Static Shock

Season 3 Episode 15

Blast from the Past

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Jun 21, 2003 on The WB
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Blast from the Past

When helping out at a retirement home, Virgil encounters an electric powered super hero from the 1960's called Soul Power. When one of Soul Power's old nemesis' returns and plots to destroy Dakota, Static and Soul Power team up to stop him, teaching Static some lessons along the way.


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  • Static Shock, Soul Power and Sparky

    More and more people with lightning power, my friends! :3

    Anyways, I loved this episode. Pay attention to your elders, my friends! :) :)

    I find it extra hard to believe that Power Soul was supposed to be Black Lightning!!! :P
Brock Peters

Brock Peters

Morris Grant / Soul Power

Guest Star

Rodney Saulsberry

Rodney Saulsberry

Phillip Rollins / Sparky

Guest Star

Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp

Dennis / Professor Menace

Guest Star

Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Shelly Sandoval

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • So, the workers at the retirement home are just going to let Mr. Grant walk out with no supervision? (Reply: It's possible that with certain residents (those who come voluntarily or are in better health at least), some are able to have limited time outside without supervision.)

    • When Mr. Grant comes up to the rooftop, instead of yelling "Virgil!" he yells "Static!" Why would Mr. Grant shout it out for the world to hear? (Reply: Mr. Grant didn't yell that loudly. Also, nobody else was really in the immediate vicinity to hear them talking.)

    • In the climatic battle between Soul Power and Professor Menace, the latter yells "Give up, Soul Power!" But in the closed captions, the line reads "Give up, Solar Power!"

    • When Static is first seen seated at Soul Power's computer from the rear, his gloves are missing. But in the next closeup shot, his gloves are on as he's still typing.

    • When Sparky shoots at the computer, he shoots a green blast instead of his normal blue one.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Professor Menace: Give up, Soul Power! You're too old for this!
      Static: You're never too old to fight for justice, lamebrain!
      Soul Power: You hear that, Menace? These kids today are pretty smart!

    • Soul Power: I fought all sorts of scum in my day, but the worst of them all was my arch-enemy, Professor Menace.
      Static: "Professor Menace"? What, was the name "Doctor Bad Dude" already taken?

    • Static: What's this?
      Soul Power: An electro-amplifier. It can boost your power in an emergency.
      Static: Or .. since it's over 30 years old, it could short out and fry me.
      Soul Power: Good point. Better use it as a last resort.
      Static: I hope this isn't why Sparky's not around anymore.

    • Morris: I have a secret identity, too. This'll help you recognize me.
      (Puts on a green mask)
      Static: You're ... the lone ranger?

    • Dennis: I keep hoping maybe this time that arrogant Soul Power gets it in the chops.
      Morris: Dennis, I'm this close to givin' you a knuckle sandwich.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Aside from the Soulmobile, Soul Power would also get around the city by "surfing" the power lines.

    • Soul Power is the second of three references to Stevedore J. Perkins, the retired Scarlet Scarab from the comics. In this case, it was the fact that Soul Power is, like Perkins, a retired superhero whose stories were told through some entertainment medium (comics, as opposed to movies in the comic).

    • Going by the episode production number, this would have actually aired between both parts of "A League of Their Own." This is the only one where Richie is not featued and over its course is likely being controlled by Brainiac after what had transpired at the end of Part I, which will lead to what will happen in Part II.

    • Another black superhero, Black Lightning, created by Tony Isabella, was originally intended to guest star. However, DC Comics, who owns the rights to the character, would not license the character for the episode. So, the episode was rewritten, and an older superhero, Soul Power was created for the episode.


    • Soul Power's car, the Soul Mobile, is obviously a homage to the infamous Batmobile, Batman's hi-tech car.

    • Static: The, um, Abandoned Gas Station of Solitude.
      Virgil is trying to come up with a name similar to that of Superman's famous hangout: The Fortress of Solitude. Also, when Richie first made the gas station their HQ, Virgil had called it the same thing.

    • Static: You're ... the lone ranger?
      Perhaps the most famous Western of all is The Lone Ranger. It was the tale of the mysterious masked man and his faithful Indian companion and their efforts to maintain law and order throughout the West.