, and she did it well. Shemar Moore and Ashely
Scott had much better chemistry this week than they usually have. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was better this week than it was in
most of the series. It was rushed, but the team putting this together
finally did some great work. The lackluster grand evil scheme was the
only part that really didn’t wash for me, and that wasn’t entirely
their fault. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production of the second hour in particular was
excellent. They decided to go out with a bang by the looks of things,
and they managed it. The music was great, the editing and direction
was very good (especially in the final battle scene), and the fight
choreography was mostly good, but seemed to be limited by the
abilities of Mia Sara and/or her stunt double. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, I’d say this was the best entry in the series. Too
bad the first few episodes were so weak; they might have stayed on the
air through 22 episodes. I get the feeling a full season would have
ended very well. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, the two hour series finale of Birds of Prey
receives 33 out of 42.