Static Shock

Season 1 Episode 3

The Breed

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Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Oct 07, 2000 on The WB
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Asked to tutor a track star, Virgil discovers that he is another "bang baby", who mutates into a 7-foot giant of bionic energy. To make things worse, he has been recruited into a criminal gang run by a shadowy metahuman named Ebon.

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    Telma Hopkins

    Telma Hopkins

    Mrs. Barnett

    Guest Star

    Bumper Robinson

    Bumper Robinson

    Derek Barnett / D-Struct

    Recurring Role

    Tia Texada

    Tia Texada

    Talon

    Recurring Role

    Brian Tochi

    Brian Tochi

    Shiv

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • n/a: Lois Lane Reference
        In this and previous episodes, Static refers to Superman and his supporting cast as if they are fictional characters in his universe. However, it turns out that they actually exist in his universe.

      • Shiv's powers have a red glow in this episode. (In all other episodes, they glow purple)

      • The names used in this episode for Ebon and Talon are never used again. They are changed to something that makes sense with the plot later on.

      • Talon gets really angry about Static not being messed up from the Bang like her. Both in this episode and afterwards, she works with guys like Shiv, Hotstreak, Madelyn Spaulding, Kangor and Ferret. Something doesn't add up. (Reply: Talon never said that she had a problem with Bang Babies that looked normal. She simply got mad at Static for making a comment about how they looked.)

      • Ebon and Talon refer to themselves as Evon and Talia, respectively.

    • QUOTES (12)

    • NOTES (8)

      • This episode along with "Shock To The System", "Aftershock", "Grounded", "They're Playing My Song" and "The New Kid" was released on DVD as Static Shock: The New Kid.

      • In this episode, Richie invents the Static Saucer which could be foreshadowing his becoming Gear.

      • Shiv's powers are based slightly off of Blood Syndicate's Plus, although Shiv lacks the flight and force fields of his comic counterpart.

      • Out of the entire roster of the Breed in this episode, D-Struct was the only character to appear in the comics. In the comics, he was an ex-gang member that tried to kill Static, but realized that it wasn't worth it and left. When Derek tries to restore himself to his normal form, it is a reference to the fact that the original D-Struct could switch between his human and energy forms.

      • This episode introduces the "static saucer," which is now Static's means of transportation instead of flying on man-holes and trash can lids. All Static has to do is energize it, which will unfold the disc, and hop on to it.

      • The abandoned train station is located at Milestone St. and Cowan. Milestone is the creator's most successful black-owned comic book company. Also, the director for this episode is Denys Cowan.

      • First appearance of Ebon, Talon and Shiv.

      • Ebon is a redone Tarmack from the comic series. The only real difference between the two of them is the fact that Tarmack's powers affect asphalt and not shadow.

    • ALLUSIONS (6)

      • Static: I got more lives than Madonna has hairstyles.
        Madonna is a pop singer and was known to have many hairstyles throughout her career.

      • Virgil: Wonder if Tarzan has days like this?
        Tarzan, orphaned at birth in darkest Africa, raised by the Great Apes, he grew up in the primative world of the jungle. Until fate brought him face to face with his past. Taking his rightful place as Earl of Greystoke, Tarzan soon became disenchanted with civilization, he returned home to Africa. The link just takes you to one of the many shows that were made about him.

      • Shiv: Sosa dreams of being this good!
        Sammy is the starting right fielder for the Chicago Cubs. He's also an amazing home-run hitter, and a great player all around for the Cubs.

      • Virgil: Even Ripley wouldn't believe this.
        Ripley's Believe it or Not! takes viewers through a world of amazing feats, facts, and artifacts that stretch the limits of imagination.

      • Virgil: The Twilight Zone express?
        The Twilight Zone was a series back in the '50s that had a collection of various tales that range from the tragic to the comedic, but are usually laced with a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected ending.

      • Virgil: Just chill, Lois Lane!
        Lois Lane is a character from Superman who was the top reporter for the Daily Planet.

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