Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 5 Review: A Refreshing Take on the Joker
Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within came to a close this week with the release of its fifth episode, which is titled, “Same Stitch”. While the series has had its ups and downs, this finale episode really put a great stamp on the narrative as a whole, while also offering up a fresh take on the creation of the Joker, and how Batman may have had a direct hand in creating his greatest foe.
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Hey now Bat buddies, Matt Heywood here for EntertainmentBuddha.com to review the fifth and final episode of Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within series, which is titled Same Stitch.
There will be SPOILERS present in this review for the series and this episode, mostly because there is some awesome shit to talk about, so my bad. Proceed accordingly.
Let’s get this out of the way fast. “Same Stitch” is ands down the best episode in this series, and may be one of the best period in Telltale’s Batman franchise. It’s main narrative is unlike anything I’ve ever come across in regards to Batman and Joker lore, which is the main reason why I found it so engaging and memorable.
At its core you must contend with John Doe and how you’ve treated him over the past four episodes. Early on in the episode it’s made clear that Bruce’s influence on him over the past two Telltale series have accelerated the arrival of his Joker persona. With that being said, the type of Joker you have to contend with will depend on how you’ve treated him in the past, as well as how you treat him in the early stages of the finale episode.
If you show him some leeway while he plays vigilante, then you will ultimately face a Vigilante Joker in the climax, but if you take offense to his form of vigilantism early on, you will end up facing the full on evil Joker before the episode wraps.
I just loved experiencing a different type of Joker, because early on he does kind of feel like a more unstable version of Batman when he takes a skirmish with Waller’s Agents a bit too far. He’s using his own brand of grappling gun, smoke bombs, and batarangs, so the character truly ends up feeling like a Joker Batman, which is extremely fun as a DC fan to experience.
The Joker narrative dominates this episode, which is a great thing, because it offers up some very interesting DC character moments and scenarios, but this finale isn’t a one trick pony. There are major decisions to be made that will affect your Bruce’s relationship with Tiffany Fox, Catwoman, and Alfred. Let’s just say that in more than one of these scenarios you can permanently remove a character from your version of this story, so the narrative choices can be very tough to make.
The only real complaint I have about this episode is that its early chapters are quite long compared to the final two, which can be completed in less than 15-minutes. It just felt like the pacing was off early on, or that Telltale blew its load in the first three chapters, because the final few feel more like epilogues than full on gameplay segments deserving of their own chapter and achievements.
Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within started strong, suffered a bit in the middle, but closed out with two excellent episodes. I credit the strong finish with the focus on John Doe and his transition into the Joker for the memorable conclusion to this series, so overall I did find it to be very worthwhile and entertaining. Same Stitch is easily the best episode in this second season, so it earns a stellar 9 out of 10 review score from Team EB.
I can now say with confidence that Telltale’s two seasons of Batman stories are well worth your time even if a few of the episodes are stinkers. This is because the payoff in Same Stitch is worth the boring parts, solely because of the refreshing take on the character of the Joker and his relation to Bruce Wayne and Batman.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.
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