October 16th, 2002


Birds of Prey

I'm finally watching last week's premiere of "Birds of Prey," the new WB series that's designed as a spinoff in a Batman universe in which the Joker set out to get revenge on Batman, so Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) is paralyzed, Selena Kyle (Catwoman) is dead, and the daughter she had with Bruce Wayne (Batman) has teamed up with Barbara as a crimefighting duo.

The 70-minute premiere is set in a stylish, stylized New Gotham, and it lays out how we got here and brings in the third member of the show's trio, a teenage girl who, when she was younger, saw the Joker's attacks on Batman's family in her dreams.

I've heard that we won't be seeing any other superheroes, though there may be hints about them from time to time. (There was a cute reference to people being "affected by meteor rocks," which keeps happening on "Smallville.") Batman has appeared only in flashbacks, but while we know what happened to Catwoman, we don't yet know where Batman is. No doubt they've left this loose thread so they can have fun with it later.

Of course, since it's a WB show, it's got attractive women and great (Warner-supplied) music. But, since it's in the Batman universe, it's got a suitably dark look and feel. (No primary colors for these superheroes.) Whether it'll last or not, I can't say, but I've decided it's worth another hour of my life when the second episode airs tomorrow night. (Of course, it's up against "West Wing," so I'll be recording the west-coast feed at midnight!)

The $30 barrier

I think last night was the first time filling my car with gas ever topped $30.

Getting a car in January that needs premium unleaded, instead of plain-ol' reg'lar unleaded, boosted my bill at the pump a bit, but that in combination with slowly climbing gas prices, and an unusually empty tank, took me up to $30.32 with yesterday's fill-up.

I guess it's also the first time in a while I've put over 17 gallons in the tank at once. I don't have one of those monster cars with 25 gallon tanks, and it's rare I let the car get so empty that I need more than 15 or so gallons at a pop.