S1E05 - The Metallikats

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Re: S1E05 - The Metallikats

Post by MoDaD » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:33 am

marklungo wrote:
Kooshmeister wrote:A very good point.
Thanks, Koosh!
Kooshmeister wrote:But, looking at the outline for The Deadly Pyramid and how it differs from the final episode, it does make me wonder about what The Doctors of Doom and whether we really can consider it even tentatively canon like the other two.
"Deadly Pyramid" outline? I must have missed that memo. (goes to look up thread on that episode)
It's on page 28 and 29:

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Re: S1E05 - The Metallikats

Post by Kooshmeister » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:15 am

I see too that that episode's working title (before it was typed up as a premise) was "The Damned Sphynxes." Did the Tremblays really think that would fly when they submitted the handwritten plot summary? TboneLaughCait
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Re: S1E05 - The Metallikats

Post by MoDaD » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:47 am

Here are the storyboards for The Metallikats (featuring that unused Megakat City sign):

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Re: S1E05 - The Metallikats

Post by Kooshmeister » Thu Nov 10, 2022 1:36 pm

As I did with some of the other episodes whose scripts we've gotten ahold of, here's where the one for The Metallikats differs from the finished episode:

1. Instead of the warehouse/tuna factory, the script opens on the outskirts of Megakat City, with the Metallikat Express smashing through a sign that says "Megakat City Welcomes You." Evidence of this original scrapped beginning was seen as far back as some unused background art on Cartoon Network's old website. It survived as late as the storyboarding phase and, of course, had background art done for it. I dunno why it was cut.

2. The name of the factory is Mercury Tuna, Inc. By the time they did the storyboards, it'd been renamed to Megakat Tuna.

3. The crate containing the katnip is labeled "Fresh Tuna." In the finished episode, it has no markings on it at all (although the label survived into the storyboards).

4. When Fango opens the crate, there was supposed to be a closeup of the other mobsters reacting with anticipation. This too survived as far as the storyboards but was ultimately nixed. Incidentally, in the storyboards, the mobsters are drawn with a bit more individuality instead of being "all alike" as the model sheets put it (a detail not in the script).

4. Katscratch's name is spelled with a "C." So is the catnip. It appears that early on, the writers were unsure whether everything with "cat" in it ought to be spelled with a "K" or not. For the purposes of simplicity, I'll just keep calling them Katscratch and katnip.

4. Fango is said to "grin so wide he's bearing his teeth." He doesn't smile in the episode. Also him sniffling and rubbing his nose (often interpreted as him having "sampled" the katnip beforehand) isn't mentioneds. This was something added during the storyboard phase, and why he does it is still open to interpretation.

5. Mac is called Mace Mange throughout the script. I'll continue calling him Mac, though. He's also mentioned as wearing a double-breasted suit, when in the finished episode (and any time he's wearing a business suit), it's single-breasted.

6. The Manges aren't described as having red eyes without pupils until after they unmask themselves. Their metallic-sounding voices are noted, though. Additionally, a detail about them dropped for the final episode is that they have jerky movements with lots of clanking metallic noises (in all of their appearances in the show, they have very smooth, noiseless movements except for the occasional heavy footstep).

7. When Mac says he ran "a couple" of stop signs, he calls them signals, Molly corrects him thusly: "Five signals, and here they all are..."

8. Extra dialogue: When the Metallikats bust in, Katscratch follows up his exclamation of "Who the--?" with "What's goin' on?"

9. As the Metallikats enter, Fango closes the crate lid rather than reaching for his gun as he does in the episode. Speaking of which, throughout the ensuing scene and presumably until they draw them, all of the mobsters (including Katscratch and Fango) keep their hands inside their jackets close to their guns, instead of relaxing and putting their hands in their pockets.

10. When Katscratch shoots Mac and Molly, his laser blasts don't leave holes in their clothes. They don't suffer any clothing damage until the much larger laser barrage from all of the mobsters later.

11. Katscratch's death is slightly different. After being shot, he falls behind some crates completely out of sight. No description of his burned hand sticking up into view. This was something added in the storyboards.

12. Another detail is there were supposed to be two shots of the other mobsters gathered around looking down at Katscratch, and it was cut down to one. The first shot was boarded, but cut.

13. Instead of one guy yelling "Nuts to that!" and impulsively shooting at the Manges, with just one other guy joining him, all the assembled mobsters (presumably including Fango) shout that line together and fire at once.

14. The mobsters don't bend down and stick their faces close to the beeping cigar before it explodes. They do walk over to it, but the shot pans up to them looking confused, instead of them leaning down into the shot with the cigar.

15. As the Metallikat Express speeds off and whips past the screen, we were supposed to see Mac and Molly through the windshield. Although this was nixed in the boards, it's entirely possible we would've gotten this detail of Mook had animated the episode.

16. As they're flying along on patrol, T-Bone and Razor sing a song (!): "When evil rears its ugly head / And the wheels of justice fail / Here come the SWAT Kats to save the day / And whip that villain's tail!" This suggests a much more lighthearted cartoonish approach to things (some of which survived into the actual episode, such as Chance's rapid change of clothes offscreen when Jake tells him Callie might be in danger).

17. A small detail, but as the Enforcers arrive, Feral parks much closer to the door of the warehouse than in the episode, where he parks some distance from the building. As he gets out and notices the Turbokat, paramedics are described being inside the building in the background searching the rubble for survivors.

18. When Ann appears, Stenstrum says to "Check 'The Giant Bacteria' for Ann Gora design"), suggesting that either Ann's design had only recently been finalized, or that she wasn't originally intended to reappear after that episode and Stenstrum and others just kept using her in lieu of the other reporters from that episode (similarly, Lance Falk's script for Destructive Nature refers to her as being "from show one" as if she was originally going to appear in just The Giant Bacteria).

19. Jonny isn't explicitly described. Ann is only said to be accompanied by "the KATSEYE NEWS TV crew," suggesting that we were originally going to see those other two reporters accompanying Ann and her (as yet unnamed) cameraman here.

20. Callie rolls her eyes at Feral's rant instead of pouting and crossing her arms.

21. Feral is explicitly described as being jealous of the SWAT Kats. This is important as him being jealous of the SWAT Kats is a popular interpretation among fans, and it's pretty much made canon here, or at least that it's canon that his supposed jealousy is something thought of him in-universe (the way it's phrased can be interpreted to mean Callie thinks he's jealous of them, not that he actually is).

22. Not a difference, but the reason Fango's crowbar is wrapped around his neck when he's brought out is said to be that it was from "the force of the explosion." I'm surprised this didn't kill him if that's the case, although what does and doesn't kill people in this show is sometimes inconsistent (see Hard Drive in Night of the Dark Kat, who definitely looks like he should've died from taking a bazooka blast).

23. Paramedics are the ones who wheel Fango out, instead of a single fireman as in the finished episode. I think it's a paramedic in the storyboards too; although they don't give us a good look at the guy pushing the gurney there, he isn't wearing a fire fighter's helmet.

24. As Fango is wheeled off when Feral is done interrogating him, Ann and "the TV crew" follow after him. For some reason this irritates Feral.

25. Scaredy-Kat is called "Fraidy Cat" (or "Fraidy Kat" if you prefer). This was a name for him that definitely survived well into production, as that's what he's called on the model sheets for this episode. I'd really like to know why it was changed. Also, when Chance tells Jake he's watching Fraidy Kat, Jake gives the TV a look. In the episode, he just ignores it.

27. Extra dialogue: "Fine. Let Feral handle it. He's the hot shot who wants us behind bars."

28. We finally get the answer as to what Chance means by Scaredy-Kat opening the closet door "again." There's an extra bit preceding the scene where the girl hands him the bomb: When he opens the door the first time, he sees her, and reflexively shrieks and slams the door in her face. Then, upon realizing it was a hot chick, he breaks the fourth fall, gives a "Why the heck did I do THAT?" look at the audience, then opens the door again and his handed the bomb, which he unthinkingly accepts.

29. After the quick change of clothes, Chance is still referred to as Chance even though he's in his "SWAT Kat uniform" and masks and therefore should be T-Bone at this point. I guess this is another bit of early installment weirdness where "T-Bone and Razor" and "Chance and Jake" were used more interchangeably (Glenn Leopold did the same thing during the centrifuge contest in the script for The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice, even though they're technically supposed to be T-Bone and Razor in that scene, not Chance and Jake). I believe, as the show went on, the rules about what they were referred to and when got slightly stricter.

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Re: S1E05 - The Metallikats

Post by Kooshmeister » Tue Dec 13, 2022 8:17 pm

Onward!

30. Extra dialogue: When the Metallikat Express gets hooked by the Shark Missile, Molly warns her husband, "Careful, Mace! They're trouble!", prompting Mac(e) to say, "They don't know what trouble is!" before launching the Relentless Missile.

31. Before settling on the Relentless Missile, Mac goes through a few different other options on the vehicle's weapons selections board, including a laser, depth charges and a regular missile function as well as an eight track player; Hackle thought of everything! The eight track player leaves Mac confused, promptly Molly to urge him to hurry up. Upon selecting what he wants, Mac says "This one!" instead of "The Relentless Missile!"

32. When the missile is fired at the SWAT Kats, Razor comments, "Guess we ticked him off."

33. After Razor says the Relentless Missile is twenty meters and closing, he adds "Fifteen" before T-Bone explains that it's a heat seeker.

34. Extra dialogue from T-Bone: "We can't outrun it, but maybe we can outmaneuver it."

35. When Molly says she doesn't know why she married Mac, Mac says he doesn't know, either; "Certainly a mystery to me."

35. The script definitely describes bullets being fired at the Metallikats.

37. When Mac grabs Feral, the Enforcer Commander has some extra dialogue: "Stop! I order you to--" and "Ugnnh!" as he's thrown. When thrown, Feral lands on the Metallikat Express instead of the pavement. Still no indication of how he breaks his arm, though.

38. The fight with the Enforcers on the steps happens a little differently. Instead of the commandos jumping on the robots, they shoot at them before being thrown aside, despite this having been proven earlier to be useless.

39. Mac's grappling hook grabs onto a window washer's platform rather than a balcony above the window.

40. T-Bone precedes "One crisis at a time!" with "Kinda busy right now" when Razor tells him Callie is trying to call them.

41. When the Turbokat is plummeting, a computerized voice informs the SWAT Kats "Pilot warning: This craft is in freefall. Please restart engines at once." This startles T-Bone, and Razor explains he programmed the onboard computer to vocally inform them of any trouble "in case you ever fell asleep at the stick." I'd say this was a reference to The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice, but this episode was written before that one, so perhaps it was intended as foreshadowing? Either way, this idea of the Turbokat having an onboard computer that spoke out loud to the SWAT Kats was obviously dropped from the final version of the episode.

42. More of the computer voice telling T-Bone stuff he already knows, prompting him to yell, "Please shut up! I'm doing everything I can!" When it won't stop, he finally loses his temper and smashes the speaker. "Aww, T-Bone," cries Razor, weirdly more concerned about his equipment than their impending deaths. "That wasn't necessary!"

43. When T-Bone refuses to eject, Razor urges him to abandon the Turbokat and that it's not worth their lives ("T-Bone, forget the plane! Not worth it!").

44. Not a difference between the script an episode, but there's an amusing handwritten correction; originally, Jim Stenstrum wrote that Mace pushes the engine restart button. He (or someone else) crossed Mace's name out and hastily scribbled "T-Bone" above it.

45. In a bit completely cut from the finished episode, it turns out T-Bone's frantically pressing the start button isn't what saved them; Razor, explaining that sometimes you need to give the Turbokat "a helping hand," reveals he did some quick wire splicing after T-Bone refused to bail, and it was him, not T-Bone, who saved their lives. This would've put a much different spin on how the problem gets solved if it'd been included. As presented, it seems like T-Bone just trusts to luck and is rewarded, whereas in the script, Razor doesn't leave their fates up to, well, fate and fixes the problem himself.

46. When Callie calls again and T-Bone answers, he says "Hiya, Cal!" instead of "Yes, Ms. Briggs?"

47. When T-Bone says they need to get to the Mayor's office, Razor adds "Like pronto!"

48. When Callie smacks Mac with the golf club, he taunts her, "Oh, please! I was just hit with a bazooka shell! Did ya really think a putter was gonna stop me...?"

49. Mac just pushes Callie aside instead of full-on throwing her like he does in the episode. She still hits the wall and gets knocked out, though.

50. Instead of just pacing in front of the elevator, Manx repeatedly (uselessly) presses the button.

51. In another error that wasn't correct, Stenstrum writes that "Molly is still unconscious in the corner" as Molly enters with Manx.

52. Some extra dialogue showing Molly's temper and her anger at (she thinks) Manx turning down their parole. When he pleads ignorance, she gets angry and demands that Mac let her kill him right then: "Why, you lying creep! Let me pull him apart, Mace." Mac however refuses to let her kill him just yet, and Molly complains that he gets "all the fun." Mac puts his foot down, though, insisting that they not kill the Mayor until he says so.
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