Batman: The Animated Series – Season 1, Episode 14 – Heart of Ice – The Tragedy of Victor Fries

Heart of Ice

“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.” -Mr. Freeze

“Heart of Ice,” is one of my all time favorite episodes. Victor Fries is the greatest tragedy outside of Harvey Dent in “Batman: The Animated Series,” this episode introduces us to Mr. Freeze and the story of how he became that way (his boss Ferris Boyle who destroyed him and his work to save his wife). It is a powerful episode, and they I didn’t mention it at the start…Mr. Freeze is one of my favorite baddies in this universe.

Here is the assessment:

Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze – You get to see him when he still cared about people and was trying to achieve a way to save those who were terminally ill…and after when all are fair game because humanity can’t be trusted. You get why he thinks that too, even though he is wrong. He is brilliant and his weapons rock…from the gun to the Freeze Ray and it is rewarding to see him get revenge against Boyle and sad when you see him in Arkham holding the snow globe symbolizing his wife.

Victor Boyle – Two faced CEO who is still human. He is a great character and a great antagonist in this episode.

Batman – From his sympathy for Victor Fries…to trying to help Nora later…Batman in relationship to Mr. Freeze is wonderful dynamic. I can see why they made a Mr. Freeze movie in this universe later. He also beats Mr. Freeze in a brilliant way. His taking down Boyle is brilliant too, “Good night humanitarian,” after revealing what Boyle did to Fries and Nora.

Alfred – Has a good joke about chicken soup being the best cure for crime fighting when sick (which comes in handy later when Batman uses it defeat Mr. Freeze).

The music – Mr. Freeze’s theme is beautiful and they interject it throughout the episode. I can see why this episode won an award.

The story – The tragedy of Mr. Freeze is fantastic…the change is realistic and you can get why he does what he does and why he also needs to be stopped.

This is one of the best episodes in “Batman: The Animated Series,” and one of my favorites. The humanity, tragedy, music and character arc of Victor Fries a wonderful classic. I have to give this one a 10 / 10. The episode never gets old.


4 thoughts on “Batman: The Animated Series – Season 1, Episode 14 – Heart of Ice – The Tragedy of Victor Fries

  1. I really like the irony in Mr. Freeze. He always goes on about how he has no emotions left when the fact remains: all of his actions are motivated by his strongest emotions and feelings.

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