Mayhem of the Music Meister!
|"Mayhem of the Music Meister!"|
|Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode|
The villainous Music Meister
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Ben Jones|
|Written by||Michael Jelenic|
|Original air date||October 23, 2009|
|Running time||22 minutes|
"Mayhem of the Music Meister!" is an episode of the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series. The episode features the villainous Music Meister (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris), who uses his power to control people through song to try to take over the world. Written by Mike Jelenic and directed by Ben Jones, the episode premiered on October 23, 2009, the 24th of the first season.
The musical episode, which has been compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "Once More, with Feeling", was generally critically acclaimed and well received by viewers. Unlike other episodes of in this series, this episode does not feature a cold open or teaser at the start.
The Music Meister uses his powers to control people through music to induce Black Canary, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Black Manta, Gorilla Grodd and Clock King to hijack a United Nations communications satellite, launching it into space after they install a device for him. When Batman intervenes, he orders them to attack the hero, which they do in a dance style reminiscent of West Side Story. His plan successful, the Meister frustrates Batman once more, escaping by forcing his captives to dance towards the rocket blast, making the hero rescue them rather than apprehend the villain. Meister escapes to an empty opera house where, in a parody of Phantom of the Opera, he plays the organ to a cardboard audience. Batman tries to capture him on a cross-town chase while he sings "Drives us Bats", eventually releasing prison inmates (including villains seen from past episodes) to attack the heroes. Having heard Black Canary sing about her unrequited love for Batman, the Meister has fallen for her, but not enough to give up villainy, and she rejects him. Meister manages to capture Black Canary and Batman and puts them in a death trap. They escape as Music Meister hypnotizes the world with his music (with help of the satellite). When Black Canary becomes his slave, Batman induces Black Canary to sing as high as he, using the satellite to transmit her sonic scream to break Music Meister's mind control. Batman finally defeats the Music Meister, and kindly rejects Black Canary's advances for a final time. Though Black Canary gives up on Batman, she finds love with Green Arrow, who had also held unrequited feelings for her for the duration of the episode.
"Mayhem of the Music Meister!" screened June 24, 2009 at Comic-Con, where supervising producer James Tucker noted that he believed that the show would be successful after seeing people wearing Music Meister costumes after the episode's debut. The episode received a standing ovation at its debut, in part because of the humor of the Maestro's dance-inducing powers on the heroes and villains.
The episode was nominated for an Emmy Award and has been called one of television's best musicals. The episode has been used as an example of the merits of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
In other media
- Music Meister appears as playable character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, voiced by Troy Baker.
- Music Meister is referenced in Batman: Arkham Knight, a store named "Music Meister's" can be found on Chinatown.
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