|Army of Darkness
Episode #44 (257-375) - Army of Darkness
Original Airdate - February 14th, 2004
When mysterious metahumans start committing robberies at night,
Static and Gear investigate, uncovering an underground group of Bang
Babies who have an aversion to sunlight.
Media by Bird Boy
Review by Matt Zimmer
Supervising Producer Alan Burnett
Producer Denys Cowan, Swinton O. Scott III
Associate Producer J.C. Cheng
Written by John Semper Jr.
Directed by Mark J. Howard
Music by Gousse and Big Tank
Animation by Dong Woo Animation Co., LTD.
Phil LaMarr as Virgil Hawkins/Static
Jason Marsden as Richie Foley/Gear
Freddy Rodriguez as Fade / Tech
Dawnn Lewis as Brickhouse
Colleen O'Shaughnessey as Nightingale
Gary Sturgis as Ebon
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Static goes up against a group of Meta-humans known as the Night Breed.
While on night patrol Static meets a metahuman girl name Nightingale who
is helping a group of them rob a bank. It turns out the group is working
for Ebon who plans to use Nightingale’s shadow powers to blot out the
sun so he can take over Dakota. Nightingale balks at the plan when Ebon
tries to kill Static and Gear. She tells Static that she and the others
in the group call themselves the Night Breed and were affected by the
Big Bang in such a way that they cannot stand to be in the light and
they've lived underground ever since. Ebon has the tech guy of the group
build the machine to blot out the sun. Nightingale, Static, Gear, and
another member of the Breed called Brickhouse stop him and the Night
Breed escape with Static and Gear. Nightingale tells Static that he'll
always have friends underground in Dakota should he need them.
I really wish Static Shock had gotten a fifth season as the Night Breed
was so great that I'm disappointed that they never got the chance to
return. They were based on the Blood Syndicate from the Static comics
and I thought they were cool. This episode had a bunch of great little
touches such as Static protecting Batman's identity. I also loved the
flashback and found the Night Breed kind of creepy, but neat.
The animation in the episode was top-notch as well. I loved the shadow
effects and I thought the fights were extremely well done. As it stands
this episode is one of the standouts from the fourth season and I really
liked it a lot.