Batman: Season 1, Episode 20

Better Luck Next Time (17 Mar. 1966)

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Batman evades the attacking tiger thanks to his utility belt. First, he scales the wall. Then, he uses a sonic device "to split the tiger's skull," as narrator William Dozier informs us. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Chief O'Hara (credit only)
Madge Blake ...
Jock Mahoney ...
Ralph Manza ...
Alex Sharp ...


Batman evades the attacking tiger thanks to his utility belt. First, he scales the wall. Then, he uses a sonic device "to split the tiger's skull," as narrator William Dozier informs us. The hero still has to free Robin, who is facing a separate death trap. Once that task is completed, the Dynamic Duo are back on Catwoman's trail. It turns out the feline villain is after the lost treasure of Captain Manx, which is in a remote spot outside of Gotham City. Written by Bill Koenig

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As Catwoman flees from the Caped Crusaders in the cavern, on of the stalactites wobbles as though from vibrations. See more »


[Catwoman has Robin trapped]
Robin: Catwoman, you are not a nice person!
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"Holy Felony!"
28 February 2015 | by (Fredericksburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Based off of Bob Kane and Bill Finger's DC Comic phantom phenomenon, Batman (Adam West) and the "Boy Wonder" Robin (Burt Ward) team up once again as the Dynamic Duo in episode twenty of season one's 1966 titular series. Opening with images from the eponymous comic in Gotham City we see stills of the Duo fighting crime followed by a parade of villains, as the famously campy and infectious Batman theme song on the soundtrack (ba-da-da-da-da-da-da-da Batman!) plays as the credits roll. This time, our heroes take on the fur-ocious antics of the Catwoman (Julie Newmar) and her henchmen. But first, Batman must scale a wall with his Batclaws to evade a man-eating tiger. Using the super-amplified sounds from his Batcommunicator, he subdues the big cat and escapes in search of Robin, of whom has been separated from him. Meanwhile Catwoman has balanced Robin on the end of a board, while below him is a pit of hungry tigers. Sand is released to the other end of the board, slowly allowing half of the duo to sink further to his impending doom. The felonious feline then leaves to search for Captain Manx's treasure, having created a map by joining two Golden Cat statues together and drawing the outline for a map. Batman intervenes and a good fight breaks out between our two crime fighters and the henchmen, of whom the duo all overpower (including the ever so-popular colored onomatopoeic phrases to appear on the screen as well with each hit or punch given). Only one henchmen named Leo escapes to rejoin his boss. Back at the Batcave, the Dynamic Duo use the Golden Cats to decipher where the treasure is buried. Upon arriving at McElroy Point in the Batmobile, they soon find themselves facing Catwoman's deadly minefield which eventually leads to a possible demise to our villainess that just might leave you hanging off the edge without letting the cats out of the bag.

With cheesy dialogue and pasted with dated pastel-color costumes and sets, I do hope 'Better Luck Next Time' does have better luck next time, this being the only episode I have ever seen before or after or of any of this series put together. Sure Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan have truly upped the anti in modernizing the Caped Crusader into the Dark Knight with a bleak back-story, gravelly voice and hip high-tech gadgets, but if your a fan of the comic series and want to see or relive the original TV series from some almost fifty odd years ago, check out this nostalgic blast-from-the-past that is just pure Saturday-morning fun in all of its laughable kitsch.

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