Cat Scratch Fever was first broadcasted on November 5, 1992 with a script by Buzz Dixon from a story by Sean Catherine Derek and directed by Boyd Kirkland.
Batman must stop Roland Daggett’s plan to release a viral plague designed by Professor Milo into Gotham by way of its stray cat population. The case gains new urgency when Catwoman becomes infected with the virus during her search for her missing cat, Isis. Now, Batman must find an antidote to save the woman who loves him most.
The saddest thing about Catwoman is that she is such a great character in this series, I like how Adrienne Barbeau gives this character a unique personality to work off of Kevin Conroy’s Batman but honestly, I can not think of one really solid Catwoman episode so far. We’re at the second one after The Cat & The Claw and this one is another one that’s just kind of a dud.
For one thing, Roland Daggett’s plan to release a toxic gas using cats not only sounds like a plan by The Scarecrow but sounds WAY too similar to Penguin’s plan to use penguins with missiles to destroy Gotham….okay, maybe not that similar but that’s too close for comfort.
The overall episode is not really all that exciting and once again, only a few little bits and pieces make this somewhat watchable, mainly the chemistry between Batman & Catwoman but that’s about it.
I was shocked at how mediocre the animation was, this is Akom and they can usually do good animation but in this one, my god, there are scenes in this where you really are looking at the animation and going, “wow, I expected better from this studio.”
You do get a couple of decent one liners there including a pretty humorous conversation between Alfred and Bruce about Selina and how she’s in love with Batman and Alfred does have a really good closing line there.
But overall, yeah, Cat Scratch Fever is another Catwoman episode that should’ve been much more but just comes off as a dud. Aside from the chemistry of Batman and Catwoman, there’s nothing really here. I know there has to be at least one good Catwoman episode, if there’s at least one good Santa’s Little Helper episode of The Simpsons, there has to be a good Catwoman episode of Batman: The Animated Series and now, that’s my quest going forward, the search is on.