Rich Fogel — Writer

Episodes 11

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Heroes

1x6
February 21, 1999

Batman feels his thunder is being stolen by the Terrific Trio, a team of super-powered heroes: the 2-D Man, who can flatten and stretch his body to amazing lengths; Magma, a walking hulk of molten rock; and Freon, a woman who can turn to vapor and freeze objects with a touch. At Bruce's direction, Batman keeps a wary eye on them -- until he finds out that the accident that created them was no accident.

The Batman Beyond creators are avid Jack Kirby fans, and this episode is one of the few that pays direct tribute to the King of Comics in almost every scene. Comics aficionados will get a kick out of the many homages to the Fantastic Four, right down to the Terrific Trio's origin, character interactions, and gadgetry.

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April 11, 1999

Terry's late nights as Batman are starting to take a toll on his personal life when he can barely stay awake during the day. When he discovers that several jocks are using "slappers" -- patches that deliver the super-steroid Venom -- he investigates, only for his mother to catch him carrying the drugs. Then he has to find a way to stop the flow of Venom into Gotham and clear his name, all while being grounded.

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Bloodsport

2x6
October 23, 1999

The Stalker, a cybernetically enhanced big game hunter who combines technological and primitive methods to stalk dangerous prey, comes to Gotham to hunt the most dangerous prey of them all: Batman. After their first encounter, the Stalker extends the hunt by pursuing Terry. Unfortunately, Terry is taking care of his younger brother Matt than night -- and must find a way to save himself without endangering his brother or revealing his identity. Carl Lumbly makes his first appearance as the voice of the Stalker.

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Rats!

2x9
November 20, 1999

When Dana finally blows up at Terry for his constant absences and broken dates, she finds a single rose in her car. Assuming it's from Terry, she makes a date to meet him so they can talk. On his way over, Terry is delayed by radical anarchist Mad Stan. Disappointed, Dana gives up waiting, only to be spirited away to the underground world of a boy with rat-like features named Patrick.

Smitten with Dana, he promises to always be there for her if she'll live underground with him. Henry Rollins makes his first appearance as the voice of Mad Stan. Easily Batman's funniest foe, Stan is a comic exaggeration of Rollins -- not only does he look like him, he has a slightly distorted version of the singer's own personality, distrusting the government and seeing conspiracies everywhere. His solution: blow everything up.

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Plague

2x21
April 15, 2000

High school jock Nelson unwittingly smuggles a glass vial with an unknown green fluid into Gotham, which is seized at customs. In the parking lot, he's attacked by the Stalker, who demands to know the whereabouts of the vial. Batman interferes with Stalker's flight, but is in turn stopped by agent Bennet, who tells him Stalker is helping them track Falseface, an identity-switching mercenary working for Cobra, a secret organization holding Gotham hostage with a horrific chemical weapon. Despite his misgivings, Batman teams up with Stalker to find Falseface and stop Cobra's plans.

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May 6, 2000

One of the hottest virtual reality arcade games is Sentries of the Last Cosmos. Max and Terry's classmate Corey Cavaleri loves the game, sometimes better than real life. When he beats the arcade's all-time record, Corey is summoned to the secluded Sentrycroft estate by the game's creator, Simon Harper. There, he and two other kids become real-life Sentries, complete with flaming swords and flying discs.

After a raid on Gotham's hall of records, Harper tells the kids that Sentries of the Last Cosmos is more than a game; in a nod to The Last Starfighter, Harper -- calling himself the Wise One -- claims that the Sentries' war against the Dark Regent is real, and that the game is used to recruit trainees. Batman learns of Harper's plot to send the kids after the Dark Regent -- the equally reclusive Eldon Michaels -- and tries to stop the kids and find the connection between the two men.

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Where's Terry?

2x25
May 27, 2000

After a rare night out with his friends, Terry follows a suspicious figure out in the subway. Everyone is worried when he fails to reappear the following morning, and Bruce Wayne takes it upon himself to find him. When he asks Max about Terry's last whereabouts, she insists on coming along, despite his protests. Meanwhile, Batman wakes up in an underground tunnel under the hostile glare of a young boy, a runaway who lives in the tunnels. The boy wants Batman off of his turf as soon as possible, and tries to help him leave.

It turns out that the suspicious figure is none other than Shriek's assistant, who is helping the twisted sound genius with his new plan. Shriek causes a cave-in to trap Batman and the boy, who starts to express his long-standing hostility toward Batman. As Max and Bruce work toward finding Terry, and Batman and the boy try to escape, each learns to appreciate the others' skills -- until Shriek reveals himself from the shadows.

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King's Ransom

3x1
September 16, 2000

The Royal Flush gang, minus the reformed Ten, attempt a robbery of a Gotham city museum. Although the gang gets away with the piece, Batman stops Jack and leaves him for the police. Bruce deduces that the Royal Flush gang is working for Paxton Powers, and by listening in on Commissioner Gordon's interrogation of Jack, he and Batman also discover that there are widening rifts in the Royal Flush family.

At the hideout, the King and Queen argue, with the Queen endlessly comparing King to his previous namesake, her father. Furious, the King sets another plan in motion: he kidnaps Powers and holds him for ransom, using Bruce Wayne as a go-between. Powers, reluctant to have his illegal dealings exposed, makes a deal with the gang, to eliminate Bruce, but there's more than one double-cross afoot. Angie Harmon makes her first appearance as the new voice of Commissioner Barbara Gordon.

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The Call (1)

3x7
November 11, 2000

Batman receives a little unexpected help in capturing Inque: Superman. Superman reunites with Bruce Wayne, and extends an offer to Terry to join the Justice League. When Batman's introduction to the League is met with hostility by the other members, Superman takes Batman aside and explains that he has reason to suspect a traitor in their midst; he asks him to keep his eyes and ears open.

Terry reluctantly agrees, finding it difficult to spy on people he's idolized his whole life. When the League steps in to stop a mysterious attack on Metropolis, a missile explosion claims Warhawk's life. Batman is the only one to witness the event, which puts suspicion squarely on his shoulders.

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February 3, 2001

Batman has had his hands full foiling the plans of the mysterious terrorist organization Kobra. After he fails to stop some Kobra operatives from stealing a thermal bomb, Bruce Wayne recommends that he study under Kairi Tanaga, one of his old training partners, in an effort to improve his combat skills. During his training, he becomes friends with the reclusive Xander -- a skilled fighter who is shut out from the real world by his two bodyguards.

One evening, Terry sneaks Xander out of the dojo to experience normal adolescent life, where, for the first time in his life, he meets someone who can beat him; Max trounces him at Sentries of the Last Cosmos. The evening is interrupted by some Jokerz, and Xander's bodyguards whisk him away as the scene unfolds. Xander never returns to the dojo, instead resuming his rightful place as the future leader of Kobra. He and his "bodyguards" have nearly completed the serum that will transform humans into reptiles, but he needs only one thing -- Max, who he wants to be his queen.

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Countdown

3x12
April 7, 2001

In a Zeta Project crossover, the synthoid Zeta returns to Gotham with his friend Ro. While trying to make contact with Dr. Selick, they are attacked by Agent Bennet and his federal agents. The two split up, but Bennet manages to stop Zeta by attaching a disruptor to his back. Mad Stan, fleeing a battle with Batman, saves Zeta from "feds trampling his basic human rights."

After bringing him back to his hideout, Stan discovers that Zeta is a synthoid. Suspecting that he's a killer robot sent by the federal government, he sends the recovering and grateful Zeta on his way -- with a bomb planted on his back.

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