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The World's Finest Presents

Episode #06 - Never Fear
Original Airdate - November 1st, 1997

The Scarecrow is back with a fiendishly evil new look and a new talent, the ability to take away people's fears rather than manipulating them.

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Written by Stan Berkowitz
Directed by Kenji Hachizaki
Music by Shirley Walker
Animation by TMS-Kyokuichi Corporation

Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Mathew Valencia as Robin/Tim Drake
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred
Jeffrey Combs as Scarecrow
Charles Rocket as Guru
Ken Berry as Seymour Grey
Pamela Segall as Mother

Screen Grabs


MAN: Fear's a prison, y'see, and I've just broken out!
BRUCE: Playing hookie?
TIM: It's summer vacation! How'd you forget that?
TIM: Never mind, I forgot who I was talking to.
SCARECROW: Welcome to the food chain.
ROBIN: This gas that takes away your fears. . . by any chance did you breathe it?
BATMAN: Yes. But I can handle it.
BATMAN: You didn't answer my question.
GURU: I can't! He'll kill me!
BATMAN: Death is death. Does it matter who administers it?
BATMAN: This isn't the time for games. Now untie me!
ROBIN: It's no game. You're out of control.
BATMAN: You don't know what you're talking about.
ROBIN: That gas has effected you more that you think.
BATMAN: I told you: I can handle it.
ROBIN: You can't!! You're not even afraid to kill. I'll be back for you as soon as I can.
BATMAN: Robin, it's hard for me to say this, but you did the right thing. I was out of control and you made me see that.
ROBIN: I did what I had to.
BATMAN: What now?
ROBIN: I've got to stop the Scarecrow.
BATMAN: I can help you. I know him.
ROBIN: But--
BATMAN: Don't worry, you'll be the boss on this one.
ROBIN: You almost fooled me.
BATMAN: Untie me you little-- Untie me!!
SCARECROW: Fear is power.
SCARECROW: You'll get us killed!
BATMAN: You're not trying to scare me, are you?

Review: An excellent episode, showing the darker side of Batman with no fear. Excellent scenes included Bruce versus a group of alligators, Batman flying the Batwing with no fear, Batman interrogating Scarecrow's Guru, and Robin restraining Batman from pursuing Scarecrow.

This episode also had Batman using a bit more detective skills, not much, but a bit more which, as said before, is lacking in this newest season of Batman.

Wonderful animation and drawing in this episode as well, with great and smooth fighting, and character / vehicle proportions. This was also a very dark episode, with lots of black and dark red used to make things more eerie.

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