Episode #014 – Heart of Ice
Original Airdate – September 7th, 1992 (Weekday debut episode)
Mr. Freeze, thirsting for revenge against the sleazy CEO who destroyed his life, begins to steal various equipment from GothCorp. Batman’s sympathy is with Freeze, but first he has to stop him from using the equipment to destroy a building filled with innocent people in order to carry out his vendetta.
Media by Bird Boy, James Harvey
Review by Robin III
Written by Paul Dini
Directed by Bruce W. Timm
Supervising Composer Shirley Walker
Music Composed by Todd Hayen
Animation Services by Spectrum Animation Studio
Kevin Conroy as Batman / Bruce Wayne
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred Pennyworth
Michael Ansara as Mr Freeze / Victor Fries
Mari Devon as Summer Gleeson
Mark Hamill as Ferris Boyle
Michael Bell as Additional Voice
Robert David Hall as Additional Voice
John Mariano as Additional Voice
MR FREEZE: This is how I’ll always remember you— surrounded by winter, forever young, forever beautiful. Rest well, my love. The monster who took you from me will soon learn that revenge is a dish… Best served cold.
BATMAN: My God.
MR FREEZE: Yes, it would move me to tears if I still had tears to shed.
MR FREEZE: Think of it— To never again walk upon a summer’s day with a hot wind in your face and a warm hand to hold. Oh, yes, I’d kill for that.
MR FREEZE: You beg? In my nightmares I see my Nora behind the glass, begging to me with frozen eyes. How I’ve longed to see that look frozen on you.
BATMAN: A year ago, Ferris Boyle interrupted an experiment and in the process destroyed two lives. Here’s the evidence. Good night, humanitarian.
MR FREEZE: I failed you. I wish there were another way for me to say it. I cannot. I can only beg your forgiveness and pray you hear me somehow, someplace… Someplace where a warm hand waits for mine.
Extremely nice animation and writing in this episode. The only flaws were in the coloring, where Batman’s symbol was inverted (the bat yellow, the symbol black). It isn’t enough to bother anyone though.
This episode represents Freeze the way he was meant to be. A tragic villain, who in his own mind is a hero. He doesn’t see the error in his ways, and his lack of emotion makes for an excellent character.
More episodes should have been done this way, with Batman using his detective and athletic skills, and a back story behind the whole plot.
Note: This is my favorite B:TAS episode – James Harvey
Note: I don’t think we care, Jim. – Bird Boy
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