Batman: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary #17: See No Evil

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See No Evil was first broadcasted on February 24, 1993 with a script by Martin Pasko and directed by Dan Riba.

Lloyd “Eddie” Ventrix (voiced by Michael Gross of Family Ties fame) is on the verge of losing his daughter, Kimberly (voiced by future Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss), to his ex-wife, Helen (voiced by Jean Smart), due to his past as a con artist. Determined not to lose Kimberly, Ventrix dons a suit, stolen from where he used to work while on parole, which grants the user invisibility but also becomes highly toxic, and poses as Kimberly’s imaginary friend, Mojo, while stealing jewelry for her.

This is one of those interesting one shot episodes where none of the regular villains or supporting characters show up in this one, the only character seen regularly on the show that’s in this one is Batman and that’s about it, well, okay, Lucius Fox appears for a little bit here but overall, it’s just Batman in this one. This was one of the first produced episodes that only had one character seen in the series regularly in just one episode.

As far as the episode itself goes, it’s a pretty enjoyable episode. I like the idea of Batman going up against essentially the Invisible Man and there’s definitely a lot of creativity and fun to have with that premise. And it shows with the final battle between Ventrix and Batman:

Only Batman: The Animated Series can make Batman fighting somebody that’s not visible seem badass and also make the line peek-a-boo sound badass as well:

Ventrix’s storyline is very similar to the one Marvel uses for the Sandman in the Spider-Man comics and even in Spider-Man 3, which it wouldn’t surprise me if they took some of the elements from this episode and used it for Sandman’s storyline in that movie since Spider-Man 3 came 14 years after this episode aired. Or it could be just a coincidence too.

The voice work is once again great too, Michael Gross works really well as Ventrix, Elisabeth Moss has a nice little role playing his daughter and Jean Smart has a good role as the mother and once again, Kevin Conroy is great as Batman.

I will say that I do really like the voice work between Gross and Moss, I like in the beginning how they established the relationship of these two as father and daughter and the episode does a good job of making this guy more human than most of the villains in this show. The guy knows what he’s doing is wrong but because of his con artist ways, he can’t help himself:

The animation in this is once again, spectacular, the animation studio behind this episode is Dong Yang Animation, who also did the animation for Two-Face Part II and I’ve Got Batman In My Basement along with a ton of other episodes from Batman: TAS and even the Subzero movie they made years after this, and the animation looks incredible.

See No Evil is a genuinely fun one shot episode where it’s Batman facing a simpler foe in a villain who’s invisible, it’s like one of the original Batman Detective Comics coming to life and you definitely have a lot of enjoyment to be seen in this episode from the animation to the great story to the good action, this is a really enjoyable episode that often gets overlooked but it’s worth the watch.

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2 comments on “Batman: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary #17: See No Evil
  1. […] is Dong Yang Animation who also did the animation for The Laughing Fish, Perchance To Dream, and See No Evil and this is one of the first episodes they’ve done where it comes off as pretty choppy in some […]

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