Episode #032 - Robin's Reckoning: Part 1
Original Airdate - February 7th, 1993
When Batman and Robin bust up an extortion, Batman learns the name of
the gang leader. To Robin's surprise, he refuses to let Robin
continue the investigating with him, preferring to work alone instead.
When Robin discovers the truth, he finds that the case is connected
with Tony Zucco, a gangster who was responsible for the death of Robin's
Media by Borg4of3
Review by Robin III
Written by Randy Rogel
Directed by Dick Sebast
Music Composed by Carlos Rodriguez
Animation by Spectrum Animation Studio
Kevin Conroy as Batman
Bob Hastings as Commissioner Gordon
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred
Paul Eiding as Dolan
Loren Lester as Robin
Eugene Roche as Stromwell
Joey Simmrin as Robin-Age 10
Thomas Wilson as Zucco
Additional voices: Ed Gilbert, Diane Pershing, Brion James,
ROBIN: If I knew it was going to be this long I would have
brought my homework! You sure about this extortion ring?
ROBIN: It's been four hours
ROBIN: You still think they'll show?
ROBIN: Lucky for me you're such a good conversationalist.
BATMAN TURNS TO THE SABOTEUR HANGING FROM AN I-BEAM.
BATMAN: Now, who's behind this little enterprise?
SABOTEUR: I ain't saying nothing until I see my lawyer.
BATMAN: Suit yourself. Let's go.
SABOTEUR: Wait! Wait! You gotta help me! I mean-- The cops wouldn't
BATMAN: We're not the police. You want help? I want a name. Who's your
SABOTEUR: I can't ! I can't say nothing! He'll tear me apart!
ROBIN: Oh, then you've got a problem.
SABOTEUR: Whoa! Hey! C'mon! For pity's sake! Ahh! Ahhhit's Marin! Billy
BATMAN: All right, scumbucket. It's you, me and thirty storeys. You're
gonna tell me exactly what I want to know.
BATMAN: You know the rules: There are times I can't explain my--
ROBIN: --my actions, even to you. Hey, that line worked great in 6th
grade, but incase you hadn't noticed--
BATMAN: We'll discuss this later!
ROBIN: You ever hear of a crook named Billy Marin, Alfred?
ALFRED: Hmm. Can't say that I have, but I'm not one to peruse post
ROBIN: I think Batman has.
ROBIN ACCESSES THE CRIMINAL FILES.
ROBIN: There. Billy Marin alias Simon Dirks, Sid the Squid, Killer
Coburn, Punky Lesh. . . But who is he really?
THE COMPUTER PUTS UP A FILE ON THE REAL CROOK.
ROBIN: Tony Zucco?
ALFRED: Oh, my word!
PERFORMER: That Grayson kid is a real boy wonder!
THUG: You do an awful lot of wondering for someone we ain't ever seen
before. What'd you say your name was?
BRUCE (in disguise): Smith.
THUG: Smith. That wouldn't be Detective Smith, would it? Or maybe
BATMAN: Now, about Zucco. . .
THUG #2: No way. I ain't no squealer. You'll get nothing outta me, you
BATMAN CRACKS HIS KNUCKLES.
THUG #2: Stromwell! He's with Stromwell! His uncle! Okay? All right?
BATMAN: If you protect him, Stromwell, I'll be very. . . grumpy. You
don't want to see me when I'm grumpy.
ZUCCO: Now I've got you, you lousy, stinking. . .
BRUCE: I know it must be very difficult.
DICK: If only I could have stopped him. I saw him coming out of the
tent; I knew he didn't belong there!
BRUCE: I know. You keep thinking. . . 'If only I could have done
something differently. . . If only I could have. . . warned them.' But
there isn't anything you could have done. There isn't anything either of
us could have done.
DICK: Your mom and dad?
DICK: Does the hurt ever go away?
BRUCE: I wish I could say yes, but it will get better in time. For you.
That I promise.
Review: Probably the most
dramatic of any of the Batman Animated Series Episodes delving into Dick
Grayson's past and the tragic events that brought him under the Batman's
proverbial wing. The most dramatic scene of all (in my opinion) is not
when Dick's parents die, but when Bruce talks to dick about both of
their parents death, and he tells Dick the blunt truth that the pain
will always be there. This scene is accentuated by Dick grabbing Bruce
in a hug and then the voice over of the present beginning with Robin
yelling at Batman.
The animation was simply the most gorgeous animation and drawing ever!
While the simplicity may have been lost in many shades of colour, it was
made up for with unbelievably smooth movements and quality character
drawing - maintaining correct proportions.
The fun highlight of the episode has to be the very first scene where
Batman and Robin take on a group of contract saboteurs. Once the group
is dealt with, Batman interrogates a remaining thug who is clenching for
his life to an I-beam. The scene is extremely comical, while maintaining
Batman's dark mood and subtlety.
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