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03/09/08 at 5:17am
 
First off I want to say, as a kid and as an adult....Catwoman is one of my favorite villians.

If I had to pick and choose my favorite Catwoman ep. it would be in season two, not that I don't like this ep. but I think there would be a different favorites list if I were watching the series for the first time. For me, this would be a highly recommended ep. for those watching the series for the first time.

I loved the live tiger in this classic cliffhanger, Even the fact that this is the first of two ep. where Catwoman supposedly dies.(but nobody ever really dies.)

My favorite line is when Batman tells Robin " Robin, you haven't put your safety bat belt on yet. Robin replies " were only going a couple of blocks."    " Robin, it won't be long before your old enough to drive the batmobile"  Makes me wonder who's bending over for whom.
  
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Reply #1 - 03/12/08 at 5:13am
 
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     I always thought Catwoman's initial appearance was excellent.

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Reply #2 - 03/12/08 at 5:22am
 
Okay, I posted that.  The last few times I tried we were being maintained.

   Anyway, this story establishes a female crimianal can be just as evil and formidable as her male counterparts.

    The main evidence supporting this belief is Catwoman's total focus on her scheme.  She throws her life away to make it succeed.  It's a good thing she had more lives.

     Her comment to Batman after separating him from Robin and leaving him to die is quite telling.  "I'm off to pluck Robin's feathers."

    At this point, Batman has a lot on his mind, but giving him a good reason to fear Robin's plight is just deliciously evil. 

    The other interesting thing about this story is the interacion between our hero and Catwoman.  All she wants is for him to recognize and admit her superiority.

    Her attitude toward Robin is consistent with her later appearances as she put him in harms way to distact Batman while she escapes from the museaum.

    Once again, great episode.

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Reply #3 - 03/12/08 at 5:40pm
 
This is easily my favorite Catwoman ep, as I've said before, because she is cold and ruthless and evil and intelligent. I liked that Catwoman much better than the one that was pining over Batman all the time.
  

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Reply #4 - 03/13/08 at 4:18am
 
I thought they could have worked the Catwoman wanting Batman angle better than they did.  I think it would have worked better if she had wanted him to be her partner, but subservient to her.  If he wouldn't agree, she would be happy to kill him in a painful manner.  They pulled it off best in the episodes with Pussycat where Batman was tied to teh giant mousetrap and Catwoman was happy to tease him and kill him if necessary.  Don't get me wrong, they had some really silly stuff in this episode (the mousetrap to name one), but they played the "romantic stuff" the best in that cliffhanger.

I also preferred her purely evil.  I loved the way she forced Robin into her Amazing Maze in the Sandman episodes.  And she finished that off nicely by electrifying the maze.

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Reply #5 - 03/13/08 at 2:33pm
 
Dellweasel,

     I think Catws oman's romantic interest in Batman develops in her next appearance when Batman saves one of her lives.

     In her first two stories she tries to kill our heroes at the episode break, but in the next story she tries to destroy their minds while leaving their bodies intact and converting Btman to evil with the mousetrap.

     Stay tuned for more analysis as these eps are discussed.

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Reply #6 - 03/15/08 at 5:43am
 
dellweasel wrote on 03/13/08 at 4:18am:
I thought they could have worked the Catwoman wanting Batman angle better than they did.  I think it would have worked better if she had wanted him to be her partner, but subservient to her.  If he wouldn't agree, she would be happy to kill him in a painful manner.


I agree 100 percent.

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 They pulled it off best in the episodes with Pussycat where Batman was tied to teh giant mousetrap and Catwoman was happy to tease him and kill him if necessary.  Don't get me wrong, they had some really silly stuff in this episode (the mousetrap to name one), but they played the "romantic stuff" the best in that cliffhanger.


I agree they played the 'romantic stuff' better in those eps, except for the silly 'What about Robin?' 'I know, we'll kill him' Bat/Cat banter at the end. I've said this before--I wish they would've used the Selina Kyle alter ego at least once or twice, instead of ignoring it.

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I also preferred her purely evil.  I loved the way she forced Robin into her Amazing Maze in the Sandman episodes.  And she finished that off nicely by electrifying the maze.

dw

Agreed. Even though CW was 'tacked on' to the Sandman eps, I liked her no-nonsense approach in those eps and the way she treated her henchwomen like indentured servants. Very fitting for a smart and sexy supervillainess.
  

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Reply #7 - 03/19/08 at 6:12am
 
Interesting analysis. I watched the one with Lesley Gore tonight. I just sit transfixed when Julie is on the screen. I can never get enough Julie Newmar! I understand perfectly why Batman would find himself attracted to Catwoman, despite her standing for everything that he is against. She is one hot Catbaby! I think the writing on the Catwoman eps was generally better than a lot of the shows in the second season.
  

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Reply #8 - 01/30/09 at 11:18am
 
Part 1 airs tonight!!
  
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Reply #9 - 01/30/09 at 6:49pm
 
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Reply #10 - 01/31/09 at 2:37am
 
Having seen "The Purr-fect Crime," I must say that I can understand why I liked Catwoman so much from the first time I saw her in 1966.  I enjoyed her very, very much, and 38 years later, created a Web site on her!

Some observations:
  • Her music seems to be a derivative of the music from the 1959 Twilight Zone episode, "Perchance to Dream," which starred Suzanne Lloyd as Maya the Cat Girl.  Very good choice for music!
  • Jock Mahoney received higher billing than Julie Newmar in the end credits, which seems odd.  But it happened during the First Season.
  • And in "Better Luck Next Time," Catwoman "loses" her life in a way that reminds one of Molly.


Definitely a fun start to one of the best characters in the Gotham universe!  Personally, I like her as more of a heroine, but so it goes ...
  
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Reply #11 - 01/31/09 at 3:48am
 


    I LOVE every episode with Julie as The Catwoman - she has always remained purrrrrrrrrfect !!!

    I liked it when she told Batman " TTFN " and Batman replied " and what does that mean ? " and she replied " Ta Ta For Now " priceless !!!


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Reply #12 - 02/02/09 at 5:12am
 
One thing I always wondered about is after Catwoman falls to her death and Batman and Robin find her cat inside the cave,why they didn't show the duo escorting Leo out of the cave handcuffed.Strangely Leo is neither seen nor heard of again after being gassed by Catwoman.I wonder if the orig.script had our heroes arrest him in the end.
  
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Reply #13 - 02/02/09 at 9:50am
 
Perhaps they hadn't got round to it yet?  Right after Catwoman falls, the enxt scene is of B&R walking through the cave, Robin wondering why she didn't let go of the loot and Batman musing that greed is an overpowering emotion.  Maybe after that they found Leo where Catwoman gassed him and took him to Police HQ, but we never saw it.
  

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Reply #14 - 02/03/09 at 7:55am
 
Could the knock out gas have worn off allowing Leo to slip away before he could be apprehended? Maybe, maybe not.

It would be a bit of an anti-climax to end the episode with Batman and Robin cuffing and reviving Leo after Catwoman's apparent demise.
  

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