Bruce Timm has stated on various audio commentaries that he admires the Buffyverse, and in the "Rebirth, Part I" commentary he said that he was asked to make Batman Beyond like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was very popular of WB at that time. Curiously, one year and one month after the airing of this episode, Buffy aired an episode with plot points similar to this one, in which a misfit creates an android girlfriend, who also goes haywire in a party. See more »
[she and other students are planning to attend Howard's party]
If you're not too busy being Mr. Host, maybe I can pry you away from Cynthia for a dance.
[puts her hand on his shoulder]
You're talking to Howard Groote. All things are possible.
[Terry notices Cynthia giving Chelsea an angry look and she squeezes Howard's notebook so tight, it cracks]
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The character of Howard Groot is played by 'Max Brooks (q.v.)' yet Howard's father is listed in the credits as "Mr. Brooks" not "Mr. Groot." See more »
Batman Beyond (Main Title)
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the writers always do their best work with humanistic themes
As was the case with the award winning series upon which this "showcase" (futuristic) series was based, the best episodes are the ones without the super-villains, the ones where human foibles are more important than mad scientists and ego-maniacs.
My personal view was there were was enough life left in the original Batman without the need to age him and have him pass his legacy to a high-schooler.
As is the case with most of my personal views, no one seemed to care.
That said, the Terry character is well constructed, given the limitations of the riff, and this episode, which is almost entirely about being in high-school, is good fun.
And the close, which plays off the dialog "We can still be friends," is nothing less than inspired.
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