When I initially began writing this short, I envisioned Feral who's getting to the point where he had enough. He'd been getting from all sides: Callie, SWAT Kats, and maybe a bit from Felina. He's feeling no one is letting him do his job whether it be saving the city or something mundane like doing counter espionage (which is a major plot in the Turmoil rewrite I'm kinda plotting). So when he gets the communicator Feral snaps. It was the one thing that broke the camel's back.
For the most part, I mostly agree with Koosh and MoDad line of thinking. Yes, it would be easy for Feral to set up a trap for Callie and hang her on the evidence. But I think Feral would consider this a personal betrayal and would angrily confront her. While Manx has interfered with Feral's command, Manx didn't really make it personal (i think, needs confirmation). Manx interfered for political reasons, as the SWAT Kats saving the city ensures he stays in office. Callie made it personal. She made sharp digs against Feral like he couldn't do his job and she'd praise and cheerlead the SWAT Kats to the point it puts down Feral and the Enforcers. Plus she tried to stop Feral from doing what he wanted to do only to allow the SWAT Kats to do whatever they wanted. But while Callie does this, Feral is just thinking she's taking advantage of the situation like Manx is.
So when Feral gets the communicator, he finds out Callie isn't just taking advantage of the situation, she's enabling the SKs as well. The SKs get alerted first, while the Enforcers get stuck with a lateness label. What else has been spun to the SK's advantage? Is she giving them more leeway, information, or even trade secrets just so the SWAT Kats can stay on top? So Feral decides to confront her and let her have it.
Feral focused on the response times in his argument with Callie because it was something which affected the image of the Enforcers as a whole. The Enforcers appearing to be late makes them look lazy at best or incompetent at the worst. Feral probably did have to change protocols to address this, which turns out to be not needed. I also had a deleted line where Feral says he started getting on his officers' tails about it, which now that the truth is out, he'll have to go back to his officers and apologize. It's things like this in which I think a confrontation needed to happen. But only against Callie. If it was Manx I think he'd gather the evidence and then gloat. But as I stated Callie made it personal. At least in the short Feral has the presence of mind to keep it for evidence. It will be always hanging above Callie's head, and she loses her chances to criticize him.
Now, onto the quotes!
MoDaD wrote: But, who knows how one would react when they feel betrayed after years of (potentially) unwarranted criticism?
This is the kicker. The "Enforcers are late" criticism seems to be unwarranted. When T-Bone utters the line in The Pastmaster Rings Twice, it was a miracle that the Enforcers even showed up because it didn't look like there were any silent alarms tripped or Enforcers called. Even the SKs themselves showing up was a miracle, so Feral and the Enforcers getting the brunt of it like they failed is a head scratcher.
MoDaD wrote:Anyway, a very dramatic scene. I didn’t know if Callie’s office was going to become Thunderdome there, with two entering, and only one leaving
If you think that's dramatic, wait until Callie finds out who took the communicator to give to Feral.
EricoBard wrote:I always find it humorous how willing he is to throw the book at them, and yet everybody else accepts the SWAT Kats as a force for good.
As Koosh stated, Feral is the law, and the SWAT Kats are criminals. Feral isn't even corrupt law, trying to hide his wrong doings. It's his job to go after criminals. Vigilantism is a crime, something he pointed out to Callie. And everyone just accepting the SKs shouldn't be happening, and Feral shouldn't be the only one to bring it up. As it stands now, everyone who talks badly against the SWAT Kats is a villain. There is no one who criticizes them who maintains a good guy status. Felina comes close but falls in line. Feral is treated like a bad guy for just doing his job by not rolling over, which bugs the crap out of me.
EricoBard wrote:By Season 2, he's more willing to tolerate them. Sure, he still gets on their cases and tells them to shove off (Not that they ever listen), but the presence of his gung-ho niece seems to be something of a calming influence on him. That, or by a certain point, he just accepts that there's an errant cog in the system, and while he doesn't have to like it, he does have to put up with it.
I don't think Feral accepts them due to Felina. I think he barely tolerates them, mostly for his mental health. And Feral shouldn't be forced to accept him.
EricoBard wrote:The Feral I see here is genuinely angry, hurt, and more than willing to lash out, but he lacks the foresight and planning we see him use in other situations. Like leaving a tracer inside one of the money bags in Night of the Dark Kat, or dressing up like a fisherman to sneak onto the island that Dark Kat and the evil gang are hiding out at to rescue the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. The man is capable of subterfuge. For him to not employ it in this situation seems a little off.
Not quoted here but I think Feral would have already tried to trace SWAT Kat communications before, only to be blocked. So it's probably not worth the time to try to trace the communicator signal.
And again, Feral's reacting to personal betrayal. Sure he could plan and gloat, and I think he would do it if Manx was the one with the communicator. Callie made things personal, so he's going to confront her and let her have it, but also have knowledge and proof of her conspiring with the SWAT Kats hanging above her head, so he can pull that out of pocket whenever Callie wants to criticize a decision or prevent him from doing his job.
Kooshmeister wrote:In any event, if he did discover that Callie regularly communicated with the SWAT Kats, pursuing a criminal case against Callie would be about her collaboration with the SWAT Kats, not about the SWAT Kats themselves; he may have come to accept the SWAT Kats (however grudgingly), but discovering that the deputy mayor has been in contact with them all this time might be a betrayal he would find very, very hard to let slide.
Yep, I agree. This would be about Callie, not the SWAT Kats as much. It's Callie's collaboration with them which would probably tick Feral off, considering what she says to him.
Kooshmeister wrote:Then again, he apparently let Steel's obvious betrayal of him slide, so I dunno.
::Sighs:: Steele, along with Burke and Murray, are issues I tend let side. Not because Feral is my fav, but how their existence makes Feral look bad because they're loose ends. How Steele, Burke, and Murray were used twisted Feral's character when it was already twisted. Feral looks like he's okay with Steele's insubordination, but couldn't tolerate the SKs. It looks like he agrees Burke and Murray's treatment of Jake and Chance. But this never goes anywhere. Burke and Murray could have been used to shore up Feral as a villain or non-villainous antagonist status. Steele could have been used to show how Feral deals with politics. But as it stands all it does is enforce (heh) the universe's role for Feral: to twist and bend his character until it fit the episode and made the SKs look good in the process.
In any event, another short or two is planned to make this a bit of a mini series. You'll see who gave Feral the communicator (and why writing allies for Feral is complicated) and Callie's reaction to who it was.