Batman: The Animated Series: Season 1, Episode 31

Dreams in Darkness (3 Nov. 1992)

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While affected by the Scarecrow's fear toxin, Batman finds himself an inmate of Arkham Asylum.



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Episode cast overview:
Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
Dr. Bartholomew (voice)
Dr. Wu (voice)
Robin / Dick Grayson / Henchman / The Joker (voice)
Henry Polic II ...
Ron Taylor ...
Orderly / Spa Saboteur (voice)


While affected by the Scarecrow's fear toxin, Batman finds himself an inmate of Arkham Asylum.

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While hallucinating, Batman makes a passing reference to Jason Todd, the second Robin. Batman raves "Robin... look out... Joker's got a bomb!", which in the comics is how Jason died. See more »


Dr. Bartholomew: It's time we had another chat, Batman. Now, tell me about this supposed gas again.
Batman: I've already told you. When the gas is put into Gotham's water supply, the entire city will be affected.
[Standing up]
Batman: Why won't you believe me?
Orderly: Easy.
Dr. Bartholomew: Well, how could such a complex plan be implemented without attracting attention? I think this plot is just another delusion. And deep down, you believe so too. Otherwise, why come to Arkham? The one place where costumed delusional personalities can receive ...
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An 8 for that crazy dream sequence!
18 October 2012 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I love all the Scarecrow episodes. This one is no exception. Especially with the start where we find out that Batman is deemed "disturbed" and put in Arkham Asylum. The story is great. The dialogues are great. But that is the case for every single episode in this series.

What truly makes this episode stand out is that brilliant dream sequence (watch it first to see how awesome it is). The visual detail behind the shape shifting, the "fear" that each character talks about and the feeling of helplessness in Batman's eyes... feels like a Grateful Dead concert.

This scene took up an entire 2 minutes of the 20 minute episode. This leaves just 18 minutes to show the flashbacks, develop the villain's plans, show Batman's actions and a gazillion other things. Most dream sequences in this series are stunning (the Two Face one is especially touching). It is extended scenes like this that make us realize the pain that Batman goes through every night of his life and develop his character into one that we truly feel for.

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