Birds of Prey: The Complete Series

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From the creators of Smallville, the Batman myth takes an unexpected turn in this action-adventure series about a trio of beautiful and relentless heroines determined to carry on Batman's fight for justice against the ruthless criminals of New Gotham City.
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  1. 1. Pilot
    October 8, 2002
    48min
    18+
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    Into these women's lives comes an innocent teenage girl named Dinah (series star RACHEL SKARSTEN), who is drawn to the clock tower by powerful, haunting visions. Unsure of her background but impressed by her budding metahuman powers, the two crimefighters allow Dinah to help them thwart a criminal scheme that has resulted in several mysterious suicides and threatens the city's infrastructure.
  2. 2. Slick
    October 15, 2002
    43min
    13+
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    Harley hires Slick (SILAS WEIR MITCHELL), an evil metahuman who can turn from solid to liquid, to kill the honest cops who thwart her evil schemes. When Reese becomes the next intended victim, Helena protects him, and their mutual attraction continues to grow.
  3. 3. Prey for the Hunter
    October 22, 2002
    39min
    13+
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    Helena and Reese clash when they both try to track down a serial killer who destroys metahumans by usurping their powers. Meanwhile, Dinah skips going to school when she learns from Helena that there is a metahumans-only bar.
  4. 4. Three Birds and a Baby
    October 29, 2002
    41min
    13+
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    When Helena rescues an abandoned baby boy, Elliott, and brings him back to the clock tower, Barbara and Dinah try to help. However, to everyone's surprise, the baby is only happy when Helena is holding him.
  5. 5. Sins of the Mother
    November 5, 2002
    40min
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    Along with Barbara and Helena, Dinah learns the truth about her past when her mother, Carolyn Lance (LORI LOUGHLIN - "Full House"), comes to New Gotham in search of the daughter she abandoned years before. Dinah is shocked to learn that Carolyn was once Batman's protege, Black Canary. Meanwhile, Helena finds out that Reese has family problems of his own when he becomes secretive about a ruthless gangster.
  6. 6. Primal Scream
    November 12, 2002
    42min
    13+
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    At Reese's request, Helena goes undercover to help thwart a gang of thieves terrorizing New Gotham and quickly discovers that the group is part of a larger criminal infrastructure. Helena pursues the top boss until she is exposed, putting her in grave danger.
  7. 7. Spilt
    November 19, 2002
    41min
    13+
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    Frustrated by her relationship with Reese, Helena becomes intrigued when she meets Darkstrike (KRISTOFFER POLAHA), a metahuman who has come to New Gotham on the trail of a serial killer. Meanwhile, Barbara and Dinah discover that Darkstrike has a dangerous alter ego.
  8. 8. Lady Shiva
    November 26, 2002
    41min
    13+
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    Helena is thrilled when her best friend from high school, Sandra (SUNG HI LEE), returns to New Gotham, but the crimefighters are troubled by a series of murders with the unmistakable mark of Barbara's nemesis, Lady Shiva. Determined to fight Lady Shiva as an equal, Barbara dusts off her Batgirl costume and experiments with technology that allows her to leave her wheelchair.
  9. 9. Nature of Beast
    December 17, 2002
    41min
    18+
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    When a legendary mob boss, Al Hawke (MITCH PILEGGI - "The X-Files"), receives a death threat, the only person he trusts to protect him is his son--Reese. Reese asks Helena for help, but when she learns that Reese's father is the same man who killed Dinah's mother, Black Canary, Helena questions her loyalty.
  10. 10. Gladiatrix
    January 7, 2003
    41min
    13+
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    Concerned over the disappearance of several female metahumans, Helena investigates Malcolm Lagg (DONOVAN LEITCH), who manages a fight club that pits metahuman women against one another as men watch. After luring Helena to a prison in Old Gotham, Malcolm captures her and injects her with a substance to make her more aggressive.
  11. 11. Reunion
    January 7, 2003
    41min
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    Helena refuses to attend her high school reunion, not wishing to relive the past. But when Helena's visiting former classmates are murdered one by one, Barbara persuades her to get involved.
  12. 12. Feat of Clay
    February 18, 2003
    42min
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    After a robber, Chris Cassius (IAN REED KESLER), breaks into a chemical factory and drinks a mixture that gives him the power to turn people to stone, Barbara cancels her vacation with her boyfriend, Wade (recurring guest star SHAWN CHRISTIAN). Unwilling to allow Barbara to continue neglecting her personal life, Alfred the butler brings Wade to the clock tower and exposes her secret.
  13. 13. Devil's Eyes
    February 18, 2003
    44min
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    Having discovered that Helena is Huntress, Harley uses a machine that gives her metahuman hypnotic powers. She then hypnotizes Helena and persuades her to knock Barbara unconscious and steal an access disk.

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Chris LongBrian RobbinsJim CharlestonMichael KatlemanJohn T. KretchmerShawn LevyJames MarshallJeff WoolnoughCraig ZiskDavid Carson
Season year
2003
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Warner Bros.
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Jared PlumbReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I really only got this product for the included extra Gotham Girls. The show itself is awful in a good way.
Robert W. MooreReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed seeing this
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I never saw this when it first appeared on the WB a few years ago discovered it for the first time only recently on DVD. This is certainly not a perfect show. It is marred by an intentional attempt to cater for a very young, typical WB audience. The women are all a tad too hip, a tad too well-dressed, their make up just a bit too perfect. There is nothing like what we would later see with Starbuck on BSG, a really tough female hero whose make up wasn't perfect, was attractive but didn't look like a model, and was just a bit over-the-edge. The emotions of the women here on BIRDS OF PREY are not always terribly adult but adolescent. They seem to be intending the show for a younger crowd than a comparable and nearly contemporary show like DARK ANGEL.

Despite this youth orientation, the show still had some nice moments. It was a great role for Ashley Scott, who was free after a recurring role the previous year on DARK ANGEL. She later appear on the hideously overrated cult series JERICHO. I would love to see her get a defining role on a good series. She is beautiful, charismatic, athletic, and has enough presence to carry a series, and she very nearly was able to carry this one. The rest of the cast isn't quite up to her level. Dina Meyer doesn't bring quite enough gravitas to her role as Barbara Gordon aka Oracle, the former Batgirl, now paralyzed and relegated to a wheelchair. The team of the title is rounded out by Rachel Skarsten, who plays Dinah Lance. In the DC Universe this is a tad complicated, because that is the name usually given to Black Canary (maybe my least favorite DC hero, simply because her sonic scream is inevitably absurd when translated to film). But on this show Black Canary is supposed to be her mother. Of course, one of the things about Dinah is that her powers are still supposed to be developing. She has some mind reading abilities (upon contact) and powers of telekinesis, but perhaps she would have gained the Black Canary's cry. Also, she had not yet taken on a crime fighting name by the end of the series. Perhaps she would have morphed into a new Black Canary. It would have made the series title make a bit more sense.

But here is the thing: most shows get better as they go along. BIRDS OF PREY has all the feel of a show that had not yet found its groove. It had no long story arcs under development apart from romances for the two older women. Although Mia Sara is listed each week as the intended villain, she is never really takes off until the finale (which was written after they learned that the series had been cancelled). She, by the way, plays Dr. Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn, who is usually, of course, allied with the Joker. No doubt her role would have grown in the series.

The world that this takes in is rather vague. Or perhaps I haven't read the right books in the DC Universe. Here we see a post-Batman universe. Even though many many familiar super villains are locked up in Arkham Asylum, no one seems to remember Batman or Catwoman. How can they remember Clayface but not Batman? Makes no sense.

All in all, I wish that this had lasted longer. I think it would have developed some interesting story lines.

BTW, on a small side note, according to IMDB.com Bruce Thomas played Batman in the small snippets in which he is seen. Fans of KYLE XY will know him as Stephen Trager, the father in the family that takes in and adopts Kyle.
E. HornadayReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
MEANWHILE...back at the Clock Tower!!
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After five long years of fans begging and pleading, the way too-short TV series Birds of Prey is getting a complete DVD release! The news is truly worth shouting about.

Loosely based on DC Comics and a variety of other sources with a touch of Marvel's the X-Men thrown in, the series continues the legend of The Batman.

We enter the future, dark and fantastic world of New Gotham City. Long after The Batman has driven himself into exile, his legacy lives on in the form of the Birds of Prey - Black Canary, Oracle, and the Huntress.

From the creators of the CW hit Smallville, Birds of the Prey was produced in 2002 for the now defunct WB, but had only 13 episodes before cancellation. Since then, its devoted fan base worked tirelessly to have the series released on DVD. It was a really exciting action show, breaking new ground because ALL of the lead characters were women.

This boxed set collects all 13 episodes and a never-collected-on-DVD before Flash-animated series "Gotham Girls."

Awesomely, it also includes the unaired pilot, which featured Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) in the role of Dr. Quinzel. Mia Sara was later cast as Quinzel in the series. She also appeared in the AIRED pilot. Interestingly, all of the scenes featuring the character in the AIRED pilot were reshot with Sara, word-for-word.

Also of note, the aspect ratio of the episodes in the set will be full frame, but will have dark bars on top and on bottom to mimic widescreen.

While normal citizens slept, the Birds of Prey flocked together to fight crime on the streets of New Gotham City. Several years after the city was abandoned by Batman, the awesome threesome of Huntress (Ashley Scott), Oracle (Dina Meyer), and Black Canary (Rachel Skarsten) was formed. Huntress is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman, and can smell danger from miles away. Black Canary has the gift of clairvoyance and Oracle leads the team through her cyber experience, despite being wheelchair bound by Batman's nemesis, the evil Joker.

When the series opens, we learn that New Gotham's Batman has disappeared leaving behind a daughter from his long-time love Catwoman. Her name is Helena Kyle, who transforms herself into the mysterious superhero known as "The Huntress." Helena has hypersensitive senses and agility, but uses her gifts selfishly. Fate brings her face-to-face with her choices as well as a wheel-chair-bound Barbara Gordon, the hero Oracle, who befriends her but agrees to train her only if she uses her powers for good.

She teams up with Barbara, who had been "Batgirl" prior to being paralyzed by the Joker. By day, Barbara is a teacher at New Gotham High, but by night she fights crime from her secret lair in the New Gotham Clock Tower.

The two meet a determined Dinah Redmond, a young woman who was drawn to New Gotham to learn more about her powers. Dinah is a touch-telepath and psychic who had terrifying dreams about Batgirl's brutal incident that resulted in her paralysis. The Huntress resists working with Dinah, but Oracle convinces her to give the younger woman a chance. Now, they must learn not only how to work together as New Gotham's protectors, but also as a family.

Special recognition goes to Mark "Star Wars" Hamill who briefly reprises his award-winning voice role as the Joker from the iconic classic, Batman: the Animated Series. In Birds of Prey, "Mister J" on-camera is portrayed by actor/stuntman Roger Stoneburner but Hamill's voice was dubbed over Stoneburner's performance.

During the course of the series, the women are often confronted with schemes masterminded by the Joker's on-and-off girlfriend, psychiatrist Dr. Harleen "Harley Quinn" Quinzel (Mia Sara), but they always prevail and eventually beat her at her own game.

Other characters of note are: Alfred Pennyworth (Ian Abercrombie), who serves Helena as heir to the Wayne estate, and Police Detective Jesse Resse (Shemar Moore), confronted with crimes and abilities he cannot explain.

A central feature of the series is the concept of metahumans: Individuals born with powers that cannot be explained. No two metahumans have the same specific ability (or set of abilities) and there exists a whole sub culture of metahuman society that the outside world knows nothing about.

It is this world that Detective Reese is drawn into, reluctantly teaming up with Huntress and the Birds of Prey to defeat metahuman criminals. At first, he is disapproving of Helena's vigilantism, even trying to arrest her, but eventually he realizes there is a need for the Birds of Prey to take down criminals the police can't handle.

Episodes in this four-disc collection are: the Pilot; Slick; Prey for the Hunter; Three Birds and a Baby; Sins of the Mother; Primal Scream; Split; Lady Shiva; Nature of the Beast; Gladiatrix; Reunion; Feat of Clay; and Devil's Eyes.

Very popular theme song "Revolution" was performed by Aimee Allen.
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iwtvReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Fresh and Original Take on DC Comics' Women Heroines
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"Birds Of Prey" is based on several DC comic titles of the same name, starring computer-savvy Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Oracle, Helena Kyle, a.k.a. Huntress, and Dinah Redmond (known as Black Canary in the comics). Together, they make up the Birds Of Prey, protectors of New Gotham after the legendary Batman has seemingly retired. Oracle heads the group, who make their headquarters in the top of a New Gotham landmark, the clock tower. The acting is quite good, the look and cinemaphotography is also well done, and the development of the storylines are very similar to those found in the comics.

First of all, this show does not follow the DC universe continuity in its entirety. The biggest difference is the fact that Helena is the daughter of Bruce Wayne/Batman and Catwoman/Selina Kyle as opposed to being the daughter of members of the Italian mob. Though this may come as a shock in the first episode, it seems to be just as good as a backstory for this Helena as the comics' version.

The wonderful character of Harley Quinn is also here for the first and so far only official small screen appearance. Unlike the comics, her character is much smarter and more of a calculating psychopath, yet the core reason of her character's existence, her love for "Mista J" is still here (along with the blonde hair).

Even though this series was cancelled after a short run, it did a good job of attempting to pull in audiences who might not be familiar with the Birds Of Prey comics by showing how Batman, Joker, and Batgirl--all well known characters--played a major role in the backstory of this series. This part of the story did stay true to the the comics; Barbara Gordon's history found in the legendary Alan Moore's "The Killing Joke" has finally found a live action outlet, and it was quite well done.

The actresses in the series are all talented as well, and despite the deviation from comics continuity, they all still maitain their core character: Helena is the most controversial of the three, with no qualms about killing, while the actress who plays Barbara is the quintessential Oracle of the comis, right down to the glasses and dialogue.

Dinah will be somewhat of a surprise for comics fans, but both comics and non-comics fans will be able to enjoy her character on the show.

Another refreshing aspect of the series is Alfred, Bruce Wayne's trusted butler. Here he has a fairly large role on the show, narrating its story as well as taking care of the basic needs of Oracle and her crew in the clock tower. This makes a nice change for his character, instead of believing he never leaves Wayne Manor, we now discover he has two jobs. :)

All in all, I give this series four stars. Yes, is does contain some flaws in the weekly storylines (and arguably the comics continuity), but nothing too bad. It's definitely a must for major DC fans to watch and it does a decent job of introducting non-comic fans to the world of New Gotham and the very interesting lives of three women.
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Allen BerryReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Only the Good Die Young. :(
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This was a slick, well written, well plotted series, with excellent performances and great action sequences. It starred the always delightful Dina Meyer, as well as new comers Ashley Scott and Rachel Skarsten. Loosely based on the DC comic team headed by Barbara Gordon after being paralyzed by the Joker in "The Killing Joke," re-told with a more tragic outcome in this alternate DC Universe, wherein Batman has left Gotham, the heroins of Birds of Prey protect New Gotham from crime, both street level and super powered.

This was the WB's attempt at expanding the super hero franchise already gaining popularity with Smallville, before they were the CW. This would likely explain why Birds boasts a cast that is "CW hot," with a soundtrack from the hottest up and coming musical acts of the day, and to be fair, the production is extremely slick. The series also featured cameos by Batman, Cat Woman, and the Joker... at least in the opening credits. And there is a continuing sub-plot with Harley Quinn as a Psychiatrist with a dark agenda to rebuild the Joker's empire.

The unfortunate truth is it failed to find an audience among the fan boys and Dawson's Creek devotees that built the network into a real contender. In it's original airings, the show was frequently pre-empted for other programs, and was decidedly hard to catch when it did air. Thankfully, the CW has revised its policy, and maintains a reputation as a network that will give shows more than a fair shake. This, of course, comes too late for the ill-fated Birds of Prey. :(

The painful irony of Birds is that with the inception of the New 52 in DC Comics, the sort of alternate storyline that provides the basis for Birds is not uncommon. In the current continuity, Huntress is the daughter of Batman of an alternate earth, and is paired with Power Girl. Black Canary remains a core member of the super team, but Oracle is now Batgirl, the Killing Joke timeline having been obliterated by the arrival of the new continuity.

Perhaps what brought the end of the show was the fact that it was Batman without Batman. As a hardcore, long-time comic book fan, I have great appreciation for the show, but a mainstream audience would likely be lost in New Gotham. Still, without the Birds of Prey helping lay the ground work for a superhero series on an upstart network (ABC's attempt with the 1990's The Flash notwithstanding), we might not have had the series that followed. Current cash cow: Arrow, and the upcoming CW treatment of the Scarlet Speedster might never have found a home were it not for a small but loyal group of fans who watched, loved, and maybe even clamored for more.

Many comic book and comic book adaptation fans may grind their teeth when they hear the series mentioned, I read where it made the list of worst comic book adaptations ever, but the series has its charm.
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Kevin BauerReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
How did I not know about this show?
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I have been a Batman fan since I was a boy. I see almost everything that is Batman related. So it is surprising that I didn't know about "Birds of Prey" for so long. This short-lived, but great series ended back in 2003, yet I wasn't aware of its existence until several months ago. How did I not know about this show for over a decade? Furthermore, I'm at a loss to understand how it was cancelled after just one season. I found "Birds of Prey" to be entertaining, addicting, and just plain fun.

I want to specifically boast about the cast. Ashley Scott is the main star of the show and she is fantastic as Helena Kyle A.K.A. Huntress. Rachel Skarsten is Dinah. For the sake of not revealing any spoilers, I'll simply state that Dinah goes on an emotional roller coaster and Rachel captures all these emotions magnificently.

Barbara Gordon A.K.A. Oracle is played by Dina Meyer. There are some casting choices that are nothing less than perfect, where the actor makes the casting director like a genius; this is one of those instances. Dina Meyer is truly perfect as Barbara/Oracle. She is spot on in her portrayal.

I would be remiss if I didn't also mention Mia Sara's performance as Harley Quinn. In this version, Harley does her evil acts under the guise of the respected psychiatrist Harleen Quinzell, similar to Lex Luther masquerading as an upstanding citizen. Mia Sara blew me away with her performance. She is, in my opinion, the best representation of Harley Quinn. This is a Harley that is very bright, devious, and lethal. Again, Mia brings her to life masterfully.

The fact of the matter is I could go on and on talking about the various fascinating aspects of this show, but I want to keep this review on the shorter side. So let me just sum it up this way: I bought "Birds of Prey" because I wanted to see Batman and Catwoman's daughter in action. She didn't disappoint me; neither did the show as a whole. I found this series to be riveting. If you're on the fence on whether you should get this product or not, let me encourage you to take the leap and give it a shot.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Love the show - hate the case style
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I watched this show when it aired and I thought it was great. It was too bad that it didn't get more screen time.
Now, it could have been better, but it was very good for what it was.
And, yeah, it is definitely a Girl Power show. Nothing wrong with that. Anything that gets women/girls out cosplaying at Cons is alright with me.
So the case it is horrible. Like every other DVD set that I have ever purchased with this case design - the mechanism was shattered. The anchoring on both the top and the bottom were busted out except for one brace on the top end. One of the holding pins was busted. The four discs were just sliding around on top of broken bits of plastic - some of them sharp enough to cut with some applied pressure. Sharp enough to scratch the tops of some of the discs. Luckily the tops of the discs are not the play side. I haven't watch the discs yet, but I'm sure they are okay. I don't know who designed these rinky-dink cases, but there are much better four DVD holder case designs.
I didn't take a star off for the case design. I think this show is really good, but I've seen much better kungfu movies/tv shows. So yeah there is that - there are training sequences.
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The BluesaderReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2009
3.0 out of 5 stars
In the end, all we want to know is, where's Batman?
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Birds of Prey certainly has its moments. The cast is very pretty, they've taken a few acting classes, and when they're given a script that doesn't leave its brain in the bathroom, they sell it.

The problem is, this last note becomes increasingly obvious as the show proceeds from its quality pilot episode. Different teams of writers helm the show from one episode to the next, and they clearly 1) don't care enough about the material to make the best of it, or 2) were not given enough information about the characters to do the best with them they might have. Any character consistency from one episode to the next has less to do with who the Birds are, and more to do with their physical appearances and the token childhood traumas they've all experienced, in itself a very weak attempt to breathe character melodrama into a darkly-lit show already suffering from too much crying and worrying.

That said, fans of the source material - DC's Batman comics and their associated Birds of Prey line - will initially find much to enjoy. As thinly as these characters may be drawn in this format, they are on the whole true to the source material, and where not, it's consistent with the spirit of that material. Two notable examples of this are Ian Abercombie's Alfred and Mia Sara's brilliant Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn. These are not the characters we know and love from the comics, but as this show is supposed to take place some years after the world of those comics, they easily could be. Some thought clearly went into Dina Meyer's Oracle/Batgirl/Barbara Gordon as well, as her performance probably stands alone as being the most faithful to the comic books.

In the final analysis, though, none of this is enough to make the show endearing in the sense of a cult classic, such as Joss Whedon's Firefly or the 1960s Adam West Batman. Sooner than later, viewers get the impression that the production crew is trying very hard to appeal to them, but hasn't yet figured out how to do this, and isn't all that interesting in putting in more time to figure it out. Granted, one could argue that 13 episodes is not a lot of time in which to get one's footing. But Whedon managed so in the same space of time with Firefly, so it's rather unforgivable.

In the end, Birds of Prey is a brief, fun little romp through DC's rich fantasy universe. But it lacks substance, and as fans of the WB/CW's Smallville would tell you, a DC property without substance is a DC property not really worth much consideration. As Birds of Prey was also a WB/CW property, running around the same time as early Smallville, there's simply no excuse for the network to not have given this show more thought, except that they simply didn't care. When that is so obvious, its hard for the viewer to really care, either.

And this is also a Batman-related property that fails to include Batman except peripherally. The reason for this is clear: he would overshadow the Birds themselves. But that's an indication that the WB/CW would have been better off making a quality live-action Batman show, instead of a Birds of Prey show they were not all that interested in making worthwhile.

Birds of Prey is a fun little series. But really, that's precisely why it isn't much more than very pretty mediocrity.
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