"The New Kid" is the sixth episode of Static Shock. It first aired on November 18, 2000.
Virgil's dad and Principal agree that he is too smart to stay in Dakota High School. With the help of a scholarship, they send him to an advanced Science and Technology school, where he meets two geeky bullies who turn out to be upperclassmen and his teachers. All the other students are a snore except Daisy, who is beautiful and funny, and helps Virgil with his projects. They work on a new prototype program that tracks electricity signatures. Virgil hands it over to his teachers who use it for a giant robot that rampages the city. The robot belongs to Edwin Alva and the school is funded by him. Alva tells the teachers the prototype had better stop Static, the bane of his existence, but Virgil and Daisy sneak in and overhear everything. The teachers see them and they run away, only to have the giant robot attack them. Virgil changes into Static and he fights off the robot he helped build, eventually defeating it by knowing its weak spot. Back at his old high school, Virgil is happy to discover that Daisy has transferred there, too.
Home video releases
- When Specs and Trapper's robot blow up a newsstand, the ensuing explosion is reused footage from the gas canisters that Superman ignites in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "The Way of All Flesh".
- Afterwards, when Trapper is targeting Static he blows up a pile of boxes and trash bags, causing an explosion that is reused footage from a scene of the Superman: The Animated Series episode "My Girl", in which Mr. Eelan blows a vat of hot lead off its support. This is used again twice when the second robot crashes in Edwin Alva's office and opens fire.
- Virgil mentions "Stephen Hawkings"; he probably meant Stephen Hawking.
- In the credits to the television broadcast, Jason Marsden is credited for playing Rubberband Man rather than Richie Foley. This is corrected in the DVD release.
Virgil: I have a question about the electronic eye — brown, green or baby blue?
Specs: That new kid. They'll let anyone in these days.
Daisy: You've heard of teachers' pets? Specs and Trapper are Alva's pets.
Daisy: There are these kids, Static. They're after you.
Static: (about the robot) It must be covered in some kind of ceramic.