Two reasons this episode fell flat. First, narrative interest concerns Jordan, the mayor's son, a character with whom young viewers, supposedly, are to identify. His features resemble the Joker's, so when he becomes enamored with the Joker (as Jekko the Clown) I expected him to don Joker facepaint at some point. That didnt happen. Jordan is not a spoiled kid; his father is insensitive to his needs, so his distrust of Batman and admiration of a childlike misfit like the Joker makes sense. The problem is that story potential lies with the mayor, who is too busy with his public image and courting the media to address his sons cries for attention. Batman, who grew up without a father, shoukd havebplenty to say to a neglectful dad, but that doesnt happen in this episode.
Second, the Joker's reason for attacking the mayor doesnt work. He is angered when the mayor says that he and Batman are "cut from the same This Joker condemns the comparison, whereas the true Joker would either agree with this statement or have no qualms about it.
Otherwise, several scenes in the closed carnival are fun to watch: the water torture cell, the roller coaster, the Joker hurling exploding baby dolls. The Joker has several funny lines, too, like calling Batman "the Caped
All in all, the premise doesnt work, rendering the entire story unnecessary. The real story is with the mayor.