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Static Shock Season 3 DVD Review

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“Static Shock” is a fun, but flawed animated series.

In the 13 episode third season of the DC animated series “Static Shock,” Dakota City’s electromagnetic kid superhero Static (AKA Virgil Hawkins) finds himself in a number of adventures. Among the plots in this season- a confused meta-human named Nails who gets mixed up with the wrong crowd, Richie becoming a new hero, Virgil taking an eventful trip to Ghana with his family, a female superhero named She-Bang, Brainiac, meta-humans, Lil Romeo, Toyman, time travel, and an old hero named Soul Power.

“Static Shock,” which has developed a cult following over the years, is a truly rewarding DC animated series. First of all, the series features an inspiring African-American hero/role model with Static. You don’t need me to tell you how important and refreshing this is (especially way back in 2003 when this season aired).

On top of that, this series also includes downright fun crossovers with “Batman: The Animated Series,” “Superman: The Animated Series,” and “Justice League.” Who doesn’t want to see Static teaming up with Batman in “Hard as Nails” or see the character interact with members of the JL in the 2 parter “A League Of Their Own?”  It’s especially exciting to see if you’re a fan of DC comic characters.

If I had to criticize the series at all, I would say some of the song inclusions are distracting (they try too hard to be hip) and that some of the dialogue is a bit iffy at times. Yes, there are extremely talented writers such as Paul Dini, the late great Dwayne McDuffie, and Alan Burnett working on episodes, but it’s clear some of the lines haven’t held up 15 years later.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1. How does it look? A solid transfer. The show looks as it did when it first aired.

Audio Track: 2.0 Dolby Stereo. How does it sound? Rather lively for a 2.0 track.

The lone extra is an episode of the “Superman: The Animated Series” titled “Obsession” which is a tie in to the “Toys In The Hood” episode.

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February 20, 2018 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , ,

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