For the very first time outside of comics, the origin of Batman was finally told and the use of Scarecrow was inspired. I suspect that Batman Begins elected the villain for the same reason 20 years later; Batman's origin is so tied to fear and the Scarecrow is the self-proclaimed master of fear. Also, at least according to my recollection, Scarecrow is one of the Legion Members that had not yet been given a return appearance. He was due. This was pretty much a perfect episode and one that stands out as being much darker in tone than was typical of the Super Friends. DVD special features reveal that this was intended as a pilot for a Batman spin-off.
It was a little strange that Robin didn't know about crime alley, but I guess it made way for a brilliant flashback. Especially considering what couldn't be shown, the scene was surprisingly effective. A note, in this little Bruce and family saw Robin Hood instead of Zorro. This one really needs to be seen and should be considered essential viewing for any Bat-fan.
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