The Origin of Dr. Viper
He was planning to steal the formula, Commander. And when it all spilled on him, the shock to his system must’ve been too great. - Dr. N. Zyme
Dr. Zyme and his partner Dr. Elrod Purvis co-develop Viper Mutagen 368. While attempting to steal the chemical, Purvis spills it on himself and seems to die, but the flawed formula causes him to revive as Dr. Viper.
With SWAT Kats nearing its end, the mystery surrounding one of its major villains is finally solved in this flashback story.
Dr. Zyme (who was killed in “The Giant Bacteria”) and his partner Dr. Elrod Purvis co-develop Viper Mutagen 368, a regenerative growth formula that the “idealistic fool” Zyme wants to donate to Megakat City but the greedy Purvis wants to sell to the highest bidder. While attempting to steal the chemical, Purvis spills it on himself and seems to die, but the flawed formula causes him to revive as the murderous mutant we all know and hate.
And when Viper endangers Zyme, Mayor Manx, Deputy Mayor Briggs and Commander Feral with his giant mutant mosquitoes, only the SWAT Kats can rescue them all. Easily the best of the SWAT Kats shorts, this is so densely packed with characters and subplots that it easily could have been expanded to a full-length episode. But then, how could we live without “Volcanus Erupts!”? A-.
Animato summary written by Mark Lungo
Callie blinked. "No?"
"I don't want any investigation!" Manx was practically standing on Callie's desk now. "That will definitely drive Mr. Young away!"
"How could it? We've been in worse situations than this! And, if we don't do something soon, the city will shut down!"
"I don't care! We can't involve the Enforcers in any type of investigation, no matter how trivial." Manx looked even more nervous. "Is there anything else we can do?"
"Well..." Callie paused as if to contemplate something. "Feral did tell me that there was one account Hard Drive couldn't get into because he was discovered. We might be able to float the city on that account."
Manx sighed, and then shrugged his shoulders. "Fine. Do it. I'll leave it you."
Callie crossed her arms. "And if we run out of money?"
"I'm sure you'll be able to figure something out, my dear." Manx walked toward Callie's office door. "Now if you'll excuse me, I have a golf game to attend to."
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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.