Friday, July 13, 2018

Batman 66 - Episodes 53-56 Reviews

Time for another chilling story with a different actor and while we're at it, some practical jokes too. Ah, sure why not?

2x19: Green Ice

To this show's credit, they've never overused a character like Mr Freeze but it has been interesting that each time he's appeared, it's been with a different actor in the role (Gotham will later have this dilemma with Ivy and others too). George Sanders debuted in the role and did a good job and here, it's Otto Preminger assuming the mantle of the chilliest villain going. In this episode alone, Freeze kidnaps Miss Iceland with the intention of making her his bride, turns the media against the Dynamic Duo, hijacks an Emerald themed party at Wayne Manor and tries to turn Batman and Robin into slushies. As you do. Not to mention henchmen faking it up as Batman and Robin too for good measure. 7/10

2x20: Deep Freeze

Keeping with the chills, there's something rather amusing in Freeze's attempts of changing Miss Iceland's feelings towards being an absolute disaster for him. Less amusing was him then turning her into an ice sculpture while being convinced that Batman and Robin were dead for a couple of moments. It's a strong second part to an overall decent second offering from Freeze. Watching the character in this series does serve as a reminder than he didn't always have a tragic origin story. Oh and there's the fact that the series responsible for his definitive story also had an episode with the same title as this one. 7/10

2x21: The Impractical Joker

Not one of my favourite stories involving the Joker to be honest. I think there was a case of the show needed to have him every so often, almost as though viewers wouldn't forget him but sometimes the story didn't always justify it. This one just isn't his best one, even if it does give him a nifty device that allows him to slow the Dynamic Duo down for a bit, even if they're quickly able to counteract the box's purpose before we even get into the second part. I did like the reference to The Green Hornet though in this one. 6/10

2x22: The Joker's Provokers

And it gets a bit dafter in this one. Much as I love the campness of this show, the idea of time travel does seem like a stretch even for this one. Here though, we've got Alfred in the guise of a security guard in order to help the Dynamic Duo thwart the Joker and minions. Sidenote: it's refreshing to see the moll, Cornelia not want to become good or fancy Batman too. It does make a nice change. Alfred's great fun in this episode and the Joker doesn't seem too concerned with another one of his schemes actually failing. Fortunately there's better stories for him on the horizons with these reviews but this one wasn't it. 6/10

Next blog I'll delve into Marsha, Queen of Diamonds/Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds and Come Back, Shame/It's How You Play the Game.

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