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Episode #30 - A Dark Knight to Remember
Original Airdate - October 1st, 2005

After an encounter with The Penguin at Gotham Harbor, Bruce awakens with no memory of being The Batman. As Penguin reeks havoc on the city, it's up to Alfred to help Master Bruce bring on The Batman.

Reviews by The Penguin
Media by Bird Boy
Credits
Written by Joseph Kuhr
Directed by Brandon Vietti
Music by Thomas Chase Jones
Animation by DR Movie Co., LTD.

Voices
Rino Romano as The Batman
Danielle Judovits as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl
Alastair Duncan as Alfred
Tom Kenny as The Penguin
Mitch Pileggi as Commissioner Gordon

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"I try not to judge." (MP3, 201kb)

Review

"The Batman? The night belongs to Bruce Wayne."

Another season, another Penguin episode. This marks his sixth appearance in the 29 episodes that have aired. He catches a lot of flack from fans for appearing too much (this puts him at about 20% of the show) and while he has appeared more often than most, Joker is still ahead of him in appearances and why wouldn't one of The Batman's more notable rogues appear more frequently? Fans can want the show to be anything they number of things, but the tone set so far does not fit with gangsters and stories with nameless threats or non-villains.

The Penguin is back with new tricks this time around. The Kabuki Twins are still following him around and he kicked off the episode by stealing a crystal penguin statue, but his arsenal has expanded. Not just his repertoire his bad wise cracks ("I like a captive audience." "I'll need to see some I.D."), but his umbrellas as well. I like the new hovercraft umbrella, it made for a nice companion to his helicopter umbrella, and plus as we saw in this episode, it's perfect for carting away hostages.

I liked Alfred helping Master Bruce "channel his inner-bat." It feels like it's been a while since we've seen much Bruce Wayne on the show so we were about due. It was kind of funny seeing the butler handle the batarang better than The Batman. His awkwardness when he first got back into battle was fun to watch as Bats struggled to figure out what was what in his utility belt. The moment of inspiration as Penguin's and Alfred's words echoed in his head was well-done. The Batman was back after that and it was good to see his confidence return.

Young Barbara is showing some detective skills with her tracking of Penguin's heat trail. She exhibited almost too much detective skill when she came to the conclusion that Bruce must be The Batman. It's almost lucky for Bruce that he had lost his memory at that point. I was okay with the tease, but it had better be a while before Barbara figures out who Batman is (if ever). She's written Bruce off for now so we'll see what happens from here.

"At least you didn’t turn out to be Bruce Wayne; dude needs to invest in a serious spine."
"I try not to judge."

 

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