Checked out the podcast this weekend. Great stuff as always--and unlike Madkat's "jokes", it's actually funny!
However, I have something to add to my original episode review (available here
as always), specifically on the casting of the titular villain. I always felt a little guilty about my comments on Roddy McDowall, partially because he died just a few years after SWAT Kats
(the 20th anniversary of his death is tomorrow!), but... well, let me explain. It's complicated.
The podcast has a gag about how the producers cast Roddy
McDowall because they confused him with Malcolm
McDowell. I know it's a joke, but seriously, folks--as his Wikipedia entry
shows, McDowall led an incredible life. He'd already had a decades-long, distinguished career in a variety of fields by the time he was reduced to playing a supervillain in a cartoon about talking cats. He was a great actor, and he did outstanding voice work both before and after his role here (Mad Hatter, Snowball). I think he would have been a wonderful SWAT Kats
villain--in the right role.
The above paragraph is my roundabout way of saying that as much as I love Roddy McDowall, I still think he was miscast as Madkat. McDowall could do comedy (again, Snowball), but not the wacky, zany kind that Madkat specialized in. (However, as the podcast correctly points out, the script didn't give him much to work with.) Malcolm McDowell really would have been a better choice, as would the actors I named in my original review (Dan Castellaneta, Micky Dolenz, Matt Frewer). And yet...
You know what I wish the producers of SWAT Kats
had done? Create a new villain written especially for McDowall. Maybe give him a sympathetic backstory like Mad Hatter's. That would have been the ideal solution for everyone. Ah, if only...
P.S. Thanks for tolerating my self-indulgence here.