The World's Finest Presents
Episode #025 - The Clock King
Original Airdate - September 21st, 1992

Strange things begin happening in Gotham, all having to do with time. Synchronized traffic lights go awry, subway trains collide, etc. These disasters are a result of Temple Fugate, The Clock King, who is attempting to discredit Mayor Hill. He finally kidnaps Hill and ties him to the minute hand of the Gotham Clock Tower. Unless Batman can rescue him, when the clock strikes 3:15, Hill will be crushed. 

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Written by David Wise
Directed by Kevin Altieri
Supervising Composer Shirley Walker
Music Composed by Carlos Rodriguez
Animation Services by Sunrise

Kevin Conroy as Batman / Bruce Wayne
Lloyd Bochner as Mayor Hamilton Hill
Bob Hastings as Commissioner James Gordon
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred Pennyworth
Mari Devon as Summer Gleeson
Jeff Bennett as Office Boy
Alan Rachins as Clock King / Temple Fugate

Screen Grabs


FUGATE: Good morning, Hill.
HILL: Oh! Good morning, um. . .
FUGATE: Fugate. Temple Fugate. I should think you remember the name by now, councillor. We've only been taking the same train every day for one year, seven months and thirteen days.
HILL: Oh right! The efficiency expert.
FUGATE: I needed those five minutes ago.
OFFICE BOY: I'm sorry sir, but. . .
FUGATE: Thirty-seven pages. That would take a copier exactly one minute and forty-nine seconds. One more delay like this, and you're fired!
JUDGE: Due to his failure to appear, this court finds your client in default. Judgement stands at twenty-million dollars.
FUGATE: No! You can't! I'll be ruined!
JUDGE: Then perhaps this will teach you to be on time for a change!
FUGATE: Aaaahhhhhh!
SUBTITLES: 8:57 am
BATMAN: I want some answers, wiseguy. Talk!
FUGATE: A pity. I don't know what to tell you, Batman, except perhaps that the 9:15 is always six minutes early.
BATMAN: Wait here.
ALFRED: My pleasure. This is one of the finest back alleys in all of Gotham.
FUGATE (on tape): Sorry I couldn't have been with you in person, Batman, but I have a train to catch. This box contains a high-speed vacuum pump. I know you've got all kinds of gas masks, so I'm putting you out of my misery by simply removing all the oxygen in the room. The process will take fifteen minutes which is exactly seventeen minutes less than the time it would take you to burn through the door with that oxyacetylene torch of yours. Oh, and I don't recommend trying to open the pump's housing. It's rigged with a vibration sensitive explosive. Of course if you want to get blown to bits, that's fine by me. By the way, it's time to say adieu, Batman!
FUGATE: 3:15, Hill. Does that time hold any meaning for you?
HILL: I don't know what you're talking about!
FUGATE: You told me to take my coffee break at 3:15.
HILL: What?!
FUGATE: You don't remember?! My court date!!
HILL: Oh my lord! The law suit! Fugate! I swear I was only trying to help!
FUGATE: Don't hand me that! You did it on purpose! The plaintiffs were represented by your law firm, Mr. Mayor!
HILL: But I had nothing to do with that case, Fugate!
FUGATE: Liar! Not that it matters anymore now that you have an appointment to keep at 3:15 precisely with the Grim Reaper!
BATMAN: Give it up, Fugate. Hill committed no crime against you.
FUGATE: He did worse! He made me late!

Review: Another underrated episode that most people do not appreciate. This episode introduces a truly obsessed villain, the Clock King. He has the most demented kind of motivation behind him which makes the episode so much more enjoyable. Even his name Temple Fugate was perfect for the character, ("tempus fugit" meaning "time flies").

Batman also gets to use both his detective skills and his resourcefulness in this episode as he tracks the Clock King down, and eventually has to escape a vault whose air is running low and which has a bomb within it. It is quite a good scene.

More episodes should have been done like this, with more of a background on the villain's madness. The Clock King was perfect, but he would not work as a frequently returning villain.

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