|Batman Beyond episode|
|"The Last Resort"|
|Airdate:||March 4, 2000 (USA)|
|Animation Services by:||Koko/Dong Yang|
|Written by:||Stan Berkowitz|
|Directed by:||Curt Geda|
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"The Last Resort" is the sixteenth episode of the second season of Batman Beyond. It depicts the founding of a rehabilitation clinic for troubled kids, which becomes hugely popular with the parents of Gotham City. However, Terry becomes suspicious and investigates, finding that the clinic's doctor is subjecting his "students" to brainwashing.
While patrolling the skies of Gotham, Batman goes over a few updates on school events with Max. Just then, Batman hears sirens blare and sees a renegade truck giving the police a lot of trouble. Batman intervenes but the truck is stronger than the Batmobile and the driver is flying like a madman. Fortunately, Batman manages to stop the driver: Sean Miller, a student in his history class.
Later, the chase forms part of a commercial for a new rehabilitation clinic for troubled adolescents. The clinic's founder, Dr. David Wheeler, reminds parents that new laws are imposing strict punishments on the parents of truants, and assures them that his methods can help troubled kids become normal and well-adjusted again.
The clinic proves to be so popular that soon Hamilton Hill High School is nearly empty. One of Terry's classes has only eight students left. Chelsea is sure that the clinic is to blame, and sends a protesting e-mail to Principal Nakamura. The Principal tells Chelsea's father about the email, and he seizes on the excuse to enroll Chelsea in the clinic. Knowing that Chelsea is not "troubled", Terry, Max and Dana are suspicious at how readily the clinic admits her.
At the clinic, located on a ranch just outside the city, Chelsea wanders around and is rudely greeted by Sean, who is already trying to pick a fight. She tries to leave him by going to a friend of hers, Adam Stepnik. However, Adam is totally unresponsive to her and she notices that he's painting a blank canvas using a brush with no paint. Sean sneers that Adam is still under the effects of the "ISO". Then the students are herded into "class".
Outside, Batman is eavesdropping through the wall. The class consists of the students being forced to stand for hours on end, listening to Dr. Wheeler yelling at them that they are worthless and he is the only one who can help them. They cannot leave for any reason, even going to the bathroom. A boy tries to speak up, and Wheeler orders his guards to drag him away to the ISO as punishment. Bruce identifies Wheeler's methods as a form of brainwashing, used by cults and sometimes on prisoners of war. Disgusted, Batman leaves, though he has some difficulty evading the ranch's high-security systems.
Back in the Batcave, Terry says they have enough evidence to go to the police, but Bruce reminds him that the suit recordings have no legal providence. So, Terry decides to go undercover as himself.
He enters the ranch to pay Chelsea a friendly visit, carrying a plastic video camera that slips through the gate's metal detector. Unfortunately, the desk guard confiscates his backpack with the Batsuit in it.
On the way in, he passes a boy being visited by his parents, who is begging to be taken away from the ranch. Terry is told that Chelsea cancelled their appointment, but doesn't believe it. Fortunately, at that moment the boy breaks down and tries to escape through the gate, distracting the security guards. Terry slips inside the ranch and hides in an air duct.
Seeing Chelsea pass, he pulls her aside, and she says she was told Terry was the one who cancelled. He takes out the recorder and she describes the abusive conditions at the ranch, and explains what the ISO is: a sensory deprivation tank that blocks out all feeling and sound, making the subject feel totally isolated. Reaching the end of her control, Chelsea breaks down crying and says she has to get out. Now that he has the evidence he needs, Terry promises to help her as soon as he can return with the police.
But as he's about to leave the ranch, Sean stops him, trying to pick a fight. Terry keeps going, but Sean attacks him, bringing both Wheeler and his security guards. Sean is sentenced to the ISO, and Terry is searched, turning up the camera. Terry is taken prisoner as well. Wheeler says that if anyone comes for Terry, they'll destroy the camera and challenge his claims in court, but if no one comes, they will do away with him after an ISO session.
That night, Sean taunts Terry through the wall between their cells, describing the horrible experience he's in for. However, Terry convinces Sean to cooperate with him so that they can escape from the ranch.
Morning comes and the two are taken to the ISO chambers but at Terry's signal, they attack the guards and manage to escape. Sean gets hold of the master keycard and uses it to release all the students from their cells. While the security guards are trying to round up the students, Terry retrieves his backpack and suits up. With Batman's help, the students overwhelm the guards.
But Batman hears Dr. Wheeler pleading for mercy, and sees Sean dangling him off a high wall. Batman pleads for Sean to stop, saying that he's now redeemed himself, he's a hero. Sean laughs this off and drops Wheeler, forcing Batman to save him.
The students run outside, where the police and their parents have arrived. Most of the students reunite with their parents, but Chelsea gives her father the cold shoulder, showing she still hasn't forgiven him. Wheeler and his guards are arrested. Terry and Bruce watch sadly as Sean is also taken into custody. The ranch may have been a fake, but that doesn't change the fact that there are still troubled kids.
- Terry alludes to "Zeta" and "Meltdown" when he makes a joke about chasing "renegade synthoids" and "living heads".
- Jurgen and Blade have broken up; in "The Eggbaby", they are back together.
Background information Edit
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Production notes Edit
- "Zeta" was produced before this episode, but it aired much later, which is why Terry's reference about "renegade synthoids" seems out of place.
Production inconsistencies Edit
- When Bruce points out that taking the recording they have to the police isn't plausible, Terry's Batsuit is seen in the display case with a blue emblem.
- This is the first episode in which Terry does not throw a Batarang.
- There are some similarities between this episode and the original Star Trek episode "Dagger of the Mind", in which an outwardly respectable psychiatrist is using torture and hypnosis to force his version of "right" thinking on his patients.
- Rachel Leigh Cook replaces Yvette Lowenthal as the voice of Chelsea.
- Bruce shoots down Terry's idea of going to the police because the recordings from the Batsuit's microphones are inadmissible as evidence; oddly, in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Terry gives such a recording to the police when Jordan Pryce is arrested. However Bruce points out that he'd have a hard time explaining where he'd gotten the recording as the reason.
See also Edit
|Will Friedle|| Terry McGinnis / Batman|
|Kevin Conroy||Bruce Wayne|
|Rachael Leigh Cook|| Chelsea|
Donnie's mother (uncredited)
|John Ritter||Dr. David Wheeler|
|Sam McMurray|| Chelsea's Dad|
|Cree Summer||Maxine Gibson|
|Lauren Tom|| Dana Tan|
Girl in clinic (uncredited)
Uncredited appearances Edit
Terry McGinnis: Let me see if I got all this: Jurgen is breaking up with Blade so he can see Chris, but Chris is interested in Eric, who doesn't want to date anybody. Now wait a minute, that doesn't sound like Eric to me.
Terry: What do we need more evidence for? You taped the feed from my fingertip mikes, didn't you? All you gotta do is take it to the authorities.
Terry: Some jobs are just too tough for Batman. That's when Terry McGinnis swings into action.
(Sean is holding Wheeler over a long drop)
Bruce: I got worried when you didn't come back.
Bruce: I hope you don't think this place was typical.
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