Harley Quinn Is a Great Example of Emotional Growth (Severely)

SPOILER ALERT: The following comprises spoilers from the season finale of Harley Quinn. Watch it earlier than you learn any additional…in any other case, you don’t have any one however your self accountable, kiddo.
 

I’m actually glad that Harley Quinn has been renewed for a fourth season as a result of this week’s season three finale arrange a lot. Harley is now a member of the Bat-Family, combating alongside Nightwing, Robin and Batgirl. Bruce Wayne has been arrested for tax fraud. Poison Ivy is main the Legion of Doom. The Joker is mayor of Gotham. There is a lot occurring!

Ever for the reason that pilot episode, Harley Quinn has been a present about development. Harley needed to develop as a particular person to go away her abusive relationship with the Joker. She needed to learn to be a higher good friend to Ivy and notice that her objective of becoming a member of the Legion of Doom wasn’t wholesome. That theme of development continued this season, with a concentrate on how relationships develop.

The season started with Ivy and Harley having fun with their early days a couple, however everybody who has been in a romantic relationship is aware of that issues are by no means so easy. It doesn’t matter how a lot you’re keen on somebody, there are nonetheless incompatibilities that it’s important to work by means of. Throughout the season, we noticed Harley and Ivy overcome these variations and learn to be a couple. For instance, Ivy discovered how one can talk with Harley about habits that irritated her.

It’s refreshing that the issues they confronted weren’t typical cleaning soap opera fare. We by no means obtained an episode the place Harley and Ivy fought as a result of they thought one of them was dishonest on the opposite. Their issues have been actual and relatable. The episode the place Ivy is irritated as a result of Harley is distracting her whereas she’s working is one thing that I’d think about all {couples} have gone by means of, and it occurred on a present with a mud monster that makes a residing by pretending to be Billy Bob Thornton.

Now it seems to be like #Harlivy will face its largest problem but. Harley Quinn can be a crimefighter working alongside the Bat-Family, whereas Ivy can be main the Legion of Doom. How is that this going to work? Their careers are in direct opposition to 1 one other. This isn’t a case of one associate liking seafood whereas one other hates it—that is Ivy main a crew of criminals, whereas Harley is working to cease crime. We’re speaking George and Kellyanne Conway instances about a million right here and it’s one of the various causes I’m psyched for season 4.

No doubt it’s a bizarre recipe for a relationship, however I think about Harley and Ivy. They’re on a lot better floor than they have been in the beginning of the season they usually appear to be going into this new association with wholesome expectations. They’re going to compartmentalize, separating their home-lives from their work-lives. Don’t get me fallacious, I’m certain there can be velocity bumps, however they will work by means of this.

I can’t consider I’m penning this, however the Joker has grown and matured as effectively. The former prison has discovered love, arrange store within the suburbs and is now the mayor of Gotham. He even talked Jim Gordon out of killing Two-Face. That second particularly felt bizarre as a result of normally the Joker is on the opposite finish of that dialog, usually as one of Gotham’s superheroes needs to be satisfied to not homicide him! The Joker has grown as a particular person, and as a consequence, his most beloved relationship has developed. That’s proper, no one means extra to Joker than Batman and we noticed a completely new dynamic between them this season on Harley Quinn.

How new? Well, the finale ends with Joker arresting Bruce Wayne for tax fraud. The episode doesn’t name consideration to it, however let’s not neglect that the Joker is aware of that Bruce Wayne is Batman. Scarecrow unmasked the Caped Crusader through the season one finale, which enraged the Clown Prince of Crime. After murdering Jonathan Crane as punishment for ruining his enjoyable, Joker turned his consideration to Bruce Wayne, demanding to know why WayneTech hadn’t delivered on their promise of electrical vehicles. Since then, the Joker has been as much as different issues. And now he’s mayor.

By arresting Bruce Wayne, he’s lastly defeated his largest foe. After years of sparring, their dynamic has been flipped. Joker is the lawman, and Batman is the outlaw. It’s a becoming joke, one which I’m certain isn’t misplaced on the Joker himself. It’s additionally value noting that he gave Ivy relationship recommendation. Sure, he was attempting to save lots of his personal life, however he was additionally ensuring Harley wouldn’t be caught in one other poisonous relationship. Compare that scene to their earlier interactions in season one and it’s clear that Ivy and Joker’s relationship has grown as effectively.

A raunchy cartoon like Harley Quinn is an surprising place to seek out character development and coronary heart, however don’t neglect that our protagonist is a former psychiatrist. Harley could also be an unconventional psychological well being practitioner, however have a look at her. She’s gone from villain to hero and she or he’s in a wholesome relationship together with her finest good friend. She’s even working onerous to verify Batman will get the therapeutic assist he wants, if you realize the Dark Knight, then you realize that’s a tall order. Harley nonetheless has a lot of rising to do and plenty of skulls to bash in. I can’t anticipate season 4, it’s going to be a wild journey.

Harley Quinn Season Three is now streaming on HBO Max. For extra moments of mayhem and psychological insights, go to our official Harley Quinn sequence web page.

Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, films and comics for DCComics.com, is a common contributor to the Couch Club and writes our month-to-month Batman column, “Gotham Gazette.” Follow him on Twitter at @TBUJosh.

NOTE: The views and opinions expressed on this characteristic are solely these of Joshua Lapin-Bertone and don’t essentially mirror these of DC Entertainment or Warner Bros.

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