The Batman

Season 1 Episode 5

The Big Chill

2
Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Nov 06, 2004 on The CW
8.3
out of 10
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124 votes
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Using his new ice powers, Mr. Freeze steals the most rarest and valuable diamonds all over Gotham. When him and Batman first cross paths, he tells the Bat he's the reason why he's a cryogenic monster. It's because of a much earlier chase between them, which led to a cryogenics lab. He will stop at nothing to make Gotham his own personal domain, unless the Batman can think of a way to stop this menace.moreless

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  • During the middle of a heat wave, a new villain crashes onto the scene: Mr. Freeze, and he intends to turn Gotham into permafrost. However, Batman learns that even though he must stop this menace, he has a deep connection to him than previously thought.moreless

    7.9
    Glad to see the show getting back into form. The last two episodes were kind of low, and I was hoping for a major turnaround, and we got it. This episode introduces fan favorite villain Mr. Freeze, who is way different than normal, but still suffices.

    This Freeze is 100% evil and another 200% badass. He wants nothing more than to destroy Batman, steal all of the world's diamonds and permafrost everything else. However, a major piece was missing from his character: the emotional side. We never get to see any of the great stuff we saw with him and his wife, and this Freeze is just a random criminal. Still, the deep connection he has with Batman is pretty good, and the character is a lot more weapon oriented and sadistic. However, we get THE worst line in the entire series from him: "Have an ice evening". Sweet Jesus. That was just painful to hear.

    Batman and Alfred continue to be fleshed out well. Too bad Alfred never got to go on his hunting trip. However, batman really plays second fiddle to Freeze in this story, but that's not all that bad considering that he's a very interesting villain that many people want to see more of. Ethan and Yin also take a back drop section, but they do have a nice confrontation between Batman and Freeze that did get a little nerve-whracking. All in all, this was the episode of The Batman I've been waiting for since the arrival of Penguin. Thank you writers for coming back to form. Just try to keep on the down low with the Mr. Freeze puns.moreless
  • Mr. Freeze appears into robbing jewerly stores. Also, he has a conflict with Batman, who has changed him. Can Batman be able to stop the chilltheme villain in order to save the city Meanwhile, Bruce has to learn on how to regain his strength while sickmoreless

    9.5
    In this episode of The Batman, I like the new looks of Mr. Freeze. This episode is one of my favorite episodes of the show. In the series, I have excitement in Freeze's first encounter with Batman which Freeze won by getting Batman sick with hypothermia. Freeze's power of manipulating ice is from his body that needed to wear a suit. Also, his origin was from Batman when he falls into a cryo-chamber to retrieve the diamonds, but fails and his body was changed and continues his criminal life. I like the final showdown between Batman and Freeze on two.moreless
  • Mr. Freeze makes an appearance.

    10
    Another new appearance of another villain only this time it's Mr. Freeze! I love Mr. Freeze's new design it looks so fabulous and "cool". I think that Batman did have a hard time trying and attempting several times to stop the dastardly Mr. Freeze which is nice to see that sometimes Batman can meet his match and not that he can just beat up and arrest every criminal because it sometimes doesn't work like that. I think any fans of The Batman will love and adore this episode because it is really good and it has a nice plot which goes well with the appearance of Mr. Freeze.moreless
  • There is a new criminal in town- Mr. Freeze who is turning the citizens of Gotham into blocks of ice and robbing their valuables. But Batman doesn't realize that the origin of this new villain is connected to his past...moreless

    7.9
    Things were looking up for The Batman ever since Call of the Cobblepot. There have been all-new remakes of favourite Batman villains with completely new designs and personalities, for better or worse. The Penguin, for example, was excellently redesigned, whilst Bane could have been better. Now Batman's up against the diabolical Mr. Freeze, and however controversial his reincarnation may be, I gotta say, it's pretty impressive. In the Batman Animated Series, Mr. Freeze was a former doctor who was trying to save his wife from certain death and was thrown into his own freezing experimentations and came out with a condition that made him require cold to survive, and he built a Freezing Gun to get revenge on the man who did this to him. This version of Mr. Freeze is a little less tragic. He was a common crook who robbed banks and jewellery stores and was on the run from Batman and the police, ran into a laboratory with frozen patients, was knocked into one of the ice coffins and was electrocuted at the exact same time he was frozen, became a sort of ice zombie and used his powers to commit more crimes. OK, so Mr. Freeze doesn't have noble intentions. So what? These are meant to be new versions of all the characters, and it makes Mr. Freeze more of a villain, and his new look certainly looks powerful, and his voice is more chilling(pun intended)and emotionless than his other animated counterpart. He has more menace and really does make you feel cold when you see him. Many fans won't like him, but they should accept him, because this is a new series with new versions of the characters, and this is the new version of Mr. Freeze. This episode deals more with death than the previous ones, Victor Fries apparentally dying in rather a gruesome way a while before, surrounded by frozen, presumably dead bodies in the laboratory. Many people near the climax are frozen and never seen to thaw out of their icy tombs, and it appears unlikely that they survived, and even if they did, Mr. Freeze undoubtebly meant to kill them. There are no references to the word 'kill' or 'dead'(at least I don't think there are)but murder and death is heavily implied. I haven't yet mentioned the plot, and that is because I consider that unimportant. This episode is focusing on Mr. Freeze, and Mr. Freeze alone. Basically all that is happening is that the town is being frozen and having their valuables stolen. Not much for a story, but the plot is forgotten throughout the entire thing. The downside of this episode is the subplot with Batman feeling guilty about creating Mr. Freeze and feeling that because of this he should give up the life of the Batman. This is cliched and not interesting as it is intended to be, and really unneccesary. Another thing I don't like is that ridiculous snowsuit. I don't approve of fancy costumes like that. We had it before with the Batbot. They are just ridiculous and completely unneccessary. Overall this was a very good episode, an improvement over the first two, but not quite as excellent as its predeccessors. It is very, very good, but not quite great, thus earning it a 7.9.moreless
  • Nostalgic.

    8.2
    A new villain rises; Freeze! He was a common criminal before, but an encounter with Batman caused his whole body to turn into ice. Now, it seems that he's deemed too powerful for the bat, though Alfred tweaks with Batman's suit a little bit to make it anti weather proof. Freeze created a dome made out of ice for himself to store all of his diamonds, but Batman and him raged in a fierce battle, where fire prevailed.



    Exciting episode to one of the premiere villains of the Batman franchise. Everything is just so nostalgic, except the fight scenes are 10x better. The battle between Freeze and Batman is by far one of the best so far. So many things happening at once, you can't keep track of anything. Though it's also pretty strategic. Batman shows why you don't need super powers to become an effective hero, like displayed in this battle and the creativity he strings together with his weapons.moreless
Alastair Duncan

Alastair Duncan

Alfred Pennyworth

Steve Harris

Steve Harris

Detective Ethan Bennett (Season 1; guest otherwise)

Rino Romano

Rino Romano

Bruce Wayne / Batman

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Detective Ellen Yin

Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown

Victor Fries / Mr. Freeze

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Catherine Cavadini

Catherine Cavadini

Wife / Movie Star / Reporter

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