Superman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 6

Feeding Time

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Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Sep 21, 1996 on The WB
8.9
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After toxic chemicals transform janitor Rudy Jones into the energy-draining Parasite, he imprisons Superman, intent on keeping the Man of Steel as his own personal power source.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A nice introduction of the Parasite

    8.0
    One of the show's earlier episodes "Feeding Time" gives us a new origin of the Parasite that stays close the comic characters origins and power set. Although the character only gets a handful of appearances over the course of the episode he's one of the show's more intriguing villains as he temporarily absorbs both the knowledge and power from his victims making him a complicated threat for Superman to handle.



    You can find my full recap and review (with pics) at RazorFine Reviewmoreless
  • Rudy Jones has always been a low-life, but unlike Luthor, the Toyman, Metallo, Livewire or Luminus, Rudy was not vicious nor wicked by nature.

    6.0
    This episode has a different and rather interesting way of introducing a new villain: The Parasite. Rudy Jones has always been a low-life, but unlike Luthor, the Toyman, Metallo, Livewire or Luminus, Rudy was not vicious nor wicked by nature. He was an ordinary, rather clumsy janitor in Star Labs, but he didn't have homicidal instincts, as we can deduce when he tries to stop Lebeau from shooting those security guards. However, when Rudy is given the power to absorb other people's energy and thoughts, he is overwhelmed by it and loses touch with reality, which makes his one power-hungry criminal.



    The Parasite represents every unsuccessful man who tries to make his way to the top through an unworthy path, but without hurting anyone in the process, unlike Luthor. However, when he gets what he wants – even though it was by accident – this power overcomes his common sense and turns him into an immoral being.



    The animation is not particularly spectacular, but the scene where Rudy transforms into the Parasite was brilliantly done, causing a very disturbing feeling as Rudy screams terrified and pleads for help.



    The ending, once again, leaves a distressing tone, as the Parasite wickedly smiles in his cell, hinting that we can expect dreadful thing from this new established villain.moreless
Brion James

Brion James

Rudy Jones/The Parasite

Guest Star

Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick

Lebeau

Guest Star

Tasia Valenza

Tasia Valenza

Policewoman

Guest Star

David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Jimmy Olsen

Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Angela Chen

Recurring Role

George Dzundza

George Dzundza

Perry White

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Jimmy's camera bag's strap disappears after Mr. White shoves him out of his office, and reappears after Jimmy sees Perry's press pass.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Superman: Rudy? Rudy Jones, put that man down.
      The Parasite: Sure.
      (The Parasite tosses Lebeau aside)

    • The Parasite: Good to see you again, Superman, or should I say, Clark. That's right, Kent. I got your powers, I got your thoughts, and I got your secret.

    • Commissioner Henderson: She must have been delirious when our boys found her. She said something about being attacked by a purple monster.
      Jimmy: (Laughing) Was it's name Barney?
      Commissioner Henderson: You here to make 'haha' kid, or take pictures?
      Jimmy: I guess that's a 'no'...

    • The Parasite: (to Superman) Good evening, dinner.

    • The Parasite: Don't you recognize me, Marty? It's your old doormat, Rudy Jones.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of the Parasite.

    • Mel Winkler (Henderson) also played the character in the first several episodes of "Lois & Clark" before Richard Belzer took over the role. He's one of only a handful of actors who have played both animated and live versions of the same character (others include Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk in the live TV show and the 90s cartoon, and Jeremy Ratchford as Banshee on the 90s X-Men cartoon and in the TV movie "Generation X").

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Commissioner Henderson: She must have been delirious when our boys found her. She said something about being attacked by a purple monster.
      Jimmy: (Laughing) Was it's name Barney?

      This is a reference to Barney the Dinosaur, star of the show Barney and Friends

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