Episodes 32&33, season 2 of Batman the Animated Series: Robin's Reckoning
This episode depicts the start of the separation between Batman and Robin, the Dynamic Duo. Even though they don't actually separate until season 3, you can see when you watch this that there is a rousing tension between the Dynamic Duo and that Robin is very angry at Batman for ordering him around.
The plot for Robin's Reckoning, pt.1 is very simple. Tony Zucco(The killer of Dick Grayson's parents as huge Batman fans such as moi already know) is leaving Gotham city. Okay, yeah, not exactly an "Almost Got 'Em" awesome plot but, in part two the story goes deeper. Part two reveals to the people who don't already know (unlike moi, once again,) that when the Haley Circus did not pay Tony Zucco's protection fee, the gangster sabotaged the trapeze wires, and that led to the death of Dick Grayson, a young acrobats' parents. Dick Grayson is adopted by Bruce Wayne, for the young billionaire knows what this child is feeling, losing his parents to a gangster. (If you don't know why, why are you reading this!!) Dick Grayson seeks revenge, but is almost killed by the gangster who killed his parents. This is when Batman comes in and reveals himself to his ward as his adoptive father.
Next, viewers assume is when Dick Grayson becomes Robin and the Dynamic Duo is formed. But the episode's flash back end's before that actually takes place. Robin, learning of Tony Zucco's whereabouts and confronts him by almost running him over with his bike. Batman appears after a fight with the rest of Zucco's gang and tells Dick that his reason for reluctancy of letting Robin confront Zucco is in fear that Zucco might kill Dick, as he killed his parents.
Out of 10 stars, this episode gets a 7 out of 10. I recommend this to anyone with a love for Dick Grayson and a hankering for a good 45 minutes of T.V.
- Xavi Golden, huge fan of Dick Grayson, and an even larger Batman fan. Next, fan art that is a real depiction of the character