Traitors like you don’t fit into our new plans. Molly and I are our own gang now, and we’re dealin' all of you out! - The Metallikats
Mac and Molly Mange are brought back from the dead as robotic gangsters. The bloodthirsty bionic duo seek their revenge against their enemies, including Mayor Manx, who they think denied their parole.
For the first time since their posthumous “complete makeover,” The Metallikats are back in Megakat City and planning to “tear up this town like a scratching post!”
However, Mac and Molly’s first priority is “rubbing out that crud Mayor Manx,” because they think [he] denied their parole. It’s mayhem in the mayor’s office as the SWAT Kats fight to save both Manx and Callie from the mean machines.
This is a SWAT Kats classic, thanks largely to the villains, who play their unique shtick (Bonnie & Clyde meet Al and Peg Bundy, as robots) to the hilt. Valiant Callie also gets a powerful moment when she tells the Manges that she, not the Mayor, denied their parole (“Manx hasn’t done an ounce of paperwork around here for years!”), and almost pays for it with her life. A+
Musings: The theme of villains returning from the dead and seeking revenge was used often on SWAT Kats . Other variations on the theme include “The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice,” “The Ghost Pilot,” “Enter the Madkat” and “The Origin of Dr. Viper.”
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.