by J. Cole Weston
discover an isotope that can defeat the Zone Riders' suits.
But who will get the isotope first, and who is the mysterious
local both sides encounter in the Smokies?
by J. Cole Weston
depth: A scientist exposes an isotope which absorbs free neutrons,
which means the substance could defeat Neutron-90 suits. Bandit
and the other Black Widows quickly attack the facility ad
the scientists destroy their data. Reaper grabs a disk and
the isotope and destroys the console. Outside, Crook secretly
alters something in Bull Whip's engine. As the Black Widows
return to base, Bandit falls behind while riding Bull Whip.
The Zone Riders intercept the Sledge Hammer tanks on their
way back to Intruder, but Bandit is left behind wit the isotope
in his possession. The Zone Riders set out on a comprehensive
search for him before he reaches the zone. Back at Overlord's
HQ, the computer cube is erased that Reaper grabbed. Overlord
is furious that the isotope and Bandit were left behind.
Meanwhile, Ned Tucker is over the Smoky Mountains on reconnaissance
when we observe a pick up truck with its driver eating an
egg raw. At the same time, Ben Franklin finds and blasts Bull
Whip but is ambushed by Bandit and his cycle destroyed. The
other Zone Riders give chase as Bandit downs Eagle with a
shot from Bull Whip. Damaged, Bandit sends it over a cliff
with his helmet, to make it seem as if he crashed and perished.
Courage then passes the local in the pickup, who uses his
vehicle to attack Rimfire. The local forces Courage off the
road and into the river. The man bellows "Don't nobody
pass Richard Welt! Nobody!!". Richard then returns to
an isolated cabin. At Bull Whip's crash site, evidence is
found of Bandit abandoning the vehicle.
At the cabin, Bandit tries to use a car to escape, but Richard
pulls out the "overhead cam 6" engine and throws
it at Bandit! When Bandit attempts to stun him, the giant
man shrugs it off. They engage in hand to hand combat and
Bandit is disarmed. Defeated, Bandit wants to buy transportation.
Max arrives at the cabin to find the smashed car. Kat notices
the pickup which passed Courage earlier. When Richard offers
Bandit a sandwich, he observes the meat has not been cooked,
among other unhealthy habits. Suddenly overhead, Eagle is
shot down by Intruder. The Zone Riders on the ground are chasing
Richard and Bandit as Courage had a hunch Richard was helping
Bandit escape. When they destroy the truck, Intruder comes
in from Overhead keeping the Zone Riders at bay. The Black
Widows arrive to retake Bandit and Richard fights them all
off handily until shot by Overlord. When Crook is about to
execute him, Overlord stops him. They escape but Hiro uses
a telescope to spot Bandit still on the ladder of the plane
and blast him. He drops the isotope but stays on the ladder.
Back at Overlord's HQ, they've taken Richard Welt into the
Widowmaker. Bandit suggests naming him, as "you are what
you eat - Raw Meat".
Noticed: When Crook and the others try to subtly create doubt
in Bandit, Overlord has a certain amount of faith in him.
Not only is Bandit his number two man, but in episodes past
he has been the most effective soldier Overlord has. It's
nice to see that even the bad guys can reward loyalty a little.
The ladder is still hanging out of Intruder when it takes
off - a nice attention to detail, considering someone is still
Hiro asks for a dime, he uses the term "onegaishimasu"
- a polite version of please in Japanese.
do we learn? This is the second reference to "computer
cubes" - the 2007 equivalent of disks. Judging by the
size and shape, they resemble a ZIP disk or an Iomega product.
They also appear similar to optical disks produced by NextStep.
of the episode takes place near Clingman's Dome in the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park (as most of the time in SPIRAL
a real place).
Widowmaker process may disfigure you, but it seems to have
some excellent benefits. Richard Welt appears to regrow some
missing teeth and shed at least 30-40 pounds, becoming more
muscular as well!
ups: Only that Raw Meat's origin aired one day after he appears
in an episode.
Quotes: "I love nature, don't you Commander?" -
"That's poison ivy." - Commander Courage