The Batman

Season 2 Episode 6


Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Jun 18, 2005 on The CW
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Penguin discovers a sonic device that allows him to turn Man-Bat into his personal slave. Meanwhile, Alfred must deal with a raccoon which has found its way into the Bat-Cave and is wreaking havoc on the electric equipment.

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  • Overall, nothing special.

    The episode did a pretty good job of opening up with the joke about the scientist and using the bird communicator on his kids. There was another one about Penguin and having bad relationships with bats. Other than that, this wasn't a comedy engineered episode, and the genres this episode did focus on, story and action, were pretty average overall. Penguin didn't have much of a role besides just being there to control Man Bat, and the fights between Batman and Man Bat weren't all too exciting and aesthetically pleasing. The story wasn't very compelling, and that whole side stuff involving that raccoon felt like a nuisance.moreless
  • Man-bat\'s return is a waste of time

    First of all, I\'m sick of the penguin. The only good episode he has was his Introduction episode. They should have portrayed Man-bat in a better way. This episode killed any potential that he has as a villain. Man-Bat can be a very Interesting villain psychologically and physically because of his strength. What could\'ve been a good Man-Bat episode turns out to be just sheer utters of crap, all thanks to the Penguin. I feel that they could\'ve combined Man-Bat, If this was a team up, with another villain. Say, Cluemaster? I know his episode was horrible, but this could\'ve been a episode that two Outcasts prove to Batman that they are not a pushover and that they can be just as tough as the other villains to deal with.moreless
  • The Penguin discovers a sonic transmitter, which he can use to control the actions of the Man-Bat. Naturally, he sets Manny against Gotham’s guardian, the Batman.

    So far, this episode is probably the weakest of the Season Two eps. It is criminally average and practically forgettable but for the appearance of the Man-Bat (who has one of the most awesome growling sound effects I’ve ever heard). Interestingly, the Penguin seems to be more in line with his mainstream comic counterpart in this episode in comparison to how he has been shown in the series so far; no ridiculous kung-fu antics or Matrix-inspired super back flips. Which I suppose is for the best, otherwise I’m fairly certain that he would have little to fear from the Man-Bat (which, in and of itself is a crime). On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Man-Bat is practically identical to the version of him that we enjoyed in Batman: The Animated Series. What disappoints me the most in this episode, is that the Man-Bat is treated as merely a flavorful, creature du jour. As one of the more psychologically interesting villains from the Gotham Gallery, I feel that his presence here reeks of wasted potential. In short, the display of an undervalued Man-Bat, in tandem with an over-used Penguin yields a less-than-stellar rating from me.moreless
Peter MacNicol

Peter MacNicol

Dr. Kirk Langstrom

Guest Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

The Penguin

Recurring Role

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