I'm With the Band

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 10/26/03
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  • Episode Description
  • After eluding Goth and Throbb again, Shade and Marina fly onward over a mountain and through a blizzard. While looking for a roost, Marina's need to belong threatens her friendship with Shade when they discover a cabin filled with banded bats. They meet the charismatic leader, Scirocco, and Penelope, a Brightwing bat cast out of Marina's colony because of her band. Offered a home and faith that her band is special, Marina decides to accept their invitation to stay although, the invitation doesn't include Shade. Meanwhile, Mercury and Ariel wonder if they belong in a colony run by Bathsheba, especially when she decides to stop and roost at a dangerous human airfield. A close call with a landing passenger jet leaves a subtle feeling of doubt in the colony over Bathsheba's leadership. When Scirocco demonstrates how bats will one day transform into humans, Shade recognizes the wavy human image as an echoprojection and accuses Scirocco of being a fake. Shade tries to convince Marina, but her desire to belong prevails. Shade leaves the cabin and Marina, but as he stops to rest, he sees Goth and Throbb fly overhead and towards the cabin. Shade realizes the depth of his friendship with Marina and rushes back to save her. Using an echoprojection of his own, Shade ultimately saves Marina, Penelope and most of the banded bats from Goth and Throbb. After another narrow escape, Penelope leads the rest of the banded bats to the Eastern Valley in search of Ursa while Shade and Marina continue onward to Hibernaculum.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Louise Vallance


  • Michael Dobson


  • Matt Hill (III)


  • Candus Churchill


  • Pam Hyatt


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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Marina: (To Shade) Nice try. Keep practicing that echoprojection. You may fool somebody yet.

    • Marina: No bat would fly between a wolf's ears.

    • Marina: You've never seen snow before?! Shade: Well, uh..not uh, you know..up close.

    • Marina: This band is stinging my arm. My colony was right. This thing is a curse!

    • Mercury: This field has always been off limits. The human flying machines are too dangerous.

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    Notes (9)

    • In the German edition of the show, this episode was titled "Der Ring."

    • Scirocco's colony is basically the same as a cult. It is made up of bats who are outcasts and desperately seek a purpose to give meaning to their lives. Scirocco gives them that meaning by saying they have been chosen to one day turn into humans.

    • While Shade did leave Marina with the other banded bats in the novel she later left the other banded bats to follow Shade as he was the only one who had befriended her despite her band. A similar event occurs in the show as Marina tries (and is not allowed) to leave the other banded bats when they try to make her reject Shade because he is not banded.

    • "Winter", "Transformation", and part of "Wolf Ears" were the chapters of the book that were featured in this episode. The resolution is different from in the series. Shade leaves Marina with Scirocco, Penelope, and the other banded bats.

    • Both of the human images projected by Scirocco and Shade have pointed ears, just like a bat's.

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    Trivia (4)

    • When Shade and Marina fly into the cabin and land they are covered in snow. In the next scene the snow is gone even though they apparently don't brush all of it off.

    • When Goth and Throbb were spotted by Shade after pulling the human echoprojection, Goth had Throbb's body structure.

    • After dodging the airplane, Frieda, Bathsheba, Ariel and Chinook hang together on a radio antenna. When the camera angle changes, Ariel and Chinook have been replaced by three generic Silverwings.

    • In the scene with the bats hanging on the radio antenna, right before the camera angle changes, the fur around Ariel's neck and shoulders is white and Marina is accidentally drawn right above Frieda.

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