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Birds of Prey - S01 E01

Adventure . Action . Action & Adventure . Drama
 

The Batman legend takes an unexpected turn when the Caped Crusader vanishes from the crime-ridden city of New Gotham and his legacy is taken over by a trio of beautiful and relentless heroines - the Birds of Prey. Barbara Gordon started out as Batman's protege, Batgirl, but an attack by The Joker left her confined to a wheelchair. Reinventing herself as Oracle, she takes under her wing Helena Kyle, the secret daughter of Batman and Catwoman, who quickly grows into the fierce and beautiful "Huntress", and Dinah, a teenage runaway who is drawn to the city by meta-human visions. With the help of the only honest cop in New Gotham, Detective Jesse Reese, the Birds of Prey fight their first battle against a mysterious madwoman who is bent on their destruction.

 
Episode Title: Pilot
Airs: -- at 09:00 pm
  • Diane Werts

    Like its net- mates, Birds of Prey boasts sharp casting of little-known performers whose personalities prove as feistily engaging as their exquisite looks. And, of course, they're smart talkers.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    Birds of Prey follows in the great tradition of superhero noir. It's grim, dark, smoky and, most important, ripping good fun as these butt-kicking Dynamic Dolls have themselves some nights on the town.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    I liked it, but I'm still not sure why.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    The production is bolstered by some stunning visuals and a few tantalizing plot twists that I won't go into here. Also, the we-don't-need-Batman female empowerment angle holds some intrigue. [9 Oct 2002, p.A1]

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Birds of Prey isn't "Buffy" or "Alias" smart, but it is fun, and Scott's a breakout star. It's from the producers of "Smallville", but it's much darker -- a good thing -- and has a hip sheen that serves it well. [8 Oct 2002, p.6E]

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Once you get past the fact that our three heroines appear to have been chosen with hair-color endorsements in mind - Scott's hair is nearly black, Meyer's is auburn and Skarsten's a blonde - Birds of Prey looks as if it might have possibilities. [9 Oct 2002, p.44]

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Caryn James

    Though there are action heroines all over television today, Birds of Prey is much closer to the wit of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" than to the banal witchcraft of "Charmed," or the earnest, overpraised C.I.A. drama "Alias."

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    Thanks to its lively wit and playful visual style, Birds of Prey delivers a good bit of escapist entertainment. [9 Oct 2002]

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Phil Rosenthal

    Not to say this is complicated, but it takes Alfred the butler a full three minutes just to explain who's who and what's what as prologue to the debut hour.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • John Levesque

    Worth watching for anyone interested in comic-book fantasy with a solemn bent. [8 Oct 2002, p.E1]

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Laura Fries

    With Birds of Prey, Kalogridis has crafted a tidy concept, crossing an idol with a villain to make a new breed --- slightly naughty, definitely conflicted but with some serious kick-ass power.

    Variety Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    The superficial Birds of Prey illustrates the drawbacks to splitting chores three ways. The hair, however, is magnificent.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    When the heroes look like this, you don't have to sweat the details. [9 Oct 2002, p.D09]

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Manuel Mendoza

    But as visually sleek and occasionally funny as Birds of Prey starts out, the show will have to get out from under its tangled premise if it's to divert easily wandering attentions. So far, it's difficult to tell where the series might be headed, but there are hints in the premiere. [9 Oct 2002, p.12C]

    Dallas Morning News Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The problem with Birds is that you have seen it all before. The show is competent enough, but everything it has to offer -- from the rain-drenched streets to the wisecracking heroine -- has been done better elsewhere. [9 Oct 2002, p.4D]

    USA Today Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    A decent if not extraordinary action hour.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Robert P. Laurence

    Ominously dark, loaded with splashy visual special effects and soundtrack whooshes and vrooms, with costumes by the Frederick's of Hollywood Martial Arts Division, Birds of Prey bogs down early in lengthy and tedious exposition, the sort of back-story explanation that scriptwriters call "laying pipe." [8 Oct 2002, p.E-6]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    The series itself, though it has a stylized look and interesting set design, begins with a lethargic lack of wonder. [9 Oct 2002, p.87]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It's a jumbled construct that doesn't feel natural - particularly when Alfred the butler appears to tidy up for the ladies. The show's look is sleek, but all the Batman mythology seems like little more than yet another way to repackage WB angst. [9 Oct 2002, p.C14]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Tom Long

    What next? An unholy alliance between Aquaman's niece and the Thing's second cousin? "Birds of Prey" is for the birds. [9 Oct 2002, p.1D]

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    What is surprising is that the network that turned "Small ville" into a soaring hit has crashed so badly with its second flight of Spandex fancy.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
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