The Arkham Sessions, hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the psychological analysis of Batman: The Animated Series. Nostalgic, humorous, and even a little educational, each episode promises to lend some insight into the heroes, villains, and classic stories of the Dark Knight!
The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 70: “House & Garden”
Are we, as humans, all capable of blossoming into our “better selves?” Can individuals with seedy pasts actually reform? If they’re determined enough, can someone with a criminal background turn over a new leaf? Of course, we’re talking about Poison Ivy this week! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we explore the episode where Poison Ivy puts her shears away and transitions into a “normal life,” complete with a husband, two kids, and house in the suburbs of Gotham City. But, Batman is not convinced. Given the recent thefts and a gruesome, green, plant-like monster being spotted around town, all signs seem to point toward Ivy. So, Batman takes a closer look at the family she’s “cultivated.” The ending of this story is quite bizarre and perhaps one of the most disturbing we’ve talked about! In light of Poison Ivy’s potential “recovery,” we explain what rehabilitation might look like, whether it’s predictable or even possible. Our discussion includes a spotlight on the self-fulfilling prophecy, the phenomenon of making a prediction come true simply by believing in it. Listen to the audio below for the full analysis of this thorny topic!
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