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Batman Beyond

Season 1 Episode 4

Golem

1
Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Feb 06, 1999 on The WB
7.8
out of 10
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78 votes
4

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Episode Summary

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A nerdy kid, tired of getting picked on, steals a construction robot to have his revenge. When Batman shuts it down, the boy fuses with the controller, giving him a innate connection to the juggernaut.

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  • Going for the villian.

    8.5
    Let me start off by saying I don't even consider this 'kid' to be a villain. In so many ways he reminded me of myself, and seeing him get defeated at the end was nothing short of horrible. Yeah, I know.. The 'bad guy' never wins, but this 'kid' wasn't causing this destruction because of his thirst for power. He was simply getting revenge on the people that deserved it.
  • A bullied child finds a way to get revenge on his tormentor

    7.9
    This episode had a kind of questionable morality i usually find only in star trek.

    The child in question literally snaps and has a mental episode.He uses his new found meta human powers to get revenge on his school tormentors.

    fortunately batman stops him

    and puts him in a young offenders institution.

    Thats a good way to deal with the problem.

    lets let nash of the hook

    and the boys father.

    Ignore his mental state and just stick him in prison.

    Wow what a f*cking moral to teach our kids

    Comform at all cost or end up like him.moreless
  • attack of the nerd

    8.0
    basically a nerdy guy get bullied, so he decides to get revenge on the bully- but the revenge he has in mind is by smashing his car with a big robot. Terry (batman) stops the robot and sum how the robot gets fused to the geeks body. the rest of the episode sees the geek cause havok with the robot and batman once agian has to save the day.this leads to a giant brawl on a fun fair. This is a good episode with some nice ideas, the action is exciting, and the story is good. overall i would give it 8 out of 10moreless
  • i never noticed the little allusions to spider-man in this episode.

    8.9
    very good writing and deliver of the lines by the voice actors. i think they sometimes get overlooked when talking about the types of shows. The main players remained in character throughout the story and their interaction was solid. Willie reaction when he realized he could control the "Golem" was too typical. for once i would love to see writers create a scenario where the "mistreated nerdy kid" becomes the bigger man/woman without having to have some since knocked into him/her.moreless
Bill Smitrovich

Bill Smitrovich

Frank Watt

Guest Star

Gregg Berger

Gregg Berger

Golem Controller

Guest Star

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Cop

Guest Star

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Nelson Nash

Recurring Role

Melissa Disney

Melissa Disney

Blade

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Batman: How are you doing this?
      Willie: With supreme satisfaction.

    • Bruce: The "Golem" went straight for that car.
      Terry: Belongs to Nelson Nash. He goes to Hill High.
      Bruce: Know anyone who has a grudge against him?
      Terry: The line starts with me and goes around the block. Twice.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode, along with "The Winning Edge" and "Dead Man's Hand" were released on VHS as Batman Beyond: School Dayz. It was later paired up with the VHS release of Batman Beyond: Spellbound (consisting of "Spellbound", "Hooked Up" and "A Touch Of Curare") on DVD.

    • This episode, along with "Dead Man's Hand" and "The Winning Edge" were released on DVD with "Rebirth" (parts one and two) a.k.a. Batman Beyond: The Movie.

    • This is the debut appearance of Blade/Bobbi Sommer.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Golem
      The Golem is a mythic creature/giant from Prague built to protect the Jewish population of Prague, and first referenced in the Bible, Psalm 139:16, as a "gal'mi." In the Talmud, Adam is initially created as a golem.

    • Spider-Man
      Terry swings in and saves Nash from the Golem Tee positioning of Terry (Batman) and Nelson are pretty much identical to Amazing Fantasy #15 which was the first appearance of Spider-Man. Throw in the fact that Willy Watt bears resemblance to Peter Parker, both in the duality of the name's alliteration motif and his nerdy appearance. A parallel can also be drawn from Nelson Nash to Spidey's Flash Thompson ... the athletic jock bully who torments Willy (or Peter) over a girl, (Blade here, and in the early Spidey comics Liz Allen) Terry also can be seen as having ties with the arachnid hero. He becomes a hero after he fails to listen to his father and learns a lesson of responsibility - much like Peter learns with losing his Uncle Ben. In "Rebirth," Terry talks to his mother and comments about saying some things he didn't mean to his father before he ran off - very much paralleling this aspect in 2002's Spider-Man movie with Tobey Maguire.

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