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SWAT KATS: The Radical Squadron

“Blowout!” (22 – minute script) (0182-9313) (S-13)

LOGLINE: The heroic radical squadron face their most dangerous challenge yet, when Dark Kat forms an unholy alliance with Doctor Viper and the Metallikats!

Written by: Lance Falk First Draft 5/16/93

ACT ONE

EXT. MEGAKAT HEADQUARTERS – NIGHT

PUSH IN TO ESTABLISH

ANGLE ON BACK DOOR OF ENFORCER HEADQUARTERS

TWO bored ENFORCER COMMANDOS guard a big metal door.

CLOSER ON GUARDS

An O.S. CHITTERING SOUND catches their attention.

CREEPLINGS (VO) (chittering)

GUARD ONE What was that?

GUARD TWO Beats me. I better check it out.

ANGLE ON GUARD TWO OTS GUARD ONE

Guard Two hefts his rifle and walks away and O.S.

GUARD ONE Be careful. I’ll call for back up.

Guard One lifts a walkie-talkie, when a silhouetted (Creepling) clawed hand taps his shoulder. Guard One spins around and looks shocked at camera. Before he can cry out, more hands grab him from above (one covering his mouth) and YANK him UP AND O.S. The walkie-talkie and rifle drop from above.

GUARD ONE (muffled yelp)

ANGLE ON METAL DOORS

Creepling hands enter from either side and YANK the doors open. Beyond is an empty corridor with doors on either side.

ANGLE ON CORRIDOR

PAN WITH three creepling shadows down the corridor. STOP PAN at a reinforced metal door with a barred glass window. A sign reads: EVIDENCE ROOM: AUTHORIZED ENFOCER PERSONNEL ONLY.

REVERSE ANGLE ON DOOR FROM INSIDE ROOM

It’s dark. Creepling silhouettes show agains the glass door window. A beat, the door opens _silently_ in a puff of smoke. THREE CREEPLINGS (still in silhouette) SCAMPER into the room.

ANGLE ON EVIDENCE SHELF

Amid boxes of misc. evidence pieces, the inert METALLIKAT heads sit on the metal shelf. The heads sport EVIDENCE TAGS and are beaten and scorched (looking like they did at the very end of show 11). Creepling hands reach into frame toward the heads as we…

CUT TO:

EXT. MEGAKAT LABS (from show one) – THE NEXT DAY

TIGHT ON T-BONE’S FACE

T-BONE (intense) Hang on! We’re goin’ in!

WIDER ANGLE ON TURBOKAT TO TAKE IN RAZOR

The Swat Kats are in the Turbokat, flying full out.

RAZOR Let’s do some gardening!

WIDE ANGLE ROAR! The Turbokat races away from camera in a heartbeat, toward the lab. Three gigantic WALKING TREES stop their march on the lab and turn to face the

Turbokat.

CLOSER ON THE TREES

Horribly mutated greenery, with UN-natural mobility. One tree is a mutated PALM TREE, the second, a gigantic CACTUS. Both of these two-legged, three-eyed creations have gaping mouths and stand 75 feet tall. The third tree is a 100 foot tall SEQUOIA with four massive arms. Doctor Viper sits in its crown.

VIPER Sswat Katss! You cannot sstop me From ssmashing into Megakat Labss!

CLOSER ON VIPER

VIPER Catalysst One Hundred will be mine! Attack them, my Mega-Treess! Attack!

PREVIOUS SHOT

The Cactus flings razor-sharp SPINES AT CAMERA. The Palm snaps forward and blade-like FRONDS FLY forth as well.

ANGLE ON TURBOKAT

The Turbokat PULLS fast through shot, SHOOTING MISSILES while SPINNING to avoid the projectiles. A close call, but the plant weapons embed themselves into a building beyond the jet.

ANGLE ON TREES

The generic missiles EXPLODE uselessly against the tough, mutated bark of the creatures.

UP ANGLE ON VIPER

He looks up as the Turbokat ROARS overhead. Two of the Sequoia’s hands SLAM together above, just missing the jet.

WIDER

The Turbokat banks around for another pass.

T-BONE (VO) Well, _that_ was a wash out!

TIGHT ANGLE ON COCKPIT FAVORING T-BONE

T-BONE (CONT.) Viper’s mutant pussywillows are thicker than Feral’s skull!

ON RAZOR

RAZOR Ha ha! Affirmative, partner! But I have a plan!

ANGLE ON THE TREES

The Palm and Cactus stand thirty feet apart, while Viper commands from his Sequoia fifty feet behind them.

VIPER Desstroy them!

ANGLE ON TURBOKAT

Dodging more projectiles, the jet RACES toward camera (animate BG here) and fires a FLARE MISSILE right at us!

RAZOR (VO) Flare missile away!

There is a blinding FLASH of light!

WIDE DOWN ANGLE ON TURBOKAT AND TREES

The Flare missile fades as the Turbokat POWERS between Cactus and Palm. The two blind trees turn to attack the jet.

UP ANGLE ON PALM AND CACTUS

They exchange needles and fronds, BLASTING each other O.S.

PALM/CACTUS (unearthly death screams!)

TIGHT PROFILE ON TURBOKAT FAVORING COCKPIT

T-BONE Bingo! They got each _other_! Ha haa!

ANGLE ON WEAPONS CONSOLE O.T.S. RAZOR

Razor HITS a graphic on his console, reading: PIRANHA MISSILES.

RAZOR Two down, one to go…Piranha missiles away!

WIDE ON TURBOKAT AND SEQUOIA

Two teeth-snapping PIRANHA MISSILES (from show 4) LAUNCH from the jet, right into the mouth of the Sequoia. The Turbokat PULLS UP at the last minute to avoid slamming into the tree!

ANGLE ON TURBOKAT OTS VIPER

WHOOSH! The Turbokat’s belly ROARS up, mere feet from Viper. A BLAST of (non-flaming) jetwash KNOCKS the villain off his feet!

WIDE ON SEQUOIA

It does a frantic dance, pounding at itself with its massive arms in an attempt to get at the Piranhas within. (Please play it _serious_, not a comedic antic. This monster is being eaten from within!)

SEQUOIA (monstrous screams)

*VERY* WIDE ON SEQUOIA

The Turbokat banks around it at a safe distance. The tree begins to collapse in on itself, then simply EXPLODES in a puff of wood debris and sawdust. (We’re too far away to see Viper.)

SEQUOIA (a last echoing scream)

ANGLE ON THE TURBOKAT FAVORING COCKPIT

The boys whoop in triumph and exchange a high five.

RAZOR Now _that’s_ what I call termite infestation!

T-BONE I copy, buddy! Let’s find Viper.

ANGLE DOWN ON STREET OTS RAZOR

Enforcer sedans are racing toward Megakat Lab, sirens BLARING.

RAZOR Negative, T-Bone. Let the Enforcers handle the dirty work.

CLOSE ON RAZOR

RAZOR (CONT.) That snake’s probably slithered under a rock by now, anyway.

WIDER ANGLE ON TURBOKAT

It banks close to camera and BLASTS away into the distance.

T-BONE (VO) I guess you’re right. Let’s head for home.

TILT DOWN TO a building right across from Megakat labs. There is an alley next to the building.

ANGLE FROM ALLEY LOOKING TOWARD THE LAB OTS VIPER (DARK KAT’S POV)

Viper cowers in the alley, looking toward the retreating Turbokat, the lab, and the carcasses of his tree creatures.

DOCTOR VIPER Catalysst One Hundred wass nearly ssecured in my coilss! Cursse thosse Sswat Katss!

DARK KAT (VO) (booming and sinister) Indeed! They _are_ a terrible nuisance!

Viper spins about to face camera. His eyes widen in shock.

VIPER _You_! What do you want?

DARK KAT (VO) Perhaps we could be of assistance to one another, Doctor Viper.

CLOSER ON VIPER

DARK KAT (CONT.)(VO) Perhaps as a _team_, we could eliminate the Swat Kats once and for all!

Viper strokes his chin. In the BG, the Enforcers ROAR past the alley, sirens BLARING.

VIPER (guarded) Perhapss…Dark Kat!

ANGLE ON DARK KAT (VIPER’S POV)

Surrounded by creeplings (the first time we actually see them).

DARK KAT Excellent!

DOWN ANGLE ON ALLEY. Viper and Dark Kat laugh with menace.

DARK KAT/VIPER (laughs)

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. MANX’S OFFICE – DAY

WIDE TO ESTABLISH – Manx and Callie are in FANCY EVENING CLOTHES. Manx fumbles with his tie in front of a mirror.

MANX Curse this tie! We’re going to be late for our honorary banquet!

CALLIE Here, let me…

CLOSER ON THE PAIR

Callie ties Manx’s bow like a professional haberdasher.

CALLIE (CONT.) Who is Mega-Charities, anyway? And why are they throwing a banquet in our honor?

CLOSE ON MANX

MANX Now, now, Callie. Let me tell you the two most important rules in politics.

He holds up a finger.

MANX (CONT.) One: _never_ pass up a free meal. And _two_: collect as many commemorative wall plaques as you can!

ANOTHER ANGLE ON THE PAIR FAVORING A PLAQUE-FILLED WALL

Manx gestures toward the wall.

MANX (CONT.) The voters simply love em!

ON CALLIE

CALLIE (sarcastic) _Very_ civic minded, Mister Mayor.

An O.S. honking interrupts her.

CALLIE (CONT.) That’s our ride. We better get going.

INT. DARK KAT’S CONFERENCE ROOM

WIDE TO ESTABLISH – A sinister bond villain room with a round marble (table?) sporting the letters D.K. in its center. (We are being secretive about the location of Dark Kat’s headquarters for now.) This is a cool and scary red-lit room, but don’t make it _too_ big. It’s about the size of HB’s larger conference room. The

table is small enough to reach across. Dark Kat sits on a large chair. At equal

distances around the table are Doctor Viper, Mac and Molly. The Metallikats are seemingly whole, activated, and wearing fresh bodies. They wear gangster outfits (seen briefly in show 2), but have metal hands, limbs, and tails. Both robots wear

newer and bigger MULTI-WEAPONS on the right arm. Mac flexes his metal right hand with sinister contentment.

MAC Thanks for the new bodies, D.K. !

CLOSER ANGLE FAVORING BOTH METALLIKATS

MAC (CONT.) Outside of some gaps in my memory, I feel good as new…better, even!

MOLLY We woulda rusted away t’nothin’ in that Enforcer lock-up!

ANGLE ON DARK KAT

DARK KAT I do not hand out favors capriciously! You have been restored for a special job: a job suited uniquely to your brutal talents.

TIGHT ON MAC

MAC Wait a minute, ugly! The Metallikats ain’t nobody’s flunkies!

ANGLE ON MAC AND MOLLY OTS DARK KAT AND VIPER

The Metallikats point their weapons at Dark Kat.

MOLLY But hey, thanks for the bodies.

They BLAST machine gun fire toward camera. Viper dives out of the way just in time.

VIPER Yaaaa!

DRAMATIC UP ANGLE ON DARK KAT

A BLUE FORCE SHIELD flares around him, vaporizing the bullets.

DARK KAT (laughs) Did you think I’d actually provide weapons you could use against me?!

WIDE ANGLE TO TAKE IN THE ENTIRE ROOM

The Metallikats cease fire and sigh in defeat.

DARK KAT Now that you’ve gotten that out of your system, we will discuss your role in my master plan.

Viper rises from the far side of the table.

VIPER Lissten to him, you russt bucketss! We can fight each other _later_.

CLOSER ON VIPER AND DARK KAT

VIPER (CONT.) Let’ss worry about our common causse, thosse meddling Sswat Katss!…

PAN OVER TO MAC AND MOLLY. They look at each other and decide.

MAC Okay, okay, we’re in!

TIGHT DIRECT DOWN ANGLE ON CENTER OF TABLE

Mac’s metal paw reaches into frame from the right, palm down.

MAC (CONT.)(VO) But no double crosses!

Viper’s paw comes in from the left, covering Mac’s.

VIPER (VO) Then we have an alliancce?

Molly’s paw covers Viper’s from the bottom of the screen.

MOLLY (VO) No. We have a truce, _just_ til We grease the Swat Kats!

Dark Kat’s huge paw enters from the top and eclipses the others.

DARK KAT (VO) An unholy alliance is born!

PULL BACK FAST to see a direct down view of the four fiends joining paws across the round table.

ALL (sinister laughs)

INT. SWAT KAT HANGER – DAY

WIDE TO ESTABLISH. Chance and Jake are side by side, yanking at something

wedged in a Turbokat intake vent. They heave in unison.

CHANCE One.

JAKE Two.

CLOSER ON THE PAIR

CHANCE/JAKE (together) Three!

With a GRUNT, they WRENCH a three foot long mutant palm frond from the jet and land on their backsides.

ANGLE ON JAKE

He wipes his brow.

JAKE That’s the last of em! So, Chance, think we can finally take a break?

Just then, the wall alarm BLARES…

LOW ANGLE ON WALL SCREEN OTS JAKE AND CHANCE

The screen comes to life with the imposing image of Dark Kat. Chance points to it.

CHANCE Does _that_ answer your question?

DARK KAT Attention Swat Kats! This is Dark Kat…I have interrupted television signals across all of Megakat City.

INT. FERAL’S OFFICE – THAT MOMENT

FERAL and his SERGEANT watch the same image of Dark Kat.

DARK KAT (CONT.) I recommend you watch this live transmission…

SERGEANT What’s that maniac up to?

FERAL Quiet! I want to hear this!

CLOSE ON SCREEN

DARK KAT The lives of your Mayor and Deputy Mayor depend on it!

The screen image of Dark Kat changes to a view of…

EXT. PAVILION (with T.V. frame around screen. B&W sequence?)

ANGLE ON PAVILION ENTRANCE WAY. PAN WITH Manx and Callie walking between two rows of camera flashing, trench coated reporters. Ever conscious of his image, Manx smiles and waves.

CALLIE Members of the press, we’re running a little

late. Mayor Manx and I will be happy to answer your questions…

CLOSE ON MANX

MANX …_after_ the banquet.

DARK KAT (VO) (narrating) All is _not_ as it appears, Swat Kats…

ANGLE ON PAVILION DOORWAY

Manx and Callie enter the door beneath a banner reading: “WELCOME MEGAKAT CITY LEADERS!” The building facade rolls away to reveal a sinister metal structure with a heavily re-enforced steel door.

ANGLE ON ROW OF REPORTERS

DARK KAT (CONT.)(VO) …as you can see.

They tear away masks and drop coats to reveal a row of Creeplings!

INT. SWAT KAT HANGAR – (CONTINUOUS)

ANGLE ON CHANCE AND JAKE reacting in shock.

CHANCE Nooo!

ANGLE ON SCREEN

A Creepling yanks off his press hat and leers close at the camera.

CREEPLING (happy chittering)

The image reverts to Dark Kat

DARK KAT Swat Kats! Only _you_ have the technology to trace this signal back to me. I’ll be expecting you.

The screen abruptly changes to static.

WIDER TO TAKE IN CHANCE AND JAKE

Worried for Manx and Callie, they look at each other.

CHANCE (grim) Let’s fly!

DISSOLVE TO:

THE SKIES OVER MEGAKAT CITY – DAY

ANGLE ON THE TURBOKAT

RACING TOWARD THE CAMERA at mach speeds, it actually tips its wing up to avoid “hitting” camera. WHIP PAN with it ROARING toward distant downtown Megakat City.

RAZOR (VO) I got a fix on Dark Kat!

ANGLE ON COCKPIT FAVORING RAZOR

RAZOR (CONT.) Megakat Forum: Six miles due North, Northwest!

ANGLE ON RAZOR’S TRACKING GRAPHIC OTS RAZOR

He taps it with affection.

RAZOR (CONT.) Best signal tracker on or _off_ the market!

T-BONE (VO) Don’t be _too_ proud, Pal…

TWP SJPT FAVORING T-BONE

T-BONE (CONT.) Dark Kat _wants_ to be found.

TIGHT ON T-BONE

T-BONE (CONT.) (grimly) He’s expecting us.

EARLIER ANGLE FAVORING RAZOR

T-BONE (CONT.) _And_ he has Callie and the Mayor.

RAZOR No problem. I got a plan.

ANGLE ON TURBOKAT

It ZOOMS toward the distant forum.

RAZOR (CONT.)(VO) We can still take _them_ by surprise!

*END ACT ONE*

ACT TWO

EXT. MEGAKAT FORUM – DAY

A WIDE AERIAL VIEW TO ESTABLISH (This is the L.O. key from show 4 of Megakat Tower.)

MAC (VO) Where are they, Molly?!

CLOSER ON STADIUM

An empty Forum-like football arena. A small structure sits on the 50 yard line.

ANGLE ON STRUCTURE

A platform of Dark Kat’s construction (evoking the architecture of his Fear Ship from show 5). On top of this ten foot tall construction is a glass cage containing (BS&P friendly) restraint platforms holding Manx and Callie motionless. Standing guard on either side of this platform are Mac and Molly, multi-weapon arms at the ready. (Viper, Dark Kat, Creeplings, etc. are nowhere to be seen.)

MAC Them Swat Kats shoulda’ been here by now!

MOLLY Shut yer trap, Mac!

TIGHTER ON MOLLY

MOLLY (CONT.) …They’ll get here, or they know what’s gonna happen to the Mayor and his favorite trouble shooter!

PAN OVER with his gaze to Manx and Callie

Molly bangs harshly on the glass cage with her weapon arm.

MOLLY (CONT.) (cruelly) Right, you two?

CALLIE Gloat away, you tin cans!

TIGHT ON CALLIE AND MANX

CALLIE

When the Swat Kats get here, you’re going straight to the scrap pile!

MANX (nervously) Now, now Ms. Briggs, there’s no need to antagonize our metal friends, is there? Heh heh.

MAC (VO) Shut up, _alla_ you!

DRAMATIC UP ANGLE ON MAC

Molly, Manx and Callie are in the BG. Mac’s eyes search the skies.

MAC (CONT.) After we waste the Swat Kats, you two are _next_! We still got unfinished busin…

He is interrupted by T-Bone’s echoing voice. Everyone looks over to the right, at the sound of his amplified voice.

T-BONE (VO FILTERED) Looking for us, you hoods?

ANGLE ON STADIUM TUNNEL (MAC’S POV)

The Turbokat hovers smoothly out of the tunnel, guns BLAZING!

T-BONE (CONT.) Come get some!

WIDE ANGLE ON THE GROUP AND JET

The Metallikats rush toward the jet, BLASTING with their multi-weapons. The Turbokat hovers straight up in a blink, avoiding the barrage.

Metallikat missiles and gunfire BLAST the tunnel to bits.

CLOSE ANGLE ON T-BONE

T-BONE Is _that_ the best you clunkers can do?

LONG DOWN ANGLE ON MAC, MOLLY AND THE PLATFORM

The evil robots BLAST in a futile attempt to hit the nimble Turbokat. The jet’s shadow FLICKERS over them (to show its O.S. movement). _Behind_ the Metallikats (and platform) a four foot square of the turf erupts upwards! (The Metallikats are too busy to notice this.)

ANGLE ON ERUPTION

Razor BURSTS from the ground in the MOLE KAT (a screw-fronted burrowing version of the Cyclotron!) He pops the canopy and jumps out, wearing a SUPER GLOVATRIX, _and_ his OXYGEN MASK. Razor runs toward the platform.

ANGLE ON TURBOKAT

A darting target, as explosions BURST all around! (It is in hover mode.)

TILT DOWN TO WIDE ANGLE OF METALLIKATS, PLATFORM AND RAZOR

The Metallikats race away from the platform, BLASTING at the jet.

Razor has almost reached the platform.

CLOSER ANGLE ON PLATFORM OTS RAZOR

A HOLOGRAM of Dark Kat projects from the platform (stopping Razor in his tracks) and addresses him.

DARK KAT I anticipated this strategy!

The hologram disappears. A door in the base of the platform irises open, revealing Doctor Viper!

CLOSE ANGLE ON A SHOCKED RAZOR

RAZOR Viper?! What is this? A miscreant convention?!

ANGLE ON VIPER

VIPER Dark Kat ssaid you’d try ssomething like thiss! Attack him, my Venuss Trap Fliess!

He points toward Razor, and a trio of VENUS TRAP FLIES fly out from the platform toward camera.

FAST ANGLE ON THE CREATURES

A “beauty” shot. These things are insect/plant hybrids, with bug compound eyes, buzzing silvery wings, and bug legs, but plant-like bodies with Venus fly trap mouths. The are roughly the size of a chihuahua, and ugly as hell.

TRAP-FLIES (sickly buzzing)

ANGLE ON RAZOR

The creatures reach him as we…. CUT TO:

EXT. STADIUM

WIDE ANGLE

Feral and his Enforcer tank and sedan troops have arrived, lights FLASHING. Feral commands from one tank.

FERAL …Try it again!

ANGLE ON ROW OF TANKS

They BLAST in unison. WHIP PAN with shells over to stadium. They EXPLODE uselessly against a BLUE FORCE BUBBLE surrounding the stadium.

ANGLE ON FERAL AND HIS SERGEANT

SERGEANT It’s no use, sir. Dark Kat has a force field around the entire stadium. No one can get in or out.

CLOSE ON A SCOWLING FERAL

SERGEANT (CONT.)(VO) We’ve lost four choppers already! What’s going on, Commander?

FERAL Obviously, Dark Kat wants to keep this fight private, Sergeant!

UP ANGLE ON STADIUM OTS FERAL

Metallikat explosions pepper the sky above the stadium.

FERAL (VO) (quietly to himself) I may hate the Swat Kats, but I still feel sorry for them…

CLOSE ON FERAL

Intermittent explosions light his grim face.

FERAL (CONT.) They’ve sure got their hands full!

ANGLE ON RAZOR

With his hands full of a Trap-fly. It BUZZES and SNAPS at his face. It’s darting mouth BITES the oxygen mask right off!

RAZOR That’s it!

WIDER

Razor tosses the hideous creature into the air and shouts.

RAZOR Pulll!

He blasts it into goo with his Glovatrix.

ANGLE ON CALLIE AND MANX

They watch with intensity.

CALLIE Razor, watch out!

ANGLE ON RAZOR AND VIPER

Flanked by his remaining two creatures, Viper LUNGES in a rage.

VIPER Nooooo!

Razor nimbly sidesteps Viper. (These two have tussled before in show 4 and Razor is ready for him.)

DOWN ANGLE

Razor grabs Viper’s tail and begins to spin him around!

VIPER Ahh! Sstop! Let go!!

RAZOR If you “inssisst” !

ANGLE ON PLATFORM

Razor lets go of Viper’s tail and Newtonian physics take over! Viper’s body flies right into his two creatures, and the vile trio TUMBLE back through the platform door with an O.S. “BONG” sound.

CLOSE ON CALLIE

CALLIE Yes!

ANGLE ON T-BONE

Metallikat explosions BURST around him.

T-BONE Good shot, buddy. Now watch this!

DRAMATIC UP ANGLE ON TURBOKAT OTS METALLIKATS

They continue to BLAST at the jet, just missing it. PAN WITH Turbokat as it whips past the GIANT STADIUM SCOREBOARD. BOOM!! Metallikat fire TEARS into the board which EXPLODES in a spectacular display of sparks (a la “The Natural”).

ANGLE ON BACKSIDE OF SIGN

It drops away from camera, a huge thing of twisted FLAMING metal. _Far_ below, the Metallikats look up in horror!

CLOSE ON METALLIKATS

(Echoing a scene in show 11.) They scream and put their arms over their heads. A shadow falls over them.

MAC/MOLLY Yaaaaa!

ANOTHER ANGLE ON METALLIKATS OTS RAZOR

WHAM! The sign hits the Metallikats like a giant fly swatter, burying the robots under tons of twisted metal. (This doesn’t kill them, but it _does_ put them out of action for now.) Razor is trying to wrench open Callie and Manx’s glass prison with his Glovatrix-enhanced hand.

RAZOR Way ta’ go, T-Bone!

He gets a fresh grip on the cage’s edge and heaves.

WIDER ANGLE OTS TAKE IN MANX AND CALLIE

MANX Save us, lad, and there’s a free meal with your name on it!

CLOSER ON MANX

MANX (CONT.) _And_ a ceremonial plaque for your wall!

PREVIOUS ANGLE

Razor yanks again. A small crack appears in the “glass”.

RAZOR (strained) _That’s_ better…What?!

Suddenly, the platform begins to SHUDDER and HUM.

DOWN ANGLE ON PLATFORM OTS T-BONE

A SLOW PAN as T-Bone circles the platform from above. LARGE HOVER JETS SLIDE from all four sides of the platform.

T-BONE I don’t like the look of this!

UP ANGLE ON RAZOR

He braces a foot against the side and gives a big tug. The crack races across the glass cage. The Turbokat hovers into shot above.

T-BONE (VO AMPLIFIED) Razor! Get off that thing!

RAZOR (straining) Almost….got em!

The platform begins to rise. Razor ignores this.

T-BONE (VO AMPLIFIED) Razor!

WIDE ANGLE TO TAKE IN PLATFORM AND TURBOKAT

The platform hovers fifty feet above the ground, and JETS sideways to hold position over the smashed scoreboard. A PURPLE MAGNETIC BEAM lances down toward the rubble.

CLOSER ANGLE ON RUBBLE

The Metallikats struggle free from the wreckage (looking the worse for the wear) as the beam YANKS them upward. PAN UP with the flailing robots toward the bottom of the platform.

MAC/MOLLY Hey!/Yaaa!

CLOSE ON PLATFORM

The Metallikats CLANG onto the bottom of the platform by magnetic force. PAN UP slightly to Razor, still struggling to bust into the glass cage. The hologram of Dark Kat re-appears.

DARK KAT This is merely the first round, Swat Kats!

CLOSE ON HOLOGRAM

DARK KAT (CONT.) You will not fare so well, our next encounter.

WIDE ON PLATFORM

The hologram switches off and the platform BLASTS upward in the blink of an eye. Razor falls off, a hundred feet up!

RAZOR Yaaa!

DOWN ANGLE ON RAZOR

Falling fast away from camera. The Turbokat SKY CLAW (used on Occulus in Show 1) follows to catch him.

CLOSER ON RAZOR

The claw GRABS him by the leg, a mere twenty feet from the ground.

T-BONE (VO) Quit clowning around, partner….

ANGLE ON TURBOKAT

It winches Razor upward.

T-BONE (CONT.) …we gotta go after them!

EXT. STADIUM

ANGLE ON FERAL AND SERGEANT

Feral is SLAMMING his rifle butt against the force field in futile frustration.

The field BLINKS off mid-swing, and Feral falls forward onto his face. He’s P.O’d!

WORM’S EYE VIEW ON FERAL (UP ANGLE ON STADIUM)

SERGEANT Why’d the force field switch off?

FERAL (pointing skyward) _That’s_ why!

The platform/vehicle TAKES OFF upward in a violent arc. A BEAT, then the Turbokat RACES after it. PAN OVER with the vehicles ROARING OFF into the distance.

TIGHT ON FERAL

FERAL Get my personal chopper!

WIDE ANGLE DOWN ON MEGAKAT CITY

The platform/vehicle RACES along with the Turbokat in hot pursuit. The vehicle shadows FLICKER across the city street far below.

ANGLE ON VEHICLE/PLATFORM OTS RAZOR

Dark Kat’s hologram face projects big, right in front of the Turbokat’s nose. T-Bone and Razor jerk upright in surprise.

T-BONE Wha….!

DARK KAT Swat Kats!

CLOSER ANGLE ON THE HOLOGRAM

DARK KAT (CONT.) Break off your pursuit at once, or I will detonate this craft.

XXCU ON HOLOGRAM

DARK KAT (CONT.) …with your civic leaders still on board!

PROFILE ANGLE ON TURBOKAT COCKPIT AND HOLOGRAM HEAD

DARK KAT Five.

RAZOR You wouldn’t!

ON CALLIE AND MANX

Watching terrified.

DARK KAT (CONT.) Four.

ON RAZOR AND T-BONE

DARK KAT (CONT.)(VO) Three. Two.

CLOSE ON DARK KAT HOLOGRAM

DARK KAT (CONT.) One.

DOWN ANGLE ON TURBOKAT AND PLATFORM VEHICLE

The Turbokat snaps to the right in a tight barrel roll, breaking pursuit.

T-BONE Crud!

UP ANGLE ON TURBOKAT AND PLATFORM/VEHICLE

The Turbokat rolls past us big in frame. Both Swat Kats look supremely P.O.’d. Above is the diminishing enemy platform.

DARK KAT When next we meet, it will be a time and place of _my_ choosing! (fading laughs)

The platform vanishes into the distance.

ANGLE ON TURBOKAT COCKPIT FAVORING T-BONE

Razor leans forward and puts a reassuring paw on T-Bone.

RAZOR We still got on card left to play, partner.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. DARK KAT’S CONFERENCE ROOM – DAY

WIDE TO ESTABLISH

Dark Kat, Mac, Molly and Viper are arguing fiercely!

VIPER Where were you and your Creeplingsss?

MOLLY Snake puss is right, gruesome! If you were there in person, we coulda’ beat the Swat Kats!

ANGLE ON MAC AND DARK KAT

MAC We do all the work, and you’re safe _here_, sendin’ home movies of your ugly mug!

DARK KAT You are _never_ to question my methods! I recruited and aremed the three of you to eliminate the Swat Kats…

CLOSE ON DARK KAT

DARK KAT (CONT.)

…but I see that I must take a _personal_ hand in accomplishing this goal.

An evil sounding alarm BLARES, sending the room in urgent FLASHING RED LIGHT. Dark Kat JERKS in surprise.

DOWN ANGLE ON GROUP

DARK KAT (CONT.) They’ve found us! Get to your posts! Now!

The Metallikats excitedly RUSH out the door. Viper follows, but pauses to toss a last comment at Dark Kat.

ANGLE ON VIPER OTS DARK KAT

VIPER This iss your lasst chancce, Dark Kat!

CLOSE ON VIPER

VIPER (CONT.) We only cooperate becausse desstroying the Sswat Katss sservess our needss well!

He bolts out the door.

EXT. MEGAMUSEMENT PARK – DAY

A roller coaster filled Magic Mountain like park, still under construction, empty and not yet open to the public. Important L.O. key note: throughout the park large tarps cover about a quarter of the smaller attractions. (It’s a story point, as you’ll see).

ANGLE ON CARNIVAL BOOTH STREET

The Swat Kats glide down the empty street in HOVERKATS (tiny one-kat hover vehicles). They also wear Glovatrix units.

CLOSE ON SWAT KATS

RAZOR (consulting instruments) Callie’s signal reads about a quarter mile ahead.

ON T-BONE

T-BONE Smart idea, using Callie’s signal device to home in on her and Manx!

The Hoverkats pass a dark shooting gallery. Mac’s red Metallikat eyes glow from within.

EXT. MAIN PARK GATE – THAT MOMENT

Feral’s sedan is parked at the front ticket booth. He and his Sergeant stand contemplating the empty park.

SERGEANT Let me go with you, sir.

FERAL Negative, Sergeant! I’ll attract less attention by myself.

ANGLE ON FERAL

FERAL (CONT.) The Mayor and Deputy Mayor’s live may depend on it.

He looks a little unsure of himself.

FERAL (CONT.) Besides, it’s just a hunch Dark Kat’s here, anyway.

Low HUMMING sound builds, interrupting him.

WIDER ON THE PAIR

Feral reacts just like lightning, doing a frantic leap and tuck and roll, just as a force field seals off the park (with Fferal and the Swat Kats inside!)

ANGLE ON FERAL

He gets to his feet and draws his sidearm.

FERAL This is the place alright!

TIGHT ON FERAL

FERAL (CONT.) I’m going to find our commanding officers.

He hefts his gun and walks into the park.

FERAL (CONT.) Or die trying!

EXT. CARNIVAL STREET

Almost at the end of the street. (Past the shooting gallery).

ANGLE ON RAZOR AND T-BONE

Razor points ahead.

RAZOR The funhouse. That’s it!

ANGLE ON FUNHOUSE

It’s _huge_: four stories tall.

RAZOR (CONT.)(VO) Callie’s signal is coming from inside.

CLOSE ON T-BONE

T-BONE (actually grinning) Let’s make it a _real_ funhouse!

MAC (VO) Sounds good ta’ me, heroes!

WIDE ANGLE ON STREET

Mac steps from the shadows of the gallery.

MOLLY (VO) Me too!

Molly steps out from the funhouse. The Swat Kats are between them. The

Metallikats FIRE!

*END ACT TWO*

ACT THREE

EXT. CARNIVAL STREET — CONTINUOUS ACTION

LOW ANGLE ON HOVERKATS

The Swat Kats DIVE as one, just as Metallikat missiles strike the vehicles. The EXPLOSION is spectacular!

ANGLE ON DOORWAY

Razor and T-Bone fire from this semi-cover

RAZOR So much for our “surprise” rescue!

T-BONE This is a waste of time! Let’s get Manx and Callie!

TIGHT ON RAZOR

He indicates an alley behind them, between two carny booths.

RAZOR This way, hurry!

WORM’S EYE ANGLE ON ALLEY

The Swat Kats RACE down the alley, EXPLOSIONS dogging their heels.

EXT. PARK CLEARING

WIDE TO ESTABLISH

A park clearing with a BAND GAZEBO and a TOPIARY GARDEN of a half dozen misc. animal shaped hedges (a la “Small World”).

ANGLE ON A LARGE HEDGE ELEPHANT

Doctor Viper steps from behind it.

VIPER Sstop right there, Sswat Katss!

CLOSE ON VIPER

VIPER It’ss _my_ turn!

WIDE ON VIPER AND ELEPHANT HEDGE

VIPER Attack!

ANGLE ON SWAT KATS

They stand braced for the “Elephant”‘s charge. _Behind_ them, the Metallikats

RUSH out of the alley, guns BLAZING.

WIDE DOWN ANGLE ON GROUP

The Swat Kats DIVE out of the way. Metallikat fire ignites the leafy pachyderm into a flaming ball.

CLOSE ON METALLIKATS

The Hedge Elephant’s momentum carries its torch-like carcass right into Mac and Molly. The robots get SMACKED by the huge projectile, sending them right down the alley.

CLOSE ON VIPER

VIPER Nooo! You metal idiotss!

FERAL (VO) Oh, shut _up_!

An O.S. whack sends Viper reeling.

WIDER

Feral was hiding in the Gazebo. He obviously hit Viper from behind with a huge right hook. Viper’s out cold, face down.

ANGLE ON SWAT KATS

T-BONE I don’t believe it!

RAZOR We’re actually glad to see you!

WIDE ON THE GROUP

Feral slaps the cuffs on Viper.

FERAL (matter of fact) Just save Manx and Ms. Briggs. I’ll deal with you two later!

A HORRIFIC MECHANICAL NOISE O.S. grabs everyone’s attention.

ANGLE ON FUNHOUSE OTS THE GROUP

It’s tall enough to be seen from _this_ clearing as well. Suddenly, the building sides fall away like a giant box opening. Inside the facade of the funhouse, Dark Kat’s command center is revealed at last; a mammoth three car super train! The FEAR TRAIN! (It resembles the show 5 Fearship in design.) It begins to move.

T-BONE Look!

ANGLE ON T-BONE

He’s looking at the sight in momentary disbelief. Razor enters and yanks him to his feet.

RAZOR C’mon!

ANGLE ON NEARBY TARP

Razor and T-Bone run toward it.

RAZOR (CONT.) Dark Kat’s not the only one with a ride stashed around here.

CLOSER ON TARP

Razor and T-Bone each slice a tie-down rope with the sharp spikes on their Glovatrix weapons. The tarp WHIPS away, revealing the Turbokat!

CLOSE ON T-BONE

T-BONE (grim) C’mon buddy. We got a train to catch!

SMASH CUT TO:

EXT. SKIES OVER MEGAKAT CITY — MOMENTS LATER

ANGLE ON REAR OF TURBOKAT

The screen is bathed in a momentarily blinding light as the Turbokat BLASTS away from us at full throttle.

PROFILE ANGLE ON THE TURBOKAT FAVORING COCKPIT

(Razor and T-Bone are wearing their oxygen masks.)

RAZOR I still can’t believe it!

ANGLE ON RAZOR OTS T-BONE

RAZOR (CONT.) Feral nailed Viper _for_ us!

T-BONE There’s enough glory to go around…look!

DIRECT DOWN ANGLE ON STREET OTS THE TURBOKAT

T-Bone points to the Fear Train far below. This thing is _big_, filling up an entire city street as it barrels along at 100 mph. The Turbokat’s tiny _shadow_ sits squarely on the train’s back.

RAZOR I’ll get Manx and Callie out of there!

T-BONE That thing’s a fortress!

CLOSE ON RAZOR

RAZOR Let me worry about that.

TIGHT PROFILE ANGLE ON TURBOKAT

It peels away from camera in a roll-away manner. TILT DOWN WITH IT DROPPING away upside down toward the distant train.

T-BONE (VO) (FADING) Roger that. Hang on, partner, we’re goin’ downtownnn!!

INT. FEAR TRAIN ENGINE ROOM

WIDE TO ESTABLISH

A large Dark Katish looking control booth. (L.O. note: though stylized and hi-tech, please give this driver’s compartment the feel of a locomotive. Rivets, round dials, steam pipes, etc. Like old-time trains, this room has an open metal doorway on each side.)

Dark Kat is hunched over the controls. Behind him are Callie and Manx, looking dishevelled and out of place in their formal attire. Two Creeplings hold each one of them in place.

CALLIE Give it up, skull face! The Swat Kats are on their way to kick your tail!

CLOSE ON MANX AND CALLIE

MANX (quietly to Callie) Callie! Don’t get him riled up!

WIDER TO TAKE IN DARK KAT

He overhears this and turns to face his captives.

DARK KAT (smoothly) He’s right, Ms. Briggs. I am _not_ a kat to be trifled with. In fact…

A perimeter alarm BLARES, interrupting him.

CLOSER ON DARK KAT

With a wave of his hand, a monitor screen comes to life, showing a tiny image of the Turbokat RACING TOWARD CAMERA.

DARK KAT Right on schedule!

CLOSE ON TRAIN CONTROL PANEL

DARK KAT taps a few sinsiter looking buttons.

ANGLE ON FEAR TRAIN TOPSIDE

A ridiculously huge QUAD BARRELLED CANNON UNIT SPRINGS up from _each_ of the three train “cars.”

TIGHT ANGLE ON TURBOKAT COCKPIT

RAZOR Oh oh!

T-BONE Hang on!

WIDER TO TAKE IN FEAR TRAIN

The Turbokat YANKS upward fast to avoid the massive twelve cannon barrage from the train.

RAZOR Woahhh!

ANGLE ON THE ROW OF TALL BUILDINGS

The Turbokat RACES along sideways, mere feet from the buildings. Fear Train weapons BLAST into the unfortunate structures, inches behind the racing jet!

LONG DOWN ANGLE ON ROW OF BUILDINGS

The Turbokat BLASTS UPWARD TOWARD CAMERA, away from the inferno below.

ANGLE ON COCKPIT FAVORING RAZOR

T-BONE Frontal assualt’s no good!

RAZOR Come up on that thing from _behind_!

PREVIOUS ANGLE

The Turbokat does an upside down loop-D-loop maneuver. Its belly all but brushes the camera. A BEAT, then it re-enters frame to power back down toward the train.

CLOSE ANGLE ON REAR OF FEAR TRAIN (ANIMATE BG)

The Turbokat glides into shot and matches speed to hold just behind and above the aft end of the massive vehicle. Something FIRES from the jet’s belly bay doors with a flash of light.

WIDE _PROFILE_ ANGLE ON REAR OF FEAR TRAIN

Razor (no longer wearing a mask) has just launched in the Cyclotron missile! In a prodigous leap, he lands Knievel-like on the rear of the train. The Turbokat peels up and away.

T-BONE (no longer wearing a mask) Good luck, buddy!

ANGLE ON RAZOR

Hunched over the handlebars, he’s having a ball.

RAZOR Save it for Dark Kat! He’s gonna need it!

WIDER TO TAKE IN WHOLE TRAIN

It looks like a thirty second ride for Razor to the front of the long train! The Turbokat banks toward us and flies by fast!

INT. ENGINE ROOM

WIDE ENOUGH TO TAKE IN DARK KAT, CALLIE AND MANX

Dark Kat consults his instruments.

DARK KAT The Swat Kats are absent from my instruments, but I’m not deceived for a moment.

ANGLE ON CALLIE

CALLIE You got that right! Those heroes _always_ finish the job.

ANGLE ON DARK KAT

DARK KAT As do I. You’ll see for yourself as I crash this “Fear Train” right through City Hall.

ON MANX

MANX (shocked) Oh no! You wouldn’t….

WIDE ON THE GROUP

DARK KAT On the contrary. With Megakat City’s seat of government destroyed, it will be an elementary task to manipulate the inevitable chaos that will follow…

TIGHT ON CALLIE

CALLIE That was your plan all along?

TIGHT ON DARK KAT

DARK KAT Very good, Ms. Briggs. I’ve been orchestrating events since the very beginning!

WIDE ANGLE ON RAZOR

He has reached the gap between last and middle train. (The BG is a blur of speed here.) He jumps the Cyclotron.

CLOSE ANGLE ON REAR OF MIDDLE TRAIN

The Cyclotron lands with mere inches to spare, and continues forward.

INT. ENGINE ROOM

WIDE TO TAKE IN CALLIE AND DARK KAT

DARK KAT I planned it _all_. Viper’s attack on Megakat Labs, the Swat Kats’ attack.

CALLIE (getting it) You get your biggest rival and your toughest enemy to eliminate each _other_.

CLOSE ON DARK KAT

DARK KAT (glowing) Ingenious, isn’t it? No one left to stop my plan!

ANGLE ON DARK KAT OTS MANX

MANX What about the Metallikats?

Dark Kat turns to work his control console.

DARK KAT Those imbeciles?

CLOSE ON DARK KAT AND HIS CONTROLS

He nonchalantly fiddles with a switch.

DARK KAT (without emotion) I re-built them for mindless muscle! And when I’m through here, they’ll be scrapped just as fast.

MAC (VO) That so?

Two sudden bolts SMASH the control panel. It EXPLODES, BLASTING Dark Kat backward!

DARK KAT Whaaa!

ANGLE ON ENGINE ROOM FLOOR

Dark Kat lands into shot and looks up in rare surprise.

DARK KAT (CONT.) You!

ANGLE ON DOORWAY (DARK KAT’S POV)

Mac and Molly stand in the doorway (the BG beyond the train whips by fast), weapons smoking. The robots are covered in scorch marks and their gangster outfits have been burned off (by the flaming Elephant hedge earlier), but they look dangerous as ever!

MOLLY Yeah, it’s us alright, Gruesome.

CLOSER ON METALLIKATS

MOLLY (CONT.) Good thing we hitched a lift, or we never woulda’ heard about your plans for us!

WORM’S EYE ANGLE ON METALLIKATS OTS DARK KAT

MAC (to Molly) Enough yammerin’! Let’s waste this stooge!

The robots take aim for the kill shot, when suddenly a fresh EXPLOSION from the control panel causes the train to LURCH. The Metallikats CLANG into one another and topple onto Dark Kat.

ANGLE ON THE THREE VILLAINS

DARK KAT You idiotic scrap heaps! You’ve destroyed this vehicle’s master circuitry!

CLOSE ON DARK KAT

DARK KAT (CONT.) We’re out of control!

ANGLE ON CALLIE AND MANX

Callie’s heard enough! She STOMPS down hard on a Creepling’s foot.

CALLIE That’s my cue!

CREEPLING (yelp of pain)

CLOSER ANGLE

Callie grabs the creature by the arm and swings it into two of its brothers. (The one holding her and one of the two holding Manx.)

CLOSE ANGLE ON MANX

This is too much for him. His eyes roll up into his head and he faints down and OS.

PREVIOUS ANGLE

Callie reaches down to catch Manx, when the fourth and final Creepling LEAPS at her.

CLOSE ON CREEPLING

CREEPLING (battle screech!)

WHAP! A blob of WET CEMENT BLASTS it OS.

CREEPLING (squeal of surprise)

ANGLE DOWN ON CALLIE AND MANX

Callie looks up and smiles.

CALLIE About time you got here!

ANGLE ON THE OTHER DOORWAY (OPPOSITE OF THE METALLIKAT ENTRANCE WAY)

Razor hands upside down from above, his Glovatrix ready to dish out more punishment.

RAZOR Come on!

WIDER ANGLE TO TAKE IN ENTIRE COMPARTMENT

Callie pulls the semi-conscious Manx toward the door. In the FG, Dark Kat and the Metallikats stand and begin to move after them.

DARK KAT Don’t let them escape!

BOOM! Another huge EXPLOSION sends the three villains to the floor. A wall of flame separates them from the good guys.

DOWN ANGLE ON FEAR TRAIN OTS TURBOKAT

It holds just above the smoking train (moving at _ridiculous_ speed!) A rope ladder reaches down precariously to the open doorway. Razor has already grabbed onto it.

T-BONE (AMPLIFIED THROUGH P.A.) Come on! We’re running out of time!

WIDE PROFILE ANGLE ON MEGAKAT TOWER (from show 4)

The Fear Train is making right for it!

ANGLE ON ROPE LADDER

Callie is now hanging with one hand, reaching for Manx with the other.

CALLIE Jump, Mister Mayor!

CLOSE ON MANX

MANX (scared as hell) I can’t….I….

His eyes widen as he sees….

ANGLE ON MEGAKAT TOWER

It’s getting bigger by the moment!

DOWN ANGLE ON ROPE LADDER

Manx jumps, just as a fresh EXPLOSION consumes the inside of the engine room.

MANX Yaaaa!!

The ladder (with Razor, Callie and Manx) yanks up past us.

UP ANGLE ON THE TURBOKAT

As it peels away from the train.

CLOSE ANGLE ON FEAR TRAIN

About to hit the tower.

WIDE, WIDE ANGLE ON TOWER AND TRAIN

The train HITS, EXPLODING (as big as we feel politically comfortable with!) The tower falls like a gigantic tree as if in slow motion (cause it’s so huge) and lands smack onto the Fear Train. An even _bigger_ EXPLOSION!

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. CITY HALL – EVENING

Manx is being escorted by two paramedics into a waiting ambulance. He’s babbling like an idiot.

MANX Then the big train hit the building, see, and it…um, the building, it just broke!

PARAMEDIC ONE (patient) Just relax, Mister Mayor.

PARAMEDIC TWO He’ll be alright. Just a little shock!

PAN OVER to Callie and the Swat Kats saying their goodbyes. The Turbokat is “parked” behind them.

CLOSER ON THE TRIO

CALLIE (CONT.) Well, this is it.

T-BONE A pleasure as always, Ms. Briggs.

RAZOR You’re welcome to call this radical squadron any time!

CALLIE Thanks, boys.

CLOSER ON T-BONE AND RAZOR OTS CALLIE

Callie leans in and gives each Swat Kat a peck on the cheek.

CALLIE (CONT.) You hunks can count on it!

EVEN CLOSER ON THE PAIR

T-BONE (blushing like mad) Um…we gotta get flyin’.

A distant SIREN begins to build.

RAZOR You got that right. That’s probably Feral! See you around, Ms. Briggs.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. THE SKIES OVER MEGAKAT CITY

ANGLE ON THE TURBOKAT COCKPIT

RAZOR Hey! We forgot to get that wall plaque from Manx.

ANOTHER ANGLE ON COCKPIT FAVORING T-BONE

RAZOR (CONT.) _And_ that free meal!

T-BONE We’ll get it another day, buddy.

ANGLE ON REAR OF TURBOKAT

A “romantic” view of the Turbokat powering into the sunset.

T-BONE (CONT.) (VO) Another day…

FADE OUT:

*THE END*

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