"Batman" The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra (TV Episode 1968) Poster

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Good Episode With Fantastic Elements
StuOz19 July 2011
This episode has some very memorable scenes, mainly the footage of all the super-criminals being released from prison: The Riddler, King Tut, The Joker, etc. With the exception of the 1966 Batman motion picture, we never see the gang all bunched together like this and we can only wonder what kind of small talk they all made in prison together.

Elements of the fantastic are also present with vanishing criminals (note the Lost In Space vanishing sound effect), then turning invisible and marching into Gordon's office.

However, this is the 2nd last Batman episode EVER and the direction was far from the quality seen in season one's episodes directed by Robert Butler. All in all, this episode is good.
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Being entranced by Ida
ShadeGrenade28 October 2010
Warning: Spoilers
Fans of 'Batman' in his most recent guise as 'The Dark Knight' must regard the 1960's incarnation with bewilderment. How did a series mocking Bob Kane and Bill Finger's caped crusader get to be one of television's greatest ever successes? Fox had sat on the rights for a long time before producer William Dozier hit on the idea of making it so over-the-top it became funny. It also helped that this was also the era of 'The Monkees' and 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'. I doubt whether a straight approach to 'Batman' would have worked at that time. Then there was the miracle ingredient - colour! 'Batman' was tailor-made for the medium.

'The Entrancing Dr.Cassandra' was the penultimate episode of Season 3, by which time the show's popularity had waned and not even the lovely Yvonne Craig as 'Batgirl' ( how I used to cringe at that awful song played whenever she rode her motorbike! ) could save it. Stanley Ralph Ross, author of the 'Catwoman' episodes, created 'Dr.Cassandra' ( Ida Lupino ), alchemist, occult scientist and swinger. She has invented 'camouflage pills' that, when taken by her and her husband ''Cabala' ( Lupino's real-life husband Howard Duff ) make them invisible, enabling them to rob banks with ease. She has other gimmicks too, such as a ray gun that turns Batman, Robin and Batgirl into two-dimensional cut-outs ( how did anyone notice the difference? ). Cassandra, clad in an orange bowler hat, looks like one of those eccentric women you see each year at Ascot. As 'Batman' villains go, she ranks alongside 'Clock King' and 'The Archer' as one of the least interesting. Cabala, on the other hand, wears a blazer covered in astrological symbols and behaves like one of those middle-aged movie stars ( like Peter Lawford ) who tried to get 'with it' by fooling about with mind-blowing substances. He calls his wife 'Docky baby' an awful lot.

Cassandra's grand plan is to release Gotham City Penitentiary's top criminals, including The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, Catwoman, King Tut and Egghead. None of whom are played by the original performers ( 'Catwoman' seems to have reverted to her Julie Newmar persona. She'd been Eartha Kitt for most of Season 3 ). The climactic fight between our heroes and their invisible opponents is as ingenious as it probably was cheap to make.

One bad note of continuity - 'I'll Be A Mummy's Uncle' ended with King Tut ( Victor Buono ) about to reveal Batman and Robin's secret identities, but regaining his memory before he could so so. Here he has reverted to Tut, but seems to have forgotten his previous adventure with the Dynamic Duo.
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"26 eyewitnesses who didn't see a thing?"
kevin olzak3 May 2016
"The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra" introduces the enchanting actress-turned-TV director Ida Lupino as the title character, a frustrated alchemist carrying on the cursed family business with the help of husband Cabala, played by Ida's real life spouse Howard Duff (apparently Liz and Dick were out of William Dozier's price range!). Not only do they commit a series of robberies while invisible, they also use an unpatented Alvino Ray gun to make two dimensional cardboard cutouts of Batman, Robin, and Batgirl. Watching Batgirl shimmy and shake while exclaiming, "I feel like I'm getting flat" is alone worth the price of admission, followed as it is by Cabala's deadpan quip: "what a pity!" For an ultra low budget capper, the restored Caped Crusaders battle a room full of invisible arch criminals set loose at Warden Crichton's prison (David Lewis in the last of his eight appearances). Although none of the original actors were cast, Joker, Penguin, Riddler, King Tut, Egghead, and the Julie Newmar Catwoman gather together one last time, under the auspices of Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft. An intriguing sidenote has Batgirl finally getting to see what the Batcave looks like, before the final showdown. With little money to go all out, the third season will end with a decided whimper rather than a bang.
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