SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron focused on the characters of Chance Furlong and Jake Clawson, two ex-Enforcer pilots. They were discharged from the Enforcers after disobeying the orders of Commander Feral, which resulted in the destruction of the newly built Enforcer Headquarters.
Having been blamed for the incident, the two were fired and sent to work in a military Salvage Yard to pay off the debt for its destruction. At their rate of pay, it would take them the rest of their lives.
Not wanting to be out of the law enforcement picture, the two decided to become vigilantes. Using their own ingenuity and the resources of the salvage yard, they built their own super sonic jet: the Turbokat. Donning the aliases T-Bone and Razor respectively, they took to the skies as the SWAT Kats.
By using unorthodox weapons and tactics, the SWAT Kats were able to handle situations that often left the Enforcers helpless. Taking on adversaries such as Dark Kat, Dr. Viper, The Metallikats and the Pastmaster, they became the popular saviors of Megakat City.
The SWAT Kats earned the trust and respect of Megakat City’s Deputy Mayor Calico Briggs. As a result, Callie is often the insider who informs the SWAT Kats of impending emergencies so they can respond in a timely fashion.
Commander Feral generally detests the SWAT Kats as they often make the Enforcers look bad. He frequently refers to them as “reckless hotshots with no respect for authority” throughout the series. At first Feral treats the SWAT Kats purely as criminals due to their vigilante actions, and at numerous points aggressively pursues their capture and arrest. Towards the end of the series Feral comes to view the SWAT Kats as a relative force for good, even going so far as to credit them for their “minor assistance.”
Near the end of season two’s production, Turner Networks decided to cancel the show. An exact reason has yet to be established, but numerous factors such as the show’s violence, its inability to move merchandise and a general growing disinterest have been cited.
The show lasted for a period of two seasons from 1993 to 1994 with a total of 23 episodes (including two “half” episodes). Turner Networks had expressed no intention of bringing the series back.
SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron has since generated a large and lively fandom on the internet, the focal points of which can be found on SWAT Kats.us, Kristen’s SWAT Kat Gallery and the SK Zone.
The series was created by Christian and Yvon Tremblay, with every episode directed by Robert Alvarez (with the exception of Special Report). Major writers included Glenn Leopold and Lance Falk.
To learn more about the Tremblays, visit their official website at Tremblay Brothers Studios.