Is anybody watching this show for anything other than Ashely Scott and Dina Meyer?


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

Written by David
H. Goodman
and Julie Hess.
Directed by Craig Zisk.

Original Airdate

The Birds and a Baby

originally aired on Wednesday,
October 30, 2002.


The trio find themselves caring for a boy that grows up several years
every time he goes to sleep. Harley Quinn wants him back.

High Point

The battle sequences in this show are some of the best on television.

Low Point

The scene that started right after the last commercial. It just
didn’t work for me at all.

The Review

They knew how unoriginal this story was, or they wouldn’t
have named it after an unoriginal movie that has been parodied dozens
of times since. 2 out of 6.

The effects were few, but decent. The aging sequences looked
more like morphing than actually aging, but they were otherwise
great. 4 out of 6.

The story was predictable and uninteresting. The only part
of the ending that I wasn’t expecting was the information Huntress
provided that Oracle repeated. (I knew the info, as does the viewer,
but I hadn’t noticed Huntress pick up on it.) I give it 3 out of 6.

The acting ranged from bad to average. Mia Sara is digging
far deeper into camp than she needs to. (Her acting and material
was so much better in the pilot.) I don’t mind camp, but it looks to
me like they’re trying to be serious half the time, so neither
approach really works. Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarston, and Shemar Moore
were all acceptable or better, but Ashley Scott and Mia Sara need
either practice or better directors. I give it 3 out of 6.

This generated very little emotional response. Alfred was
worth a laugh, but he seemed so out of character that the advantages
were undone. I was not drawn in at all. I give it 2 out of 6.

The production is even slipping. I noticed three editing
errors in which characters and/or props moved when the camera angle
changed. The lighting and cinematography was competant, but
uninspired. I give it 3 out of 6.

Overall, this was, sadly, one of the better episodes so far.
In the likely event that I stop watching a show because I don’t have
time for that much TV, this will be the first to go. I give it 3 out
of 6, because the fights were well done, and because of the hints of a
tighter storytelling arc on the horizon.

In total, Three Birds and a Baby receives 20 out of 42.