Static Shock

Season 4 Episode 5

Army of Darkness

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Feb 14, 2004 on The WB
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Army of Darkness
A new group of meta-humans is found beneath the city. This group can't be out in the sunlight, or else they will die. Can Static and Gear help save them, or has Ebon already made them his puppets?

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  • Static goes up against a group of Meta-humans known as the Night Breed.

    While on night patrol Static meets a metahuman girl name Nightingale who is helping a group of them rob a bank. It turns out the group is working for Ebon who plans to use Nightingale’s shadow powers to blot out the sun so he can take over Dakota. Nightingale balks at the plan when Ebon tries to kill Static and Gear. She tells Static that she and the others in the group call themselves the Night Breed and were affected by the Big Bang in such a way that they cannot stand to be in the light and they've lived underground ever since. Ebon has the tech guy of the group build the machine to blot out the sun. Nightingale, Static, Gear, and another member of the Breed called Brickhouse stop him and the Night Breed escape with Static and Gear. Nightingale tells Static that he'll always have friends underground in Dakota should he need them.

    I really wish Static Shock had gotten a fifth season as the Night Breed was so great that I'm disappointed that they never got the chance to return. They were based on the Blood Syndicate from the Static comics and I thought they were cool. This episode had a bunch of great little touches such as Static protecting Batman's identity. I also loved the flashback and found the Night Breed kind of creepy, but neat.

    The animation in the episode was top-notch as well. I loved the shadow effects and I thought the fights were extremely well done. As it stands this episode is one of the standouts from the fourth season and I really liked it a lot.moreless
  • Quite possibly the best episode of Static Shock... Ever?

    This episode is fantastic. I watched it for the first time after recording on Sky +, and I seriously regret the fact that I had to delete it from the memory card.

    First off, the art. It was up to usual excellent standards, and then came Nightinggale. Dude, her powers were AWESOME. The wispy effects added to the greatness.

    Second, the dialogue. While a little corny in places, it was fantastic. "You have friends in the shadows." That's cool (even though I probably got that wrong there; I'm paraphrasing!)

    Third, the storyline. I've read about this before and thought "Nah, this'll be well naff", or awful, for those who didn't grow up with a bunch of illiterate boobs for teachers. But it was fantastic! It was, in summary, very well written: I say in summary because I could quite easily rant about this one (for a LONG time).

    Yeah, it was just fantabulous. Definitely my favourite episode for the series, thus far (I haven't seen the rest of season 4 yet). Of course, it's closely followed by Future Shock and Jimmy in second place, with Gear in third (just 'cuz it was funny when Talon got decked by Gear). But yeah, awesome episode!!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Why does Virgil pretend he doesn't know who Batman is in real life? He's only met the guy on four different occasions! (Reply: He only says that to protect Batman's true identity. After all, Gear was asking about it.)

    • Dark matter explodes when it comes in contact with normal matter.
      (Reply: That is actually anti-matter. While the two are often confused, they are two entirely different things. Dark matter makes up a large portion of the universe.)

    • When Nightingale is telling Static and Gear about the creation of the Nightbreed, she says that any light is poisonous to them, but she's sitting in the light of the shop behind her with no ill effects.

    • Static and Gear don't have nuclear shielding as any of their powers, so they shouldn't have survived Ebon's sending them into the core of the power plant. Come to think of it, Ebon shouldn't have lived either.

    • There is no possible way that a nuclear would be left unshielded like that. (Reply: Ebon has the power to generate portals. This means that, no matter how protected the reactor would be, Ebon would always bypass it with his portals.)

    • When the sun rises in the end, none of the Nightbreed feel the symptoms of light exposure.

    • We see in Nightingale's flashback that there are about 25-40 different Nightbreed metahumans. So why didn't Ebon try and recruit anymore of them?

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Static: Wait, people will help if you give them a chance!

      Nightingale: Sorry, Static. It's human nature to be afraid of the dark, and we are the dark.
      Static: But how will you survive?
      Nightingale: We'll find a way and remember, you have friends in the shadows of the night.

    • Ebon: Why can't you ever stay out of my business?
      Static: Sorry, it's a superhero thing.

    • Gear: Static!
      (Static wakes up)
      Static: Uh! What!
      Gear: You fell asleep again like you did in chemistry class. Well ... at least you're not lighting a Bunsen Burner this time.

    • Brickhouse: Leave us alone!
      Static: I just can't help myself, you all seem like such nice people to hang with.
      (curls a lamppost around Brickhouse)
      Static: (gets hit) That was great. Lucky for me I didn't wrap her with a truck.

    • Static: Late night robbery sweeps Dakota. (Reading from a newspaprer) Police unable to catch mystery thieves. Yeah, me neither.

    • (Finding out that the dark matter machine is being placed at the gas station)
      Static: Our own headquarters? We should of gotten a big guard dog to watch it, or at least a chihuahua with some attitude.

    • Static: I guess I'm not cut out for these all-nighters. I don't know how Batman does it.
      Gear: Eh, in real life, he's probably some rich guy who gets to sleep all day.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Fade is also a member of the Blood Syndicate. Brother of Flashback (who appeared earlier in the cartoon), he could make himself invisible and insubstantial for three seconds at a time.

    • Brickhouse is a member of the Blood Syndicate in the comics.

    • Static is hit by a pole that says Swinton Street. One of the show's producers is Swinton O. Scott III.

    • The Nightbreed resemble the X-Men's Morlocks, who live in the sewers because normal humans cannot accept their differences.

    • Ebon's scheme to block out the sun eerily mirrors that of a powerful demon on an episode of Angel, who used dark magic to turn L.A. into a 24-hour blackout zone and vampire paradise.