Holy Metaphor, Batman: “Mark of the Panther” (Post 1 of 2)

“I loved you once. But for what you did to me you won’t live through this night.” Tea


Written by: Lydia Marano

Original Air Date: February 8, 1996

Introduces: Tea, Anansi, Fara Maku,

Timeline placement: May 16, 1996

Location: Nigeria

TMNT episode I could make a forced comparison to: “Return of the Justice Force”

Content Note: Rape, Abuse, Assault

(Note: This is one of two posts on “Mark of the Panther”, as there are elements within the episode that deserve particular attention. Part one will discuss those elements, while part two will be a more general post.)

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Women at Work: “Walkabout”

“…law and order [Chung CHUNG!].” Dingo


Written by: Michael Reaves, Steve Perry

Original Air Date: February 7, 1996

Introduces: Matrix, Anastasia Renard, Shaman

Timeline placement: May 1 – 2, 1996

Location: Australian outback

TMNT episode I could make a comparison to: “Membership Drive”


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The Troubles with Bronx Stories: “The Hound of Ulster”

“There’s no heroes anymore. Only villains. And they’ve got us all beat.” Rory Dugan


Written by: Michael Reaves, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood

Original Air Date: February 6, 1996

Introduces: Rory Dugan / Cú Chullain ; Molly/ the Banshee / Cromm-Cruach; Mr. Dugan

Timeline placement: January 27 – 29, 1996

Location: Ulster, Ireland

TMNT episode I could make a very forced comparison to: N/A


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I Would Have Preferred the Goth Chick: “Grief”

“Death is always pointless. That is the point.”  Anubis

This episode takes place in Hong Kong. I can feel it.

Written by: Brynne Chandler Reaves and Michael Reaves

Original Air Date: December 28, 1995

Introduces: The emir, Anubis

Timeline placement: January 25 – 26, 1996

Location: Giza, Egypt

TMNT episode I could make a very forced comparison to: N/A


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The Stone Gryphon: “M.I.A.”

“We thought you’d died with Griff! Is he here?  Is he with you?”  Leo


Written by: Robert Cohen

Original Air Date: December 21, 1995

Introduces: Griff, Una, Leo

Timeline placement: 1940; January 23 – 24, 1996

Location:  London, England

TMNT episode I could make a very forced comparison to: “Timing is Everything”


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The Wedding Bells of Notre Dame: “Sanctuary”

“I’m the monster of Notre Dame.” — Thailog


Written by: Cary Bates

Original Air Date: December 18, 1995

Introduces: Dominique Destine, Nightstone Unlimited

Timeline placement: January 21 – 22, 1996

Location: Paris, France

TMNT episodes I could make variably forced comparisons to: N / A

Content Note: Domestic Abuse, Rape

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Feet (and Everything Else) of Clay: “Golem”

“You must follow the words of our ancestors: ‘love justice and do mercy.'” — Max Loew


Written by: Gary Sperling

Original Air Date: December 14, 1995

Introduces: Tomas Brod, Max Loew, Janus, The Golem, Rabbi Loew

Timeline placement: January 19, 1996

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

TMNT episode I could make a forced comparison to: N/A

Content Notes: Anti-Semitism

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