Static Shock

Season 1 Episode 1

Shock to the System

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



  • Trivia

    • The Chinese guy and the girl from Wade's crew aren't at the throwdown when Wade gives Static his gun, but they appear during the fight.

    • Daisy is seen outside Virgil's high school when we see the first wide shot, but she didn't start there until "The New Kid."

    • After Virgil gets pounded by F-Stop, he has a black eye. However, it vanishes when he meets with the other gang, to be replaced by the other bruises and cuts.

    • If Static made his costume out of clothes he found in his closet, why don't Sharon and/or his dad figure out who he is? (Reply: Static actually found the clothes in Richie's closet.)

    • Through the first two seasons in the opening sequence when Richie and Virgil knock fists, you can see that the name of the school is "Dakoda," not Dakota, as it is shown all throughout the series.

  • Quotes

    • Robber: I don't care if it's Aladdin on his magic carpet. Get him!

    • Virgil: No more asking my dad to borrow his car, dude.
      Richie: You don't even drive yet, V.
      Virgil: Oh, whatever.

    • Richie: (to Virgil) Tangling with F-Stop? Are you crazy? The dude makes Norman Bates look like Mister Rogers.

    • Virgil: (about Frieda) F-Stop, you need to brush up on body language 101. Hers says, "Not in this lifetime."

    • (In the bathroom)
      Sharon: Hey, Puff Daddy! You're taking a long time for a guy with only 5 whiskers!
      Virgil: At least I grow mine on purpose.
      Sharon: Just hurry up. And give your weak rapping a rest.
      (Sharon walks away)
      Virgil: Aw, don't forget your dog collar! Woof, woof!

  • Notes

    • In this episode, we learn that Virgil's mother, Jean, died from gunfire while helping to save people from the Dakota Riots.

    • When this episode was first aired, the series wasn't planned to be a part of the DC Animated Universe(Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Gotham Knights, Superman, etc.).

    • This episode was along with "Aftershock", "The Breed", "Grounded", "They're Playing My Song" and "The New Kid" was released on DVD as Static Shock: The New Kid. It is also available on Mini-DVD.

    • This show was based on the comic Static.

    • In the show Fresh Prince of Bel Air, the cover from the first issue of Static can be seen framed and hung inside Will Smith's pool house.

    • In the comics, Frieda was the one that knew Staitc was Virgil, not Richie.

    • Virgil's 14 years old.

    • While Virgil is trying on different costumes, one is that of Black Vulcan, the African-American hero from SuperFriends.

    • One of Static's abilities with electricity is the taser punch.

    • Dwayne McDuffie, creator of Static, stated on his web page that he did not approve of Virgil's mother being dead in the series.

    • The comic book features a different take on Static's Origin.

  • Allusions

    • Thug: I don't care if it's Aladdin on his magic carpet!

      Obvious reference to Aladdin.

    • Richie: Makes Norman Bates look like Mister Rogers.
      Norman Bates is the famous lunatic from the Psycho movies, and Mister Rogers is the famous TV star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.