Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 58

The Demon's Quest (2)

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM May 04, 1993 on FOX

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  • Part Two of the Ra's al Ghul Saga.

    Continuing directly from the previous episode, an insane Ra's is holding his daughter above the Lazarus Pits and wants to throw her in, so Batman and Robin have to stop him (mostly Batman, and it is interesting to note his concern for Talia, indicating that she does mean something to him after all). Soon after he returns to his normal way of thinking Ra's once again asks Batman to become his heir, but when Batman refuses Ra's tries to destroy him. Obviously Batman and Robin escape and try to find out what Ra's is planing. One thing I always loved about the Batman animated series (and the rest of the DCAU as well, of course) was its strong continuity. While I may be mistaking, I always thought the events from the previous episode ("Off Balance") lead to this episode and Ra's plan of using the satellite to blow up the Lazarus Pits from around the world. I was under the impression Ra's previously wanted to use the sonic drill he had Count Vertigo and Talia steal for him in "Off Balance" to flood the Lazarus Pit all over the world. but when Batman sabotaged the drill, Ra's was forced into modifying the plan and use satellites instead.

    The way the characters interact is handled pretty well, especially Batman and Ra's (Batman's line about Ra's being completely out of his mind is great) and Batman and Talia (you can tell their short adventure from the previous episodes was more than that and even though they're on opposite sides and have completely different objectives, they still care about each other).

    The highlight of this episode is without a doubt the epic sword fight between Batman and Ra's. The animation is great, the music is great and the atmosphere is just right. And the ending is just great, even though it was obvious that couldn't have been the end of Ra's, the scene at the end is not completely useless and once again foreshadows the things to come.

    This was probably Ra's best appearance on the show (not the DCAU though) and is both an entertaining and memorable episode.
  • The conclusion of The Demon\'s Quest two-parter, patterned off a classic Batman comic story from the early 1970s. It starts where part one ended and goes downhill from there.

    This episode is remarkably dull compared to part one. Batman saves the girl from her crazy dad, her crazy dad goes back to his normal level of craziness, and he asks Batman to join him yet again. Batman says no, surprise surprise, and Ra's tries to kill him by burying him within the Lazarus Pit.

    Batman and Robin live, to the audience's amazement. Then, with a convenient clue from Robin's time as a captive, the two discover Ra's nefarious scheme to destroy the world in order to save it from itself. They track him down to the sahara desert...and after that I wake up around the swordfight. Ra's falls into the pit of his own volition after Batman thwarts his plan, and to no one's surprise, he is seen with his hand reaching out from the pit at the end.

    Sigh. It's an above-average episode from the point of view of a Batman nerd who is fond of Ra's al Ghul...but it doesn't offer those things like character development and themes not often seen in children's cartoons (but presented in a way that kids could swallow) which make BTAS so exceptional. It's really just a rehash of an old comic book plot that, in my opinion, aged poorly. I had my fill in part one.
  • An original episode, but not the strongest nor a good representation of the series.

    The Demon's Quest (part 2) is a mixed bag in many respects. On one hand it is to be praised for its uniquness, some beutiful art and settings, and for a great portrayal of Ra's Al Ghul. On the other hand, it is not as character driven as many other episodes in the series, and the plot suffers from some juvenile elements.

    In some ways the plot is simple. It has many locations, twists, and characters, but it looses some of its thematic power. While watching it I sometimes wished we paused and explored the way the character's Ra's Al Ghul, Talia and Batman interact, but I felt I was rushed off to the next plot element or action scene.

    I don't remember watching this episode when I was kid, and back then it probablly would have been one of my favorites. While I still enjoyed watching it all these years later, it takes a back seat to some of finer, more character driven episodes, in this exceptional series.