Flash:This is the last straw, Scarecrow!
Batman:Your Halloween trail of terror dead-ends here.
Premiered March 20, 2009.
|Scarecrow poisons a pumpkin.
|Scream Queen screams from the sky.
|Flash grabs the pumpkins just in time!
|Scarecrow comes at Batman with a scythe!
The Seasonal Spookiness continues when Batman time-travels back to Victorian London. His friend Jason Blood, better known as Etrigan the Demon, has been accused of supernatural crimes. Several women have been found in a catatonic state.
An angry mob captures Blood and plans to kill him. But the real culprit is "Gentleman" Jim Craddock (Greg Ellis), who is being assisted behind the scenes by a demon named Asteroth (Tony Todd).
|Jim Craddock plots an evil scheme.
I'll be honest, the only "actual" Halloween portion of "Trials Of The Demon" lasts about 4 minutes and takes place during the episode's cold opening.
|Scarecrow's hideout isn't much of a hideout!
|Asteroth prepares to take a swing at the Batman.
It's a lot of fun to watch Batman team with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. There's a funny scene where they try to deduce each other's name. The Demon Etrigan (and his alter ego Jason Blood) was created by comics legend Jack "King" Kirby. I think Kirby would've been proud of the way Etrigan is portrayed here.
|Two of the greatest (fictional) detectives meet for the first time.
|Etrigan creates a more "Victorian" costume for Batman.
|Craddack and Holmes face off!
If I have any problems with the episode, it's the portrayal of Dr. Watson. There's a scene where Watson makes an incorrect deduction. This prompts Holmes calls him "an imbecile", which is mean, and the viewers are meant to agree with the detective.
|He's the fastest man alive, but can Flash outrun the scream of Scream Queen?!
|Batman throws a flying kick at Craddock.
J.A. Morris' rating:
3 jack o'lanterns.