Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Moonman

Season: 1
Episode Number: 2
Season Episode Number: 2
Production Number:
Airdate: February 17, 1977

Writer: Chuck Menville
Director: Don Towsley

Voices: (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin), Melendy Britt (Batgirl), Lou Scheimer (Bat-Mite. Bat-Computer), Lennie Weinrib (Commissioner Gordon, Moonman), Unknown (Scott Rogers), Unknown (Ringmaster, Security Guard 1, Security Guard 2, Police Officer 1, Police Officer 2).

Plot: A strange creature of incredible power has stole a piece of the moon from a museum. But what connection does he have to the astronaut Scott Rogers?

Bat-Message: Talk about your problems with someone you trust.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): In this episode, Batman commits his greatest feat yet: Blocking out the moon using a bat-cloud! That's right, Batman defeats the enemy by hiding the moon using a little tuft of cloud he keeps in his bat-copter.

This is just one of the many campy things that make this show so good. Remember that it comes in an era where Batman's television career was built on snappy one-liners and outlandish plots. Plus, BS&P wouldn't allow Batman to actually punch anyone, so creative ways are always found to take out the villain.

In this case the villain is the Moonman who turns out to be...the new character that we meet at the beginning of the episode. This is a plot device taken right out the scripts of Scooby-Doo.

As far as I know, the Moonman is a new villain, created for this show. He possesses some heavy-duty magnetic powers, strong enough to pull the moon out of orbit and straight toward Earth! Lucky for the planet Batgirl manages to convince the golden boy that he is not actually a bad guy.

If at all possible, cartoons of this era made sure that the villains turned from their ways by the end of the episode. This is something that can only happen to one-shot villains, because it certainly isn't happening to Batman's rogues gallery.

This episode is Batgirl's debut in the series. Her design is exactly the same as the last series, but this time she is voiced by Melendy Britt, who would later go on to be the voice of She-Ra, Princess of Power.

The Moonman is voiced by Lennie Weinrib, who voices ALL of the villains in this show. I think he is the voice of Scott Rogers too. Can anyone confirm this?

DVD Releases:
  • The New Adventures of Batman

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