I'd been meaning to do this ever since my epic marathon re-watch of SWAT Kats with mintysage
. These are the things I learned or re-learned about SWAT Kats (and similar series) while watching:
- Much of the series is one giant tribute to 50's/60's sci-fi movies. And, that is awesome.
- MegaKat City was used to weird long before the series started. Sorcerers, four-eyed mutants, and lampreys large enough to duel Godzilla are no big surprise to anyone.
- In fact, the SK world is possibly a Death World
with everything trying to kill its inhabitants given that the subway cars appear to be armored, the biochemical labs have permanent gun emplacements out front, nuclear reactors are guarded by small private armies, and even cars from the space center have guns in the back. And, all of this is completely necessary and, in fact, usually not enough
- All civilian she-kats know Blunt Object Judo. Given they live in a Death World, being able to use anything as a weapon is only sensible.
- Mutation invariably leads to megalomania or heroics.
- You know any scientist going on about, "THOSE FOOLS!" is bad news.
- For that matter, calling people, "Fools!" is a sure sign of evil in general. Note how being evil caused the Dark SWAT Kats to pick up the habit.
- Every series/movie that introduces a cute robot is apparently contractually obligated to destroy it. *sobs* Why?!
Cybertron, Johnny Five, the Iron Giant, what did they ever do to you people?!
And, some additional gabble:
- There is some seriously amazing animation in SK. Particularly in the test flight sequence from "Night of the Dark Kat" and the entirety of "The Deadly Pyramid" and "Unlikely Alloys".
- The two Enforcers who find the PastMaster and his undead minions at the opening of "The PastMaster Always Rings Twice" are surprisingly witty, tossing off a one-liners like, "You have the right to remain buried," and actually looking cool doing it. Did the Enforcers become identical drones in later episodes to make their deaths more palatable? (Goodness knows episodes like "The Ci-Kat-A" certainly imply that they killed off quite a few.)
- I'm pretty sure half of the extras with speaking parts are Charlie Adler and the other half are Jim Cummings. And, I approve this.
- Razor's "Mondo mummies from Ragsville" comment is epically 90's. Which means I love it.
- The world needs more giant mummies wielding laser guns.
- Any "return of Zed" storyline really, really needs to be titled "The Heart of Zed".
Now I'm going to go poke at some of the fanfic ideas this has given me. Possibly including "The Heart of Zed", but don't hold me to that one.
Oh, and, speaking of which, the SK Fanfic Archive
saw a tiny update on April 25 with the start of a new story by new author LadyDaisys.