Batman: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 9

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Aired Saturday 9:00 AM May 09, 1994 on FOX
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Batman must stop Ra's Al Ghul when he attempts to unleash the power of the ancient God Thoth Khepera.

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  • Ra's is back, seeking once again power and immortality.

    8.5
    This episode sees the return of Ra's who has been believed dead (following the events of "The Demon's Quest" two-part episode). After Batman fails to stop Ra's from stealing a piece of papyrus from a museum, his first stop in solving this mystery is Gibraltar, where he meets up with Talia. The strong chemistry between the two of them is once again present, and their relationship reaches a new level when they both leave on a quest to find out the truth about Ra's return.



    Most if not all of this episode is reminiscent of an Indiana Jones adventure, and Bruce and Talia do indeed form a good team, be it traveling around the world, solving riddles, looking for clues and fighting thugs.



    Ra's master plan in this episode is acquiring the secrets of life and death from the Egyptian goddess Toth Kappera. This turns out to be harder than he thought, as the goddess actually tries herself feeding with his life essence and ultimately destroying him. Batman manages to save Ra's and plans to bring him to the authorities, but is once again betrayed by his beloved Talia who cannot leave her father like that and rescues him, leaving Batman stranded in the middle of the dessert. Another minor but impressive scene would have to be the character development Ubu is given throughout this story arc: at first (in "The Demon's Quest") he takes any opportunity to fight Batman, calling him "infidel" and so on, until this episode where Batman actually saves his life while the cave was falling apart. This leads Ubu to respect Batman (even if only a little) and throws him his water when he is left stranded in the dessert at the end of the episode.



    This was a good episode, but looking back this was probably the weakest of the Ra's centric episodes this show had. But it is still a good, adventure-filled episode worth checking out.moreless
Helen Slater

Helen Slater

Talia

Guest Star

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Thoth Khepera

Guest Star

George DiCenzo

George DiCenzo

Ubu

Guest Star

David Warner

David Warner

Ra's Al Ghul

Recurring Role

Brock Peters

Brock Peters

Lucius Fox

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Bruce: You've got a serious priority problem, Ra's. What can be in that tomb that's more valuable than the love of your daughter?
      Ra's Al Ghul: Power, detective.

    • Bruce Wayne: You surprise me, Ra's. The world's oldest chauvinist, chasing after a woman?
      Ra's Al Ghul: Thoth Khepera was not simply a woman, detective, nor merely a ruler. Through her flow the power of the gods! With no more than a gesture she controlled the force of life and death, and with it she kept a nation under her thumb for one thousand years.
      Bruce Wayne: You sound like a bad Saturday afternoon serial, Ra's.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode is episode 13 on the Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 DVD.

    • The map shown in this episode proves that Gotham City, in this continuity, is located in New York City.

    • In one scene, Batman knocks over a pillar by wedging himself between its top and the ceiling and forcing it to break free, an obvious homage to a scene in the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

    • The montage sequence where Bruce Wayne is looking at the book on the airplane, superimposed over a map on which a red line is showing the flight path, is obviously an homage to the Indiana Jones movies.

    • Ubu and his thugs appear to be using WW2-era submachineguns (MP40 , Sten)

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