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The Flash

Season 1 Episode 16

Captain Cold

1
Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Apr 06, 1991 on CBS
9.2
out of 10
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24 votes
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Captain Cold, who freezes his victims to death, is contracted to kill The Flash.

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  • this episode was HOT!

    9.0
    After a horrible introduction to "The Trickster" earlier in the series, this time we get Captain Cold and they hit the nail on the head. At this point in the series, the series had a good direction and was looking forward to some future golden this was the type of episode they needed much earlier in the series to keep their core audience interested. Captain Cold and the production designs were borderline excellent. One of the best episodes in this series.moreless
  • Captain Cold, who freezes his victims to death, is contracted to kill the Flash.

    8.0
    Captain Cold, who freezes his victims to death, is contracted to kill the Flash. Ever since the live action series premiered, I always wonder how the writers will present other characters from The Flash Comics into the series. Captain Cold is one of the most recognizable villains in the Flash’s rogue gallery. In the series, he is portrayed as ruthless hit man who uses an experimental freeze gun to finish off his victims. A local crime boss employs him to eliminate the heads of other crime families and sets his eyes on another threat: The Flash. Not only does the Flash have to avoid this cold-hearted criminal but must also deal with an overly ambitious reporter. “Captain Cold” was one of my favorite episodes in the short-lived series. The story is well paced. The villain is nicely introduced into the episode. One of the most standout scenes was the one where Tina desperately tries to revive Barry after being struck by Captain Cold’s freeze gun. The episode has its share of humor and cheesy banter. The ending was well played out.moreless
  • Very Cool Episode Involving One of The "Cool"est DC Villains Ever!

    9.9
    This is one of the most interesting episode of this great, but short-lived series from 1991. This epusode has an interesting take on Captain Cold, one of the many ice-themed supervillains in the DC Comics Universe.



    The story begins when Central City is hit with a heatwave, and some crime lords were discussing what to do. However, the AC Repairman who the crime lords hired turns out to be Captain Cold, a freeze gun-weilding hitman who is hired by a crime lord to not only put them on "ice", but to "ice" out The Flash!



    I would go on with the rest of the episode, but I would not like to give the ending away. This episode is on Disc 5 of "The Flash-The Complete Series" on DVD now! But the only thing I wish for is that the Captain shoul wear his Eskimo outfit from the comics and cartoons...moreless
  • it was cool!!!!!

    10
    the had changed capt:cold costume belevie it or not this looked more cool and his freezing gun was even cooler it wasnt a handgun like in comics.

    he actually freezes the flash.

    there were a few mistakes in the episode but you wont feel bad or think it's silly.



    coooooooool ..... i will buy the DVD.

Alex Désert

Alex Désert

Julio Mendez

John Wesley Shipp

John Wesley Shipp

Barry Allen/The Flash

Amanda Pays

Amanda Pays

Dr. Christina "Tina" McGee

Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter

Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter

Nikolai Brown

Guest Star

Michael Champion

Michael Champion

Captain Cold

Guest Star

Francois Chau

Francois Chau

Johnny Choi

Guest Star

Vito D'Ambrosio

Vito D'Ambrosio

Officer Bellows

Recurring Role

Mike Genovese

Mike Genovese

Lt. Warren Garfield

Recurring Role

Biff Manard

Biff Manard

Murphy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Tina's explanation early in the episode makes it clear there was only one prototype freezing unit. When Captain Cold is captured the first time, he has the freezing unit on him and it's presumably taken to the police evidence room. But when he escapes, he goes to his car where he has a second freezing unit hidden. There's no explanation for where the second one came from.

    • At the 4:27 mark, the Asian gangster who is supposedly frozen solid can clearly be seen moving.

    • While the handcuffed Flash and Terri Kronenberg try to first escape Captain Cold, the icy villain blasts the floor, causing the pair to skid into a workshelf. Watching the two fall, it is clear that they are not handcuffed

    • This episode seemed to have a few scenes switched around, as Barry gets the heater-belt from Tina after he had previously captured Cold and before he knew Cold escaped lockup.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Captain Cold: What's a matter? Don't you want to come out and play? I'm here to take you to the ice capades. I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll freeze all your stuff!

    • Luis Vega: Air conditioning's on the fritz. Make it cool in here.
      Captain Cold: (posing as a repairman) Oh, don't you worry about a thing. Cool is my specialty.

    • Terri: All right, look. About the other night. I acted like a jerk. Well, I mean not so much a jerk as much as I was just pushy. All right, no, actually, to tell you the truth, I was a jerk. You know, but it's my job. It's just, I take it very seriously and it makes me a little aggressive sometimes. And I know that it's a problem and I've been working on it. I'm actually a lot better. You should have seen me before. Woo. It's a trait, it runs in my family, you know? So, what I'm trying to say here is that I'm sorry, okay?
      Barry: Do you ever breathe?
      Terri: Yeah, that's another thing, I talk a lot.
      Barry: Oh, really? I hadn't noticed.

    • Tina: So, uh, you're a reporter. That must be interesting.
      Terri: You're a scientist. That must be dull.

    • Captain Cold: Yeah, I knew if I raced you all over town, you'd run out of steam. You look pretty hot. I think I'd better cool you off.

    • Captain Cold: Oh, boy, you got some pretty good moves there, Red. But you know what? Even you can't outrun the cold hand of death.

    • Captain Cold: What's a matter? Don't you want to come out and play? I'm here to take you to the Icecapades. I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll freeze all your stuff!

    • Flash: Get these cuffs off of me.
      Terri: No way, pal. Not till I get my interview.
      Flash: Are you going to give me the key, or do I have to search you?
      Terri: Well, that sounds like fun, but I don't have it on me. I hid it somewhere in the city limits, so you can either give me my interview, or we can search the city.
      Captain Cold: (shows up with freeze gun) I've got a better option. Hypothermia.

    • Lt. Garfield: Okay, somebody call the coroner to pick this guy up before he melts. On the other hand, may be better to call the Good Humor Man.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The Captain Cold character here is substantially different from his comic book inspiration. This Captain Cold:
      - wears a dark suit and longcoat, rather than a blue and white parka-type villain costume;
      - is originally an ex-mercenary rather than a petty crook;
      - works as a hitman rather than a thief;
      - uses a large two-handed cold rifle rather than a pistol;
      - is an albino rather than normal skin tone with brown hair.

    • Leonard "Len" Snart first appeared in Showcase #8 (June 1957) and was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino. Snart was a small-time crook who determined that the best way to defeat The Flash was to create a weapon and charge it with particles from a cyclotron. This created a weapon capable of projecting extreme cold. Snart donned a blue-and-whtie parka-like costume and dubbed himself "Captain Cold." He became a charter member of The Flash's Rogues' Gallery and battled The Flash and other superheroes on many occasions. His sister, Lisa Snart (the Golden Glider), married another Flash Rogue, the Top, and for a time the two reformed and became bounty hunters. Snart has since returned to a life of crime and is the de facto leader of the current Rogues.
      Snart is known for his crude behavior with women but also has a code of ethics that most comic book villains do not always share. He will not hurt women or children or use drugs. He expects every member of the Rogues to abide by those rules.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The Good Humor Man:
      Good Humor is a novelty ice cream company that was founded in 1920 in Youngstown, Ohio. The men that drove their trucks were called Good Humor Men.

    • Barry: Would you escort Lois Lane here back across the police barricade and make sure she stays there? Referencing the famous comic book reporter, who first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938). This tough-as-nails journalist works for the Daily Planet and has been Superman's long-time love interest. In more recent years, Superman informs her of his secret identity as Clark Kent and they are married. Barry's comment suggests that Lois Lane is a fictional character, meaning that presumably Superman is a comic book character in The Flash series setting rather than a fellow superhero.

    • Julio: Well, he found him in an apartment at Bradbury Arms.
      Referencing famed science fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury, whose works were adopted by EC Comics from 1951 to 1954. Bradbury's stories have been the basis of over 20 movie adaptations and The Ray Bradbury Theater.

    • Captain Cold: The Iceman cometh.
      Referencing the 1959 play written by Eugene O'Neill and that was made into a movie in 1960. The title character, Theodore "Hickey" Hickman, visits a bar where the patrons hold a surprise birthday party in his honor. Now sober, Hickey attempts to convince the drunk and delusional patrons to stop fooling themselves and admit that their lives are hopeless.

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