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Batman (1992 TV Series) Episode: His Silicon Soul

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A group of thieves breaks into a warehouse owned by Cybertron, hoping to find and sell the company's advanced technologies. When they come upon a crate, Batman suddenly bursts out and attack them. During the fight, one of the thieves fires a gun at Batman, revealing, to everyone's shock, that his bo

Quote1 Could it be it had a soul, Alfred? A soul of silicon. . . But a soul, nonetheless. Quote2
--Batman



Appearing in "His Silicon Soul"

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Villains:

  • Batman Duplicant

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Synopsis for "His Silicon Soul"

A group of thieves breaks into a warehouse owned by Cybertron, hoping to find and sell the company's advanced technologies. When they come upon a crate, Batman suddenly bursts out and attack them. During the fight, one of the thieves fires a gun at Batman, revealing, to everyone's shock, that his body exposed with circuity. After the thieves are rounded up, the fake Batman is confused of what is happening and left for Wayne Manor moments before the police and the real Batman arrive.

The fake Batman arrives at the manor and pleads a frightened Alfred for help. Alfred recognize the fake Batman as one of Karl Rossum's robot duplicants and flees to the Batcave, where he releases a knockout gas. But the duplicant Batman is immune and removes Alfred's filter mask, causing him to succumb to the gas. The duplicant, believing himself to be the real Bruce Wayne who is trapped inside a robot body, begins to search for Karl Rossum.

The real Batman meets Karl Rossum, who has retired to a farm attended by his robots, and discuss of a possible Batman duplicant created by Rossum's former supercomputer H.A.R.D.A.C. Rossum could only provide that the police had confiscated everything created by H.A.R.D.A.C. Just as Batman leaves, the duplicant Batman arrives and requesting Rossum's help. Rossum tries to reason with the duplicant that he isn't the real Batman. Once the duplicant realize the truth, he demands of H.A.R.D.A.C.'s location despite Rossum's insistence that the supercomputer was destroyed. The real Batman intervenes and battles his counterpart, causing heavy damages to Rossum's greenhouse. The duplicant manages to escape but not before saving Rossum in the process.

The duplicant travels to a police warehouse and finds a processor, which contains the remnant of H.A.R.D.A.C.'s consciousness, and inserts it inside his skull based on an implanted directive. The newly restored H.A.R.D.A.C. explains to the duplicant that it created a duplicant based on Bruce Wayne but was unable to activate it when the supercomputer was destroyed by Batman. The duplicant's memories was damaged and was took into police custody. With the Batman duplicant under its control, H.A.R.D.A.C. continues its plan of replacing humanity with duplicants. Batman traces the duplicant and fights it again, but he is overpowered and thrown into a river.

The duplicant return to the Batcave and installs H.A.R.D.A.C.'s processor into the Batcomputer, beginning a five-minute downloading process that will revive H.A.R.D.A.C. and giving it access to controlling over the world's computers and defense system, thus having the world under its mercy. Batman soon arrives and once again battle the duplicant while trying to convince his counterpart to stop the upload by pointing out the fact that he still has human senses and qualities like the real Batman when he saved Rossum and is unwilling to kill. The duplicant cause Batman to apparently fall to his death and he is horrified of what he had done. Coming to the realization that H.A.R.D.A.C. will kill many millions of lives if its upload is complete, the duplicant sacrifice itself to destroying the Batcomputer, ending H.A.R.D.A.C. for good. Batman is revealed to be alive and is helped by Alfred. The two watch over the duplicant's selfless action, wondering if maybe he did have a soul, despite being a machine.

Notes

  • This is the 62nd episode to be produced and the 43rd to be aired.

Trivia

  • Questioning whether or not synthetic life forms have souls is a key part of the Philip K. Dick story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"


See Also

Cast

Character Actor
Batman/Bruce WayneKevin Conroy
Alfred PennyworthEfrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Commissioner James GordonBob Hastings
Doctor Karl RossumWilliam Sanderson
H.A.R.D.A.C.Jeff Bennett
BatcomputerRichard Moll

Recommended Media

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