by J. Cole Weston
finds a way into Overlord's computer system, but another user
manages to get a list of spies - and the chase is on to get
the list, for both sides.
by J. Cole Weston
and Razorback lead a massive Zoner army against the SPIRAL
ZONE. A large red mecha tries to kidnap Katerina, but
she is saved by Tank. He then uses a blinding flare from his
bazooka. Noting that this is several times they've been overwhelmed
by forces in the Zone, Courage believes there to be a spy
a phone company, Steve and Julie Roberts, two small children
decide to enter finding their parents with the Midwest Phone
Company's computer. Meanwhile at M.C.C, Dr. Laurence has hacked
into Overlord's computer system. He will have 60 seconds before
he is discovered. The children at the company also access
the computer and print out a list of Overlord's spies. For
some reason, M.C.C. can't print its own. A spy named "Alpha-10"
betrays the Zone Riders to Overlord. Reaper and Bandit go
to kidnap the children, but they escape on a jet powered skateboard.
Eventually Julie can't hang on and falls into a grate becoming
trapped as the Black Widows approach. But just in time, Tank
comes to the rescue, fending off the Black Widows until they
produce a flare which inadvertently lets the children escape.
Steve and Julie take over a Sledge Hammer tank, and after
some difficulty escape, but drive into the Zone.
arrives in Intruder to command the Black Widows. Tank finds
the Sledge Hammer in a junkyard. As the Zone Riders give chase,
Razorback is left without transport and attacks Courage unsuccessfully.
Max, Kat and Hiro look for the children and find them in the
car crusher. Tank acquires the list. Threatened with the children
being crushed, Overlord bargains to get the list and he will
save the children. He destroys the list and changes the deal
to removing the Zone Riders helmets. The Zone Riders then
save the children as Overlord is defeated. Kat believes the
list was destroyed, but Courage reports his "OptiScan"
helmet was switched to memory mode and took high resolution
photos of the list, and burned it to a golden disc (suggesting
a DVD). Courage then takes out the Generator and the Riders
return to M.C.C. Dr. Laurence uses the list to round up the
spies, and he has a surprise for the Roberts kids: their parents
have escaped thanks to the destruction of the Generator.
Noticed: We see several Zoner vehicles, including new cycles
and a large brown tank that look perfect for the second year
of SPIRAL ZONE toys. Pity.
spy network is extensive - the advantage the Zone Riders think
they have is quickly eroded by them.
sensitivity to children is exhibited again here, reinforcing
his character's loss of his son in the Zone.
many shows, when the children try to drive a piece of advanced
technology, it's difficult for them to learn! A nice touch
helmet possesses an infrared vision mode capable of following
helmet is identified as an "OptiScan" helmet - the
very same term from the toy packaging, a nice consistency.
Also, the golden disc it burns looks suspiciously like a DVD
- the appropriate media for 2007! Who would have known their
prediction 20 years ago would hold up today?
The phone company's computer makes noises from the original
Star Trek series.
do we learn? Zoners may be mindless, but they can be affected
by flares, which affect the eyes.
ups: Dirk Courage uses the term "About Face" to
turn the Zone Riders around. This is usually used in marching
in the military, but not used as an actual command on the
battlefield. However, the term "do an about face"
is sometimes used. Overall, a nice touch at providing realism
Quotes: "Nein, Herr Schmidt! I have you!" - Overlord