Synopsis for "Vision and Power"
Nearby, Madame Xanadu walks through a medieval village with Amy Beitermann. She explains to Amy that she is just using a bit of magic; technically, they are still in the apartment. She explains that they're walking in the village where she grew up. It is a place that pre-dates Camelot. She then asks Amy to look into a pool of water so that she may understand why she needs her help in changing the world.
While at the pool, it is revealed that Madame Xanadu was born into a matriarchal society that lived in harmony with the earth. When the world became more technically advanced and masculine, women lost their power and respect. Because of this, Madame Xanadu lost much of her power, and her powers were reduced to augury and divination. If she were able to access the Spectre's power, she would be able to restore the world that she knew. Amy is the key, because Amy is the focus and the key to the power the Spectre wields.
Amy tells Madame Xanadu that she wants nothing to do with her plan. Never the less, Amy is already at the center of it. Corrigan, the Spectre, needs living people to act as his anchor to the mortal sphere; without human contact, the Spectre drifts away, becoming less human. At the same time, this human contact is what keeps Corrigan from achieving his own final rest.
Amy continues to look into the pool and sees how Xanadu had gained some of the Spectre's power. It was when the Spectre first began to question his mission that he needed a refuge, a safe harbor. Xanadu created one for him. With the power that he gave to her, she formed some of the Spectre's dense protoplasm into a separate Jim Corrigan. She made him seem alive, even to himself. With more of the Spectre's power, she created the "sendings," which are portions of her own soul made palpable, to reinforce the illusion. As the spirit form, Kimmie, and as the physical form, Madame Xanadu, both natures of the Spectre fed her the tantric power by which she maintained the spell.
As Madame Xanadu's is speaking her tale, Jim Corrigan crawls out of the water, still being chased by the monsters.
Angered, Corrigan explains that, back then, he feel for Madame Xanadu's trap. She still believes that Corrigan should use his power to remake the world -- to cure the sick, to banish death itself. However, Corrigan explains when he is the Spectre, he doesn't fight death, he fights evil. Then, Madame Xanadu shows Amy her fate: she won't die of AIDS, but will be hacked to death in an alley. Nothing can prevent it, unless the world itself is changed.
Madame Xanadu calls her sendings to her, and she takes in the power of the Spectre. She vows to reshape the world, but first, she will punish those who violate and destroy women. Jim Corrigan begins to fade away, but Amy agrees to help him find Madame Xanadu.
Meanwhile, Madame Xanadu, now as the Spectre, punishes a pimp who was exploiting prostitutes. Next, she punishes a CEO whose company was poisoning the earth. The dying CEO points out that her goal was revenge, not justice; if her concern were pollution, she could have just used her power to clean it up, but it was more important to punish and release her anger.
She then realizes that Corrigan has overtaken the body of the CEO. Corrigan tells Madame Xanadu that she will end up just like him if she continues to wield the power of the Spectre. With that, Madame Xanadu renounces the power. She tells Corrigan that he doesn't have to take back the Spectre's power, he may go to his final rest now. However, Corrigan insists on keeping the power so that he may help Amy avoid her fate. He reveals that he loves her.
At Siegel-Bailey General Hospital, the Reaver enters the Medical Records room.
Appearing in "Vision and Power"
- Madame Xanadu's "sendings"
- Betty Bumphus (Cameo)
- Bug McGrew (Cameo)
- Cynner (Cameo)
- Hassan Al Armani (Cameo)
- Kimmie (As a spirit) (Cameo)
- Roger Jamiston
- New York City
- Siegel-Bailey General Hospital