I keep missing meetings and memos, apparently.
While I was hibernating or whatever, The Batcave Podcast saw fit to drop two–count ’em! Two!–new episodes. Host John S. Drew has been marching merrily along with his ongoing review of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. For the second season’s fifteenth story (and 29th and 30th episodes), he’s joined by none other than writer, editor, voice actor, podcaster, musician, and all around decent dude Keith R.A. Decandido as they discuss “The Puzzles Are Coming” and “The Duo Is Slumming,” the episodes that introduce a new villain to Batman’s Rogue’s Gallery, The Puzzler!
From John’s write-up:
“Maurice Evans is the new guest villain, The Puzzler. Without even knowing the history of this story, one can see that this should have been a Riddler episode and there are many who feel the character is a poor replacement. But as you’ll see in this podcast, there is a lot to recommend Puzzler as a worthy adversary for the dynamic duo and as one of the better villains created solely for the series.
Of course, that’s not to say this episode doesn’t have its problems, that include determining if this is an established villain in the Batman 66 universe or someone entirely new, the proper definition of monopoly, and a crazed Santa Claus.”
See what John and Keith think of these episodes: “The Puzzles Are Coming/The Duo Is Slumming”
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
Next up? John is joined by the incomparable Robert Greenberger, a Batman guru of substantial renown, to discuss the season’s sixteenth story (and 31st and 32nd episodes overall) that introduces yet another new adversary, the Sandman, who teams up with returning villainess Catwoman for “The Sandman Cometh” and “The Catwoman Goeth.”
From John’s write-up:
“That European criminal, the Sandman, is in Gotham City with a scheme to rob the millions of heiress J. Pauline Spaghetti. But he needs someone to run interference with Batman and Robin while he lays out his plan. Who better than the Catwoman?
But is this story as exciting as it sounds? Is it as well executed as earlier Catwoman stories? These questions and more will be answered in this podcast review.”
If nothing else, these episodes are notable for the presence of actor Michael Rennie as the Sandman. Rennie is perhaps best known for the role of Klaatu in one of my all-time favorite films, 1951’s The Day the Earth Stood Still. After a string of films during the 195s0, he would go on to appear on several genre television series during the 1960s, such as Lost In Space, The Time Tunnel, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and The Invaders.
See what John and Bob thought of these episodes: “The Sandman Cometh/The Catwoman Goeth”