Static Shock

Season 4 Episode 13

Power Outage

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM May 22, 2004 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Virgil and Richie are outside of school between classes, the latter's backpack is colored green. However, towards the end of the scene after they speak to Frieda and Daisy, his bag is colored black.

    • Goof: Gear says he'll make a "cure for the cure." Isn't that the gas itself?

    • Reply to first one: Ebon did have the power of shadow control, but when he had his powers, he could stretch like that, and he still could because his powers were't completely gone.

    • Ebon didn't have the power of elasticity, but instead the power of shadow control. After he lost the shadow-skin, he shouldn't have been able to grab Teresa from across the room.

    • When Tamara first appeared, she hated being a Bang Baby. So, why was she trying to get her powers back?

    • If everyone is losing their powers, why is Tamara in her Monster form? Shouldn't she be stuck in her human form?

    • Whenever Tamara/Monster makes any vocal noise, you can clearly tell that it's just a guy doing the voice, even though Tamara was voiced by both a guy and a girl for the monster form (the two-tone voice).

    • When Static and Gear go to fly, Gear says, "As long as we stay in the air ..." However, Gear's flight is just a product of his boots, presumably something he builds wouldn't disappear when his powers do. (Reply: True, but his flight capabilities will. Without his super-brain, he has a far shorter attention span and concentration level.)

    • Technically, Kangor's boots shouldn't have shrunk, too. They should've slipped off, as they are custom made. (Reply: Aquamaria was wearing a bathing suit when she got un-mutated, despite the fact that she was naked while she was a Bang Baby, so it stands to reason that Kangor's boots may have also been mutated by the meta-gas.)

    • When Ebon turned on the moniters, he had a shadow hand. However, he was already human then.

  • Quotes

    • Hotstreak: What's the problem, sparky? Running out of juice?
      Static: Hah, look who's talking! I've seen birthday candles hotter than you!

    • Kangorr: You're supposed to grab the cash, mon. What you doing with all that food?
      Ferret: I was hungry. Is that a crime?
      Static: No, but everything else you do is!

    • Virgil: I tell you Rich, Sharon is not gonna let up. If pops hadn't come in with that razor...
      Richie: So, maybe it's not that bad that he found out about your secret identity.
      Virgil: Yeah: He saves me from Sharon, and I save him a fortune in appliance repairs!

    • Virgil: (to the highly annoyed Daisy and Frieda) Wait! We can explain!
      Richie: We can?

    • Frieda: Look! It's Static and Gear.
      Daisy: And as usual, Virgil and Richie are missing out.
      Frieda: You don't think...?
      Daisy: Nah!
      Both: Couldn't be.

    • (Last line of the series)
      Static: They can't get rid of us that easily!

    • Hotstreak: Hey, doc. Remember me? Hotstreak? Thought you'd want to meet some of my pals. This is Talon, Shiv --
      Ebon: Skip the intros, stupid. This ain't a party.
      Hotstreak: Who are you callin' stupid?!

    • Daisy: What is up with you two? You say you'll help. Then you disappear. Poof!
      Virgil: Have you been talking to my sister?

    • Sharon: You have to help with the chores!
      Virgil: I do help with the chores!
      Sharon: No. You say you'll help. Then you disappear. Poof!
      Virgil: Well, I wouldn't say "poof". It's more like ... zzuum.

    • Sharon: Virgil!
      Virgil: You shrieked?
      Sharon: You didn't take the garbage out last night.
      Virgil: Is that what smells? I figured you were trying a new recipe.

  • Notes

    • Ebon's true appearance is seen in this episode.

    • This can be debated on whether this episode was a cliffhanger, since there was evidence that there were supposed to be later episodes. But then it can be argued that there was a happy ending, and there wasn't necessarily a need for new episodes. There is a similar debate on this for the last episode of Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles.

    • This was not meant to be the end of the series. Warner Brothers wanted a fifth season (65 episodes works better for syndication purposes). McDuffie stated on his website that they could not do a fifth season without a toy line deal and no toy company wanted to do Static Shock figures. Fans have responded by making reruns of Static Shock among the highest rated on Cartoon Network.

    • In the end, Gear says that they don't know how many Bang Babies were made by the new explosion. If they had made a new series, Talon would have definitely returned, as she was the first person to breathe any of the gas.

    • Gear will make an antidote for the antidote of the bang baby gas. So, if someone tries to cure the metahumans again, him and Static will be the only ones with powers.

    • Gear finally saw a portion of Static's true power. He was clearly amazed when Static used his powers to lift up the Ebon/Hotstreak creature.

    • Ebon and Hotstreak fuse together into a shadow/fire creature.

    • Slipstream returns from "Winds of Change," Boom returns from Brother-Sister Act," and Tamara Lawrence / Monster returns from The Usual Suspect." None of them have any lines.

    • Talon's real name is Teresa.

    • All of the bang babies except for Static, Gear, Ebon, and Hotstreak have lost their powers.

  • Allusions

    • Lord of the Rings:
      The creature that Ebon and Hotstreak fuse into is similar to the Balrog from 'Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring'.

    • Gear: Highly illogical, Captain.
      Gear does an impression of the ever-thinking Spock from Star Trek after Static asks if Ebon and Hotstreak could still be around.