The Batman

Season 1 Episode 8

Q & A

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Nov 20, 2004 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Arthur Brown, an intelligent man now calling himself the Cluemaster, plans revenge upon the people involved in the "Think Thank Thunk" game show for letting his opponent win years ago. Can Batman stop him and save Cluemaster's hostages?

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  • A former game show contestant, under the visage of Cluemaster, takes his revenge against former rivals from the show to engage them in a deadly trivia game. Now Batman must stop the insane and obese Cluemaster before he kills his former opponents.moreless

    This episode almost made me want to quit The Batman. I swear, it was thirty minutes of my life I will never get back. Sheer boredom and abysmal storytelling abound. This episode introduced Cluemaster, who the writers decided for some reason to make morbidly obese. I mean, OBESE. Apparently he won a life time supply of Twinkies or something and just ate and ate. While he is fairly good (amazing) at trivia, he is a pathetic excuse for an antagonist and hopefully will never be seen again. Also, he has five faceless midget cronies who wear orange shirts over their faces with number on them. How do they see while they kidnap Cluemaster's victims? It's stupid and ridiculous. Again, I place the blame on what was likely at the time either writer's block or stupid executives, take your choice. Still, it is no excuse for the lack of value seen in this episode. The motive is weak, the sense of danger is non-existent and the "horrible plan" is just plain horrible. There is no retaining value in it whatsoever, and it leaves a very bad taste in your mouth. Another gripe is that Ethan and Yin are still playing backseat! They are major characters that are being left behind. I'm hoping for a huge turnaround, or else this show will start to really lag.moreless
  • After a young genius name Arthur Brown gets kicked off a game show, he becomes the Cluemaster and devotes his life to get revenge on the game show hosts who he felt had the show rigged.moreless

    After the impressive redo of the less famous Batman villain the Firefly, things were looking pretty hopeful for the Cluemaster, another not-very-well-known bad guy. Since this episode was utterly ridiculous and completely over-the-top, this preposterous version of the Cluemaster fits in very well. It cannot be denied that the plot is completely stupid. As if a young genius would get obsessed with losing on a game show and turn to a life of crime, adopting a criminal guise. It is nothing but a shallow cliche with many overdone theatrical cliches to boot. The Cluemaster is equally stupid. The Cluemaster was never my favourite villain, and this episode made me dislike him even more. He seems nothing like a genius with his clumsy antics and foolish plan, and his design is completely outlandish. While the general idea of him being a child who never stopped is a good one, it could have been done a LOT better. There may have been a few good moments, but overall this episode is by far the worst yet, lowering its score to a 4.8.moreless
  • Contains the elements that made the classic Batman cartoon so awesome.

    A series of kidnappings occur within Gotham City. Batman discovers that the connection between them all is a game show dating back thirty years ago. He tries preventing one more kidnapping from happening, but little munchkins with rolling ball techniques defeat him. Batman finds out the kidnapper is Arty Brown. Using structured assumptions, he located his hideout within his very own home. Arty gives Batman one chance to save the three people he kidnapped if he can come up with a question that he can't answer. Batman asked him the real identity of the Batman. Arty goes berserk like in the show thirty years ago, but is quickly defeated by Batman. Bruce during his fight, discovered the true joy in games.

    This episode felt a lot like the original Batman: The Animated Series cartoon. The old cartoon utilized villains with messed up priorities, and Batman taught them their lesson by merely defeating them. This really felt nostalgic, and reminded me why I liked the original Batman cartoon in the first place. It was great how The Batman was able to exploit the insecurities of Arty, making him realize--or not--that the game show really wasn't riggid like he thought, and it was his pride that caused his downfall in life. The fighting sequences were still pretty entertaining, especially with all of those little guys using their rolling ball techniques. It's just cool how some of these villains are just so strong, though don't need an entire backstory or special explanation behind their powers.moreless

    An episode like The Big Heat, unoriginal yes, but it least it made sense. this episode how ever doesn\\\'t. Why made an epide about a fat guy who seriously needs to get on the treadmill? I\\\'m sorry \\\"The Bat In the Belfry, Traction, and The finale episodes\\\" were the only good episodes of season 1.
  • a 'boy genius' who never recovers from being unfairly kicked off a game show seeks revenge on those who rigged the show

    seriously, what person would be so upset over losing a game show, even if it was rigged? ken jennings never sued. cluemaster is lame, even more so because he never left home. who drops out of school because of a game show? this is the kind of episode that makes a person want to fire the writers.
Glenn Shadix

Glenn Shadix

Artie Brown / Cluemaster

Guest Star

Kath Soucie

Kath Soucie

Yelena Klimanov / Young Artie

Guest Star

Fred Willard

Fred Willard

Ross Darren

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Near the end, Yelena asks about the exact value of Pi. Cluemaster, noting that it is non-terminating, is willing to recite "the first 50 - no, 100 digits... 3.14159265..." His next 86 digits are omitted as the Batman fights off his cronies, but Cluemaster's "triumphant" final five digits were "46375." He was pronounced correct and attempted to plunge Yelena and her teammates in a vat of acid, only to be thwarted by the Batman.

      The problem is that, like Cluemaster's performance in the original "Think, Thank, Thunk" 30 years earlier, he was dead wrong! Digits 96-100 are, in fact, "17067," although had he rounded up from the 101st digit ("9") "17068" would likely have been acceptable.

      Do the digits "46375" appear in "Pi"? Actually, yes. Digits 1156-1160 of Pi are "46374" unrounded, and since the 1161st digit is "6" the rounded digits are indeed "46375." And the exact digits do appear in unrounded form eventually, although I don't know at exactly what point.

    • Cluemaster's diet wouldn't let him get as tall as he did. With his weight, he should have died a long time ago from a heart attack, or severe diabetes.

    • Even given the show's license with physics and the such (like Penguin's martial arts), Cluemaster's build and short legs would prevent him from getting up and walking over to Batman without having his legs or hips shatter under his weight.

    • The show mentions that Yelena's family defected from the Soviet Union, meaning that the time when Artie got his Kremelos was, at latest, in the 1980's. However, we later see him eat some of them. How did he keep them fresh for so long? (Reply: He should be smart enough to overcome such a simple problem such as food expiration, or they might just simply have the shelf life of uranium.)

    • In the teaser clip at the beginning, we see Cluemaster behind the wheel of the garbage truck. However, his girth would render him incapable of driving any sort of motor vehicle.

    • Yelena, during her computerized opening chess match, declares that she is moving her bishop. She then proceeds to check a black square, followed by a white one. This is an impossible move for a bishop, and in fact the move is precisely how a Knight would move in chess.

    • Artie claims that the show cheated him, but Jupiter's moon (Lysithea) was discovered by S. Nicholson in 1938, not 1937. This means that the game show was right, and Artie really was wrong. (Reply: He's a really sore loser and won't accept the facts. His claim was also based on the fact that Yelena was given easier questions because the producers wanted him to lose.)

    • When the checker board is set up at the end of the episode, the red checkers are on the black squares, and the black are on the red. There's no way either Alfred or Bruce can win because they can't jump each other. Not to mention the fact that they're playing on a 6x8 board!

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (7)


    • Kremelos: Name
      An obvious reference to Krispy Kreme donuts.

    • Sign: Man vs. Machine
      This is a reference to the 1989, 1996, and 1997 match between world champion Garry Kasparov, and Deep Blue, a 1.4 ton computer built to play chess.

    • n/a: The Italian Job
      The getaway car driven by the Cluemaster's henchmen closely resembles a classic Mini Cooper, and their escape makes direct reference to the movie The Italian Job (1969), in its means of escaping by going into a drainage tube, and weaving around in said tube. In fact, in the 2003 remake, the underground drainage tube was written in to explicitly reference the scene from the original. Also, in the remake, the three Minis make their getaway rolling from a drainage tube, into an above ground drainage ditch.

    • Batman: Knight takes Bishop.
      This is an obvious reference to the Dark Knight himself.

    • Visual: Batmobile coming out of the fake bus's side
      This is a reference to Knight Rider.

    • Alfred: Like those newfangled extreme game shows from Japan.
      Sounds like Alfred's been watching a lot of MXC, a Japanese extreme "game show" where people humiliate themselves and have whatever they say dubbed over with incredibly hilarious and irrelevant comments.