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"Nora Clavicle and the Ladies' Crime Club"

Aired January 18, 1968

Feminist Nora Clavicle has plans for Gotham City as she takes control of Gotham City's police department.  It looks, on the surface, that is a blow for women's rights as she replaces every male police officer with women.  The problem is the women are ineffective when it comes to enforcing the law and nobody is aware of Nora's plan to destroy Gotham City.

John is joined by podcaster Chris Franklin of the Super Mates Podcast to discuss what may possibly be the worst episode in the entire series.  (Yes, even worse than "Marsha, Queen of Diamonds".)  They wonder if this is supposed to be camp, a spoof on women's lib, or just bad writing.  They also try to figure out just how Batman, Robin, and Batgirl allow themselves to be turned into a human Siamese Knot by, and you'll excuse us here, a trio of women.  

 

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Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_62.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 6:44am EDT
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"Louie's Lethal Lilac Time"

Aired January 11, 1968

 

Louie the Lilac is back in Gotham City and this time he plans to corner the perfume market with the help of a kidnapped Bruce and Dick.  

John is joined by podcaster Joseph Culp and they discuss how Berle actually works in the role of Louie and how this episode, warts and all, is not a bad little story.  They also lament the missing Madge Blake, who doesn't appear in this episode, but her character Aunt Harriet gets a name drop.

 

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Pastor Joseph "Captain Scotland" Culp is a licensed and ordained minister. He serves as the Host of The weekly Podcast, The Highlander's Heart at 

www.highlandersheart.com. He is an expat from Turriff, Aberdeenshire Scotland who now lives in Pickerington, Ohio. He works with the the elderly in senior ministry at Abbington of Pickerington Ohio bi-weekly. He is a Batman '66 fan as well an an avid reader of history, mystery novel and old comic books from 1938 to 1977. His favorite shows are Batman with Adam West, The Avengers with Patrick Macnee, Shazam, Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman classic Doctor Who (the 1st 3 Doctors only) and the current show of Super Girl, The Flash, Arrow, Doctor Who. He is married to his lovely wife Serene of 24 years and is the proud father of 2 great cats, Princess Bella and Prince Caledonia. You can reach him at joseph.captainscotland.culp@gmail.com or facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joseph.culp.9.

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_61.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 8:00am EDT
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"The Funny Feline Felonies/

The Joke's on Catwoman"

Aired December 28, 1967 & January 4, 1968

 

Catwoman is back in Gotham once again and this time she's teaming up with the Joker.  She's hatching a plot to recover over 100 pounds of TNT.  The thing is, this is a simple plot by either of their standards and the script refelcts it as it starts out interestingly enough and then quickly slides into complete farce as we get a courtroom scene at the end of part two.

Joining John to discuss this episode is podcaster Michael Falkner (The Weekly Podioplex).  This time they discuss just how painful it is to watch this when you consider the first episode is actually not that bad.  They admire how Eartha Kitt purrs French so elegantly.  And they wonder just how does a recent grad student with a librarian's salery manage to come up with the gadgets she does in her crimefighting spree, items that includes a universal antidote pill.  Is Alfred involved in this somehow?

 

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Since 2011, he has hosted The Weekly Podioplex, a movie and television news podcast on The Chronic Rift network. Before then, he was a writer and producer for The Scapecast, the Parsec Award-winning podcast about Farscape. He has also contributed to various other podcast productions, most notably The RevCast on RevolutionSF and The Chronic Rift's Roundtable. Michael is also a frequent panelist for the American Science Fiction Classics Track at Dragon Con, and is also one of the founding members of the Dragon Con Newbies group, which helps newcomers of the annual convention.

As a writer, Michael has been published several times, including genre essays on RevolutionSF and ForceCast.net. He is also the author of the Timestamps Project, a series of reviews of the long-running Doctor Who television series. His work can be found on his site, Creative Criticality.

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_60.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 6:00am EDT
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"The Ogg Couple"

Aired December 21, 1967

It's the final go around for Vincent Price and Anne Baxter as Egghead and Olga in a story that should have been their first go around together.  It's pretty much a mess and this has turned out to be the shortest podcast review ever because of it.  But there are some hightlights including an opening that will have you talking and a discussion on how dangerous it is for Batgirl to be riding around on radioactive sparkplugs.

Joining John to work this all out is author and podcaster, Kevin Lauderdale.

 

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Check out the website John mentioned where it explains in more detail how the three parts of the Egghead/Olga story was supposed to play out - Batgirl Trap Website.

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_59.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT
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Aired December 13, 1967

 

Catwoman is back in Gotham, but she's looking a little different this season.  Eartha Kitt takes over the role, replacing Julie Newmar who was appearing in a film at the time.  Curiously, the dynamic between Batman and Catwoman is changed where the sexual tension is almost gone.  Instead, Catwoman is obsessed with Batgirl.

Joining John to discuss this episode is podcaster Michael Falkner (The Weekly Podioplex).  In addition to talking about the missed opportunities of this story (including the idea that Catwoman is literally invading a foreign country when she replaces the queen in her embassy), they also discuss the possible reasoning behind the change in the relationship with Batman and Catwoman.

 

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Since 2011, he has hosted The Weekly Podioplex, a movie and television news podcast on The Chronic Rift network. Before then, he was a writer and producer for The Scapecast, the Parsec Award-winning podcast about Farscape. He has also contributed to various other podcast productions, most notably The RevCast on RevolutionSF and The Chronic Rift's Roundtable. Michael is also a frequent panelist for the American Science Fiction Classics Track at Dragon Con, and is also one of the founding members of the Dragon Con Newbies group, which helps newcomers of the annual convention.

As a writer, Michael has been published several times, including genre essays on RevolutionSF and ForceCast.net. He is also the author of the Timestamps Project, a series of reviews of the long-running Doctor Who television series. His work can be found on his site, Creative Criticality.

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_58.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 6:07pm EDT
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"The Londinium Larcenies/The Foggiest Notion/The Bloody Tower"

Aired November 23/30 and December 6, 1967

Batman, Robin, Batgirl, and Commissioner Gordon travel to Londinium at the request of the President to help Venerable Ireland Yard with a series of bizarre thefts throughout the city.  Batman quickly realizes that the evidence points to Lord Marmaduke Ffogg and Lady Penelope Peasoup and her finishing school for girls.

Once again, we are faced with a three-part story so big, it needs three guests hosts to cover every detail.  Jim Beard of Gotham City 14 Miles travels with John overseas to discuss the episode with Andrew Leyland of the HeyKids Comics Podcast and photographer and Batman 66 board moderator Ben Bentley.  We know we like it, but why?  It's a mess of a story and there are a number of missed opportunities.  And does Batgirl really play a part in this story?  It's all here on a double-sized episode.

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Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_57.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT
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Planning on catching The Return of the Caped Crusaders this Monday?  Well, take a listen to our discussion with Burt Ward about the making of it.

 

He's one half of the Dynamic Duo.  He's known as the Boy Wonder.  In addition, he's also the Canine Crusader.  Burt Ward joins John and Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension in the Batcave to discuss his time as Robin, his love for dogs and the steps he's gone to rescue as many canines as possible, and the upcoming The Return of the Caped Crusaders direct to DVD animated feature.  

 

 

 

 

Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions is the largest giant breed dog rescue in the world.  Located on a sprawling estate just one hour east of Los Angeles in Riverside County, California, Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions, Inc. is a California non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation, and is the charity of Burt and Tracy Ward.  

Burt, who gained fame as the Batman’s sidekick “Robin, the Boy Wonder” in the 1960’s television series and in subsequent film and television roles, has built a luxurious home for the more than 14,600 Gentle Giants and Little Giants that he and Tracy have rescued and adopted during the last 19 years.

There is always a wide selection of Gentle Giants, including Great Danes, Borzoi, English Mastiffs, Greyhounds,Irish Wolfhound combinations, Neopolitan Mastiffs, Fila Brasileiro, Bullmastiffs, Spanish Mastiffs, American Mastiffs, Adronicus Mastiffs, South African Boerboel Mastiffs, Dogue de Bordeaux French Mastiffs, Saint Bernards, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Sasquatch, Leonbergers and other Large Lap Dogs as well as many Little Giant breeds, including Whippets, Silken Windhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Peruvian Inca Orchid, Xoloitzcuintle, Shelties, and Chinese Crested available for adoption at Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions.  

The population of these Gentle Giants and Little Giants constantly changes each day as more are adopted and more are rescued from shelters and arrive from homes where their owners can no longer keep them, usually because of hardship or drastic changes in their lives due to divorce, illness, bankruptcy, job moves, military duty, etc.  

These dogs are incredibly beautiful and perfect family members who have been dearly loved, but now are in need of qualified new homes where they will again be loved, cherished and safe.  Burt and Tracy always have a large number of Gentle Giants and Little Giants of every size, age, color, and personality available for adoption.

There are too many Gentle Giant and Little Giant breeds at Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions to be listed individually.  At any given time, there may be puppies available, but there is always a variety of youthful and mature Gentle Giants and Little Giants, male and female, in every official and unofficial color.  

If you are interested in adopting a Gentle Giant or a Little Giant, please complete our Online Adoption Application at the following link: "Adoption Information and Application."

We will review your application and respond to you usually within 48 hours to discuss your application and to set up your appointment to adopt.

Direct download: Batcave_File_023.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 6:57am EDT
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"Surf''s Up, Joker's Under"

Aired November 16, 1967

 

The Joker plans to become king of the surf by winning the championships at Gotham Point.  Didn't know he could surf, did you?  Well he can, thanks to the reverseramator, he's been able to steal the surfing ability of champion surfer Skip Parker.  It's all part of Joker's scheme to control the minds of the surfing community and in time, the world.  We've seen a similar theme this season with the Riddler, the Penguin, and even Louie the Lilac and this one is the most outlandish - but it works.

 

Joining John to discuss this episode is Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension website.  In fact, Dan will argue that this may be one of the best episodes, not only of the third season, but of the entire series itself.  Take a listen and let us know what you think.

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Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_56.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT
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"The Ogg and I/How to Hatch a Dinosaur"

Aired November 2/9, 1967

Vincent Price makes a welcome return to Batman as the villainous Egghead.  He is joined by Anne Baxter as Olga, Queen of the Bessarovian Cossacks.  Together they have plans for Gotham City.  In fact, are there too many plans?  What is the main scheme in this plot?  Who is in charge as it seems to change from episode to episode?  And what is the history of this two-parter in relation to the third episode that will follow in a few weeks' time?

Joining John to talk about Vincent Price's triumphant and yet not so triumphant return to Batman is author and podcaster, Kevin Lauderdale.

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Kevin Lauderdale has written essays and articles for the Los Angeles Times, The Dictionary of American Biography, Animato, mcsweeneys.net, and teevee.org; and his poetry has appeared in Andrei Codrescu's The Exquisite Corpse.  He has published fiction in several of Pocket Books' Star Trek anthologies, including Constellations, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the original Star Trek.  His original fiction has appeared in Neo-opsis magazine and Cthulhu Unbound, the cross-genre Lovecraftian collection from Permuted Press.  He is a graduate of UCLA and a card-carrying member of SFWA.  In addition, Kevin is a host of his own podcast here on the network, It Has Come to My Attention and co-host of Mighty Movie: Temple of Bad.  Recently, Kevin took over as host of the old time radio podcast,Presenting the Transcription Feature.  Follow Kevin's exploits through his LiveJournal blog - http://kevinlauderdale.livejournal.com.

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_55.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 5:00am EDT
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"Louie the Lilac"

Aired: October 26, 1967

Louie the Lilac wants to corner the flower market of Gotham City with the reasoning that if he does that, he can control the world.  It sounds like something similar to what Riddler and Penguin came up with a few weeks ago, but in watching the episode, one finds it kind of makes sense this time.  Also, John has stated he's not a fan of Milton Berle, but in discussing this episode, you'll see he actually appreciates Berle in the role of Louie.  So what is wrong with this episode?

Joining John to discuss the good and the bad of this story is author Jay Smith.  

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Jay Smith is the creator and executive producer for the Parsec Award-winning audio drama series HG World.  Since 2009, Jay and his company of players and producers have been telling the story of survivors in the middle of a global zombie uprising.  Now in its third season, this "satellite" production has featured dozens of actors across four continents making it a production truly on a global scale.  Since its debut, episodes of HG World and its spin-off series, the Parsec finalist The Diary of Jill Woodbine and The Googies have been downloaded close to a million times. 

Inspired by the golden age of radio, Hidden Harbor Mysteries presents a story inspired by stylish pulp era radio adventures like The Shadow, Sam Spade, The Green Hornet, and I Love a Mystery. Performed by a stellar cast, Hidden Harbor hopes to integrate classic radio storytelling with some modern twists.  Jay draws from the work of Orson Welles, Arch Obelor and looks to modern audio dramatists like Douglas Adams and Dirk Maggs as inspiration to create a rich, realistic world of survival horror laced with dark comedy and compelling human drama.

Jay holds a BA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University and is working on his Master of Fine Arts from Seton Hill University’s innovative Writing Popular Fiction program.  He attends and speaks at various science fiction and literary conventions about podcasting, writing, audio drama, and zombies.  HG World can be heard by subscribing through iTunes or visiting the show web site www.goodmorningsurvivors.com.

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_54.mp3
Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 6:31am EDT
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