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Romeo In the Mix

Episode #38 (385-862) - Romeo In the Mix
Original Airdate - April 19th, 2003

Lil' Romeo joins forces with Static to defeat the Leech, a metahuman who is stealing metahuman powers.

Note: Originally titled "Lil' Romeo".

Media by Bird Boy; Pan by Borg4of3
Review by Matt Zimmer

Play Like Us
Written by Master P and Lil' Romeo
Performed by Lil' Romeo
Featuring Tyron and Little D
Courtesy of The New No Limit Records

Bring It
Written by Lil' Romeo and Master P
Performed by Lil' Romeo
Courtesy of The New No Limit Records
Credits:
Supervising Producer Alan Burnett
Producer Denys Cowan, Swinton O. Scott III
Associate Producer Bobbie Page
Story by Rhonda Smiley
Teleplay by Len Uhley
Directed by [Uncredited]
Music by Richard "Wolfie" Wolf
Animation by Koko Enterprise Co., LTD.

Voices:
Phil LaMarr as Virgil Hawkins/Static
Jason Marsden as Richie Foley/Gear
Lil' Romeo as Himself
Kevin Michael Richardson as Bernie Rast
Danny Cooksey as Hotstreak
Gary Sturgis as Ebon
David Arquette as Leech
Tia Texada as Talon
Crystal Scales as Daisy
Danica McKellar as Freida
 
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Sound Clips
"So...uh, while you're waiting..." (50kb, MP3)
"Hey, well what about that..." (124kb, MP3)

Review

Lil' Romeo teams up with Static to defeat a power sapping villain.

A meta-human called Leech kidnaps Hotstreak to sap his powers along with Ebon's who he's already captured. He leaves them in a prison to gather more Bang Babies to drain of power. Meanwhile Bernie Rast is trying to placate rapper Lil' Romeo into using his production company to produce his next video by saying he can get his favorite hero Static to appear in it. Static balks at first but soon relents especially after he finds out Frieda and Daisy was the ones who promised him to Rast. Leech kidnaps Talon and then goes after Static. He accidentally nabs Romeo however because he's wearing a Static costume and takes him back to the prison.

Leech agrees to exchange Static for Romeo and Static is taken hostage. Romeo decides to rescue Static and the others once he firgures out they are being held in a movie studio. While Leech is gone robbing the city Romeo frees Static, Ebon, Hotstreak and Talon but Ebon double-crosses him and locks him and Static in the building. Leech returns and saps Static of his powers but Romeo activates the sprinkler system and shorts Leech out. At the end Leech, Ebon, Talon and Hotstreak are taken back to prison.

This episode was pretty good despite its laughable premise. I have to say I don't think I mind any of these real life guest stars on the show if they are as well done as this episode. It probably helps that Lil' Romeo is just a kid so it's understandable why the cartoon version of him would look up to Static. I also thought Hotstreak asking him for his autograph was hilarious especially when he insisted it was for his sister.

And I was delighted to see Bernie Rast again, just as smarmy as ever. I think I laughed a little too hard when he called Gear Gizmo. And he dropped more Robin and Titans references which almost make me wish Teen Titans was in continuity with the rest of the DCAU. The animation here was pretty good. I thought the Ebon effects were used even better than usual here.

I liked the episode a lot, and probably way more than I should have.

Story: ***1/2
Animation: ****
Average: ***1/2
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