The World's Finest Presents
Episode #063 - The Demon's Quest: Part 2
Original Airdate - May 4th, 1993

After freeing Talia from her father's clutches and escaping from an avalanche, Batman and Robin follow the only clue they have - the word 'Orpheus'. After discovering that 'Orpheus' is Ra's private satellite that will orbit over the Sahara, the duo travel to the Demon's desert stronghold. There, Batman learns that the satellite is actually a weapon which will explosively destroy all the Lazarus Pits simultaneously, throughout the world, destroying all the life that exists. 

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Story by Dennis O'Neil, Len Wein
Teleplay by Len Wein
Directed by Kevin Altieri
Music composed by Harvey R. Cohen
Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co.

Kevin Conroy as Batman
George Dicenzo as Ubu
Charles Howerton as Captor
Loren Lester as Robin
Helen Slater as Talia
David Warner as Ra's Al Ghul

Screen Grabs


RA'S: You see, if you aren't with me, Detective, then you are against me.
BATMAN: You okay?
ROBIN: Sure. I wish I wore the thermal tights but other than that. . .
UBU: His mask, master?
RA'S: No, leave it. It is a mark of honor.
RA'S: At the moment when sun and moon are in proper alignment to cause the greatest upheaval in Earth's geomagnetic field, I shall send a signal to that satellite beginning a countdown. Five minutes thereafter, one bomb will be lowered deep into the heart of each pit. The satellite will in turn relay a microwave signal that will detonate all the bombs simultaneously. The multiple explosions will result in a global chain reaction. All the Lazarus pits throughout the world will overflow. The globe will be saturated with their chemical solution and when the resultant cataclysm has abated, there will come a blessed peace, and this poor, defiled planet shall find itself restored to its former pristine glory.
BATMAN: But that will cost countless lives!
RA'S: Actually, Detective, we have counted. Two-billion, fifty-six-million, nine-hundred and eighty-six thousand. A most impressive plan, wouldn't you agree?
BATMAN: Yes. I can see it clearly now for the first time. You are completely out of your mind.
UBU: Infidel!
BATMAN: If you only knew how sick I am of you calling me that!
RA'S: The victory is yours. Perhaps it is time I am finally one with the planet I so love.
TALIA: What's to become of me then? Am I to become your prisoner?

Review: This was one of the greatest moments of Batman the Animated Series; the confrontation between Batman and Ra's Al Ghul. It is just so powerful; the animation, the backgrounds, the music, the dialogue. . . All of it is great!

One of the greatest speeches of the whole series was Ra's villainous plot speech to Batman towards the end, which is quite long, but very powerful. This whole episode, and the one prior to it, was a sort of a James Bond mission of Batman's, especially the ending with the satellite and the giant explosions rocking the countdown scene.

The music was also very well done, paying tribute to Lawrence of Arabia at one point. Another great piece was the triumphant swashbuckling music when Batman and Ra's were sword fighting. The whole episode was simply excellent to watch.

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