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Episode #21 - Fire and Ice
Original Airdate - May 28th, 2005

Firefly and Mr. Freeze make an unlikely pair, as they join forces to plunge Gotham into a permanent winter. With the entire police force "iced over", the Batman is the city's only hope for survival.

Review by Stu
Media by Gareb
Credits
Supervising Producer Duane Capizzi
Supervising Producer Michael Goguen
Producer Linda M. Steiner, Jeff Matsuda
Associate Producer Kimberley A. Smith
Written by Joseph Kuhr
Directed by Sam Liu
Animation by Dong Yang Animation
Music by Thomas Chase Jones

Voices
Rino Romano as The Batman
Alastair Duncan as Alfred
Ming-Na as Detective Ellen Yin
Clancy Brown as Mr. Freeze
Jason Marsden as Firefly
Jesse Corti as Chief Rojas

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Review

With this season's track record jumping up and down constantly, it's hard to say whether or not this show is worth recommending to anyone, as you can absolutely love the previous week's episodes and spend the rest of the week dreading the upcoming episode. Episodes like this don't help the problem, but don't add to it either.

Story-wise, this episode had very little going for it. The villains had no reason to team up, hell, Firefly had absolutely no reason to be there, there was no motivation as to why they wanted to completely freeze the city over and to be completely honest, in this particular episode; it really doesn't matter, not in the slightest. The episode is still a must see.

True, the episode gains points because it's doesn't suffer from the same cringe worthy scenes and there are very few, if any 'eye rolling' moments, but that's not the reason why this should, nay, must be recommended to all. It's because the episode is simply beautiful to watch. The camera angles, the animation the backgrounds, the layouts, storyboarding is all absolutely perfect throughout, and is easily The Batman's finest visual fest, which is a great accomplishment considering just how good this show actually looks. Even the use of CG doesn't stick out. The winter setting looks stunning in The Batman's Gotham City, just as is it did in Batman: The Animated Series' "A Bullet For Bullock."

So, in the rarest of events, this reviewer isn't especially bothered that the villains lacked any development, the story was silly to begin with and the lack of any spark in Joseph Kuhr's (great screen name!) script. The 20 minutes just flew by, as I was simply absorbed in the episodes beauty.
And if you don't believe me, well, watch and learn.

 

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