Batman: The Animated Series – Season 1, Episode 64 – Read My Lips – Introducing the Ventriloquist



“Read my Lips,” introduces us to the Ventriloquist and the villain who is a part of him named Scarface. It begins with a new baddie doing the perfect robberies where there is no evidence tied to who the crooks may be. This leads to Batman’s search as the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

Pros: The music – Is great, it has a mob and jazzie feel to it which captures Scarface and the Ventriloquist’s relationship perfectly.

The thugs – The thugs are great in this one. Rhino is a good Dragon for Scarface and even the others are at least competent.

Scarface/The Ventriloquist – They have an interesting relationship since the Ventriloquist needs Scarface to function. After Scarface is destroyed he is making Scarface a new body at the end. Their dynamic is very much master and flunky and it is this that Batman uses against him/them. They are two personalities living in one that need both to live.

Batman – Batman is great in  this episode. From the investigation to find Rhino to discovering the psychological issue of the Ventriloquist. He is sympathetic but still will do what he has to to stop the criminal.

Okay: The Premise – Scarface/The Ventriloquist never interested me all that much. I mean in an intellectual way sure…but he was never a threat the way Two-Face, Joker, Ra’s Al Ghul, The Penguin and the Riddler were. Even Rupert Thorne was more interesting because he had more relationships to define and flesh out his character. It is for this reason I can’t give the episode full points.

This episode is an introduction to an interesting villain who is worth checking out…he may even be one who fascinates you the way he was never able to fascinate me. I

Final score for this episode is 8.5 / 10.

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