Night of the Dark Kat
Amazing as it may seem, our beloved SWAT Kats have destroyed two skyscrapers- Make that four skyscrapers! - Ann Gora
Dark Kat employs techno-crook Hard Drive to carry out his revenge against the SWAT Kats by impersonating them as criminals.
Dark Kat enlists Hard Drive to help him destroy both the SWAT Kats and their reputation.
After the villains lure the pilots into a conveyor belt death trap, Hard Drive uses the stolen Turbokat to pose as the SWAT Kats and frame them as criminals.
Good points: 1. Mook’s animation is well done. 2. Callie has a strong role that tests both her courage and her trust in the SWAT Kats; she even gets to save their lives for a change.
Bad points: 1. The cliched “make the heroes look like villains” plot. 2. The whole death trap business. Dark Kat is foolish not to kill the SWAT Kats outright; even Hard Drive sensibly complains to his partner, “I still say you should have let me fry those two!” 3. Hard Drive’s introduction is marred by a clumsy, contrived monologue meant to explain the “high-voltage lowlife’s” powers to the audience.
The verdict: I’ve seen worse, but this one needed one or two rewrites. B.
Animato summary written by Mark Lungo
We are the 73% who live marginally tolerable lives compared to the rest of the world," The Commander pounded his steering wheel with gusto, "We deserve better!"
"I mainly just care about myself, sir."
"This city deserves a leader who cares about its katizens following the rules! A leader who is tough, but fair. A leader who has a keen sense of justice, and the toughness to carry it out. One who will set up a perimeter first and ask questions later. It needs someone who's unafraid to do the right thing… toughly!"
"Hey ya' moron!"
The blare of a car horn was followed by a flurry of expletives, all coming from the Boy Scout carpool directly behind them, "Move your dual-exhaust eco-killer out of the way! We're calling the Enforcers!"
"Do you hear that, Steele?"
"Yes, quite clearly, Commander."
"They're calling for us. This populace is unruly and belligerent, because it's at the breaking point. It needs *me* to whip it back into shape."
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In 1993, Hanna-Barbera released SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, an animated action show taking place in the world of Megakat City. It was based on characters created by Christian and Yvon Tremblay. Despite early cancellation in its second season, the series remains popular with an active fanbase. In the United States it can occasionally be found in syndication on the Boomerang Cable Network.