The World's Finest Presents
Episode #003 - Nothing To Fear
Original Airdate - September 15th, 1992

The Scarecrow, is spreading fear gas and wreaking havoc on Gotham State University. Under the influence of a treacherous fear gas, Batman must fight this wily strawman and his worst fear at the same time.

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Credits
Written by Henry T. Gilroy & Sean Catherine Derek
Directed by Boyd Kirkland
Music by Shirley Walker
Animation Services by Dong Yang Animation Co., LTD.

Voices
Kevin Conroy as Batman / Bruce Wayne
Robert Costanzo as Detective Harvey Bullock
Bob Hastings as Commissioner James Gordon
Clive Revill as Alfred Pennyworth
Mari Devon as Summer Gleeson
Kevin McCarthy as Dr. Long
Richard Moll as Computer
Henry Polic II as The Scarecrow / Jonathan Crane

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Pans



Quotes
ANTONY: What did you do to him, Boss?
SCARECROW: I merely helped him visualize his innermost terror, which is obviously arachnophobia.
NIGEL: A-whack-a-what?
SCARECROW: Arachnophobia. Fear of spiders, you dim-witted dropout!
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GORDON: Bullock! What the blazes is going on here?
BULLOCK: Blaze is right, Commissioner. It's attempted arson. Zorro here is withholding evide--
BULLOCK TURNS AROUND AND BATMAN IS GONE.
BULLOCK: Where the--
GORDON: You were saying?
BULLOCK: Ahh... Never mind!
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SCARECROW: Ha ha ha! My revenge is complete! The university is in the grip of fear, and Batman has been annihilated.
NIGEL: Hun?
SCARECROW: Annihilated! Destroyed! Dead!
ANTONY: Then who's that?
ANTONY POINTS OUT WINDOW TO BATMAN CLIMBING THE GAS TUBING.
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THOMAS (vision): Bruce!
BATMAN: No, not now!
THOMAS (vision): You are a disgrace!
BATMAN: No! No! You are not my father! I am not a disgrace! I am vengeance! I am the night! I am Batman!
 

Review: A excellent episode story wise, with a well done background on the Scarecrow. This episode also has some great scenes where Batman confronts his fears.

A memorable moment is the fight aboard the zeppelin. This begins with a rousing rendition of the Animated Batman theme, with Batman making his way aboard by climbing a length of tubbing trailing behind the great blimp. The scene continues with Batman fighting Antony on top of the zeppelin, and eventually, Batman trapped with his fears on the nose of the airship.

The one fault in the story is Scarecrow's origin's explanation. It seems to attached on with Scarecrow bringing it up in conversation with his henchmen. It would have been better for Batman to find out about Professor Crane's past and telling it to Alfred in the Cave where most origins are recalled.

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