"This time, we do it our way."
For me, I’ve grown to appreciate the SWAT Kats immaturity and rebelliousness from a viewing perspective, as I think it really distinguishes them from other protagonists in other similar series. They don’t have any lofty goals, and they’re motivated almost purely out of spite, exhibiting a refreshing level of pragmatism in how they conduct their vigilante activities. They’re unapologetic, and in many ways “normal.” Elsewhere I’ve commented on how I appreciate the “blue collar junkyard tech” aspects, and also stated how I solidly believe they’re a good example of anti-heroes. Despite the over-the-top universe, my suspension of disbelief is always maintained because as characters they feel real to me. ~ MoDaD
Aptly put! I love the note that they’re motivated by spite, though I’d add that it seems that over the long haul, they stay motivated by their long-standing ideals for the common good and how they wish to envision themselves and take charge of their lives, and a refusal to be put down and deal with the unfair hand they were given.
I like how they don’t pursue their activities with this “cheap thrill/rush” crap that I see everywhere in modern media daredevils, either.
I don’t doubt it’s there xD But it’s never romanticized or specifically draws attention to itself, which is refreshing! And dude, I totally agree with you 100%, they are anti-heroes <3 Feral is right, they are criminals, but criminals in a system that’s too inept to deal with the world as it’s become and the obstacles they face.
It’s a system that needs vigilante criminals. “Screw the law if it doesn’t work” is an attitude the SWAT Kats totally exemplify (and that I personally love) and they do it in the most convincing combo of ridiculous hero-fare, down to earth “normalcy”, and realistically competitive bromance I’ve ever seen in a crime-fighting duo. In fact, outside of SWAT Kats, I don’t think I’ve seen that dynamic pulled off so well, anywhere.
"We wouldn’t want to break any laws now, would we T-Bone?"
"Well, no more than we already do."
Lastly, this show makes fun of how “the system” doesn’t really work and how you really can’t justify, from a macro view, putting down the vigilantes… because the system as-is is too ill-equipped to deal.
I think my favorite overarching dynamic in the show is the dance between vigilantes and the establishment–they both want peace and stability for the people and to eliminate threats, but despite conflict over legality and social/political mores, they both need each other to safeguard their common interests until or unless the system changes.
It’s not directly stated in the show amidst all the guff the “underdogs” and “the establishment” gives each other…
"The Enforcers will never be able to handle those two…"
"I'm here to save the Mayor and Miss Briggs! But as usual, you two are just in the way!"
…but it’s clear that the Enforcers aren’t just a laughingstock compared to our vigilante anti-heros. The SWAT Kats need the Enforcers just as much as the Enforcers need the SWAT Kats to protect Megakat City, even when it’s barely acknowledged on either side.
"Thanks to the diligent effort of my Enforcers…And with some minor help from the SWAT Kats…"
"Yeah, glad to see you too, Commander."
Because of this, I believe that if there ever was a thematic ending to this series, it would have come from a solid resolution on both sides of “good” against the ever-present threats of “evil” against their world.
Whew. Well, that was the longest post ever xD I could really go for a can of milk…