Season 1 Episode 4

Bat in the Belfry

Aired Sunday 4:00 PM Sep 21, 2003 on TELETOON
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The voice inside the gargoyle is revealed to be Zephyr, the oracle and "bat traffic controller" of the night skies. The blind but sharp-eared Albino bat takes Shade and Marina into his home inside the spire of a cathedral, where he explains his job of keeping track of all the bat colonies' migration patterns. Shade wants to leave but can't because of his ripped wing, so he reluctantly stays to be healed. Zephyr is determined to provide Marina and Shade with the life skills needed to complete their journey including herbal medicine, star navigation and echoprojection -the ability to sonically project an image. Meanwhile, the Silverwing colony waits for Shade under the eaves of a sawmill's water tower. A passing cardinal asks Frieda why they're in his territory and realizes they're Silverwings. Ariel goes out to hunt but is soon joined by Chinook. With a tear in his eye, he confesses to her that he and Shade were equally at fault for losing Tree Haven. He had been showing off and didn't want to be shown up in front of Todd and Breeze. Ariel comforts Chinook by wrapping her wing around him, and he tells her that he thinks Shade is still alive, too. Shade is having trouble taking Zephyr seriously, mostly because his emotions are controlling him. After escaping a flock of pigeons, Shade finds another pigeon hiding in the spire. Overcome with rage, he threatens the pigeon until it slips and falls to its death, and then discovers that it was an echoprojection by Zephyr. Realizing how useful echoprojection could be, Shade agrees to listen to more lectures from Zephyr, although he is anxious to jump straight to echoprojection. Chinook goes out hunting alone and meets some flying squirrels that are angry at being mistaken for bats. Not realizing Chinook is a Silverwing, they inform him that Brutus has closed the skies to all bats and that all Silverwings are to be captured. On his way back to the tower, he sees some owls approaching, being led by the cardinal that spoke with Frieda earlier!. Shade and Marina gather herbs, drive off an echoprojection of an owl and learn about remedies and constellations from Zephyr. Shade is delighted to learn the basics of echoprojection, creating the faded image of a leaf in the process. With his wing now healed, Shade and Marina bid farewell to Zephyr and fly away from the Cathedral. Only seconds away, Shade dismisses an owl as one of Zephyr's echoprojection tests. Marina watches in horror as the "test" swoops down and snatches Shade away in its talons.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • While never established in the series it's possible that the reason Zephy's echoprojection could be seen by the birds is because he is more skilled at echoprojection than Shade.

      • When Frieda and Ariel were talking to each other by the water tower, Frieda's neck ruff was the same colour as her hair.

      • In all later episodes, only bats are able to see echoprojections, but in this episode, the pigeons are able to see Zephyr's echoprojection of a bat.

      • Unless the beams were projections as well, Zephyr's echoprojected pigeon causes the wooden beams in the chamber to collapse under the pressure, even though the bird did not physically exist.

      • When Frieda and Ariel are talking at the watertower, in one scene Frieda had no hair streaming from the back. It was just her neck ruff but in the next scene it was back.

    • QUOTES (20)

      • Shade: Who in their right mind would put a guy who can't see in charge of air traffic control?
        Marina: Because maybe sometimes hearing might be the best way of seeing.

      • Shade: (To Zephyr's projection of a pigeon) Owls probably killed my dad, they burned down my home, and then you guys tried to kill me and Marina! I hate all birds!!

      • Chinook: I bet he's still alive...
        Ariel: I hope you're right.

      • Ariel: What is it, Chinook?
        Chinook: Tree Haven burning down, it was as much my fault as it was Shade's. I was showing off for Todd and Breeze and I shouldn't have listened to Shade when he dared me to see the sun. I couldn't let the runt..(Ariel glares at him)..I mean, I couldn't let him show me up.

      • Echoprojected Pigeon: I just came here to hide.
        Shade: Hide? From what?!
        Echoprojected Pigeon: Giant bats. They attacked my family.
        Shade: Well they probably had a good reason! I know I would!

      • Zephyr: I believe it is my destiny to protect other bats as they migrate.

      • Bathsheba: The weak should be left behind!
        Frieda: The colony arrived together and it will leave together.
        Bathsheba: Aaagghh!!

      • Zephyr: (To Marina, regarding a red berry) I wouldn't eat that, but you might want to squeeze a little of its juice under your band. Go ahead, I can hear your skin chafing against the metal.

      • Frieda: (To the cardinal) We Silverwings are here to rest and eat before we move on.

      • Zephyr: The actions of the humans are inconsistent and difficult to interpret. Marina, you are special, but that has nothing to do with any bands.

      • Zephyr: You must never underestimate the power of a kind act, even towards one's enemy.

      • Zephyr: Only one in a million bats can echoproject, but we'll see...

      • Zephyr: (To Shade) You obviously can't use your size to overpower the enemy.
        Marina: (Whispering) He's sensitive about his size.
        Zephyr: The more you know, the better chance you have against much stronger opponents.

      • Brutus: (To the cardinal) You'll lead a squadron of my owls to the water tower. We'll talk about hunting rights after the entire Silverwing colony is annihilated!

      • Zephyr: (Explaining echoprojection) Capture the object with your heart. Listen to it form in your imagination. Once you hear it, sing it.

      • Shade: (To Marina) The old guy's as blind as a mole.
        Zephyr: Technically, I'm blinder.

      • Marina: I'll pick, you stand guard.
        Shade: What am I gonna guard against? A plant?

      • Flying Squirrel 1: (To Chinook) We flying squirrels are sick and tired of being mistaken for bats.
        Flying Squirrel 2: It's harassment! Just because we have fur and fly doesn't mean the owls can pull us over on a whim!

      • Flying Squirrel 2: General Brutus has decreed that all bats be questioned and all Silverwings be imprisoned.
        Flying Squirrel 1: Say, what kind of bat did you say you were?
        Chinook: Uh...a Chickenwing!
        Flying Squirrel 2: O.K. then.

      • Zephyr: (To Shade and Marina) May your vision stay clear.

        Marina: Shade, she's (Zephyr's echoprojected pigeon) hurt. Back off!

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