Episode 8: Dracula
Episode 7 (Holiday Special!): Hans Gruber
Episode 6: Darth Vader
Episode 5: Dr. Evil
Episode 4: The Joker
This episode brings a history and analysis of Batman’s nemesis, the Joker. The Joker is an intriguing villain because he is unpredictable, wild, and irrational. This episode looks at different versions of the clown prince of crime in comics and film to see how he is the perfect embodiment of evil.
Episode 3: Freddy Krueger
In A Nightmare on Elm Street and its sequels, the great villain Freddy Krueger terrorizes and murders his victims in their sleep. Freddy is such a terrifying creature because he cannot be defined or contained. Since sleep cannot be avoided, no one is safe.
Episode 2: The Wicked Witch of the West
Episode 2 examines L. Frank Baum’s great villain from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the ways she has been adapted in the 1939 film and in the novel and play Wicked. Her character allows us to think about how we define good and evil. The Wicked Witch has been portrayed as the epitome of evil, but she has also been adapted into a philanthropic figure who is labeled as evil by society.
Episode 1: Mr Hyde
Episode 1 discusses Mr. Hyde from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This segment focuses on degeneration and monstrosity in the nineteenth century and the ways in which Mr. Hyde has been adapted over time to actually become a heroic figure.