With the first season of Batman: The Animated Series completed, most of the 1993-1994 season we saw of new Batman stuff was in the theatrically released Mask Of The Phantasm movie. After the film was released, new episode of Batman: TAS returned starting in May 1994 and the show was under a new moniker in The Adventures Of Batman & Robin seeing as how Robin was now being add more into the episodes of the series that would follow. Even the theme song got a change over for the new name:
The first episode of the second season was Sideshow, aired first on May 3, 1994 with a script by Michael Reaves, who wrote the story, and Brynne Stephens and directed by Boyd Kirkland.
En route to an upstate prison, Killer Croc escapes and leads Batman on a dangerous chase through the wilderness. After throwing Batman temporarily off his trail, the reptile-man takes refuge with a group of retired circus freaks, and convinces them to help him. When Batman arrives, Croc and the freaks band together to capture him.
This was definitely a better Killer Croc episode than the first one we saw him in with Vendetta, they actually did a pretty good job of combining a Dennis O’Neill story by also adding Killer Croc in it while also throwing in elements of Freaks, there’s so much there that would’ve been considered clutter and too much but they find a way to make it work all around.
The animation looks pretty damn good here too, we’re now at the point where the animation for the series stays pretty impressive for the majority of the season, you’ll get one or two episodes with some mediocre animation but it certainly better than the number of badly animated episodes we got in the first season.
Sideshow as a whole is really solid, great animation, a better Killer Croc story, and great action. Season two is starting off on a positive note so far.