Once Burned

  Ten commits robberies to ransom the rest of the Royal Flush Gang.
  Original Airdate: November 6, 1999
  Episode # 20
  Rating: * * 1/2

Credits Cast

by Stan Berkowitz
Directed by Butch Lukic
Music by Lolita Ritmanis
Animation by Koko/Dong Yang

Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis
Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne
Cree Summer as Max Gibson
Melissa Disney as Blade
Seth Green as Nelson Nash
Lauren Tom as Dana Tan
George Lazenby as King

Sara Douglas as Queen
Scott Cleverdon as Jack
Olivia d'Abo as Ten
Bernie Casey as Tyrus Black
Greg Eagles as Joker
Miguel Sandoval as Bennie
Daphne Zuniga as Lula

Batman, catching Ten trying to make off with the stakes in a floating poker game, discovers that the rest of the Royal Flush Gang is being held for ransom by the Jokerz. So, as Terry, he finds himself lying to both Wayne and Dana so he can help her out. This is just the beginning. By the end, more lies, and yet more lies are uncovered; everyone is testing and being tested by everyone else, because no one trusts anyone else; and everyone flunks.

The idea has a keen, melancholy edge, but its execution is too limp. Perhaps because everyone is so wary—because Terry and Ten and even the King haven't just been burned, but have been emotionally burned over—the betrayals lack bite, and the abandonments feel bloodless.

Related Episodes
   * Dead Man's Hand
   * King's Ransom

What Others Are Saying ...
"... the timing, the sound, the action, the movements, everything seemed off, and it only deterred from an otherwise fine story."Tim Leighton for World's Finest

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