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"Feeding Time" is the sixth episode of the first season of Superman: The Animated Series, and the sixth of the overall series. It depicts the birth and subsequent rampage of The Parasite who steals Superman's powers and goes on a crime spree.

Plot

Superman worriedly looks at a large rock of Kryptonite, but is pleased to discover that his new Anti-Kryptonite suit is working perfectly. Its creator, Professor Hamilton, explains its composition as he stores the Kryptonite in a wall safe, commenting that it should withstand whatever trouble Superman may get himself into. As Superman takes off the suit for storage, he quips that Professor Hamilton seems to think that he goes looking for trouble.

Elsewhere, in Loading Bay 2, Rudy Jones clumsily operates a forklift to load barrels of an unknown substance onto his partner's truck. While Rudy works the forklift, a couple of security guards approach and ask what's going on. Rudy's partner, Martin Lebeau, pulls a gun on the guards and starts firing, despite Rudy's protests. The shots hit some barrels and starts a fire. Lebeau jumps into his truck and drives off, with Rudy jumping into the back with the barrels.

Inside of the lab, Superman can hear the fire and goes to investigate. He notices the duo escaping but chooses to save the trapped security guards instead. As he drives to freedom, Lebeau, fed up with Rudy's bumbling, speeds over a bumpy, winding road, ignoring Rudy's pleas to slow down. When he strikes a rock on the road, the canisters fall over and spill their contents onto Rudy. Briefly distracted by the mutating Rudy's pleas for help, Lebeau nearly hits the arch of a bridge - as he swerves back onto the road, he sends Rudy falling off the truck and into a patch of reeds near the river.

Later that night, a rat curiously sniffs at Rudy's body. The moment it touches the fallen man, some of its energy is drained into Rudy's body, allowing him to snatch up the rat. Nearby, a policewoman drives down the road and nearly runs into Rudy. Using the rat to distract her, he seizes her and drains her energy into himself. As he escapes in the policewoman's vehicle, Rudy notes that he was able to drain his victim's memories along with their energy.

As morning dawns, the newly minted Parasite sets out for revenge on Lebeau. He finds his old partner and starts draining his energy, only to be stopped by Superman, who was investigating the crime scene of the fallen policewoman as Clark. By faking cooperation, Parasite gets Superman close enough for him to grab and drain. Now possessing the bulk of the Man of Steel's powers, he easily defeats the weakened Superman and announces to Metropolis that he's the new power in the city.

Parasite proceeds to go on a crime spree, using Superman's powers to take whatever he wants without any true opposition. However, his powers soon begin to fade; elsewhere, the policewoman recovers from her drained state and Superman regains his strength and powers. Clark calls up Perry and tells him that his "cold" is getting better. However, before he can go out as Superman, Parasite attacks him, having gained his memories and knows his secret identity, retaking his powers. Now realizing that he can't keep the powers he takes, Parasite kidnaps Superman and keeps him chained up in an unrevealed location.

A week later, everyone is still unaware of Superman's location and how to stop the superpowered Parasite. Jimmy theorizes that Parasite is still using S.T.A.R. Labs, but no one believes him. When he goes to investigate himself, Jimmy finds Superman and attempts to free him, only to be attacked by a returning Parasite. Fortunately, Jimmy weakens the chains enough to enable Superman to escape - in turn, the Man of Steel helps Jimmy escape and runs into a weapons testing room. As Parasite looks for his prey, Superman emerges in his Anti-Kryptonite suit, which protects him from Parasite's powers. Parasite is still stronger and nearly drains Superman again, but the alien hero tricks him into accidentally grabbing a piece of Kryptonite. Having realized that Parasite must inherit the weaknesses of his victims as well as their strengths, Superman watches calmly as he falls unconscious from the Kryptonite's radiation.

As Parasite is locked up, Hamilton reveals that the Kryptonite drained his mind as well as his powers. Superman relaxes in the knowledge that Rudy Jones has been neutralized as a threat, and thus misses a cockroach crawling into Parasite's cell. As the insect approaches the cell's occupant, Parasite touches it and drains its energy. His eyes glow and his mouth slowly curls into a grin.

Cast

  • Tim Daly as Kal-El/Superman/Clark Kent
  • Dana Delany as Lois Lane
  • David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen
  • Lauren Tom as Angela Chen
  • George Dzundza as Perry White
  • Victor Brandt as Professor Hamilton
  • Brion James as Rudy Jones/The Parasite
  • Robert Patrick as Martin Lebeau
  • Tasia Valenza as Gina
  • Mel Winkler as Commissioner Henderson
  • Phil Hayes as Guard

Home Video releases

  • Superman: The Animated Series, Volume One (DVD)
  • Superman: The Complete Animated Series (DVD)
  • Superman: Bumper Collection (VHS)

Development

Gallery

Trivia

Notes

  • Debut of Superman's Anti-Kryptonite suit and Space Suit.
  • When Jimmy Olsen is informed about the police officer attacked by Parasite, he asks if the purple monster that attacked her was named "Barney". This is a reference to the titular character of children's TV show Barney and Friends, a dinosaur who, like Parasite, is purple.

Errors

Cultural References

Episode Connections

Production Notes

Production inconsistencies

  • Parasite drains Superman's powers and discovers his secret identity as Clark Kent, yet he apparently does not learn his true name, Kal-El, as he continues to call him "Kent".

References

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Animated series: Batman: The Animated SeriesSuperman: The Animated SeriesThe New Batman AdventuresThe New Batman/Superman AdventuresBatman BeyondStatic ShockThe Zeta ProjectJustice LeagueJustice League UnlimitedTeen TitansThe BatmanKrypto the SuperdogLegion of Super HeroesBatman: The Brave and the BoldYoung JusticeGreen Lantern: The Animated SeriesDC Nation ShortsTeen Titans Go!Beware the BatmanJustice League: Gods and Monsters ChroniclesVixenJustice League ActionFreedom Fighters: The RayConstantine: City of DemonsDC Super Hero GirlsTV seriesHarley Quinn

Live-action series: The FlashHuman TargetLois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanSmallvilleBirds of PreyHuman TargetConstantinePowerlessArrowGothamThe FlashiZombieSupergirlLegends of TomorrowLuciferPreacherBlack LightningKryptonTitansThe BoysPennyworthDoom PatrolSwamp ThingStargirlWatchmen Animated films: The Batman vs. DraculaSuperman: Brainiac AttacksTeen Titans: Trouble in TokyoJLA Adventures: Trapped in TimeScooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the BoldBatman NinjaTeen Titans Go! To the MoviesBatman: Mask of the PhantasmBatman & Mr. Freeze: SubZeroThe Batman/Superman Movie: World's FinestBatman Beyond: Return of the JokerBatman: Mystery of the BatwomanBatman and Harley QuinnSuperman: DoomsdayJustice League: The New FrontierBatman: Gotham KnightWonder WomanGreen Lantern: First FlightJustice League: Crisis on Two EarthsBatman: Under the Red HoodAll-Star SupermanGreen Lantern: Emerald KnightsBatman: Year OneJustice League: DoomSuperman vs. The EliteBatman: The Dark Knight ReturnsSuperman: UnboundBatman: Assault on ArkhamJustice League: Gods and MonstersBatman: The Killing JokeBatman: Gotham by GaslightSuperman/Batman: Public EnemiesSuperman/Batman: ApocalypseJustice League: The Flashpoint ParadoxJustice League: WarSon of BatmanJustice League: Throne of AtlantisBatman vs. RobinBatman: Bad BloodJustice League vs. Teen TitansJustice League DarkTeen Titans: The Judas ContractSuicide Squad: Hell to PayThe Death of SupermanReign of the SupermenThe SpectreJonah HexGreen ArrowSuperman/Shazam!: The Return of Black AdamCatwomanBatman: Return of the Caped CrusadersBatman vs. Two-FaceBatman UnlimitedBatman Unlimited: Animal InstinctsBatman Unlimited: Monster MayhemBatman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants Live-action films: SupermanSuperman II • (The Richard Donner Cut) • Superman IIISupergirlSuperman IV: The Quest for PeaceBatmanBatman ReturnsBatman ForeverBatmanSteelCatwomanConstantineBatman BeginsV for Vendetta (film)Superman ReturnsWatchmenThe LosersJonah HexGreen LanternMan of SteelBatman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeSuicide SquadJustice LeagueAquamanShazam!JokerBirds of Prey Serials:
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Animated series: Batman: The Animated SeriesSuperman: The Animated SeriesThe New Batman AdventuresThe New Batman/Superman AdventuresBatman BeyondStatic ShockThe Zeta ProjectJustice LeagueJustice League UnlimitedTeen TitansThe BatmanKrypto the SuperdogLegion of Super HeroesBatman: The Brave and the BoldYoung JusticeGreen Lantern: The Animated SeriesDC Nation ShortsTeen Titans Go!Beware the BatmanJustice League: Gods and Monsters ChroniclesVixenJustice League ActionFreedom Fighters: The RayConstantine: City of DemonsDC Super Hero GirlsTV seriesHarley Quinn

Live-action series: The FlashHuman TargetLois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanSmallvilleBirds of PreyHuman TargetConstantinePowerlessArrowGothamThe FlashiZombieSupergirlLegends of TomorrowLuciferPreacherBlack LightningKryptonTitansThe BoysPennyworthDoom PatrolSwamp ThingStargirlWatchmen Animated films: The Batman vs. DraculaSuperman: Brainiac AttacksTeen Titans: Trouble in TokyoJLA Adventures: Trapped in TimeScooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the BoldBatman NinjaTeen Titans Go! To the MoviesBatman: Mask of the PhantasmBatman & Mr. Freeze: SubZeroThe Batman/Superman Movie: World's FinestBatman Beyond: Return of the JokerBatman: Mystery of the BatwomanBatman and Harley QuinnSuperman: DoomsdayJustice League: The New FrontierBatman: Gotham KnightWonder WomanGreen Lantern: First FlightJustice League: Crisis on Two EarthsBatman: Under the Red HoodAll-Star SupermanGreen Lantern: Emerald KnightsBatman: Year OneJustice League: DoomSuperman vs. The EliteBatman: The Dark Knight ReturnsSuperman: UnboundBatman: Assault on ArkhamJustice League: Gods and MonstersBatman: The Killing JokeBatman: Gotham by GaslightSuperman/Batman: Public EnemiesSuperman/Batman: ApocalypseJustice League: The Flashpoint ParadoxJustice League: WarSon of BatmanJustice League: Throne of AtlantisBatman vs. RobinBatman: Bad BloodJustice League vs. Teen TitansJustice League DarkTeen Titans: The Judas ContractSuicide Squad: Hell to PayThe Death of SupermanReign of the SupermenThe SpectreJonah HexGreen ArrowSuperman/Shazam!: The Return of Black AdamCatwomanBatman: Return of the Caped CrusadersBatman vs. Two-FaceBatman UnlimitedBatman Unlimited: Animal InstinctsBatman Unlimited: Monster MayhemBatman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants Live-action films: SupermanSuperman II • (The Richard Donner Cut) • Superman IIISupergirlSuperman IV: The Quest for PeaceBatmanBatman ReturnsBatman ForeverBatmanSteelCatwomanConstantineBatman BeginsV for Vendetta (film)Superman ReturnsWatchmenThe LosersJonah HexGreen LanternMan of SteelBatman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeSuicide SquadJustice LeagueAquamanShazam!JokerBirds of Prey Serials:
Books:
Comic Books:
Soundtracks:
Video games:
Universes: DC ComicsDC animated universeDC Universe Animated Original Movies/DC Animated Movie UniverseDC Extended UniverseDC UniverseDC Universe OnlineDC Universe: LegaciesDC Universe Online: Legends • DC Universe Classics • DC Universe (toyline)

Characters
Heroes: SupermanBatman (Bruce Wayne/Terry McGinnis) • Supergirl (Kara Zor-El/Matrix/Linda Danvers/Cir-El/Power Girl/Ariella Kent) • Robin (Dick Grayson/Jason Todd/Damian Wayne/Tim Drake) • Nightwing (Dick Grayson/Chris Kent) • Green Lantern Corps (Hal Jordan/Alan Scott/Guy Gardner/John Stewart/Kyle Rayner/Jade/Simon Baz/Jessica Cruz) • BatwomanBatgirlHuntressRed RobinRed HoodFlamebirdBatwingBluebirdStarfireStar HuntersCyborgRavenBeast BoyAqualadArgentBumblebeeBushidoGnarrkHeraldKid FlashThe FlashJerichoKoleMás y MenosPanthaRed StarSpeedyThunder and LightningTerraGreen ArrowWonder WomanAquamanBlack CanaryMartian ManhunterHawkwomanHawkgirlWonder Girl • Blue Beetle (Dan Garret/Ted Kord/Jaime Reyes)

Villains: The JokerCatwomanLex LuthorSinestroHarvey Two-FaceThe RiddlerLaurel HedareGeorge HedareThe PenguinBaneClayfaceHarley QuinnKiller CrocMad HatterMan-BatScarecrowMr. FreezePoison IvyVentriloquistRa's al GhulCalendar ManCatmanCluemasterDeadshotDeathstrokeFireflyHugo StrangeHushKiller MothMaxie ZeusTweedledum and TweedledeeVictor ZsaszJinx
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Media
Animated series: Batman: The Animated SeriesSuperman: The Animated SeriesThe New Batman AdventuresBatman BeyondStatic ShockThe Zeta ProjectJustice League/Justice League Unlimited

Animated films: Batman: Mask of the PhantasmBatman & Mr. Freeze: SubZeroBatman Beyond: Return of the JokerBatman: Mystery of the BatwomanBatman and Harley Quinn (Part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies)
Animated shorts: The Dark Knight's First NightChase MeBatman Beyond
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