A Tail of Two Vipers

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A Tail of Two Vipers

Post by Kooshmeister » Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:08 am

"A Tail of Two Vipers"

LOGLINE: Dr. Viper is finally arrested, and yet a creature very much resembling him is rampaging throughout Megakat City. How can there be two Dr. Vipers?

© 2020 Kooshmeister

Written by:
Bill Hiers
9/2/20

DISCLAIMER: SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron is a trademark of Hanna-Barbara. This author does not own the rights to the show, its episodes, or any of its characters, and this script is not meant for monetary use. I did it just for the heck of it. :)

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ACT I

EXT. THE DEAD FOREST - DAY

Push in on Dr. Viper's huge tree fortress towering above all the other twisted, dead trees in the center of the deadly swamp.

INT. SWAMP LAIR - LAB

As seen before, the interior of the tree's main hollow has been converted into a ramshackle laboratory. All is quiet until a hunched figure enters, emerging from the shadows of a passageway whose walls are lined with bulging, veiny eyes that follow the figure attentively, babbling to himself.

The silhouetted figure steps into the dim light and is revealed as none other than DR. VIPER. Oozing along behind him, red eyes aglow, is his trusty MUSHROOM MONSTER assistant.

VIPER
Those cursssed SWAT Katsss!

He slithers over to the centerpiece of the room, a large, crooked table supported by tree branch "hands" growing out of the earthen floor and gripping the edges, the top of which is littered with test tubes, beakers and flasks. There are also three potted plants: a cactus, a small palm and a sequoia sapling.

VIPER
They alwaysss thwart my plansss!

He picks up a flask of bubbling chemicals, smirking. Its tentacles twitching excitedly, the mushroom monster watches with interest.

VIPER
Sssoon, Megakat City will be mine! Yesss! My Megassswamp City! And thisss time, no one can ssstop me!

He pours the chemical into each of the pour pots and steps back, watching as the plants begin to twitch and then twist and grow. Using his prehensile tail, Viper grabs a jar with the handwritten label "Home Made," and pours the brown liquid inside into the pots as well. The three plants continue growing and twisting, with crunching noises. Mouths appear in them and they begin making hideous mewling sounds.

VIPER
Yessss! Sssoon those meddlesssome SWAT Kats will be taken care of, and Megakat City will fear the name of Dr. Viper... forever!

He cackles evilly, stepping back as the twisting and growing shadows of the mutating plants are cast over him. We pan over to a stoppered flask of a familiar-looking dark green liquid. Viper Mutagen.

EXT. CITY HALL - DAY

Establishing shot of Megakat City Hall. We hear the sound of someone snoring.

INT. CITY HALL - MANX'S OFFICE

MAYOR MANX is at his huge desk, half asleep. He awakens with a jump when his office door opens. CALLIE BRIGGS comes in, a stack of papers with her. These she dumps onto the Mayor's desk.

CALLIE
There are the forms you told me to go over.

MANX
Very good, Ms. Briggs.

Manx adjusts his pince-nez and looks them over. The phone rings and Callie answers it.

CALLIE
Hello?

VIPER
Hello, Ms. Brigggsss.

Callie's eyes widen.

CALLIE
Who is this?

She glances over at Manx, who is busying himself scrutinizing the paperwork and squinting, as though trying to understand what was written. At Callie's exclamation, he looks up, blinking.

VIPER
(over the phone)
I'm sssurprised you don't recognize me, my dear.

CALLIE
(low)
Viper!

Manx gulps.

MANX
D-Dr. Viper...?

Callie holds a hand out towards Manx indicating silence.

CALLIE
What do you want?

VIPER
I want the SWAT Katsss to meet me at the old tuna factory at noon today! Or elssse my latest creationsss will reduce this pitiful city to rubble! Ssstarting with City Hall!

There's a click and the line goes dead. Callie hangs up.

CALLIE
It's Dr. Viper, all right! And he's threatening to destroy Megakat City! He's at the old tuna factory!

Manx grabs the phone and hastily begins dialing.

MANX
Danger! Disaster! G-Godfrey! I m-must inform Commander Feral at once!

Callie slips from the office.

INT. CITY HALL - HALLWAY

In the hallway outside the Mayor's office, Callie takes out her communicator.

CALLIE
This is definitely a job for the SWAT Kats!

INT. SWAMP LAIR - DAY

Viper is using an old flip-style cell phone. With a grin, he flips it shut and sets it aside, turning to his faithful mushroom monster.

VIPER
Thossse foolsss will be pulverized by my Mega-Treesss!

The half kat, half mushroom creature growls with hideous glee. Both of them turn to the still rapidly growing trio of MEGA-TREES: the sequoia sapling has grown to adulthood and now sports four arms and a huge haping maw. It is fifteen feet tall and getting larger. Meanwhile, the cactus and palm tree are only slightly smaller at six feet and also still growing. They have three eyes epiece. They swell, bulge and undulate hideously.

VIPER
And now, my beautiful mutationsss, my Mega-Treesss, it'ssss time we got to work!

He beckons with a finger.

VIPER
Come! We musst go to the old tuna factory, if we're to keep our appointment with the SWAT Katsss!

Grabbing the flask of green liquid, he turns and walks down the stairs leading out of the hollow, the wriggling fungus creature at his heels. After a moment, the Mega-Trees follow, swelling in size with each step they take.

EXT. TUNA FACTORY - DAY

The TurboKat lands outside the factory. T-BONE and RAZOR. They stare for a moment at the creepy building. Even in daylight, it seems spooky. It sits by itself in a very bad part of town. Vines, both dead and living, grip the building like the tentacles of some sea monster. Most of the windows are boarded up. T-Bone stands with his hands on his hips, looking up at the huge building. Both he and Razor are wearing their Glovatrixes.

T-BONE
Creepy...

Razor extends his arm, checking his Glovatrix as he steps up beside his friend to appraise the structure.

RAZOR
Yeah. Just the sorta place that slimy snake would set up shop.

They walk towards the front entrance, T-Bone also giving his Glovatrix a once over.

T-BONE
I just wish we knew where his real hideout was. Then we could blow it to kingdom come and he wouldn't have anywhere else to slither back to. Somewhere in Megakat Swamp, I figure.

RAZOR
Well, after we catch him, maybe we can ask him.

They reach the front door. T-Bone makes a fist.

T-BONE
After we pound his face in!

As he reaches for the door, Razor lingers.

RAZOR
You know this is a trap, right...?

T-Bone grins.

T-BONE
(jovial)
Nobody ever said ol' snake-face would make things easy for us, did they?
(a little more serious)
Just stay on your toes.

They open the door and rush inside.

INT. TUNA FACTORY - FACTORY FLOOR

Apart from the skeleton of a conveyor belt - without the belt part - and a few scattered old crates, the factory interior is almost entirely empty. Gloomy light filters in through the mostly boarded up windows. Mustering their courage, the duo move cautiously across the wide open space.

T-BONE
Nothin' in here.

RAZOR
Viper's probably hiding.

From a second floor landing, a shadowy figure, Viper, watches them, eyes glowing. We can also see the glowing red eyes of his mushroom monster in the darkness behind him.

T-BONE
No, I mean, yeah, but... where's all the machinery...?

RAZOR
The company probably removed it when they closed up shop. You don't leave expensive stuff lying around for people to steal.

Viper continues watching them as his fungus creature slowly recedes away and through a doorway behind them. Viper lingers, gripping the railing, smirking down at the approaching vigilantes.

T-BONE
Who'd wanna steal bulky old factory equipment...?

RAZOR
You'd be surprised.

Finally, Viper turns and darts silently through the open door behind him. It reads "Offices" on the frosted glass window. The SWAT Kats now approach the stairs leading up.

T-BONE
So where is he?

RAZOR
Trap, remember? Viper's full of surprises.

T-BONE
Enough of this sneaking around crud!
(calling out)
Hey, Viper! Where are ya? Too scared to come out and face us man to mutant?

There's a thud from somewhere upstairs and then a shatter of glass. T-Bone points up at the second floor landing and the enclosed office area beyond.

T-BONE
It came from up there! In the old offices!

They race up the stairs.

INT. TUNA FACTORY - OFFICES

The SWAT Kats wind there way through a maze of cubicles and desk. Finally, they find a door marked "Manager." It's slightly open.

RAZOR
Well, now or never.

INT. TUNA FACTORY - MANAGER'S OFFICE

T-Bone kicks in the door. There's a big desk covered by plastic sheeting and a high-backed swivel chair sprung at the seams, currently turned away, although we can see Viper's tail sticking out the side and his hair over the top. The flask of green liquid we saw earlier is sitting on the desk. The SWAT Kats aim their Glovatrixes at him.

T-BONE
Okay, Viper, come quietly, or else--

A hideous growl issues forth from above them and before then can react, lumpy tentacles descend and encircle them, lifting them off their feet. It's Viper's mushroom monster, in semi-liquid form, clinging to the ceiling. As he restrains the two SWAT Kats, Viper turns in the chair, which creaks, fingers steepled.

VIPER
Ah, SWAT Katsss! Welcome to your doom! Or should I sssay... to the firssst day of the rest of your livesss!

As the vigilantes kick and struggle, Viper rises from the chair and comes around the side of the desk.

T-BONE
What're you waiting for, ugly? Just finish us off and be done with it!

VIPER
But that would be too easssy! After all the trouble you two have put me through over the yearsss, sinnce the beginning, in fact, I have a much... nassstier fate in mind for you two than mere death!
(cackles)
I'm going to transssform you! But firssst, I think it might be therapeutic for me to let my latessst creationsss knock you around for a bit while I watch.

RAZOR
(strained, choking)
Latest creations?

T-BONE
(strangled)
Y-Yeah, this spineless jelly bozo of yours is old news! Where's--

VIPER
Oh, you'll ssseee!

His face forming out of the amorphous blob, the fungus creature snarls and flings the two kats out the door they came through.

INT. TUNA FACTORY - OFFICES

T-Bone and Razor sail bodily across the room and smash through the frosted windows overlooking the factory floor.

INT. TUNA FACTORY - FACTORY FLOOR

With tandem screams, our heroes fall down to the first floor, landing against the cement floor hard. They groan and writhe, stunned and in pain. Dr. Viper appears above them on the second floor landing, gripping the railing.

RAZOR
(pained)
An arena... it's an arena...

VIPER
Very good... what wasss your name? Razor? Ah, yesss. But that won't matter sssoon. Once I bathe you in my improved version of the Viper Mutagen and turn you into my ssslaves! But firssst... some entertainment!

He snaps his fingers. The walls on either side burst open as the Mega-Trees enter. They're now even bigger than before. The seqouia, entering from the left, is fifty feet tall and barely fits inside even the high-ceiling main area of the old factory, and the palm tree and cactus, on the right, are twenty feet tall. The growl and snarl.

VIPER
Attack them, my Mega-Treesss! Attack!

Stepping forward, the sequoia reaches down to grab T-Bone, who rolls aside. The palm and cactus fire sharp projectiles - razor-edged fronds and spines, respectively - at Razor, who barely manages to get to his feet and run out of the way.

RAZOR
Come on, buddy, we need the Turbokat to deal with these three...!

They bolt for the exit. Viper grips the railing more tightly in anger.

VIPER
No! Ssstop them!

The Mega-Trees give chase. With great strides that make the entire building shake, the sequoia gets to the door and blocks their escape.

T-BONE
Crud!

RAZOR
We're gonna have to fight these guys with just our Glovatrixes! And I've got a plan!

He turns and runs back the way they came, towards the palm and cactus.

RAZOR
Come and get me, big boys!

He runs between the two and leaps up, firing missiles from his Glovatrix.

RAZOR
Flare Missiles deployed!

The Flare Missiles are like miniature versions of the Flashbulb Missiles, emitting bright burst of light. The two plant monsters each squeeze their three eyes shut, blinded, and reflexively fire their deadly projectiles, which sail past Razor's slender, airborne body, and hit each other. Both fly backwards and crash through the walls. The building shakes more as dust and debris begin falling from the ceiling. It's obvious that the old factory can't take much more punishment. Viper, growling, watches from upstairs. Behind him, his mushroom monster looks visibly distressed.

VIPER
N-Noooooo! My Mega-Treesss! My beautiful creationsss!

He whirls to his assistant.

VIPER
(indicating Razor)
Don't jussst stand there, you fool! Get him!

Turning into his liquid form, the fungus monster oozes down the stairs. Meanwhile, T-Bone is fighting against the giant sequoia.

T-BONE
Hey ugly!

The monster growls down at him.

T-BONE
Yeah, that’s right! I’m talkin’ ta you, bucko!

The sequoia gives an angry bellow and lifts one huge foot to stamp him flat. T-Bone dodges. One of the huge arms sweeps down. Smack! It just barely misses him. The building continues shaking and quaking, close to collapsing. Razor moves to aid his friend when suddenly the mushroom monster oozes up behind him and coalesces into his regular shape, lunging at the thin SWAT Kat, mouth wide open.

RAZOR
Have a snack, slimeface!

Razor fires an explosive into the mushroom monster's mouth, which he swallows, closing his mouth. His eyes widen. After a moment, he explodes in a shower of green goo that splatters all over the walls and the floor. Cracks are beginning to spread from the holes in the walls where the Mega-Trees entered, and the factory's structural integrity continues to disintegrate. Viper backs away from the railing as the entire second floor begins quaking ominously around him. At the opposite end of the main factory floor, meanwhile, T-Bone takes aim up at the sequoia.

T-BONE
Launching Mini-Piranha Missiles!

Miniature versions of the Piranha Missile shoot forth and chomp their way into the sequoia. The tree roars in agony as it is eaten up from the inside out, giving an unearthly death scream as it explodes in a shadow of wood chips and sawdust.

T-BONE
Now that's what I call a termite infestation!

RAZOR
Now for Viper!

They turn to confront the evil biochemist, who is still on the second floor, only for the walls to buckle.

INT. TUNA FACTORY - MANAGER'S OFFICE

The flask on the desk wobbles. The floor tilts as the entire building begins leaning precariously to one side. The vessel containing the Viper Mutagen slides to the edge of the desk, by the window.

INT. TUNA FACTORY - FACTORY FLOOR

The place is totally collapsing. The entire second floor section caves inward and Dr. Viper falls down along with a ton of debris. He avoids being buried except for his tail, which gets caught under a big chunk of the upper walkway. He yowls in pain. The SWAT Kats rush over to him.

INT. TUNA FACTORY - MANAGER'S OFFICE

As the room collapses, the desk slides against the wall and the flask flies out the open window.

EXT. TUNA FACTORY - DAY

The flask falls down towards the ground and lands in the overgrown bushes growing along the side of the building.

INT. TUNA FACTORY - FACTORY FLOOR

The SWAT Kats find Viper lying on his stomach in front of the heap of rubble that used to be the upper office area. Like a lizard, his tail has detached and remains stuck under the heavy debris. Green ichor oozes from the stump. He groans, barely conscious.

RAZOR
This place is gonna cave in!

T-BONE
Tell me something I don't know?

Razor kneels beside the prone Dr. Viper.

RAZOR
What about him?

T-BONE
Grab him and let’s go! This place is crumbling faster than my grandma's cheesecake!

Razor grabs Viper by his coat collar and he and T-Bone drag him after them, his tail stump leaving a trail of ichor, while the room continues to disintegrate.

EXT. TUNA FACTORY - DAY

Once outside, they hit the dirt as the entire building collapses. A cloud of dust washes over them, obscuring everything.
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Re: A Tail of Two Vipers

Post by Kooshmeister » Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:09 am

ACT II

EXT. TUNA FACTORY - DAY

As it slowly clears, T-Bone groggily gets to his feet. Viper, still out cold, lies beside him. Razor is nowhere to be seen.

T-BONE
Razor? Razor, where are ya, buddy?

RAZOR
(O.S.)
Right here...

Moaning, Razor pushes aside a big hunk of metal and stands up.

T-BONE
(relieved)
What a ride that was...

RAZOR
(groggy sarcasm)
Can we do it again, Dad?

Kneeling, T-Bone checks Viper. The kat-snake scientist is still alive.

T-BONE
He's okay.

Standing, he grins.

T-BONE
Looks like his little trap backfired and we got him for a chance.

Smirking, he looks down at the unconscious Viper.

T-BONE
Finally, you're gonna see the inside of a cell, Doc!

RAZOR
Or a lunatic asylum!

T-BONE
Or whatever the Enforcers decide to do with 'im.

They hear approaching sirens. With Feral's distinct blue and white cruiser in the lead, a small fleet of Enforcer squad cars is speeding towards the destroyed factory.

T-BONE
Speaking of whom, here they come, late as usual...

The squad cats screech to a halt. COMMANDER FERAL and FELINA FERAL get out of the lead vehicle. The other cars disgorge ENFORCER COMMANDOS toting laser rifles.

FERAL
Looks like you SWAT Kats made your usual mess.

T-BONE
Ease up, Feral. We got you guys a present.

He turns and gestures at Dr. Viper on the ground who is slowly coming to.

FERAL
Viper!

He turns to his men.

FERAL
Cuff him before he wakes up!

Several commandos rush forward.

FERAL
Dr. Konway will want to examine him as soon as possible.

The commandos cuff Viper and haul him to his feet, dragging him to a waiting cruiser.

T-BONE
And try keeping him locked up this time!

Feral growls and stomps off. Felina lingers to talk to the SWAT Kats.

FELINA
Good work, you two. A shame about the old tuna factory, though.

T-BONE
Eh, who cares? It was a dump anyway...

He kicks at a piece of rubble.

RAZOR
What do you think will happen to Viper? T-Bone and I were discussing whether he'd wind up in prison or the insane asylum.

Felina turns and watches Viper being put into a cruiser.

COMMANDO #1
Ech, he's gonna get his slime all over the backseat.

COMMANDO #2
Relax, the guys back at the motor pool will clean it up.

Felina turns back to the two SWAT Kats.

FELINA
To be honest, probably neither. At least not at first. The boys at our bio-tech lab will want to get their hands on him for study. Dr. Konway's been interested in him for a long time. To say nothing of the new administrator over at Megakat Biochemical Labs.

A station wagon pulls up behind the line of Enforcer squad cars. DR. BELLJAR gets out and stands holding the open door, watching Viper fidgeting in the backseat of the nearby cruiser. Then, slamming the door, he approaches as far as the Enforcers will alow and stands with his hands in his pockets. Finally, T-Bone yawns and stretches.

T-BONE
Welp, it's been a long day. Monsters killed, bad guy apprehended, and, as your uncle so eloquently put it, we destroyed our one building per day, so it's about time Razor and I got home.
(shouting over to Feral)
That is if His Highness will allow us to leave.

Feral just glowers at them. Felina chuckles.

RAZOR
Seeya later, Lieutenant. You too, Commander.

They hop back into the Turbokat and fly off.
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Re: A Tail of Two Vipers

Post by Kooshmeister » Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:13 am

EXT. ENFORCER HEADQUARTERS - EVENING

Establishing shot of the building. Jets take off from the elevated runway.

FERAL
(O.S.)
Well, Konway, what have you got for me?

INT. ENFORCER HEADQUARTERS - BIO-TECH LAB

Feral stands with DR. KONWAY in the high-tech Enforcer laboratory. The Commander has just entered and is flanked by Felina and two commandos. Konway is his usual subdued self, standing with his hands casually stuffed into the pockets of his lab coat.

KONWAY
Not much yet, Commander.

He walks over to an enormous cage sitting in a shadowed area of the room. Feral and his entourage follow. The cage currently houses an extremely irritated-looking Dr. Viper, although he is mostly in silhouette, sitting in the furthest and darkest corner of the cage from the light. We can tell, however, that he is naked, having been relieved of his lab coat. His ear is tagged and he's wearing a collar with a tracking device on it. A green light shines on the device. We can also tell that Viper's tail is partially regrown. His eyes glow with suppressed fury in the darkness.

KONWAY
We've only just begun studying him. But as you can see...

He takes a doctor's pen light from his pocket and shines it into the cage, showing everyone the partially regrown tail in its narrow beam.

KONWAY
...his severed tail is already regrowing itself. His regenerative capabilities are quite remarkable.

FERAL
(bored)
Fascinating. And how about finding a means of curing him?

Konway flicks the flashlight off, sticking it back into his pocket.

KONWAY
Curing him?

FERAL
Turning him back to normal.

KONWAY
That's difficult to say. I'll need research the original Viper Mutagen formula. I called Megakat Biochemical Labs about getting ahold of Dr. Zyme's original notes, but they can't find them.
(suspicious)
Or so they say.
(frowning)
In the meantime, I could study his biochemistry and genetic makeup, but the specimen is... most uncooperative.

FERAL
(grunts)
"Specimen."

KONWAY
A shame we couldn't get ahold of his original tail. I could study its genetic makeup without having to draw any blood from him.

Commander Feral leans closer to the cage and uses his baton to rattle the bars a bit, earning a hiss from the caged villain. Felina fidgets a bit. She isn't nervous. She just doesn't seem to think her uncle ought to be antagonizing the caged mutant.

FERAL
How do you like your new accommodations, Dr. Viper? Or should I say Dr. Purvis?

Another angry hiss. Eyes glowing more brightly, the figure in the shadows steps forward a bit.

VIPER
Dr. Purvisss is dead... only Dr. Viper livesss!

FERAL
Be that as it may, you're going to get turned back into him, at least if I have anything to say about it.

Viper tenses and recoils as if in horror, like a vampire shown the cross.

FERAL
Then you can stand trial for your crimes.

He turns to leave, pausing to throw back over his shoulder:

FERAL
Dr. Purvis!

Viper snarls and rushes forward into full view, gripping the bars and shaking them as Feral walks out with Felina and the two commandos. Konway sighs and signals to two LAB ASSISTANTS to come forward. One of them begins loading an air rifle with a tranquilizer dart.

VIPER
You can't keep me in here, Feral! I'll get out, and when I do, I'll--

The group leaves, slamming the door, cutting Viper's threat short as we see the lab assistant taking aim with the tranquilizer rifle. The door shuts just before we see him fire.

INT. ENFORCER HEADQUARTERS - LAB HALLWAY

The group walks down the hall. We hear the muted "Pew!" of the tranquilizer rifle.

FELINA
You shouldn't have antagonized him like that, Uncle.

FERAL
Why not? Don't tell me you're going soft on that mutated psychopath, Lieutenant.

FELINA
(sighs and shakes her head)
No. I'm just being pragmatic. He's dangerous and unstable. I get that you're angry at him but in my professional opinion it's unwise to keep tormenting him. I mean, he did just threaten you.

Feral stops and turns, pointing his baton at her. She stops, as do the two commandos behind her. Feral leans down to be eye to eye with his niece.

FERAL
Thank you for your concern, Lieutenant, but he isn't going anywhere. He won't escape to get revenge against me!

Although he remains bent over and face to face with Felina, he eyes the two commandos.

FERAL
Isn't that so, gentlemen?

The commandos swallow nervously and nod.

COMMANDO #3/COMMANDO #4
(at the same time)
Yes sir!

FERAL
(rising)
Good.

The Ferals continue on while the commandos remain in the hall to guard the lab door.

INT. ENFORCER HEADQUARTERS - ANOTHER HALLWAY

There's a "ding" and Feral and Felina get off the elevator, where they're met by an eager LIEUTENANT COMMANDER STEEL, who comes running up with some green goop in an evidence bag. A couple of commandos trot up behind him in perfect lock step.

FERAL
What in the world is that...?

STEEL
Our crime scene techs tell me it's some kind of amorphous slime from one of Dr. Viper's creatures.

FERAL
(momentarily confused)
Creatures?
(realizing)
Ah, yes. That big kat-mushroom friend of his. The one who sprung him the last time he was here.

STEEL
There's no danger of that, Commander. He got splattered everywhere by the SWAT Kats, apparently.

FELINA
With all due respect, Lieutenant Commander, that particular monster of Viper's has proven capable of reforming himself after being blown apart.

Steel scowls at his superior officer's niece.

FERAL
Lieutenant Feral is right, Steel. Viper's friend is exceptionally hard to kill. Was that all they found?

Steel frowns and looks at the bag. The contents slosh and gurgle.

STEEL
Uh... yes sir, I think so. At least, of the creature.

FERAL
Then we assume he isn't dead. Get that specimen up to the bio-tech lab and have extra guards put on Viper. I'd rather not have a repeat of the last time he managed to escape right out from under our noses. So Viper remains in Konway's lab until he's Purvis again. Is that clear?

STEEL
Yes sir! Right away, Commander!

He and the two commandos accompanying him scurry off. Feral and Felina continue on their way.

FERAL
How irritating that we didn't find Dr. Viper's original tail at the collapsed factory.

FELINA
Don't worry, Uncle. I'm sure it'll turn up.

Fade to:

INT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL LABS - MAIN LAB

Fade in on Dr. Viper's severed tail lying on a specimen tray on the main lab of Megakat Biochemical. We slowly pull back from it. Standing over it, now in a lab coat, is Dr. Belljar. With him is his assistant BRIAN. It's nighttime outside, and there's a storm. Rain beats against the glass of the huge windows.

BELLJAR
If the Enforcers find out we have this, we could get into a lot of trouble.

He leans both hands on the table and studies the tail. Using a pencil, he prods at it. The tail jerks into twisting life and curls around the pencil, snapping it in half. The two scientists jerk back in surprise.

BELLJAR
Fascinating. Even after this long detached from Dr. Viper's body, it retains involuntary muscle spasms.

He frowns at the snapped off end of the pencil he's holding and tosses it into a vessel of cleaning alcohol. The tail continues wriggling a bit, relinquishing its hold on its end of the broken apart pencil, and then slowly stops.

BRIAN
Where'd you get that thing, anyway?

BELLJAR
At the collapsed wreck of the old tuna factory. Along with that.

He points to the flask of Viper Mutagen.

BELLJAR
It was in the bushes.

He turns and walks over, followed by Brian.

INT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL LABS - HALLWAY

The two leave the room, stepping into the hallway where there is a (currently unoccupied) guard desk and bank of elevators.

BELLJAR
I haven't told the Enforcers about it yet because they're only interested in turning Viper back into Purvis. I want to find out what the flaw in the Viper Mutagen is so I can perfect it. Anyway, Brian, I'm going to go finish up in my office before I go home. You tidy up in the lab and put that... thing in cold storage.

He walks off. Brian lingers, then walks back into the lab.

INT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL LABS - MAIN LAB

Brian walks in and contemplates the severed tail, then the flask of mutagen.

BRIAN
(to himself)
What Dr. Belljar doesn't know is I've already been working on my own perfected version of the Viper Mutagen.

He goes and gets a second flask and removes the stopper. Getting a syringe, he draws some of the green liquid from the flask. Then he puts the flask away. The flask of mutagen Viper made and which Belljar found at the destroyed factory remains on the table.

BRIAN
I'm convinced the flaw wasn't in Dr. Zyme's original formula but in Purvis' genetic makeup. Perhaps injecting the perfected formula into Viper's severed tail will have the reverse effect? If I can turn this snake tail back into a normal kat tail... then I'll have solved all our problems at the same time!

Gently, he injects the tail with the mutagen.

BRIAN
We can rid Megakat City of Dr. Viper by returning Purvis to normal and fulfill Dr. Zyme's original dream at the same time!

Nothing happens. He frowns.

BRIAN
Well, it was worth a try...

The tail twitches again, startling him. He leaps back in fear, dropping the syringe. The tray clatters noisily to the floor. and the flask of Viper Mutagen recovered from the tuna factory is knocked off of the table by the upending tray. It smashes on the floor and spills all over the severed tail. Brian watches in wide-eye surprise and horror as a change begins happening in the tail. It twitches rapidly and begins swelling in size, and something begins to bud forth from the severed stump.

Terrified, Brian backs up. We see the eerie-looking shadow of the tail rise up on its tip, casting itself over the assistant as he presses himself back against the table. The budding form sprouting from the stump grows what are unmistakably arms and legs, and then a head with three longs spikes protruding from the top. There are hissing and growling noises. The thing keeps growing, the shadow swelling and swelling in size as Brian's bulging eyes follow it up and up, a scream hitching in its throat.

The shadow's head turns. It's looking at Brian. We then abruptly shift to the creature's point of view and it rushes at the hapless assistant with a roar.

INT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL LABS - HALLWAY

Dr. Belljar is halfway to his office down when he hears a fearsome, raspy roar, muffled by distance and the lab doors, followed by the sound of Brian's scream and smashing glass. He turns and runs back.

INT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL LABS - MAIN LAB

The lab door is swinging on its hinges. Timidly, Belljar enters and finds Brian lying on the floor. The entire place as been trashed. Kneeling, he checks Brian's pulse, then is startled by the sound of glass falling. Glancing up he looks at the window. It's been shattered. On the floor, Brian groans. Noticing the syringe, Belljar picks it up and examines it with dawning horror. Outside, the storm roars its fury and lightning arcs through the air.
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Re: A Tail of Two Vipers

Post by marklungo » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:44 pm

An all-new, not-a-novelization Koosh fanfic out of nowhere? It's a miracle! Looking forward to the rest of it.

As for now, I have to say that scientists keeping secrets, especially about the Viper mutagen, never turns out well in the SWAT Kats universe. When will they learn? Also, I'm surprised that Feral actually had a civil conversation with Steel.
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Re: A Tail of Two Vipers

Post by Kooshmeister » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:38 pm

Eh, best of intentions and all that. But if SWAT Kats has taught me anything it's that no matter what you invent, someone will take it and use it for evil, or it'll otherwise go horribly wrong somehow. How kat society got as advanced as it did is beyond me. Unless supervillains are a recent thing.
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Re: A Tail of Two Vipers

Post by Kooshmeister » Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:52 pm

EXT. JAKE N' CHANCE'S GARAGE - NIGHT

Establishing shot of the garage. It's still raining. Thunder booms and lightning flashes. Push in on it as we hear:

T-BONE
(V.O.)
Look out, Razor!

INT. HANGAR - REFLEX ROOM

The SWAT Kats are testing an elaborate flight simulator which has been erected in the Reflex Room. It consists of a functional mockup of the Turbokat's cockpit fixed to a jointed armature rig facing a huge screen. It can bank, dive, roll and so forth. It's doing plenty of that as T-Bone, at the controls, jerks it back and forth. Both he and Razor, who is in back, are wearing helmets with modified visors that have a nearly imperceptible split down the middle. One side is dark red. The over is cyan. They're 3-D visors, because it's a 3-D screen that the cockpit mockup is facing!

RAZOR
(coolly)
I'm lookin', I'm lookin', easy, pal...

Onscreen, outlined in red and cyan and seen as completely three-dimensional from the SWAT Kats' P.O.V., a variety of enemies are zooming past. Razor is "firing" at them. Every time he presses a button on his missile selection panel, the result appears on the screen ahead, be it a missile, a laser blast, or what have you. A gaggle of flapping CREEPLINGS are the first enemies to swoop by. A few globs of cement from the simulation's cement machine gun hits them, hardening, and they collapse like stones, only to be quickly replaced by FLYERS (the flying, acid-spiting Plantimals from "Destructive Nature").

RAZOR
(disgusted)
Ughhh, I hate these guys! Dodge 'em, T-Bone! This time it's you who's gotta watch out!

T-BONE
(confident)
No problem!

He dodges, the cockpit dipping to one side, as the Flyers spew forth their acidic gunk. None of the instruments register a "hit," meaning T-Bone successfully dodged them.

RAZOR
Octopus Missiles... do your thing!

On the screen, a barrage of Octopus Missiles fly in and open up their eight-armed claws, which grab and squeeze the Flyers, crushing them. The Plantimals pop and spray acidic goo everywhere. T-Bone dodges again. Now come more enemies. First some Marauders, the alien fighters used by Mutilor's henchmen. They dive in, firing lasers. Razor takes care of them using Tarhead Missiles, which splatter the cockpit windows. The Marauders spiral out of control and crash. Next come Omega Squadron fighters ("Cry Turmoil") and gyrocopters ("Turmoil 2: The Revenge").

At the sight of them, T-Bone's mood sours a little.

T-BONE
(sadly)
Shame about poor ol' Turmoil...

RAZOR
(slightly distracted)
Hey, it was either her or us. Remember that.

He fires Flashbulb Missiles and some basic explosive missiles (the kind that say "From Razor with Love!" on them). The former shoot off their blinding flares. The unseen Omega Squadron jet pilots are blinded like their alien predecessors. Most spiral offscreen. A few crash into one another. A few more, along with the gyrocopters, get taken out by the regular missiles, blowing up quite spectacularly.

RAZOR
There's times when it's okay to kill, such as when there's overwhelming odds and you can't afford to be magnanimous.

He fires Buzzsaw Missiles, which sever the rotor blade sections of the Omega gyrocopters. They down and explode noisily offscreen. Only one enemy craft remains.

RAZOR
...and then there's time when you can, and should, avoid outright killing your enemies.

So saying, he carefully lines up a shot and fires some more cement slugs into the final Omega jet's engine. It clogs and sputters. We see the cockpit canopy of the enemy craft fly up and off and the PILOT shoot out in her ejector seat. Razor smiles and nods. No further enemies appear on the screen. Watching the parachuting, fictional Omega Squadron pilot drift away offscreen with her parachute, T-Bone sniffs with what he intends as indifference but sounds a little more like he's being wistful, and casts a glance back at his partner in the backseat.

T-BONE
Great speech.
(smirking)
But how 'bout lettin' me have a go?

RAZOR
Good idea. You need to train with the auxiliary weapons panel more.

He begins flicking some switches.

T-BONE
With the amount of times you get to run around down on the ground havin' fun, leavin' me up in the air just kinda waitin' around? Sure. I mean, I love being a pilot, but I swear if it wasn't for this baby, I'd be little more than your glorified taxi service.

So saying, he gives the auxiliary weapons panel an affectionate pat. It beeps as Razor finishes transferring control of the "Turbokat's" weapons compliment over to it.

RAZOR
There ya go, T-Bone. It's all yours.

The simulations reruns. T-Bone easily defeats the first few enemies, including the same ones we've already seen, as well as a few new ones, like the Pastmaster's DRAGON, several buzzing CI-KAT-A DRONES and the winged GARGOYLES who serve as henchmen of Katrina Moorkroft (we can make out LASZLO and OTTO in particular). The Dragon Sword missile hits the dragon, causing him to disappear in a violently brilliant flash of light.

T-BONE
All right! Two for two!

RAZOR
(smirking)
This time doesn't count.

T-BONE
Shut up!

Bola Missiles tie up the Ci-Kat-A's wings and they drop from the sky.

T-BONE
Later, bug-eyes!

He fires some more cement slugs that encase Laszlo and Otto in cement, hardening. They, too, drop.

T-BONE
Go back to perchin' on some old skyscrapers, you winged uglies!

RAZOR
They weren't those kind of gargoyles, T-Bone. They were incubi, male demons who--

T-BONE
(interrupting, not caring about the particulars)
Are these losers the best you've got, buddy? How 'bout a real challenge?

Razor, irritated by his friend's cockiness, smirks and nods. His finger hovers over a button that exists only in this mockup of the Turbokat, labelled "The Works."

RAZOR
You asked for it, big buddy.

Something in Razor's tone makes T-Bone tense up a bit.

T-BONE
Oh, no! Not the Works! Razor, hold up a second--!!!

CYBERTRON rolls into the Reflex Room holding a trap with some snacks and watches with a few quizzical beeps as the cockpit mockup jerks humorously around in time with T-Bone's panicked screams. Back inside, we see, from T-Bone's P.O.V., the gauntlet of increasingly harder and harder enemies that begin flooding the screen to test his mettle. First up is the giant REX SHARD. Gritting his teeth, T-Bone shatters him using a sonic boom.

He's followed by MADKAT, also giant, whose razor-edged yo-yo fills the screen. T-Bone blasts it out of his hand. Laughing, Madkat morphs into his giant octopus form. Tentacles reach for and grasp at them, seeming to come through the screen.

T-BONE
The bells, the bells on his cap...!

He shoots them each with Turbolades, cutting them off. Poof! Madkat vanishes in a magical puff of smoke.

T-BONE
Got you again, you two-toned creep...!

Suddenly, in swoops KATRINA MOORKROFT in her succubus form, roaring.

T-BONE
Back off, lady! I'm single and not lookin'!

He fires at her. Scrambler Missiles hit and electrocute her, and down she goes.

T-BONE
Happy landings!

He then faces in quick succession the Red Lynx's haunted biplane and the Aqueon mothership (under Mutilor's control). He defeats them both. Slicer Missiles take off the old Mega War II plane's wings, whilst, remembering what Captain Grimalkin said, T-Bone targets and destroys the Aqueon ship's anti-gravity drive. It blows up.

T-BONE
Gotcha!

RAZOR
I seem to remember that shooting that thing down was a bad thing...

T-BONE
Good thing this simulation doesn't penalize us for that sorta property damage...

RAZOR
You mean like the entire Earth? Remind me to program that in next time.

T-BONE
(glancing back over his shoulder)
Aw, lighten up, you--

Suddenly, Dr. Viper in his giant monster form (from "Mutation City") rears up into view on the screen.

RAZOR
(gasps)
T-Bone, watch out!

T-BONE
Huh?
(turning)
Yaaahhhh! Dang, Doc, you got ugly!

The giant Viper roars and swipes with his clawed hands. T-Bone dodges that as well as the huge tail.

T-BONE
Razor, you didn't tell me he was so ugly when he got this big!

The giant Viper raises one hand and sprays acid from under his fingernails.

T-BONE
Or that he could do that!

RAZOR
I could've sworn I'd mentioned it...!

The acid "hits" the jet. An alarm goes off and the SWAT Kats are bathed in red light.

COMPUTER VOICE
(calm, but insistent)
Danger! Danger!

T-BONE
Tell me somethin' I don't know!

He struggles with the joystick, then screams as Viper's huge tail swoops in and fills the screen. It goes black and "GAME OVER!" flashes on it. Calming down, T-Bone lays a hand on his chest.

T-BONE
Oh, my heart... Razor, you made this dang thing too realistic!

The canopy opens and Razor stands up in back, removing his helmet. He smirks.

RAZOR
That's what you get for not paying attention and being too cocky.

T-BONE
Aw, come on!

He takes off his helmet and throws it. It whizzes past Cybertron's head. The little robot backs up reflexively, beeping in agitation. Frowning, Razor sets his helmet aside and climbs down from the rig.

RAZOR
Easy, T-Bone, you almost hit Cybertron.

T-BONE
(a little chastened)
Sorry, Cyber-buddy.
(scowling, refusing to let the matter drop)
But that was no fair, programming in an enemy I never faced before!

RAZOR
You've fought Dr. Viper plenty of times.

Standing beside Cybertron, he takes some of the offered snacks and munches on them as T-Bone climbs down from the mockup of the cockpit. He holds up a finger.

T-BONE
Not like that! You did, not me!

RAZOR
(munching)
Because you were currently mutated into a frog monster.

T-BONE
(defensive)
That wasn't my fault!

RAZOR
(swallowing his food)
Mmm. Ahhh. Well, be that as it may, you have to expect the unexpected. Anyway, if I could defeat Viper when he was that big, so you can you.

He places a hand on T-Bone's shoulder reassuringly.

T-BONE
It's a moot point anyway.

RAZOR
(taking his hand off of T-Bone's shoulder)
What do you mean?

T-BONE
That snake's locked up tight over at the Enforcer lab. We'll never have to tangle with him again. Big or small.

RAZOR
If you say so. Anyway... wanna go again?

T-BONE
You bet! No way that giant lizard--

RAZOR
Snake.

T-BONE
--is gonna make a monkey outta me a second time!

Cybertron watches as they climb back into the rig to renew the simulation.
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Re: A Tail of Two Vipers

Post by marklungo » Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:14 pm

1. Entertaining scene, but why do I get the feeling that T-Bone is wrong about Viper?

2. I assume this adventure takes place before the Christmas story you just posted.
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Re: A Tail of Two Vipers

Post by Kooshmeister » Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:57 pm

marklungo wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:14 pm
1. Entertaining scene,
Thanks. It was inspired by the simulator scene from Cold War. I just had Viper as the final enemy instead of Shard. ViperSMile
marklungo wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:14 pm
but why do I get the feeling that T-Bone is wrong about Viper?
Because you know both me and this show. RazSilly
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2. I assume this adventure takes place before the Christmas story you just posted.
It's definitely set after (my rewrite of) The Doctors of Doom. Feral references Viper's escape. I haven't quite decided when the Christmas script is set. I mean, besides, obviously, around Christmastime, heh. ChristmasSWAT
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Re: A Tail of Two Vipers

Post by marklungo » Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:01 pm

Kooshmeister wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:57 pm
It's definitely set after (my rewrite of) The Doctors of Doom. Feral references Viper's escape. I haven't quite decided when the Christmas script is set. I mean, besides, obviously, around Christmastime, heh. ChristmasSWAT
I mean that it's set before the discovery of the perfected Viper Mutagen 368 formula.
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Re: A Tail of Two Vipers

Post by Kooshmeister » Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:13 pm

Then yeah, definitely.

EXT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL LABS - NIGHT

Establishing shot of the building. It's stopped raining but it's still a pretty icky-looking night.

INT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL LABS - MAIN LAB

Brian is being dressed down by Dr. Belljar. The window is still smashed. Water pools on the floor from where the rain came in.

BELLJAR
You idiot! What were you thinking?

BRIAN
I...

He trails off. Belljar holds up a hand for silence. He walks over to the broken window and looks out onto the street below.

BELLJAR
You weren't thinking, that's what! Now we've got a real problem on our hands.

BRIAN
What do we do...?

BELLJAR
Do?

He turns from the window.

BELLJAR
We'll have to inform the Enforcers!

Brian fidgets, worried.

BRIAN
B-But, Doctor...!

BELLJAR
People's lives may be at risk! What's important? That or our careers? Or should I say your career?

Looking chastened, Brian lowers his gaze to the floor. Dr. Belljar goes and picks up a phone on a nearby desk.

EXT. CITY STREET "A" - NIGHT

Thunder rumbles overhead as Felina is driving home, her helmet off, sitting in the passenger seat beside her. It's exceptionally dark. The dim streetlights aren't illuminating very much. She drives past MARIO and HEIDI, a young couple walking down the rain-slicked sidewalk. She doesn't spare the two a single glance, but something else catches her eye, and she slows a bit, glimpsing a shadowy figure moving through the darkness.

Cut to Mario and Heidi walking along. They're coming home late from a trip to the gym. Mario is wearing sunglasses despite the fact it's nighttime and has a duffel bag and Heidi is wearing a backpack.

HEIDI
I told you we shouldn't have stayed so late...

MARIO
(unconcerned)
Relax, babe! I'm here to protect ya!

They hear a growl and turn as a figure approaches, but is still indistinct due to how dim the streetlights are, until a flash of lightning reveals him. The couple stop, backing up and gasping. The thing looks very much like Dr. Viper, but is larger and more physically imposing, with spines down his back, a horned chin (similar to how he looked when gigantic in "Mutation City") and three-toed feet. His eyes glow red instead of yellow. He is also entirely nude, lacking even Viper's loosely fitting lab coat. Though due to internal reptilian genitalia, this isn't an issue. The thing takes a few threatening steps towards Mario and Heidi.

Dropping his bag, Mario moves to protect his girlfriend from this SAVAGE VIPER CLONE, but is attacked. First, he is slashed across the chest, shredding his shirt to ribbons. He looks down at the remnants of his shirt in shock, then back up at the Viper-like creature. With a growl, the thing backhands him. His sunglasses go flying and land in a puddle. He himself sails through the air and lands hard on the sidewalk beside Heidi, who screams as the monster approaches him, licking his lips.

Cut to a closeup of Mario's sunglasses. In the puddle, we see the reflection of an Enforcer cruiser, lights flashing, pull up and stop. There's another flash of lightning and the view pans up to the car. The door opens and Felina gets out, laser pistol drawn. She points it the creatures, who is holding Heidi by the front of her shirt, open, fanged maw directly in her face.

FELINA
(gasps)
What the--?!

The Viper-thing turns, dropping Heidi, and growls.

FELINA
(recovering quickly)
Hold it right there, ugly!

Heidi gets up and runs to where he fallen boyfriend is lying. When the monster doesn't comply, Felina fires a warning shot over his head, blasting a small hole in a brick wall behind him. Turning, the beast goes bounding off down the sidewalk. Felina fires after him, but can't seem to hit him. Grunting in annoyance, she turns to the two people she just saved.

FELINA
Are you two all right...?

Heidi helps Mario sit up. He groans. He's hurt but okay.

HEIDI
Yes! Thank you, Officer!

MARIO
(a little pained)
Y-Yeah... th-thanks...

FELINA
I'll send help!

Holstering her gun, she runs and jumps into her cruiser. Slamming the door, she peels off in pursuit of the creature. We hear her reporting the situation to dispatch on the radio.

FELINA
(on the radio)
Attention Headquarters! This is Lieutenant Feral! I need an ambulance at the corner of 5th and Central, near the gym! There's been a monster attack! Am in pursuit of the suspect!

EXT. THE SCRATCHIN' POST - NIGHT

A high-class club of some sort. Two handsome young male kats, a YOUNG BUSINESSMAN and an OFF-DUTY ENFORCER COMMANDO emerge from inside. We can hear muffled music from inside. The businessman has his tie loosened. The Enforcer is in full uniform but helmetless. They seem to be awfully close.

OFF-DUTY COMMANDO
(looking up at the sky)
Ugly night...

YOUNG BUSINESSMAN
(smiling)
A nice night as long as I'm with--

MUGGER
(from offscreen)
Hands up!

Startled, the pair turn. A punkish-looking MUGGER is holding a laser pistol on them.

MUGGER
Gimme your wallets! Both a' ya!

The businessman looks angry but afraid and backs up. His companion, however, takes a few steps towards the thief.

OFF-DUTY COMMANDO
Hey, you idiot! Can't you see I'm an Enforcer?

MUGGER
(smug)
An Enforcer without his gun on 'im!

He jabs the barrel of the gun into the Enforcer's forehead and makes him back up a bit. The Enforcer's courage drains a bit and he gulps.

MUGGER
Now hurry up and--

Before he can finish his sentence, he notices that his two victims are gasping and backing up a bit, and not from him.

MUGGER
Huh?

Half-turning, he is seized and dragged offscreen by a clawed hand. We don't see precisely what happens to him. Instead, we focus on the cowering couple who emerged from the Scratchin' Post. They stare in wide-eyed shock. Another flash of lightning casts a terrifying shadow against the wall behind them, that of the bulky figure of the Viper-thing holding the kicking and struggling criminal over his head. He screams piercingly. Then the flash ends. The Enforcer and his businessman friend duck as the mugger's body sails over their heads and lands on the hood of the former's cruiser, denting the hood and cracking the windshield.

The off-duty commando runs immediately to the car. Not to escape, but to get his gun. The mugger on the hood writhes and groans, showing us that he's alive, just very badly hurt. Opening the door, the commando grabs his standard-issue Enforcer rifle, and turns, bringing it to bear just as Felina drives up, siren wailing and lights flashing. He opens fire. The blasts from the rifle seem to have more effect than the laser pistol. Seeing this, when she emerges from her own car, Felina keeps her pistol holstered and wields her own Enforcer rifle, joining her colleague in blasting away at the thing as the businessman and a few other CUSTOMERS who've emerged from inside the Scratchin' Post, all men, watch.

After being hit a few times and hissing in fury, the Viper creatures dodges the remaining shots, turns and bounds off. Felina turns to the commando beside her. He is in shock, eyes wide.

FELINA
That looked like Dr. Viper! But it couldn't have been! He's locked up back in the bio-tech lab at Headquarters...!

OFF-DUTY COMMANDO
What do you think it means, Lieutenant?

FELINA
I dunno, but I'm still going after him! Get on your radio, quick!

Nodding, the other Enforcer runs over, takes a moment to say something inaudible to the guy he emerged from the club with, a hand on his arm, then runs to his car, getting in to use the radio, the injured mugger still lying stunned on the hood, as Felina jumps into her own cruiser and rushes off in resumed pursuit. However...

EXT. CITY STREET "B" - NIGHT

...as she rounds the corner, there is no sign of the monster! He's gone! She stops and pounds her steering wheel in frustration.

FELINA
Crud! He's disappeared!
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