Batman: The Animated Series – Season 1, Episode 62 – His Silicon Soul – The Return of H.A.R.D.A.C. and Matters of Identity

His Silicon Soul

 

“His Silicon Soul,” begins with a break-in into the Cybertron warehouse by some thieves, which leads to the release of the Duplicate Batman who believes himself to be Batman. From there the story unfolds as he figures out who and what he is as H.A.R.D.A.C. seeks to use him to his own ends.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

Pros: H.A.R.D.A.C. – Is a force of nature that I hope is still around after this (it was smart enough to make a back-up Duplicate…why not others?). He is there tempting Duplicate Batman to kill and to fulfill the original program that was stopped when H.A.R.D.A.C. was first destroyed. At the end we are left wondering if he is still around or if he has been destroyed for good this time.

Duplicate Batman – This is the story of Duplicate Batman since the Silicon Soul of the title is the possible one this character has. He believes himself to be Batman and does not kill until H.A.R.D.A.C. seeks to “correct,” his mistake. He even saves the maker of H.A.R.D.A.C. at one point and acts pretty good given how everyone reacts to him with fear once they see the robotics that make him up. When he believes he killed Batman he kills H.A.R.D.A.C. in guilt since he now fully realizes H.A.R.D.A.C.’s goals. He is a great character.

Alfred – Is pretty useless overall. He mostly needs to be saved and acts out of fear, but he still has some good moments with Batman and even some regret towards his actions in regards to Duplicate Batman.

Batman – Is the best character once again. He realizes he should try and help Duplicate Batman a bit too late but when the rise of H.A.R.D.A.C. is commencing he does everything he can to save Duplicate Batman and stop the plan. He is the one afterwords who muses if Duplicate Batman had a soul of silicon.

The Message – Is quite good though could have been executed better. This episode would have worked better as a longer episode or a two parter. We don’t see H.A.R.D.A.C. fully return which would have been a much more powerful message if it had been Duplicate Batman working with Batman to take him down. Still great though and gives us a chance to think about what it means to be alive and have a conscience.

This is a favorite that I would recommend. It explores some interesting philosophical ideas and takes a different approach to character P.O.V. which adds a lot to how the story unfolds.

My final score this episode is 9.7 / 10.

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