Batman: The Animated Series

Season 3 Episode 11

The Terrible Trio

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Sep 11, 1995 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Batman tracks three wealthy playboys who commit crimes out of boredom.

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  • Batman vs the terrible trio.

    I don't understand why everyone hates this episode so much. Yea, it's not one of the better stories I will say, but it's not as bad as people make it out to be. They have made more worst episodes for this show. The episode does start out okay with Robin getting hurt with the bomb that builds up some excitement. I couldn't help though but laugh as the guy was trying to bribe Batman though. I has thinking to myself dude that Bruce Wayne the richest man in Gotham City. You probably offering him like pocket money compare to his fortune. Even so no one can bribe Batman. The guy really was an idiot.moreless
  • Terrible is right, but not just because of the Trio

    OMG, this episode is that one episode in all great shows that you wonder what they were thinking when making it. The animation is terrible, the concept was abysmel and it didn't add anything to the series. Kevin Conroy voice acting is probably the only thing good about this episode, but than again you can live without hearing it in this episode. I mean, you do have over 15 years of Kevin Conroy as Batman to listen too. When being presented with this episode, JUST SAY NO!!!! PLEASE!!!!!

    Definitely gotta give this 1 out of 10. IT'S JUST THAT BADmoreless
  • Kinda Stupid

    This is possibly one of the worst Batman: TAS episodes ever. No mystery, lame plot, poor development, and more. Some millionair play boys decide to steal for fun because there's nothing else to do. GET A LIFE! God! Normally I'm the last person to trash this show but the Terrable Trio has completely disappointed me. Very boring when Batman is saving the girl and she is very OOC in part of the episode. One minute she hates her father, the next she loves him, the next she leaves him at the hopista to go hiking (atleast she felt guilty), then she is begging for her life knowing that her boyfriend had seriously injured her father.moreless
  • I don't know why everybody's down on this episode...

    True, it doesn't boast a classic member of Batman's rogues gallery, but "The Terrible Trio" plays a lot like an early Bob Kane Batman story. To me, it's refreshing to see Batman chase down some more "normal" criminals and use some detective skills to identify the culprits. Usually, when the Joker or the Penguin or another of their ilk is behind a crime, there's no mystery for Batman to piece together. (Though I will agree with the other reviewer for this episode who points out that the leader of the gang forgetting to remove his distinctive frat ring before punching his victim is a little too much.)

    The climactic fight in the snowy mountains is a solid action sequence, and we get to see some character development with how Bruce Wayne fits in (or doesn't) with his society brethren. My only complaint about this episode is the voice acting of the trio themselves is weak at best. In a show with such dynamic vocal performances, these sound like they could have come from any cartoon series.

    This is one of the least popular episodes of the series. While not my favorite, I prefer it to most others (I can't stand Penguin or Poison Ivy episodes myself and to me nothing is worse than "Moon of the Wolf") and do not think it deserves its bottom of the barrel reputation.moreless
  • A playboy clever enough to rig explosives to a dock to cover his escape forgets to take off his frat house ring during his criminal escapades.

    And that's just the start. Oh, where to begin on the badness here...

    The episode starts off well enough when Robin comes out of a chase of three costumed villains with a broken arm. That might trick you into thinking they are clever...think again. It is quickly revealed that the villains are playboys, which ruins any minor mystery this episode might otherwise have had in its favor.

    Warren, the head playboy, gets the brilliant idea to steal from his girlfriend's father. They steal for kicks, you see, which is why his crimes get progressively stupider. Her father ends up catching them in the act, and they put him in the hospital. The girlfriend ends up going with them to some mountain retreat despite her daddy's condition, though I'll at least give her credit for feeling guilty about it. And here comes the lamest part of the episode: her daddy's pin falls out of Warren's handkerchief. This is unforgivably clunky.

    So Warren decides she has to be killed to keep their secret secret. The others don't like this plan but go along with it anyway. To make a plethora of boring scenes short, Batman saves the girl, and Warren goes to jail.

    This episode is a combination of good ideas mixed with far too many awkward plot devices. The idea of making bored playboys into villains isn't such a bad one, but it is executed without any subtlety. The result is a below-average episode -- possibly one of the worst BTAS episodes ever.moreless
Hector Elizondo (I)

Hector Elizondo (I)

Sheldon Fallbrook

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Peter Scolari

Peter Scolari

Gunther Hardwicke/The Shark

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Bill Mumy

Bill Mumy

Warren Lawford/The Fox

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