Batman – The Ring of Wax / Give ‘Em the Axe

by Alan Rapp on January 26, 2017

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  • Title: Batman – The Ring of Wax / Give ‘Em the Axe
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Batman - The Ring of Wax / Give 'Em the Axe TV review

For Throwback Thursday we take a look back at another episode of the classic 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. Wax is the name of the game in this two-parter which features the return of the Riddler (Frank Gorshin) who smuggles in a new Universal Wax Solvent into the country inside a wax replica of himself. After causing a scene at the Gotham wax museum, the Riddler makes off with his prize which he plans to put to good use. Following clues left at the scene of the crime, the Dynamic Duo head to the public library where they run into a very sticky situation (so to speak). The next time Batman and Robin catch up with the Riddler things don’t go any better as they are left hanging over a vat of boiling wax in the cliffhanger scene.

These episodes do have a peculiar wax motif that doesn’t seem to necessarily fit its villain, but that doesn’t seem to bother the Riddler in the least as Gorshin is having a grand old time. Not to spoil anything, but Batman and Robin make it out alive only for the Boy Wonder to be taken hostage again (and be saved by Batman). Then, turning the tables on the crooks, the Dynamic Duo leap into action, stop the Riddler, relieve him of his infamous compound capable of eating through any vault door ever made, and save the museum’s ancient Incan sarcophagus (and the treasures locked inside) from the villain’s clutches. Once again, Gotham is saved thanks to the Dynamic Duo.

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