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Untouchable
"Untouchable"
Airdate: September 23, 2000 (USA)
Production Number: 39
Airdate Order: 41
Animation Services by: Koko/Dong Yang
Written by: Hilary J. Bader
Directed by: Dan Riba
Episode images (19)

"Untouchable" is the second episode of the third season of Batman Beyond. It depicts the appearance of The Repeller. A strange villain appears in Gotham stealing isotopes from various locations. Batman is instantly after him but discovers that the man is surrounded by a force field that can't penetrated by anything. Meanwhile, Terry finds a new interest in Irene, a girl who has an immune deficiency and therefore has to wear a belt projecting a field very much like the Repeller's.

Plot

Out at a Gotham research facility the guards are confronted by a mysterious man that floats down in front of them. They fire upon him but he's unhurt by their gunfire and easily repels the guards away. He continues further into the facility and breezes through an electrical field. Walking on, he heads towards the isotope lab and accidentally activates a security door but it bends upon touching his force field. Batman shows up and tries to stop the man but his bola cables are quickly snapped and a batarang simply deflects off the field. Batman tries to stop the man himself but is stopped in mid-air and hurled into the wall. The man then reaches into a vat filled with a liquid that is hundreds of degrees in temperature. Unharmed, he flies out of the room. Batman gives chase but still can't harm his enemy. During his escape the Repeller knocks over a billboard and Batman is forced to back off in order to save the people below.

Back in the Batcave, Bruce explains that the Repeller stole the only sample of an unstable isotope: Beta Sterillium. Terry explains that he's never seen anything like the Repeller's powers, but Bruce claims that he has.

Terry Irene rose

Terry has a rose that Irene can't smell.

Together, Bruce and Terry go the Wayne-Powers Medical Research Facility, which has a special clinic for people with deficient immune systems. Because these people are so vulnerable to infections, they cannot be allowed out into the world without protection. Bruce and Terry are guided by Dr. Suzuki, who explains about the solutions they've been working on. The older "bubble suits" were too cumbersome but they have come up with a new solution: the ISO field generator rings. These rings are said to "create a dia-gravitational aura which repels all matter." A girl, who is wearing one of the rings, walks up to Terry and gives him a rose while Bruce goes with Dr. Suzuki to see the specs on the rings. The girl introduces herself as Irene, and as they converse Terry is surprised when she tells him that she's never been outside the building.

Bruce looks over the specs and asks for a copy of them, but before he can get it, another doctor, Dr. Blades, arrives and angrily forbids it. Even when he learns who Bruce is, he refuses to allow it. Bruce says he only wanted to know whether the ISO-rings could be adapted into a weapons system—which proves to be the wrong thing to say. Blades angrily retorts that he would never participate in that kind of research and storms off.

That night, at Gotham Steel + Ore a couple of thugs wait for the Repeller who crawls out of a vat of molten steel letting it harden then shattering it. He gives the criminals the Beta Sterillium in exchange for some credits. The female thug, Makeba, mentions that he only charged half as much for the Alpha Sterillium but he replies that the higher price is because of Batman. Makeba is concerned, as they still need the Gamma Isotope. Repeller assures her that they'll get it and if Batman gets in the way again, he'll kill him.

Later, Terry meets up with Dana at Cheezy Dan's and prattles on about Irene. Dana gets jealous and starts to walk away. Terry goes after her but he receives a call from Irene, which causes Dana to leave. Irene continues on and tells Terry that she's lost out in the city and when Terry asks if they let her out on her own, she tells him she escaped.

Irene and Terry go to the beach and Irene talks about how the only thing she can really experience is the sound. Terry tries to tell Irene about Dana but Irene suddenly notices that the rings are almost out of power and she must get back to the lab. Together, Terry and Irene sneak in but Blades is there. He bans Terry from the institution and grounds Irene.

Terry goes to Bruce and talks to him about Irene for a while. After that conversation, Bruce explains that Alpha Sterillium had been stolen from the University and that if both the Alpha and Beta Sterillium are combined with Gamma Sterillium it creates a powerful explosive. The best source for the Gamma Sterillium is the Blüdhaven Nuclear facility.

Meanwhile, Irene is left alone in the lab but notices that there's a bubble suit in her room. Donning the suit, she calls Terry's house and gives Matt a message to tell Terry to meet her at the beach. Matt, however, doesn't really listen.

Titaniam breaking

The Repeller breaks through the titanium.

Unaware of Irene's location, Batman goes to the Power Plant and is ambushed by the Repeller. However, Batman throws a specialized batarang at him, which wraps him up in titanium ribbons. Unfortunately, the Repeller can break even them. Now free, the Repeller starts attacking with gravitational blasts finally succeeding in trapping Batman underneath rubble and pushing him towards the ocean. Batman is unable to escape and is buried in the ocean by the falling rubble. The Repeller believes Batman to be dead and leaves. Fortunately, Batman manages to escape.

Back at the research lab, Irene goes to get the Repeller rings but the Repeller arrives and removes his mask revealing himself to be Suzuki. Irene tries to hide but is discovered. Before Suzuki can deal with her, however, Blades comes in. Suzuki attacks him and explains that he figured out how to solve the power problems and decided it'd be more profitable to use the rings as a weapon than for medical purposes. He then hurls Blades out of the room and begins to crack Irene's helmet open but Batman arrives and tackles him. The two fight one another but Suzuki has the superior power and easily gains the upper hand. Fortunately, the fight forces Batman into a hangar, and Batman remembers Irene telling him the one thing that can get through the gravitational field: sound.

Can't touch ears

Suzuki can't touch his own ears.

Suzuki flies in and repels Batman again. Batman hurls a batarang and hits the control panel, activating the turbines. Suzuki is unconcerned and keeps advancing. Bracing himself against the wall, Batman puts on a pair of headphones he snatched from the turbine operator and waits it out. Soon the turbine noise becomes deafening, and Suzuki is overwhelmed. Ironically, the field makes it impossible for him to put his own hands over his ears. In desperation, he shuts down the suit and is nearly sucked into the turbines. Batman manages to shut off the turbines and save Suzuki just in time.

With the ordeal over, Blades allows Irene to go out of the building. Terry is happy for her but tries to tell her about Dana. However, she introduces another friend, Larry, who is more than a friend to her. Irene could never figure out when to tell Terry.

Background information

Home video releases

Production notes

Production inconsistencies

  • Scientifically while using the Iso Rings, no one should be able to hear what's going on outside the field because sound requires a medium to travel. If the ring repels all matter including air, no sound should be able to get through. However, if the field allows the airspace within to vibrate in response to sounds outside, it is possible that the person using the Rings could hear or sense sound to some degree.

Trivia

  • The condition which Irene and her friends suffer from, and which the Iso Rings are designed to protect against, appears to be primary immunodeficiency, which is a real condition: a weakness (usually genetic) in the immune system that leaves a person much more vulnerable to viral and bacterial infections.
  • Dr. Suzuki is correct; titanium is not unbreakable; it simply has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than any other metal, including steel—a certain amount of titanium is much stronger than an amount of steel of the same weight.

Cast

Actor Role
Will Friedle Terry McGinnis / Batman
Kevin Conroy Bruce Wayne
Joanna Hulce Irene
Gedde Watanabe Dr. Suzuki
Victor Raider-Wexler Muscles
Miguel Sandoval Dr. Blades
Lauren Tom Dana Tan
Ryan O'Donohue Matt McGinnis
T'Keyah Keymáh Makeba

Quotes

Guard 1: (After seeing the Repeller) Get a load of the freak in long johns.
Guard 2: (Urgently) You really haven't been in Gotham long, have you kid?


Dr. Blades: What makes you think that you can rummage through my files like you own the place?
Bruce: Because I do: Bruce Wayne.


Dana: Boys. They always want the unobtainable, and they're always willing to sacrifice what they already have to get it!


Bruce: When I was younger women used to throw themselves at my feet all the time.
Terry: What'd you do?
Bruce: I stepped over them.
Terry: Smooth.
Bruce: I thought so.


(Batman draws a batarang)
Dr. Suzuki: Haven't we danced this waltz before?
Batman: Humor me.


Batman: Titanium. The strongest alloy known to man. It's unbreakable.
Repeller: Nothing's unbreakable if you apply enough force!



Previously produced episode:
"Big Time"
Episodes of
Batman Beyond
Next produced episode:
"Where's Terry?"
Previously aired episode:
"King's Ransom"
Next aired episode:
"Inqueling"

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