S1E02 - The Giant Bacteria

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Re: S1E02 - The Giant Bacteria

Postby Rusakov » Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:47 pm

Kooshmeister wrote:Well, the eyes are Morbulus', as opposed to the eyespots of real bacteria. It's important to remember the creature used to be a (more or less) ordinary kat, and the model sheet explicitly says he's turning into the bacteria monster, so it was never a true attempt by either Viper or Glenn Leopold to create an actual giant-sized germ. This explains why it's so un-bacteria-like.

Speaking of Morbulus' mutation, where did his tail go? I have this disturbing mental image of it falling off during his transformation. RazDumbfounded


Probably used as biological raw material by the bacteria.

After all... you don't really need a tail when you have a low center of gravity and giant feet! RazLaugh

And again, he probably didn't become a straight-up bacteria, just some weird amalgamate of him and the bacteria. :ugeek:
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Re: S1E02 - The Giant Bacteria

Postby marklungo » Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:51 pm

Here's something I've been meaning to do for a long time; write about "The Giant Bacteria" again, and elaborate why I gave it a D+ rating. In another thread, MoDaD asked me if I would change the grade; here's my response.

On reflection, I might upgrade it slightly to a C- since this was the first episode made and everyone was still figuring things out, and it does have some good moments. However, I still have some big problems with TGB, particularly the subway sequence. It's bad enough that it happened, but the way it's treated is even worse. Here's a scene where dozens of civilians are unambiguously killed, and it's almost immediately forgotten as the story moves on to the next cheap thrill. It shouldn't be that way! When someone dies, it should matter--even in fiction, even if it's just an extra (or a whole bunch of them). If Viper's monster killed that many people at once, there should have been major consequences for him and for Megakat City until he was finally dealt with. I hope your podcast will deal with that. (BTW, compare and contrast this story with a real life commuter train shooting that happened just a few months after it was first broadcast.) And thank you for giving me cause to write this rant, which I've been meaning to do ever since I first came here.

P.S. At least "The Giant Bacteria" isn't as bad as G.I. Joe: Resolute, the adult-oriented version of the cartoon from 2009. There, Cobra Commander actually nukes Moscow, killing 10 million people, but it's given no more emotional weight than the latest fight between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. Sigh... My point is that if you absolutely have to write a story with a mass killing, at least have the decency to fully deal with the consequences.
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Re: S1E02 - The Giant Bacteria

Postby marklungo » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:56 pm

I just talked about this topic offline with Kooshmeister, and he reminded me of one more victim of the bacteria monster who I really should have mentioned: Dr. Zyme. Here's a perfectly likable character with a lot of potential (some of which he realized in "The Origin of Dr. Viper"), and he's killed off (maybe) almost as soon as he's introduced for no good reason.

Fortunately, there's still hope for the good doctor. Between his ambiguous fate and the fact that several of the show's villains have returned from the dead, Zyme can be brought back--which I hope the Tremblays will do if SWAT Kats: Revolution ever becomes a reality.
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Re: S1E02 - The Giant Bacteria

Postby Mikazo » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:27 pm

Hey, here's an idea. Perhaps they could make a sequel to the Giant Bacteria episode. Except in the sequel, the creatures would come around as a result of people overusing antibiotics and antibacterial soaps, thus creating a strain of resistant superbugs!

...what? I think it's a great idea. :oops:
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