Static Shock

Season 1 Episode 1

Shock to the System

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Sep 23, 2000 on The WB

Episode Recap

Virgil Hawkins is a smart, funny teen that gets beat up by gang leader Francis, who calls himself F-Stop. One day F-stop and his gang banger buddies jump(beat up Virgil). That's when Wade(gang leader comes in to play). The other gang leader, Wade, protects him a couple of times, but says he can't be there all the time for him. He wants Virgil to join his gang. Virgil. Virgil doesn't want to be part of a gang since gang gunfire killed his mother. He tells Virgil to show up at the docks and afraid to say no, he does. They give him a gun as F-Stop's gang shows up, and gang fights begin. Virgil throws the gun into a near by river. F-stop spots Virgil, but is soon distracted. Virgil goes and hides behind a dumpster. As soon as the police get there, they shoot, but it hits some gas canisters, causing the canisters to leak out all over the docks and into the city. Virgil tries to climb over a nearby fence fleeing the gas, but fails. Virgil wakes up the next day and finds that he has these mysterious powers. He tells his friend Ritchie to meet him in the junkyard where he puts his new powers to the test. Virgil gets the idea that he can be a superhero. He goes over to Richie's house, his best friend, and they pick out a costume and a superhero name for Virgil. He goes over to Richie's house, his best friend, and they pick out a costume and a superhero name for Virgil. And after some crazy ideas and costumes, Static Shock is born. This episode was actually a memory flashback. The real action is at Static's first fight. He defeats the common thugs. He finds his school's new computer equipment and delivers it to Dakota Union High, where he uses the line "put a shock to your system," leaving a good impression in mind.