Batman Beyond

Season 1 Episode 13

Ascension

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Aired Saturday 9:00 AM May 22, 1999 on The WB
8.8
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Unable to obtain enough artificial skin to maintain his charade, Powers plans to resign and put his son Paxton up as his proxy. But Paxton has has his eyes on something more, having learned from his father that power is never given - only taken.

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  • In this episode Blight/Derek Powers is unable to contain his rage or his human form. He is set up and provoked by protestors so that he can show his true "colors". It's up to Terry/Batman to stop him without going too far.moreless

    10
    I love this episode. Derek Powers temper is hilarious and over the top. It really fits well with his physical reaction. He literally burns through the skin. His son is a moron when it comes to being a criminal and it obviously upsets Derek. The Old School Bat Signal was a nice touch. I like the quote, "next time use e-mail"

    I'm still upset that this cartoon was canceled and I plan on buying the DVD set when it is available. It's a great cliffhanger...you know that Derek is motivated to come back whether it will be against Batman or his own son.moreless
  • the powers family need lots of therapy

    8.7
    A brilliant episode of the series

    With batman ruining his attempts to steal more synthetic skin powers realises his will have step out of the limelight.

    His son paxton is set up as his proxy to be the public face of wayne powers while the old man pulls the strings.

    unfortunatly paxton is a lot smarter than anyone thinks.

    his actions cause daddy to lose his temper in public and show off his radioactive side.

    The scene where we see powers Jnr paying off the environmental protesters that annoyed daddy powers was great



    The endng was kinda the one people have been waiting for all season Terry`s dad`s murderer get his comupance .



    It\'s just a shame we dont see Blight again

    when it was strongly hinted he was still kicking around

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  • Unable to find a solution or permanent skin replacements for mutated body, Derek Powers steps down and enlists his son, Paxton to run the company, but not before his secret is revealed.moreless

    9.3
    one of the best! we get Blight/Powers secret out in the open and it's funny that Bruce and Terry (especially Bruce) didnt put it together before now. the way Paxton deals with his father is reminiscent (at least to me) the way people try to deal with sick animals or older relatives. he essentially labeled him a "freak" and felt he should be locked up or put to rest like the rest of them. in his defense he did try to help him at 1st but that didnt last long. the dialogue was some of the best in the series to this point and i think it was a nice touch leaving the door open for a Blight return (although they never revisited that angle). nice ending to season 1.moreless
Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Dana Tan

Will Friedle

Will Friedle

Terry McGinnis / Batman

Stockard Channing

Stockard Channing

Commissioner Barbara Gordon (1999-2000)

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Bruce Wayne

Cary Elwes

Cary Elwes

Paxton Powers

Guest Star

Miguel Sandoval

Miguel Sandoval

Mendez

Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Miss Winston

Guest Star

Sherman Howard

Sherman Howard

Derek Powers/Blight

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: It seems that Powers' assistant had an association with him beyond professional. She visited Powers to give him food while he hid in the submarine and appeared visibly sympathetic about his condition. Wayne also hinted Terry to follow her saying he's been able to read people since before Terry was born; revealing that he knew about the assistant's affair or infatuation with Powers.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Terry: Hey, this guy had my father murdered and all he's done since is hide from the law. Well, no more hiding for Mr. Derek Powers. Now everyone can see what he is. Even in the dark.

    • (Batman destroys the Bat-signal)
      Batman: Next time, use e-mail.

    • Blight: Why do you persist in tormenting me? All I want is to be left alone!
      Batman: Can't let you run around like this. We've got rules about radioactive waste.

    • (Blight slams his fists)
      Blight: If we stick to proper channels of procurement, how long will the materials last?
      Doctor: Two weeks, maybe less. You're burning through the skin too fast. And, if I may, Mr. Powers. It's not just the radiation. Your temper is out of control.
      Blight: (shrieking) I know, Doctor!!! (calmly) I know. I'm tired of this. I can't maintain this charade any longer. It's time I made new arrangements.

    • Derek: Who are you?
      Terry: Do you really want to know?
      Derek: Yes!
      Terry: You killed my father.
      Derek: Do you have the slightest idea how little that narrows it down?

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