Title: Cold War
Author: LANCE FALK
Razor and T-Bone are testing an elaborate, state-of-the-art FLIGHT SIMULATOR in the SWAT Kat hangar. This simulator consists of a functional, full-size Turbokat cockpit held twenty feet in the air on a flexible armature. The cockpit can bank, dive, barrel-roll, and so forth on its mount, giving the illusion of full flight. This cockpit is facing an enormous holographic screen, programmed to show any variety of simulated dangers. (This rig is a little like the technology behind the Star Tours ride, but more elaborate).
Razor is controlling the simulation from his weapons position behind T-Bone. T-Bone easily defeats the first few targets and teases his partner. “Is this the best you got, pal? How about a _real_ challenge?” Razor grins and stabs at a button marked “The Works”, laughing. “You asked for it, big buddy.”
Suddenly, T-Bone has to rapidly weave through a barrage of simulated dangers from past adventures. Dark Kat’s Fearship (9305), the giant Ci-Kat-a (9310), flying Plantimals (9304), The Ghost Pilot (9308), The Megasaurus Rex (9303) The Macrobots (9312), a Cyclops (9306), a Bacteria Monster (9301), Giant Madkat Octopus (9311), and lastly Rex Shard, the dangerous crystal colossus (9309).
“Shard” is fast and “grabs” at the jet. His emerald hand fills the screen and his palm laser blast bathes the hangar in a flash of light. The simulator screen goes dark. GAME OVER!!
T-Bone pounds his dashboard in frustration as the simulator winds down and lowers the SWAT Kats to the hangar floor. “It’s not fair!” T-Bone says sullenly. “Shard was never _that_ fast!” Razor shrugs. “Gotta keep sharp, T-Bone…I wonder what ever became of that creep Shard after we beat him?” T-Bone sneers. “Who cares? After we zapped away that crazy power of his, he became just another thug doing hard time at Megakat Maximum Security Prison.”
…”he became just another thug doing hard time at Megakat Maximum Security Prison.”
Speaking of Shard…REX is hard at work on a heavy labor detail at MEGATECH POWER STATION: An enormous experimental alternate energy facility on the edge of town. Shard rants to his fellow inmates about his glory days as a crystal colossus with God-like powers. “Power is the key! And when I figure out a way to get some,” promises Shard, “watch out MegaKat City!”
When a guard stumbles over Shard’s chain, Rex sees his big chance. He grabs the guard’s weapon and security key card. The thug races to the heart of the power facility, chased by prison guards and plant security. Shard manages to blast his way into the experimental reactor room. The radiation suited guards look on with horror as Shard destroys one of the two reactor control consoles with gunfire. Quickly, Shard is surrounded
by armed guards. With great defiance, he hisses “I ain’t goin’ back to that cell! It’s all or nothin’!” He empties his gun into the remaining console panel and dives into the glowing heart of the reactor. There is a _BIG_ explosion!!
Chance and Jake are enjoying a Scaredy Cat cartoon when it is interrupted by an emergency news bulletin. An area of sub-zero temperature has consumed the edge of Megakat City in mere moments. Blizzards and glacial mass are spreading by the minute.
The SWAT Kats race into action! Reaching the heart of the icy area, they find a PITCH BLACK GIANT surrounded by a “skin” of fire (he looks like a humanoid eclipse with a raging corona). The two-hundred foot giant laughs at the approach of the Turbokat. “Hi, SWAT _Gnats_!
Remember your old pal, Shard?” With that, he tosses flaming black blobs from his body. T-Bone barely manages to avoid the barrage.
According to Razor’s instruments, Shard has become a HEAT SINK, absorbing any and all warmth in his vicinity (like a living black hole of temperature!). The SWAT Kats re-engage Shard but all their weapons freeze solid and brittle before they can be effective. Shard is luckier. One of his heat leeching projectiles tags the Turbokat, icing it up and freezing the engines.
T-Bone is barely able to manage a belly landing, and the Turbokat begins sliding in a mad downhill race through the icy streets of Megakat City (a hilly area like San Francisco). The two Kats use manual control over the jet’s flaps to steer the aircraft around buildings and objects but they go into a deadly spin, nearing a fatal drop of hundreds of feet.
….nearing a fatal drop of hundreds of feet.
Using Glovatrix grappling hooks and the Turbokat’s braking chute, the Swat Kats manage to stop their beloved vehicle mere feet from the deadly plunge.
Razor and T-Bone break out the SUB-ZERO GEAR: arctic survival
suits, special devices, and the SUPER SNOW KAT (a snow-friendly turbo-powered cyclotron). The city is one quarter iced over at this point.
Racing uphill, T-bone and Razor reach Shard and begin a pitched battle. Using the Snowkat missiles, they bury Shard in an avalanche. The snow freezes instantly into a case of ice around the heat sucking monster, snuffing his flame, but the powerful beast simply shatters his frozen prison from within.
The Swat Kats are barely able to leap from the Snowkat before Shard blasts the vehicle into frozen shrapnel. Razor and T-Bone activate their MEGA-SKIS (jet powered snow skis that expand from their snow boots). They renew the attack. Shard stomps the ground, creating a monstrous crevasse and the Kats go down into the abyss.
The heroes manage to save themselves with glovatrix grappling hooks. Then, the SWAT Kats extend claw-like blades from their boots and gloves and begin a harrowing climb to the top of the crevasse for a final showdown with Shard.
Once at the top, T-Bone uses his jet skis to ice up the crevasse ridge. Razor jets over to Shard and fires a few ineffectual bazooka shots at the giant, enraging him. Shard gives chase, narrowly missing the nimble SWAT Kat. The beast is nearly upon Razor when he looses his footing on the iced over ground. At that moment, both SWAT Kats fire simultaneously, T-Bone at the ledge and Razor at Shard himself. Razor has been saving a special weapon for last: The LAVA-MISSILE, a projectile of astonishingly high temperature. The missile is so hot, it actually overloads Shard’s ability to absorb heat. He screams in rage, then goes over the cliff to shatter a thousand feet below!
Shard’s destruction releases a burst of stored heat which rapidly melts all the snow and ice into the ocean.
As in show #9, Shard is actually alive after this ordeal and cured of his powers. As Feral slaps on the cuffs, the unrepentant thug promises “You ain’t heard the lasta’ Rex Shard!!”
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