Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 51

Robin's Reckoning (1)

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Feb 07, 1993 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Robin has been left out in the cold on the current case Batman is working on. Batman's outrageous rejection of Robin's involvement in the case has Robin even more anxious as to what is going on. Unwilling to take Batman's orders, Robin finds out what Batman is hiding him from.moreless

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  • Nice

    It's always great to watch Batman, but it's even greater when you have in front of you a very interesting and developing story of it. And this episode it's one of them. What can I say? I was always wondering in how circumstances Robin became Robin, and with this plot, I finally understand. And it's not a lame story, it's a very good one! The boys made another reason (among many others) why to continue to watch Batman. It's very nice how they put it all together, it made the whole story different, interesting and original too. I can wait to see what's next in this season. And the conclusion: another great episode of Batman.moreless
  • Batman tries to keep Robin from joining him on a mission that leads Robin furrious and he decides to take matters in his own hands.

    In my opinion this is the best episode of any Batman series pain and simple. In the beginning we get to see an antsy Robin (Dick Grayson), unable to sit still and itching to get in on some action. Just like he's supposed to be. We also are rewarded with Batman's 'selective hearing' to Dick's nagging and boredom. Very endeering. Finally the goons arrive and the action starts. Robin jumps into action with plenty of great moves for your entertaining pleasure. Finally they are left with one goon to terrorize into answering questions on the mob boss they are after. We get to see another great side of Batman and Robin as they decide to leave the goon hanging on by a thread 40 stories up. Batman orders Robin a very unhappy off site when he finds out the name of the mob boss. Batman drops Robin off at the Batcave and refuses to bring him in for the bust. Robin finds out that the boss Batman is taking down is Tony Zucco. The murder of his parents. Robin is furrious that Batman kept him out of his life long mission to make Tony pay for his sins.moreless
  • Rise of a hero

    This was the first time there was a Batman episode that was purely about Robin. This two parter actually won an emmy and it's not hard to see why because it's a rather emotional roller coaster that doesn't let you go to the very end. You can't help but emphise with Dick grason from seeing his parent geting killed in front of his eyes at the circus, we never actually see it we only see a cut wire and bar swinging but that devistating enough because we know what happened, almost put a tear in my eye just seeing what he has to go though afterward from moving away from home to the anger he feels when denied his revenge, the emotion on his face felt real. You actually want Robin to catch the murderer and hurt him, but also question how far he will go in his quest for revenge. But Robin's aggressive indepedant attitude not just helps him come on his own but forshadows the superhero character he will become in the future of the Batman series, Nightwing.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Robin looks up Tony Zucco's file on the Batcomputer one of his aliases is "Sid the Squid." In the episode "The Man Who Killed Batman" that is the nickname of the small time hood who is believed to have killed Batman.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Robin: If I knew I would have take this long I would have brought my homework.
      Batman: Uh-huh.
      Robin: Are you sure about this extorsion thing?
      Batman: Uh-huh.
      Robin: It's been four hours.
      Batman: Uh-huh.
      Robin: Lucky for me, you're such a good conversationalist.

    • Batman: Alright, scum bucket, it's you, me and thirty stories. You're gonna tell me exactly what I want to know.

    • Batman: If you protect him, Stromwell, I'll be very... grumpy. You don't wanna see me grumpy.

  • NOTES (8)

    • This episode is episode 4 on the Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2 DVD.

    • This episode along with "Robin's Reckoning, Part 2" was released on VHS as The New Adventures Of Batman & Robin: Robin.

    • Laren Bright and Alan Burnett were the story editors of "Robin's Reckoning Part 1 and 2".

      But Laren Bright is also responsible for the development of the story of "Robin's Reckoning". Although Laren Bright is uncredited in the episode as a writer, still he wrote some of the major scenes in the episode.

      For Example, Laren Bright wrote the scene where Robin has Zucco against the pier railing and is ready to kill him and Batman steps in and talks him down from his rage.

    • Dick Grayson's defiance in this two-parter foreshadows the changes to come years later during the Gotham Knights series.

    • Also appearing in the flashback story is James Gordon, at the moment only a lieutenant, and Harvey Bullock, when he was an officer.

    • Arnold Stromwell from It's Never Too Late appears in the flashback part of the episode, back when he was a big crime lord; it's revealed that he is Tony Zucco's uncle.

    • This episode included Robin's origin. The origin is also included in Detective Comics #38 (April 1940).

    • 1993 Emmy Winner: This episode garnered Alan Burnett, Jean MacCurdy, Eric Radomski, Randy Rogel, Tom Ruegger, Dick Sebast, and Bruce Timm an emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less).