Part 1 of The Demon’s Quest was first broadcasted on May 3, 1993 with a script by Dennis O’Neill and directed by Kevin Alteri.
When Robin is mysteriously abducted from his college campus, Batman begins a fruitless search… until he is astounded by the sudden appearance in the Batcave of Ra’s al Ghul. Ra’s quickly reveals that his daughter, Talia, has been abducted under circumstances similar to Robin’s, suggesting that the same people are responsible. So begins an uneasy truce between Batman and ‘The Demon’.
Right as this episode begins, you’re already aware that we’re heading into a much different episode of Batman: The Animated Series than we’re used to. The opening title card doesn’t show up until after a tense scene where Robin gets abducted from his campus and Batman gets an unexpected visit from Ra’s Al Ghul, voiced here by David Warner, and only after that is when we finally get the title card for the episode.
The episode is a direct adaptation of “Daughter of the Demon” from Batman #232, June 1971, and “The Demon Lives Again” Batman #244, September 1972, both by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams.
What makes this episode stand out from most of the two parters is that does keep the action and the intensity all around for both parts. Ra’s Al Guhl is such a great foil for Batman to face because he’s one of the most smarter and more cunning villains in the Rogue’s Gallery, a man who’s smart enough to know who Batman is by looking at simple things like receipts but has a sinister plan in action to take over the world. And his big villainous plan in this is downright sinister to the point that part one of this episode ends on one of the most epic cliffhanger shots ever. It’s a shot so epic and so ‘holy shit, I need to see what happens next’, you can’t help but come back for the next episode.
The animation is once again great, the action is great, the drama is surprisingly strong, the voice work is top notch, and part 1 of The Demon’s Quest does a great job presenting the most epic two parter the show has done up to this point, fitting seeing as how this is the last one of the original Batman: TAS era. How do you top what Part 1 had done? Check back for Part 2 tomorrow to find out.