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Robert Kaiser
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      07-20-2004

What is the best viewing order for the new "Batman: The Animated Series" DVD
set? I have read that these episodes are presented in production order. Is
this correct? Even if so, is the production order the same order that they
were intended to be viewed in?

Generally, the order in which the episodes originally aired is usually the
preferred viewing order; however I am aware that even this is not always
true. (Sometimes a delay or accident causes a few episodes to be aired out
of their intended order.)

As such, any links to a website which gives a suggested viewing order would
be much appreciated.

Robert



 
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      07-20-2004
In article <K2bLc.115859$(E-Mail Removed)>,
Robert Kaiser <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> What is the best viewing order for the new "Batman: The Animated Series" DVD
> set? I have read that these episodes are presented in production order. Is
> this correct? Even if so, is the production order the same order that they
> were intended to be viewed in?
>

Generally, yes. They're putting the two part episodes back to back,
even though they often weren't together production wise, so that covers
that problem.

> Generally, the order in which the episodes originally aired is usually the
> preferred viewing order; however I am aware that even this is not always
> true. (Sometimes a delay or accident causes a few episodes to be aired out
> of their intended order.)
>

There's no real continuity, so they can be viewed in any order. There
is character development to some degree, but it's spread out.

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'Invid Fan' Not a help, you'll admit, to agreement between us."
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      07-20-2004
Batman Fans - Are these really good? I am retired and just starting to get
into Batman, Spiderman et al. and I want to know if this is a good series.

Thanks

Rob
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Mike de la Fuente
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      07-20-2004
Robert Kaiser wrote:

> What is the best viewing order for the new "Batman: The Animated Series" DVD
> set? I have read that these episodes are presented in production order. Is
> this correct? Even if so, is the production order the same order that they
> were intended to be viewed in?
>
> Generally, the order in which the episodes originally aired is usually the
> preferred viewing order; however I am aware that even this is not always
> true. (Sometimes a delay or accident causes a few episodes to be aired out
> of their intended order.)
>
> As such, any links to a website which gives a suggested viewing order would
> be much appreciated.
>
> Robert
>
>
>

If you are interested in watching it in the order in which they were
originally aired, TvTome has them listed so:

http://www.tvtome.com/BatmanTheAnima...es/eplist.html
 
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      07-20-2004
http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/(E-Mail Removed) says...

> Robert Kaiser wrote:
>
>> What is the best viewing order for the new "Batman: The Animated Series" DVD
>> set? I have read that these episodes are presented in production order. Is
>> this correct? Even if so, is the production order the same order that they
>> were intended to be viewed in?
>>
>> Generally, the order in which the episodes originally aired is usually the
>> preferred viewing order; however I am aware that even this is not always
>> true. (Sometimes a delay or accident causes a few episodes to be aired out
>> of their intended order.)
>>
>> As such, any links to a website which gives a suggested viewing order would
>> be much appreciated.

>
> If you are interested in watching it in the order in which they were
> originally aired, TvTome has them listed so:
>
> http://www.tvtome.com/BatmanTheAnima...es/eplist.html


However, more to the point, it really doesn't make any difference. By and
large, the stories are completely stand-alone, and it won't make any
difference whether you view them in production order or broadcast order.

There are some exceptions. But in those cases -- such as "Night of the Ninja"
& "Day of the Samurai", and "Heart of Steel" & "His Silicon Soul" (all of
which will be in later volumes) -- you will see them in the correct order
regardless of whether you watch the set in broadcast or production order.

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Invid Fan
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      07-20-2004
In article <y3eLc.3029$(E-Mail Removed)>, ShadowRaptor
<(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> Batman Fans - Are these really good? I am retired and just starting to get
> into Batman, Spiderman et al. and I want to know if this is a good series.
>

Hell yes Oh, there's the occational bad episode, and WB had to fire
one of the Japanese/Korean studios they were using (out of the four or
so that worked on the show) because they couldn't animate anything on
model, but this series has some amazing episodes.

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'Invid Fan' Not a help, you'll admit, to agreement between us."
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Robert Kaiser
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      07-22-2004
"ShadowRaptor" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote :
> Batman Fans - Are these really good? I am retired and just starting to get
> into Batman, Spiderman et al. and I want to know if this is a good series.


I bought the set this week, and just watched the first six episodes. It was
really good stuff. I haven't found storytelling for adults in cartoons at
this level for quite some time. When you realize that they are dealing with
severe time constraints (an entire episode in 25 minutes), you have to be
amazed at the high quality of story telling they achieve. Good voice work,
too.

Oh, and the Art Deco artwork blows my mind. Really nice stuff.

Robert



 
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Jordan Lund
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      07-23-2004
"Robert Kaiser" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:<K2bLc.115859$(E-Mail Removed)>...
> What is the best viewing order for the new "Batman: The Animated Series" DVD
> set? I have read that these episodes are presented in production order. Is
> this correct? Even if so, is the production order the same order that they
> were intended to be viewed in?


The production order is different than the broadcast order and even
then the series differs from production order by putting two-part
episodes together when they were both produced and aired farther
apart.

The most glaring error in using the production order is that you get a
Robin episode very early on. Robin wasn't introduced until much later
in the run so on some early episodes like "The Sewer King" it's now
logical to ask "Hey, where's Robin?" when on the airdate run you
hadn't even seen Robin yet.

I found the broadcast order at http://www.tvtome.com:

Season 1
1. 1-1 513 05-Sep-1992 The Cat and the Claw
2. 1-2 501 06-Sep-1992 On Leather Wings
3. 1-3 514 07-Sep-1992 Heart of Ice
4. 1-4 520 08-Sep-1992 Feat of Clay
5. 1-5 521 09-Sep-1992 Feat of Clay, Part II
6. 1-6 511 10-Sep-1992 It's Never Too Late
7. 1-7 522 11-Sep-1992 Joker's Favor
8. 1-8 516 12-Sep-1992 The Cat and the Claw, Part II
9. 1-9 505 14-Sep-1992 Pretty Poison
10. 1-10 503 15-Sep-1992 Nothing to Fear
11. 1-11 509 16-Sep-1992 Be a Clown
12. 1-12 526 17-Sep-1992 Appointment in Crime Alley
13. 1-13 507 18-Sep-1992 P.O.V.
14. 1-14 525 21-Sep-1992 The Clock King
15. 1-15 504 22-Sep-1992 The Last Laugh
16. 1-16 529 23-Sep-1992 Eternal Youth
17. 1-17 510 25-Sep-1992 Two-Face
18. 1-18 517 28-Sep-1992 Two-Face, Part II
19. 1-19 524 29-Sep-1992 Fear of Victory
20. 1-20 512 30-Sep-1992 I've Got Batman in My Basement
21. 1-21 523 05-Oct-1992 Vendetta
22. 1-22 519 06-Oct-1992 Prophecy of Doom
23. 1-23 508 08-Oct-1992 The Forgotten
24. 1-24 527 12-Oct-1992 Mad as a Hatter
25. 1-25 531 14-Oct-1992 The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy
26. 1-26 530 19-Oct-1992 Perchance to Dream
27. 1-27 506 21-Oct-1992 The Underdwellers
28. 1-28 534 26-Oct-1992 Night of the Ninja
29. 1-29 536 29-Oct-1992 The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne
30. 1-30 541 30-Oct-1992 Tyger, Tyger
31. 1-31 528 03-Nov-1992 Dreams in Darkness
32. 1-32 518 04-Nov-1992 Beware the Gray Ghost
33. 1-33 535 05-Nov-1992 Cat Scratch Fever
34. 1-34 549 09-Nov-1992 I Am the Night
35. 1-35 546 10-Nov-1992 Almost Got 'Im
36. 1-36 542 11-Nov-1992 Moon of the Wolf
37. 1-37 545 12-Nov-1992 Terror in the Sky
38. 1-38 502 13-Nov-1992 Christmas With the Joker
39. 1-39 538 16-Nov-1992 Heart of Steel
40. 1-40 544 17-Nov-1992 Heart of Steel, Part II
41. 1-41 539 18-Nov-1992 If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?
42. 1-42 540 19-Nov-1992 Joker's Wild
43. 1-43 560 20-Nov-1992 His Silicon Soul
44. 1-44 550 23-Nov-1992 Off Balance
45. 1-45 548 24-Nov-1992 What is Reality?
46. 1-46 533 10-Jan-1993 The Laughing Fish
47. 1-47 556 18-Jan-1993 Harley and Ivy
48. 1-48 555 24-Jan-1993 The Mechanic
49. 1-49 551 01-Feb-1993 The Man Who Killed Batman
50. 1-50 554 02-Feb-1993 Zatanna
51. 1-51 532 07-Feb-1993 Robin's Reckoning
52. 1-52 547 08-Feb-1993 Birds of a Feather
53. 1-53 537 14-Feb-1993 Robin's Reckoning, Part II
54. 1-54 558 22-Feb-1993 Blind as a Bat
55. 1-55 543 23-Feb-1993 Day of the Samurai
56. 1-56 515 24-Feb-1993 See No Evil
57. 1-57 559 03-May-1993 The Demon's Quest
58. 1-58 563 04-May-1993 The Demon's Quest, Part II
59. 1-59 564 10-May-1993 Read My Lips
60. 1-60 562 24-May-1993 Fire From Olympus

Season 2
61. 2-1 557 13-Sep-1993 Shadow of the Bat
62. 2-2 561 14-Sep-1993 Shadow of the Bat, Part II
63. 2-3 552 15-Sep-1993 Mudslide
64. 2-4 565 16-Sep-1993 The Worry Men
65. 2-5 553 17-Sep-1993 Paging the Crime Doctor

Feature Movie
F-1 25-Dec-1993 Mask of the Phantasm

Season 2
66. 2-6 570 02-May-1994 House And Garden
67. 2-7 566 03-May-1994 Sideshow
68. 2-8 569 09-May-1994 Avatar
69. 2-9 568 16-May-1994 Trial
70. 2-10 572 23-May-1994 Harlequinade

Season 3
71. 3-1 575 10-Sep-1994 Bane
72. 3-2 580 17-Sep-1994 Second Chance
73. 3-3 579 24-Sep-1994 Riddler's Reform
74. 3-4 576 01-Oct-1994 Baby-Doll
75. 3-5 573 08-Oct-1994 Time Out of Joint
76. 3-6 581 15-Oct-1994 Harley's Holiday
77. 3-7 583 05-Nov-1994 Make 'Em Laugh
78. 3-8 585 12-Nov-1994 Batgirl Returns
79. 3-9 582 19-Nov-1994 Lock-Up
80. 3-10 584 26-Nov-1994 Deep Freeze

Season 4
81. 4-1 571 11-Sep-1995 The Terrible Trio
82. 4-2 578 12-Sep-1995 Showdown
83. 4-3 574 13-Sep-1995 Catwalk
84. 4-4 567 14-Sep-1995 A Bullet for Bullock
85. 4-5 577 15-Sep-1995 The Lion & the Unicorn

Video
V-1 17-Mar-1998 Subzero
 
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      07-23-2004

"Jordan Lund" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> "Robert Kaiser" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message

news:<K2bLc.115859$(E-Mail Removed)>...
> > What is the best viewing order for the new "Batman: The Animated Series"

DVD
> > set? I have read that these episodes are presented in production order.

Is
> > this correct? Even if so, is the production order the same order that

they
> > were intended to be viewed in?

>
> The production order is different than the broadcast order and even
> then the series differs from production order by putting two-part
> episodes together when they were both produced and aired farther
> apart.
>
> The most glaring error in using the production order is that you get a
> Robin episode very early on. Robin wasn't introduced until much later
> in the run so on some early episodes like "The Sewer King" it's now
> logical to ask "Hey, where's Robin?" when on the airdate run you
> hadn't even seen Robin yet.
>
> I found the broadcast order at http://www.tvtome.com:
>
> Season 1
> 1. 1-1 513 05-Sep-1992 The Cat and the Claw
> 2. 1-2 501 06-Sep-1992 On Leather Wings
> 3. 1-3 514 07-Sep-1992 Heart of Ice
> 4. 1-4 520 08-Sep-1992 Feat of Clay
> 5. 1-5 521 09-Sep-1992 Feat of Clay, Part II
> 6. 1-6 511 10-Sep-1992 It's Never Too Late
> 7. 1-7 522 11-Sep-1992 Joker's Favor
> 8. 1-8 516 12-Sep-1992 The Cat and the Claw, Part II
> 9. 1-9 505 14-Sep-1992 Pretty Poison
> 10. 1-10 503 15-Sep-1992 Nothing to Fear
> 11. 1-11 509 16-Sep-1992 Be a Clown
> 12. 1-12 526 17-Sep-1992 Appointment in Crime Alley
> 13. 1-13 507 18-Sep-1992 P.O.V.
> 14. 1-14 525 21-Sep-1992 The Clock King
> 15. 1-15 504 22-Sep-1992 The Last Laugh
> 16. 1-16 529 23-Sep-1992 Eternal Youth
> 17. 1-17 510 25-Sep-1992 Two-Face
> 18. 1-18 517 28-Sep-1992 Two-Face, Part II
> 19. 1-19 524 29-Sep-1992 Fear of Victory
> 20. 1-20 512 30-Sep-1992 I've Got Batman in My Basement
> 21. 1-21 523 05-Oct-1992 Vendetta
> 22. 1-22 519 06-Oct-1992 Prophecy of Doom
> 23. 1-23 508 08-Oct-1992 The Forgotten
> 24. 1-24 527 12-Oct-1992 Mad as a Hatter
> 25. 1-25 531 14-Oct-1992 The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy
> 26. 1-26 530 19-Oct-1992 Perchance to Dream
> 27. 1-27 506 21-Oct-1992 The Underdwellers
> 28. 1-28 534 26-Oct-1992 Night of the Ninja
> 29. 1-29 536 29-Oct-1992 The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne
> 30. 1-30 541 30-Oct-1992 Tyger, Tyger
> 31. 1-31 528 03-Nov-1992 Dreams in Darkness
> 32. 1-32 518 04-Nov-1992 Beware the Gray Ghost
> 33. 1-33 535 05-Nov-1992 Cat Scratch Fever
> 34. 1-34 549 09-Nov-1992 I Am the Night
> 35. 1-35 546 10-Nov-1992 Almost Got 'Im
> 36. 1-36 542 11-Nov-1992 Moon of the Wolf
> 37. 1-37 545 12-Nov-1992 Terror in the Sky
> 38. 1-38 502 13-Nov-1992 Christmas With the Joker
> 39. 1-39 538 16-Nov-1992 Heart of Steel
> 40. 1-40 544 17-Nov-1992 Heart of Steel, Part II
> 41. 1-41 539 18-Nov-1992 If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?
> 42. 1-42 540 19-Nov-1992 Joker's Wild
> 43. 1-43 560 20-Nov-1992 His Silicon Soul
> 44. 1-44 550 23-Nov-1992 Off Balance
> 45. 1-45 548 24-Nov-1992 What is Reality?
> 46. 1-46 533 10-Jan-1993 The Laughing Fish
> 47. 1-47 556 18-Jan-1993 Harley and Ivy
> 48. 1-48 555 24-Jan-1993 The Mechanic
> 49. 1-49 551 01-Feb-1993 The Man Who Killed Batman
> 50. 1-50 554 02-Feb-1993 Zatanna
> 51. 1-51 532 07-Feb-1993 Robin's Reckoning
> 52. 1-52 547 08-Feb-1993 Birds of a Feather
> 53. 1-53 537 14-Feb-1993 Robin's Reckoning, Part II
> 54. 1-54 558 22-Feb-1993 Blind as a Bat
> 55. 1-55 543 23-Feb-1993 Day of the Samurai
> 56. 1-56 515 24-Feb-1993 See No Evil
> 57. 1-57 559 03-May-1993 The Demon's Quest
> 58. 1-58 563 04-May-1993 The Demon's Quest, Part II
> 59. 1-59 564 10-May-1993 Read My Lips
> 60. 1-60 562 24-May-1993 Fire From Olympus
>
> Season 2
> 61. 2-1 557 13-Sep-1993 Shadow of the Bat
> 62. 2-2 561 14-Sep-1993 Shadow of the Bat, Part II
> 63. 2-3 552 15-Sep-1993 Mudslide
> 64. 2-4 565 16-Sep-1993 The Worry Men
> 65. 2-5 553 17-Sep-1993 Paging the Crime Doctor
>
> Feature Movie
> F-1 25-Dec-1993 Mask of the Phantasm
>
> Season 2
> 66. 2-6 570 02-May-1994 House And Garden
> 67. 2-7 566 03-May-1994 Sideshow
> 68. 2-8 569 09-May-1994 Avatar
> 69. 2-9 568 16-May-1994 Trial
> 70. 2-10 572 23-May-1994 Harlequinade
>
> Season 3
> 71. 3-1 575 10-Sep-1994 Bane
> 72. 3-2 580 17-Sep-1994 Second Chance
> 73. 3-3 579 24-Sep-1994 Riddler's Reform
> 74. 3-4 576 01-Oct-1994 Baby-Doll
> 75. 3-5 573 08-Oct-1994 Time Out of Joint
> 76. 3-6 581 15-Oct-1994 Harley's Holiday
> 77. 3-7 583 05-Nov-1994 Make 'Em Laugh
> 78. 3-8 585 12-Nov-1994 Batgirl Returns
> 79. 3-9 582 19-Nov-1994 Lock-Up
> 80. 3-10 584 26-Nov-1994 Deep Freeze
>
> Season 4
> 81. 4-1 571 11-Sep-1995 The Terrible Trio
> 82. 4-2 578 12-Sep-1995 Showdown
> 83. 4-3 574 13-Sep-1995 Catwalk
> 84. 4-4 567 14-Sep-1995 A Bullet for Bullock
> 85. 4-5 577 15-Sep-1995 The Lion & the Unicorn
>
> Video
> V-1 17-Mar-1998 Subzero


Why did season 1 have 60 episodes and season 2 and 3 had only 10? Not to
mention season 4 with only 5. I guess that's why they never made the Batman
DVD's by seasons like with the Simpsons? (complete season 1, complete season
2,... and so on.)

Do you think the movies will be included in future releases? I know that
both Sub-Zero and Phantasm are available seperately now, but I guess there's
no point buying them if they're going to be included in the new sets.
Although I would love to get Mask of the Phantasm because it's in
Widescreen. ;o)

Stych.


 
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      07-23-2004
"Stychentyme" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> Why did season 1 have 60 episodes and season 2 and 3 had
> only 10? Not to mention season 4 with only 5.


It's complicated. When the series started, it was stripped
Monday through Friday, with occasional special episodes
airing on Saturday morning (the two parts of "The Cat and
the Claw", for example, aired on the Saturday mornings
bookending the series' debut week) or Sunday evenings.

If you look at the pattern of dates for the episodes, you'll
notice that after an initial barrage of episodes, you'd get
a lot of repeats, then they'd sprinkle out maybe two episodes
one week, then another two a few weeks later, and so on.

So, that initial "season" was stretched out over a long time.

As for seasons 3 & 4, well, some people think of those as
being a different series altogether, because by that time,
the show had been renamed from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES
to THE ADVENTURES OF BATMAN AND ROBIN. And the later was --
again obvious from the dates -- a weekly Saturday morning
show rather than stripped, so fewer episodes went a longer
way.

> I guess that's why they never made the Batman DVD's by
> seasons like with the Simpsons? (complete season 1,
> complete season 2,... and so on.)


For the most part, yes. But also because weekday-stripped
and Saturday morning kids shows don't necessarily follow
the same easily determined seasonal pattern that primetime
series do. Though THE SIMPSONS is animated, it's treated
-- and rightly so -- the same as live-action primetime
series.

The dividing line between seasons for this series -- and
others like it -- can be completely arbitrary. The reason
that TV Tome, and others, called episodes 66-70 "Season 2"
is because they're locked into the mentality that because
they aired the following September, they must be a new
season. But it makes more sense to think of them as being
the tail end of the first season (just as PTEN held back
the last few episodes of each season of BABYLON 5 to air
right before the next season began).

> Do you think the movies will be included in future releases?
> I know that both Sub-Zero and Phantasm are available
> seperately now, but I guess there's no point buying them
> if they're going to be included in the new sets. Although
> I would love to get Mask of the Phantasm because it's in
> Widescreen. ;o)


I think at this point that Warner is playing it all by ear.
They are continuing to release B:TAS in single disc releases
(they've got another one scheduled for October) with a two-
pronged marketing approach in mind: the single discs are
aimed towards the younger viewers, while the big sets are
aimed toward the older collectors.

With that in mind, I *suspect* that after they released all
the regular episodes (which should take four volumes), that
they'll release the movies together in a set, as they're
doing with the B5 movies. Note that there are three movies
(THE MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN is the third)...or four if you
include THE BATMAN/SUPERMAN MOVIE. But that's really just a
3-part episode of SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and therefore
properly belongs with that title.

-- jayembee
 
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