Speak No Evil

  A gene-spliced talking gorilla stalks Gotham.
  Original Airdate: November 4, 2000
  Episode # 45
  Rating: * 1/2

Credits Cast

Written by Stan Berkowitz
Directed by Dan Riba
Music by Lolita Ritmanis
Animation by Koko/Dong Yang

Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis
Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne
Angie Harmon as Commissioner Gordon
Cree Summer as Max Gibson
Lauren Tom as Dana Tan
Malachi Throne as Fingers

Max Brooks as Howard
Sean Donnellan as Virtual Announcer
James Eckhouse as Zacharies
Robert David Hall as Fulton
Angie Harmon as Commissioner Gordon
Reiner Schoene as James van Dyle

Pondering the imponderables: Fingers the Gorilla sure picked up English in a hurry; if I was spliced with some of that DNA could I learn Finnish or ancient Babylonian as quickly? After being spliced, the gorilla knows to avoid a subway's third rail; is that knowledge encoded in the human genome? What about the ecological ramifications of letting a super-intelligent ape loose in the wild to breed; wouldn't its offspring (carrying its DNA) be just as intelligent? Without physical evidence, van Dyle needs witnesses to be charged with poaching; did Fingers testify at his trial, and if so, did he rip the defense attorney's throat out on cross-examination? Fingers was caught by a poacher (bad, bad, bad, says the episode); would it have been any less bad if he had been caught and sold legally to a research institution? Is Fingers likely to make a distinction between legitimate and illegitimate forms of research once he's returned to the wild as the ape-kingdom's "Dark Knight"? Is he likely to pay any attention to the legal and moral niceties Bruce so rightly insists upon?

Yeah, yeah, its a cartoon and you're only supposed to enjoy the ride. But the story is so obvious and the moral hammered at with such bloody force (it's only marginally less shrill than a Captain Planet episode) that the only entertainment value lies in poking holes in its numerous absurdities.

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