The New Batman Adventures: Season 1, Episode 3

Cold Comfort (12 Oct. 1997)

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Batman and Batgirl hunt Mr. Freeze who is on a destructively nihilistic campaign.

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Batman and Batgirl hunt Mr. Freeze who is on a destructively nihilistic campaign.

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Mr. Freeze's original character design for Batman: The Animated Series (1992) was done by comic book artist Mike Mignola, at the request of Bruce W. Timm. Like Mr. Freeze in this episode, Mignola's own comics feature at least two characters who exist as disembodied heads attached to robotic bodies: Herman von Klempt, a mad Nazi scientist whose head is kept in a glass jar, and The Amazing Screw-On Head (2006). See more »

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The episode begins with the unveiling of a fully-restored Ultrasaurus skeleton. Not only has a complete Ultrasaurus skeleton never been discovered, it was shown in 1996 (a year before this series began) that Ultrasaurus was not a valid genus of dinosaur, the bones originally named "Ultrasaurus" actually being from two previously-known genera. See more »

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Bruce Wayne: You don't know the first thing about the American justice system, do you?
Tim Drake: I know it's bogus.
Bruce Wayne: And how did you come to that well-thought-out conclusion?
Tim Drake: Watching you.
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Written by Danny Elfman & Shirley Walker
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Poor Mr.Freeze, he has the worst luck ever!
30 April 2014 | by (ukwitchcountry) – See all my reviews

You know, I firmly believe that when the creators of Batman the Animated Series were possessed by whatever unholy spirits that compelled them to fix what was never broken and completely alter the animation style of the show for the hideously worse, ripping the soul out of it in the process, no character got more f****d-over than Mr.Freeze. Well for a start this episode should have never happened, as it totally disregards and invalidates the noble end to the character's story arc at the end of the for me, disappointing Sub Zero movie. You remember, the scene that saw Victor shedding tears of happiness at his wife Nora's complete recovery, and his acceptance of the fact that he was no longer the man she loved, and that they could never again have the life they once had together, and so he headed off into the frozen wastes, alone as ever, but warmed by the thought of his beloved living her own life again... And then the show came back for another season, and they decided that they wanted a new Mr.Freeze episode, and it was called "Cold Comfort." And I even strongly disliked this one as a kid, there are certain elements in it that I'll get to that are so ridiculous I couldn't believe what I was seeing, or that the idiots behind it would have allowed things to slide so completely from the bittersweet poetic magic and awe that was "Heart of Ice." And now thanks to this particular fun medium toy, I am finally in a position to enact my written revenge, and.."Revenge is a dish, best served cold!" You'd think if they were going to bring back a character that once had one of the greatest villainous motivations of all time, then they could have done a little better than: He is now a colossal dick! Look at what they did to Freeze here, they completely stripped him of his pride and meaning and reduced him to the level of a common bully who kicks over million dollar sandcastles to make little old people cry out of petty spite. So why should I be at all compelled to care or be sympathetic to his plight now? I don't! I feel no sympathy for this poorly designed, snarling caricature of what's supposed to be a great anti-villain who destroys people's 'hope' just so they can feel the same pain he feels. And what the hell was that with him having a little troop of fur-clad mini-skirted bimbos working for him? Freeze works alone, Freeze *is* all the loneliness and bitter anger and fear of being left alone in the cold incarnate... That was like something out of that horrendous mess of a movie. It's pathetic. And oh god, the spider-head.. In my opinion it's simply laughable and doesn't even come close to working for a second. It's like I'm watching Futurama! And that's the whole point of the story, Freeze lost his body and now faces the nightmarish existence of being a horrific freakshow of a living head, and that's supposed to give him a free ticket to divulge in arbitrary dickory! I mean yes, Freeze was always unfeeling, cold and vindictive, but he was never this crazy! None of it adds up, how is he all that worse-off than he was before? In my eyes, this episode didn't get a single thing right, and while I perhaps should be grateful that it at least kept the character going after his story arc was essentially resolved, his new story felt lazy, desperate and empty from start to finish. And when all's said and done, it only really serves as a reminder that Freeze, as awesome and complex a villain as he could be, regretfully kind of needed Nora to motivate him as a foe for Batman, or his story would probably be a mere waste of time. Easily one of the most horribly misguided animated Batman episodes ever, and extremely stupid. God damn you Cold Comfort. You get the cold shoulder and everything else!


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