Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Trials of the Demon!

Season: 2
Episode Number: 15
Season Episode Number: 2
Production Number: 202
Airdate: March 20, 2009

Writer: Todd Casey
Director: Michael Chang

Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman), Dee Bradley Baker (Etrigan the Demon, Scarecrow), Greg Ellis (Gentleman Ghost), Ian Buchanan (Sherlock Holmes), Jim Piddock (Dr. Watson), Tony Todd (Astaroth), Andy Milder (Flash).

Plot: Jason Blood summons Batman to the 19th century to help prove him innocent of crimes that are being committed by the Gentleman Ghost. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson guest star.

Teaser: Batman and the Flash must stop Scarecrow and Scream Queen from terrorizing the city on Halloween.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Just as in Day of the Dark Knight, Batman is summoned to another point in history. This time it is the Victorian 19th century where he gets a new costume and meets up with one of his heroes, Sherlock Holmes!

This episode is an origin story for Gentleman Ghost who appears throughout the course of this episode as a normal human, Gentleman Jim Craddock. I'm guessing that the common viewer of Brave and the Bold doesn't know the Ghost's origin, and that doesn't matter at all as his origin story has been completely rewritten to fit the story and continuity of this show.

This new origin, in which Jim Craddock must collect ten souls and exchange them for immortality with the demon Astaroth, establishes his character and hatred for Batman in a way that transforms this second-tier villain from previous episodes into a Jack the Ripper type serial killer. He is immediately more interesting then he has been in the past. However, this is his first feature episode, so it is natural that he is more developed as a character.

Trials of the Demon has many great elements, but my favourite part was seeing Jay Garrick, the Golden Age Flash teaming up with Batman in the teaser.

The producers have said that they are staying away from the "popular" characters such as Superman and Wonder Woman, and I would include both the Wally West Flash and the Barry Allen Flash in that category.

But Jay Garrick, who at his prime was very popular, has fallen out of the spotlight and is not really known to the average joe these days. Hopefully this episode, which is also his animation debut, will help make people more aware of the history of the Flash.

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Anonymous said...

Who was the idiot who directed this episode, please don't ever do an episode like this again.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Jay Garrick the Golden age Flash?!

Kurtis said...

Whoops! You are absolutely right! I have corrected my post. Thanks!