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"Karl Rossum" is undoubtedly a combination of the name of Czech author Karel Capek and "R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)," the play written by Capek which is credited with coining the word "robot" (Czech for "slave") as it is used now. In this episode, Karl Rossum invents "duplicants"; i.e., robots. See more »
And what have you got there?
[Barbara takes a teddy bear out of her purse]
Oh, this is Wubby. I've had him forever. Dad won't pick me up at the airport without bringing him along.
Commissioner James Gordon:
Well... he knows the way better than I do.
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Machines in the form of unusual looking robots are Batman's chief foe in this two-part adventure. The first robot is unlike anything I've ever seen: animated or in some sci-fi movie. It's a briefcase than turns into a walking octopus-like creature! It takes pictures of the Wayne Enterprise security system and attacks people with some nerve gas and a laser.
This is one mean and fascinating brief case!
It goes on from there, with a big computer - HARDAC - able to clone human beings. One, for instance, takes the place of Inspector Gordon. Another infiltrates the Bat Cave.
There are all kinds of happenings in this very fast-moving episode.
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