The thing about forgetting to post about the latest episodes of your friend’s podcast is that when you finally catch up, there’s almost always yet another new episode that’s posting on its scheduled date, making you look even more disorganized than normal.
Such is the case with my pal John S. Drew, who’s loaded up a brand spankin’ new installment of The Batcave Podcast.
John continues his fond (and occasionally not-so fond) look back at the classic 1960s Batman series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, and for this latest discussion he’s joined by Gary Mitchel. Not to be confused with one time good friend of Captain James Kirk and who later was imbued with the powers of a god so that he could make Kirk’s life all complicated and miserable and whatnot, Gary instead is the host of Revolution SF’s RevCast and also is the director for the “American Sci-Fi Classic” programming track at the annual Dragon*Con convention in Atlanta. Gary joins John for this latest Batcave installment as they revisit the two-part story that introduces us to The Bookworm: “The Bookworm Turns” and “While Gotham City Burns.”
From John’s write-up:
“A failed writer with an obsession with books has his sights on a rare collection of priceless works in the Gotham City Library. But how does he plan to get past the near indestructible doors? Batman and Robin match wits with the leather-clad Bookworm as played by Roddy McDowall in an episode that offers a number of firsts, including the first use of the harpsichord (which we totally forgot to mention in the podcast).”
Roddy McDowall is likely known to genre fans for his lengthy association with another favorite SF franchise of mine, Planet of the Apes, in which he played the chimpanzee Cornelius in the original film as well as its second sequel, Escape from the Planet of the Apes. McDowall would go on to portray Cornelius’ son, Caesar, in the next two films, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes, as well as an entirely different character, Galen, in the 1974 live-action PotA television series.
Tune in to see what John and Gary thought of these episodes: The Bookworm Turns/While Gotham City Burns