Original airdate 11/06/04
For those of
us beginning to wonder if the WB would ever show a new episode
of this show, The Batman returns to introduce us
to Mr. Freeze.
on a three hour tour, the cast of Gilligan's Island
is held up by Freeze. The police are unable to track him
down, but Batman is on the scene with his trusty villain
tracking goggles. He follows the trail back to Freeze's
hideout and the two battle.
no attention to the following origin being a mixture of
Joe Chill and The Joker.)
out that Batman has encountered Mr. Freeze before, or at
least his alter ego Victor Fries. Victor had been a small
time jewel thief who, while trying to escape from a heist
one night, ran into Batman and eventually fell into a cryogenic
chamber. He woke up 1000 years in the future, met a robot
named Bender and went to work for Planet Express Delivery
on a generally better but now-cancelled series.
in the present, Batman gets a taste of revenge served cold
and doesn't like it one bit. After being put on ice by Freeze,
almost getting captured by the police, suffering hypothermia
and nearly giving up the Mantle of the Bat, Batman does
what he always does.
montage! Nope, he invents his way out of the problem.
with a snazzy light blue thermal costume that is sure to
be available in toy stores before Christmas, Batman goes
after Freeze for round two.
know what it is about Mr. Freeze that inspires writers to
force every cold, ice and frosty themed pun into a script,
but the pattern is repeated here. For God's sake people,
did we learn nothing from Batman
One reason there
may have been such a long break between episode is the network
may have been trying to cover up the fact that this episode
is identical to the Bane episode. Batman fights new villain,
Batman loses, Batman invents new gadget, Batman defeats
new villain. It's a simple formula that kids watching the
show probably won't pick up on, but makes for repetitive
TV for this mature Bat fan.
you or your kids are at all interested in Batman and Mr.
Freeze, go rent the animated Batman: Subzero.