Should I ask just what
Katrina did to him? No?
I'm a writer okay? I need answers!
It's never really said, not then, anyway. Felina neither notices nor comments on his appearance until he's aged slightly more by the next time we see him. Which is after his (sadly offscreen) lunch date with Katrina. Which is odd. If his appearance in the first office scene is the result of his date with Katrina at the philharmonic, i.e., the obvious implication being that she siphoned a teensy bit of his lifeforce from him, why does she suddenly begin aging so drastically during the drive back home? Especially since this is presumably not long after she drained Geno (the dockworker). Questions the script refuses to answer clearly, aside from a few lines about how draining regular victims (i.e. guys not head over heels in love with her) only restores her beauty for a brief amount of time.
AkaneKitty wrote:Interesting. Angry since he's under Katrina's influence or because Felina struck out on her own without backup?
A combination, I'd say, plus understandable indignation that his niece went to his girlfriend's house and questioned her employees. In his mind, Felina is sticking her nose in where it doesn't belong.
It's worth noting that she did
radio for backup, complete with her name, rank and location as well as a good description of the situation, but between then and when she and T-Bone leave Skycor, no other Enforcers arrive, and the fight is a few pages long, too. Must've been a busy night for the Enforcers for backup to have taken so long.
But good they gave him that line though.
I agree. It's nice seeing Feral being witty and having a bit of snark.
AkaneKitty wrote:No one believes in operation security anymore.
"It's just some creepy Austrian guy in a trenchcoat with a weird furry thing. No funny business here
. Let 'im through, Dale."
AkaneKitty wrote:So how and why did Katrina latch on to Feral for this? Is he special in some way?
By and large, no, except that Geno is described as the largest of the dockworkers at the beginning, and the Skycor foreman is said to be "burly." Also, Ann Gora's report explicitly says the five missing/later dead guys who preceded them were all "large." Which means Katrina's taste (literal and figurative) in men runs towards the muscly, brawny type, and few guys in Megakat City can outdo Feral in this department. In her initial meeting with him, she tells him she's wanted to him for a while, so I imagine she saw him in pictures or on TV or something and thought, "Oooh, Mama wants a piece of that
After all, she may be a soul-sucking demonic beast from the great beyond... but she's still a red-blooded heterosexual female, and it's obvious she's got a type.
MoDaD wrote:Correct me if I'm wrong, but this episode (in its current state as you describe it) seems to have the least amount of onscreen SWAT Kats presence so far, and a lot of onscreen time for Felina Feral and Callie Briggs. Is that accurate, or is it just the way you've written the summary?
They're in it a little
more than I've described, but, by and large, yes, Felina and Callie get the most screentime from what I can tell. I was initially surprised when first thumbing through it that it's actually several pages in before the SWAT Kats appear (their first scene is the one involving them trying to repair Callie's car). They aren't exactly sidelined, but, until the final battle at the end, the story is very much about Feral, Katrina, Felina and Callie and their lives. All other characters, even the SWAT Kats, are subordinate to this plotline. It's very much the story of these four characters.
MoDaD wrote:As it's written, this may have been my favorite episode
I'm inclined to agree. Initially, I wasn't much interested in it, but Mark really sold me on it and the more I found myself enjoying it the more I read of it when I finally got it, the more annoyed I became that the show was cancelled before it got finished.
MoDaD wrote:But, I can see an executive scratching his chin and saying "this is too convoluted, make it more about the SWAT Kats and stop focusing on these other characters. Why can't the succubus just be after T-Bone/Razor instead of Feral?"
But apparently this didn't happen, thank goodness, and what I'm reading is, besides the title, what was the final approved script; it's possible Glenn Leopold focused it so much on someone besides T-Bone and Razor as a way of making up for Lance Falk's original idea(s) for Cry Turmoil
MoDaD wrote:I'm wondering if my thoughts are why it was slated for one of "last" spots late in the season, as if they were anticipating only two seasons and wanted to end on something really strong (something other shows have done). Or, am I way off base?
Maybe, I dunno. We'd need to ask Glenn Leopold. Interestingly, its episode code lists it as 94009. Which would appear to mean it was originally intended as the second season's ninth episode. Which, admittedly, doesn't mean anything; episodes are aired out of production order all the time. If I had to guess, the title change and requests that Leopold change the dialogue to remove mention of succubi may have held it back, and it was only approved after the ninth episode slot had been filled by The Dark Side of the SWAT Kats
, forcing Succubus!
(rechristened The Curse of Kataluna
) to come presumably after Unlikely Alloys
as the season's eleventh episode, or possibly even the season finale. And while I think Unlikely Alloys
, despite not being intended as such, is in many ways a strong finisher and a good story for the show to have gone out on, The Curse of Kataluna
, if only the title and some dialogue was changed and nothing else, would've been an even better episode.
I do wonder if they could've gotten away with it, though; since the original title includes the exclamation point I keep giving it, if nothing else, calling it Succubus!
would mean poor Volcanus Erupts!
wouldn't be alone anymore.
AkaneKitty wrote:(though I would have tweaked the story a bit as it relates to Feral's "betrayal").