by J. Cole Weston
Dire has an offer that M.C.C. can't refuse - the freedom of
the major cities of the world!
by J. Cole Weston
depth: Along the coast, a car drives, stopping at a tower
while Courage looks on, with the other Zone Riders maintaining
close watch. It's King Arthur and his Scottish aide MacKenzie
from "The Man Who Wouldn't Be King." Duchess Dire
is inside and says that he now looks like a King. Saying that
she asked for the meeting, Arthur wants to know what she wants.
Dire says she wants to leave Overlord, tired of being a soldier
and of having no power. She claims to be afraid of the other
Black Widows. She appeals to him, offering future plans and
zone defenses. She wants safe refuge at M.C.C. and 10 million
pounds sterling. When he asks why he should believe her, she
says because the meeting is a trap!
Hearing this, Courage and the others race into battle against
Intruder. Dire says this was the only way to contact him since
Overlord listens to all communications. Black Widow "Striker"
aircraft approach with Bandit, who destroys their car. Overlord
himself attacks the Zone Riders as they focus firepower on
the tower. Rawmeat destroys Max's cycle. The two planes fly
in to destroy Ned's cycle. Dire shows the King an escape route
and tells him to take her offer to M.C.C. She keeps an apartment
in New York City, at which she can be contacted at midnight
tomorrow. She asks to be stunned to explain their escape,
which MacKenzie does in short order. Hiro, outside, takes
out a Striker aircraft with a rifle blast. Arthur radios he
and Major MacKenzie are fine and have escaped. The Zone Riders
then regroup by the lake.
From M.C.C. General McFarland believes it a trap. But he still
commands Courage to hear out the Duchess. Arthur gives him
the phone number. She sneaks out at night from Overlord's
HQ, and is followed by Crook and Rawmeat. Courage has the
Zone Riders wait behind as he goes to make the phone call.
Dire enters an apartment that contains only a communication
set. Crook is watching outside. Courage calls, and as a bargaining
chip, she offers the self destruct codes to the zone generators
that only Overlord himself knows. She offers a list of cities
to be freed. UN troops must be standing by to take them over,
however. Courage records the names but Razorback arrives and
attacks. He calls in Zoners to attack Courage. The Zoner transport
is knocked out by the Zone Riders however, and Razorback is
turned back. Courage goes to M.C.C. with her offer, and one
of the Generals believes her, since Overlord would have nothing
The Black Widows all accuse Dire of being a traitor, but Overlord
set the trap personally as a test of loyalty for the rest.
He plans to detonate several large cities' zone generators.
He will lure the troops into the areas, and reactivate the
Zone generators. He plans to capture the UN armies all at
once. The General of M.C.C. sends the Zone Riders to capture
Overlord's headquarters. Courage has Kat and Ned held back
just in case. The UN troops depart M.C.C. to take on Overlord's
Bandit tells Overlord that they've entered the trap and to
stand by for pod detonation. When the zone reappears, it is
too late to recall the troops. The general at M.C.C. is on
the line with Mexico City when it goes dead. Overlord then
commands all unit to attack! Courage in Rimfire attacks back
as the Zone Riders work together to get the UN troops out
of the zone. Kat and Ned land in the zone to provide back
up. Hiro and Rawmeat duel it out on the streets as Ben and
the zoned General McFarland drive the transport. Kat takes
out the generator from the air, and the New York zone is free
for a few moments. All units of the UN Forces are to fall
back on UN headquarters. Overlord commands the emergency back
up generator to be deployed at his headquarters.
Back at UN HQ, McFarland asks how bad it is. Almost half a
million troops are now zoned, and entire armies have been
lost. McFarland notes they'll have to work harder, but they
haven't lost yet - not if they have the Zone Riders.
Noticed: Two Zone Rider glider planes appear for the first
time here - perhaps meant as the opposition to the Strikers?
A MAJOR risk for Overlord to take, but one that worked beautifully.
Overlord risked his major strongholds yet increased his armies
which will power the generators and already have their own
weaponry. Another "the Zone Riders lose" episode
of a show that didn't always end on a happy note.
do we learn? Overlord's new planes are called Striker aircraft.
Were they intended for toy production as well?
keeps an apartment in New York still.
MacKenzie is the head of security for King Arthur.
list of cities to be freed include: New York, London, Paris,
Tokyo, Mexico City, Leningrad, Chicago, Shanghai, Cairo, San
Francisco, Madrid, Athens, Caracas.
Dire professes that she will never leave Overlord.
ups: None apparent.
Quotes: "Everybody wait here. I've got a phone call to
make. Uhh, anybody got a quarter? " - Commander Courage