The Savage Swarm

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Re: The Savage Swarm

Post by Kooshmeister » Sun Jun 04, 2023 12:07 pm

EXT. MEGAKAT CITY - DAY

The hot sun beats down on the city. It's a scorcher.

EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY

An expensive-looking highrise that probably costs an arm and a leg to live in. On the roof is a swimming pool.

EXT. OFFICE BUILDING - DAY

On the neighboring building is a WINDOW WASHER who's been soaping up the same window for some time, annoying the FEMALE EXECUTIVE (the FEMALE BUSINESS KAT from "The Deadly Pyramid") in the office within. But although he's a peeping tom-kat, it isn't the matronly executive he has eyes for, but another woman on the apartment building's rooftop. He sighs dreamily. He's so engrossed that he doesn't really notice that, down below, crawling giant insects are scuttling through the streets. In the distance, the flying ones can be seen swiftly approaching.

EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY

An attractive SUNBATHER (the aptly-named LEGGY SUPERMODEL) is lying stretched out on a lawn chair. She's clearly the type more valued for her beauty than her brains, with long dark hair, expensive-looking sunglasses and a high-cut one-piece bathing suit with an open robe that's draped haphazardly over her shoulders. Leggy is currently yakking on the phone (a big 90s-style cell) a mile a minute, not really letting whoever she's talking to get a word in edgewise.

LEGGY
(into the phone)
...and so then I said to Todd - he's my personal trainer, you know...

The voice on the other end of the phone is male. Leggy's MANAGER (MEASLY).

MEASLY
(over the phone)
I know who Todd is, Leggy--

The model continues as if her manager hadn't spoken.

LEGGY
(into the phone)
I told that muscle-headed moron, "If you're not going to show any enthusiasm when you're coaching me, you may as well take a short walk off a long pier."

The manager manages to get a word in.

MEASLY
(over the phone)
I think that's "a long walk off a short pier."

Leggy sits up, annoyed.

LEGGY
(into the phone)
You know what I mean! The point is I had to fire Todd, and now I need you to get me a new trainer.

There's a sigh from the manager's end.

LEGGY
(into the phone)
What?

MEASLY
(over the phone)
Easier said that done, Leggy. Half the agencies in Megakat City aren't returning my calls. Frankly--

LEGGY
(growls)
Oooh, now, you listen to me, you twerp!

She swings her legs up and around, off the chair, so that she's sitting. The robe falls down from around her shoulders. Her back is to the edge of the roof. Behind her, we can see several giant insects climbing the side of the adjacent building, heading for the window washer. He himself is equally oblivious. At first.

EXT. OFFICE BUILDING - DAY

The window washer continues scrubbing the window, getting the occasional disapproving stare from the executive within.

INT. OFFICE BUILDING - BOARDROOM

A big wood-paneled meeting room with "Megatech" in gleaming gold letters along the wall closest to the door. Trying her best to ignore the distracting window washer, the executive turns to several BUSINESSMEN seated around a table. The female CEO sits at the head of the table impassively. The matronly executive is giving a presentation of some sort, using a pointer (stick) to gesture to some charts and graphs on an easle. A TIMID FEMALE ASSISTANT (think Irma from "Ninja Turtles") stands off to one side. Those in attendance find the window washer equally distracting, but apart from a few disapproving glances, the CEO and the others are laser focused on the presentation.

EXECUTIVE
...and so it is my prediction that the arrival of the Aqueons will cause an uptick in our fourth quarter earnings, allowing us to profit quite a bit more this year than we ever anticipated before.

The assembled businessmen look at the CEO. She nods. There's a smattering of applauce.

EXT. OFFICE BUILDING - DAY

Giving another dreamy sigh, the window washer dips his squeegee into his somewhat depleted bucket for another pretend round of washing the window when suddenly he happens to glance down, his eyes widening as he sees an enormous spider, several beetles and other assorted multi-legged horrors creeping up the side of the building. He yelps, jumping, making the dangling platform he's on swing precariously. It bangs against the window.

INT. OFFICE BUILDING - BOARDROOM

The various business kats, startled, turn and look out the window. Hairy spider legs creep up into view. There's a few screams. More than a few people stand and begin heading for the door. The executive and her assistant however remain rooted to the spot, watching in fear as the enormous spider starts climbing the window washing platform to get at the hapless window washer, causing it to tilt further. It swings, hitting and cracking - but not breaking - the glass.

EXT. OFFICE BUILDING - DAY

The window washer staggers, grabbing the handrail. The bucket he's been using tips and overturns, spilling sudsy water everywhere. Swiping at the attacking spider with his squeegee, he lets loose a scream. This attracts the attention of...

EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY

...Leggy Supermodel, who turns, annoyed, and then her annoyance turns to sudden shock as first she sees the bugs crawling up the side of the building next door and attacking the window washer, and then she herself is suddenly in danger as a huge praying mantis, the largest creature we've seen yet, rears up into view. Leggy shrieks, the mantis reflected in her sunglasses, and then the clawed forelegs sweep down, seizing her. She's dragged up into the air. Measly the manager's worried voice can still be heard coming through the phone.

MEASLY
(over the phone, concerned)
Leggy? Leggy?! What's happening...?

LEGGY
(screaming)
Do something, you twerp! Help me!

The mantis crawls across the roof now, carrying Leggy with it as it goes, other bugs, including smaller mantises, following along. Behind them, the window washer is kicking the spider in the face trying to dislodge it from his platform. As the giant mantis walks over/through the swimming pool, it lifts Leggy to its mouth. Its jaws open. Leggy flails and shrieks, sunglasses flying off, the phone falling from her hand. She's crammed into the hideous jaws and swallowed whole. The phone falls down into the pool. It sinks to the bottom.

MEASLY
(over the phone, kinda muffled in the water)
Leggy, Leggy can you hear me...?!

No answer, of course. The mantis takes flight and zooms on to the next building. The roof is now covered in bugs.

EXT. OFFICE BUILDING - DAY

A combination of kicks and smacks in the face from his squeegee allow the window washer to dislodge the spider. It drops, smacking into other arthropods as it goes, knocking them loose. Some - the beetles - manage to spread their wings and fly to avoid falling, but most just plummet. The rest keep climbing up.

EXT. CITY STREET "A" - DAY

The spider and other bugs crash onto the roofs of parked cars, setting off the alarms. Others hit the sidewalk. One lands in the street. A few bounce. Others just splat. Lots of icky bugs guts. The one in the street flails around on its back like an overturned turtle and is promptly hit and crushed under the tires of an approaching truck. Yelping, the TRUCKER struggles to control his vehicle as it slips and slides in the slime, skidding out into an intersection through a red light...

EXT. CITY STREET "B" - DAY

...and smashing into some parked cars over by a hoity toity cafe that resembles a Starbuck's, but even pricier. The CUSTOMERS and EMPLOYEES rush out to look, and are immediately set upon by giant flies the size of small cars. They flail their arms trying to defend themselves. It's pure carnage. In the truck, the driver is dazed but okay.

EXT. OFFICE BUILDING - DAY

Having gotten rid of the spider, the window washer begins frantically winching himself up. He's made it less than two feet when some huge wasps and flies swoop down. One, a fly, lands on the window. Another, a wasp, grabs the window washer in its clawed limbs, lifting him up and carrying him away through the air screaming. Another wasp lands on the window with the fly, staring in at the female business kats. More bugs clutter the window washing platform, which gives way under their weight when the cables snap, dropping them out of sight.

INT. OFFICE BUILDING - BOARDROOM

The two women watch with horror. The wasp's abdomen pulsates hideously, stinger dripping venom. The abdomen rears back like an inverted scorpion's tail and strikes, smashing the glass. Broken bits of glass are blown inward, showering over the two women. They scream. The wasp pounces on the executive, pinning her. The flies, meanwhile, all grab the assistant, some grabbing her arms, others her legs. She's yanked up and the bugs fly out the window with her. Her piercing scream echoes throughout the city.

Whoosh! The Turbokat comes flying in at Mach 2! The SWAT Kats survey the scene below grimly.

T-BONE
Man, those slimy creeps sure are fast! They've barely gotten here and already they're havin' a buffet!

RAZOR
Roger. A lot of these people look like they need up close and personal help! I'll handle that! You handle the big boys that could do with some explodin'!

T-Bone begins flicking switches.

T-BONE
Better you than me out there.
(shudders)
Switching to auxiliary weapons panel. Good luck, buddy!

The canopy slides back. Razor shoots out in his Ejektor seat and goes flying along. He targets a few individual bugs. Spotting the assistant with the flies playing tug-o'-war with her, Razor frowns and lowers the Ejektor's targeting scope (from "Enter the Madkat") over one eye.

RAZOR
You boys play nice!

Zap! A laser flies out and fries three of the flies one by one with impeccable percision. The other two drop their prey and flee. The assistant falls, screaming. Working quickly, Razor deploys an Airbag Missile. It hits the ground and explodes, expanding into a giant air cushion, which the assistant lands in safely. Then Razor turns and begins zapping at bugs on the building. Seeing the executive in trouble, he flies in through the broken window.

INT. OFFICE BUILDING - BOARDROOM

Razor lands. On the table, the pinned woman is struggling to push the huge wasp off of herself as the deadly stinger draws nearer and nearer. Unstrapping himself from his seat, Razor tackles the bug, which immediately releases its victim and begins flying wildly around the room, bucking in the air, trying to dislodge its rider. Razor whoops and hollers.

RAZOR
Woooo! Ride 'em cowboy!

The executive watches this, wide-eyed. The wasp carries Razor out of the room through the broken window.

EXT. OFFICE BUILDING - DAY

Zooming around clumsily, the wasp tumbles through the air, still trying to dislodge Razor. It dives right towards:

EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY

The wasp and its rider come down towards the pool.

RAZOR
Let's see how you like my sting!

He deploys an electrified knife from the front of his Glovatrix, jabbing it into the wasp's midsection. Jolts of electricity promptly fry its insides. It dies in midair but keeps sailing forwards of its own momentum, before Razor is flung loose, deactivating the electro-knife seconds before he and the corpse of the wasp hit the surface of the water. They sink. Razor finds himself sitting on the bottom. Hearing a garbled voice, he sees the phone and grabs it, swimming up. Breaking the surface, he talks into the phone as he heads for the ladder.

RAZOR
Hello?

MEASLY
(over the phone)
Who is this...? Where's Leggy?

RAZOR
I dunno who Leggy is, but if she's the one who owned this phone then I'm sorry to say she's probably long gone.

MEASLY
(over the phone)
What? How?!

RAZOR
Two words: giant bugs. Lots of 'em.
(before Measly can interrupt)
Look, forget about her. Barricade yourself in someplace safe and stay there until this whole thing blows over.

MEASLY
(over the phone)
How will I know when THAT is...?

The Kat's Eye News chopper goes flying past.

RAZOR
(into the phone)
Make sure you got a TV and keep a close watch on Kat's Eye News. Good luck. Bye.

He hangs up, tossing the phone aside. Hauling himself out of the water, dripping wet, he goes to the edge of the roof and looks down, seeing that the assistant is all right. She waves up at him. From across the way, he sees the executive standing by the smashed window. He smiles and gives her a thumbs-up. He sighs, and starts trying to wring out his flight suit.

RAZOR
Bugs disposed of and innocent civilians saved.

He hears screams from his right.

RAZOR
And even more bugs and even more innocent civilians in danger. Oh, this day is gonna suuuuuckkk. I hope T-Bone's faring better. Oh well. Back to the grind...

He leaps dramatically off the roof.

EXT. CITY STREET "A" - DAY

Razor lands on the airbag and then slides off to land beside the assistant. She embraces him. He blushes, looking a little awkward at this display.

RAZOR
Oh, uh, you're welcome, ma'am... it was really nothing.

He slips an arm around her waist.

RAZOR
Help you back up to your office...?

She nods. Raising his arm and pointing up, he fires a grappling line from his Glovatrix, which retracts, yanking him and the assistant upwards.

EXT. CITY STREET "B" - DAY

T-Bone zooms over the pandemonium with the giant bugs attacking the coffee shop and some surrounding stories.

T-BONE
(into his comm)
Razor! Come on in, buddy!

INT. OFFICE BUILDING - BOARDROOM

Razor, having finished winching himself up, sets the assistant aside safely, where she joins the executive.

RAZOR
(into his comm)
What is it buddy?

T-BONE
(over the comm)
Those big bugs have got a hankerin' for some caffeine at some ritzy coffee place down the street from where you are. I can't get down there and land or I'll get swarmed, and I can't open fire into the crowd.

RAZOR
(into his comm)
Crowd?

T-BONE
(over the comm)
Yeah, there's about twenty or thirty people down there. Hold on...

He trails off. Razor exchanges looks with the two ladies.

EXT. CITY STREET "B" - DAY

Down the street, T-Bone can see the giant mantis from before, accompanied by the smaller mantises, converging on the fast food restaurant from the beginning. He scowls.

T-BONE
(into the comm)
Some big stick bug thing is about to order out for lunch. Don't worry, buddy, I'll handle 'im, you just take out the little ones and save as many people as you can.

Approaching sirens draw his attention. Enforcer cruisers and tanks are arriving on the scene.

T-BONE
(into the comm)
And backup's on the way. Enforcer backup, but I'll take that over nothin' at all. Ya got me?

EXT. OFFICE BUILDING - DAY

Razor, the executive and the assistant go to the window and look down. Below, on the street, more Enforcer vehicles are arriving. A squadron of jets led by Felina as well as some choppers are also swooping in. Razor nods.

RAZOR
(into his comm)
Roger that, buddy. The more the merrier. All right, you handle the big bugs, I'll assist the Enforcers in taking out the little ones and getting people to safety. Over and out.

INT. OFFICE BUILDING - BOARDROOM

The executive looks aghast.

EXECUTIVE
"Little ones?"

Razor shrugs good-naturedly.

RAZOR
Well... compared to some of the others. Say, you two better go find a place to hide. I gotta leave and I can't guarantee your safety if you stay here. Understand?

They nod and run out. Getting back into his Ejektor seat, Razor blasts off.

EXT. CITY STREET "B" - DAY

The approaching cruisers screech to a halt, the tanks stopping a few yards back. Enforcer commandos hurriedly disembark, taking up firing positions. Aiming carefully, they start pelting the attacking flies and wasps with laser fire. In the crashed truck, the truck driver screams as a giant beetle approaches, grabbing his vehicle in its huge mandibles. As the cab tilts, the driver falls out onto the pavement, getting up and scrambling away. The beetle shakes the empty truck from side to side, before throwing it. It sails over the heads of the attacking Enforcers, who duck, landing with a big crash and crumpling like a tin can alongside the Peacekeepers. The tanks roll forwards and begin blasting away with their twin guns. The beetle is blown backwards through the side of the building, which partially caves in on top of it.

The commandos cheer as Razor flies down and lands on his Ejektor seat. Despite from grumbles, he is immediately accepted as part of the defense by the Enforcers. Still sitting strapped into his chair, Razor points, directing their attention to the terrified citizens - the coffee shop customers and employees, the trucker and a few other random passersby.

RAZOR
We've gotta get these people to safety!

The lead commando looks annoyed at being orders from the vigilante after he's graciously allowed him to participate when the ground suddenly rumbles ominously. A little further down the street - in the direction opposite the fast food joint, where T-Bone went - one of the skyscrapers shudders ominously, and then, as Razor and the commandos watch in open-mouthed surprise, the thing collapses down in on itself as though the bottom simply gave out. Then the building next to it does the same. And the next. Heading towards them.

ENFORCER COMMANDO #1
What is that...?!

RAZOR
I'm not sure I wanna know...

Suddenly, the street cracks and erupts upwards, spraying chunks of asphalt everywhere. Everyone, including Razor in his seat, is thrown back. Lying on his side, dazed and trying to unbuckle himself, Razor watches as a giant mole cricket crawls up into view, this creature having tunneled along and caused the buildings to collapse.

RAZOR
Yep, I was right. I really didn't wanna know...

ENFORCER COMMANDO #1
Blast that thing!

Picking themselves up, the Enforcers begin shooting at it. The tanks pivot on their treads, aiming their guns and fire, but the mole cricket is tougher than the beetle. Though it gets knocked back by the lasts, it doesn't seem to sustain any damage. Managing to get his seatbelt unbuckled, Razor hops up and joins the line of commandos, activating his Glovatrix's Bow-Zooka weapon feature. He fires several explosive-tipped arrows at the thing with about as much effect as the Enforcers' regular rifle fire.

EXT. DESERT - DAY

The crashed helicopter lies burning at the base of the mesa by the road. The three crates and various dead beetles lie strewn about. The one crate is smashed open, having spilled its contents of vials and injector guns everywhere. The red MASA sedan borrowed by Callie comes speeding up and stops. Jehnna is in the passenger seat. She looks a little shaken by how fast Callie had been driving as the two get out.

JEHNNA
Your vehicles are quite unwieldy...

CALLIE
Sorry. We still use internal combustion engines on this planet. Besides, I'm not used to driving a big four door like this. Come on.

They survey the scene.

CALLIE
Come on, let's get that crate.

She indicates one of the two that didn't smash open. Picking up a few of the unbroken vials from the road and pocketing them, she and Jehnna heft the crate, grunting, and lug it over to the MASA sedan, managing to stuff it into the backseat.

CALLIE
Now come on, those guys back at the Space Center need this stuff pronto. Not to mention poor Dr. Hubble.

They get in.

JEHNNA
I just hope that awful creature hasn't bitten anyone else in the meantime.

CALLIE
(grimly)
Knock on wood...

Throwing the car into reverse, she backs up, spins the wheel, puts the stick shift back into forward and does a sharp U-turn that nearly tips the car over, speeding back the way they came, tires screeching.
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Re: The Savage Swarm

Post by NightSlayer2 » Thu Jun 15, 2023 7:41 pm

I like this story so far. This is really good work. I enjoy how you've written Governor Clawstone and Mayor Manx. I always did wonder what Clawstone was like. Governor Clawstone reminds me of Max Shreck from Batman Returns. I even enjoy how you've written T-Bone, Razor, the Aquians visiting their planet, and Feral. Again, this is really good work.
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Re: The Savage Swarm

Post by Kooshmeister » Fri Nov 24, 2023 11:58 pm

NightSlayer2 wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2023 7:41 pm
I like this story so far. This is really good work.
Thanks!
NightSlayer2 wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2023 7:41 pm
Governor Clawstone reminds me of Max Shreck from Batman Returns.
He's always been a character that's been in the background, being first mentioned in The End of the SWAT Kats! as the guy who sends General Boggs and his men to Megakat City to do what (he feels) the Enforcers (and SWAT Kats) can't. This is the first time he's actually physically appeared as a character, and he may need to go in a subsequent draft; the cast is a bit too crowded already.
NightSlayer2 wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2023 7:41 pm
I even enjoy how you've written T-Bone, Razor, the Aquians visiting their planet, and Feral. Again, this is really good work.
Thanks again! RazorHappyCait
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