Season 1 Episode 11

Strange Batfellows

Aired Sunday 4:00 PM Nov 16, 2003 on TELETOON
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Strange Batfellows
Shade and Marina heave a sigh of relief when the shadow turns out to be Orestes. However, the reunion turns tense when Shade and Marina learn that Brutus is also trying to find Hibernaculum. With Goth and Throbb nowhere to be found, the three friends set off again in hopes of finding Hibernaculum before the owls or cannibals. Bathsheba pleasantly announces to the Silverwing colony that Frieda died in the wind tunnel, but is left shocked when Frieda arrives with Mercury and Ariel. Once the Silverwings resume their migration, they find themselves pursued by owls, but the colony refuses to follow Bathsheba when she tells them to go back to the woods. Instead, they follow Frieda to a nearby tree, where they avoid detection. In the process, Bathsheba is relieved of her leadership duties and Frieda is reinstated. Shade, Marina and Orestes stop to rest near an abandoned silver mine after a slight misinterpretation of Shade's sound map. Unfortunately, Shade alerts a nearby Throbb to their presence when he creates an echoprojection of Goth. Both cannibal bats chase Shade, Marina and Orestes into the rickety mine; Goth goes after Shade while Throbb pursues Marina and Orestes. After evading the cannibals for several minutes, Throbb has a run-in with an ore cart, causing it to roll through the tunnel, smashing the support beams and creating a cave-in. Trapped inside cheek to jowl, Shade makes Goth swear on Zotz to let them go if he helps him escape the mine while Orestes and Marina baby-sit an unconscious Throbb. While moving heavy rocks, Goth vents his feelings on the survival of the weak and describes Cama Zotz to Shade. Shade cannot believe anyone could feel the way Goth does about the world, bt keeps his wits about him as they continue working on the rocks. Once the tunnel to freedom is clear, Goth shows no intention of honouring his word by taking Shade hostage. But Shade, remembering Goth's earlier description of Zotz, creates an echoprojection of the king of darkness right before Goth's eyes! Thinking it real, 'Zotz' has no trouble convincing him to honour his word by letting Shade go and makes the giant bat beg him for mercy. Leaving Goth in a state of shock and terror, Shade escapes the mine with Marina and Orestes. The three leave the area and stop in a tree to celebrate their great escape, but are horrified when they see Brutus' forces gathering above.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • When the colony took off from the trees when the owls were gone, one of the bats was a bright orange like Marina.

      • In comparison to the book, the image of Zotz was inaccurate. It said that Zotz was a winged serpent with feathers crossed with a jaguar and had 3 heads. Goth said he heard that, so the rumors could've been wrong.

      • When Frieda, Ariel and Mercury rejoin the colony after escaping the wind tunnel, Chinook arrives with them. However, he had escaped the tunnel before Frieda's wing got stuck and forced Ariel and Mercury to save her, so he should have already been with the colony.

    • QUOTES (17)

      • Shade: I don't trust you.
        Goth: *gasps* You insult my honour.

      • Goth: I am as Zotz made me!
        Shade: Yeah, evil.
        Goth: POWERFUL!!!

        'Zotz': (To Goth) Never have I seen a bat so... disobedient... so disloyal... so deceitful... so...
        Marina: Naughty.
        'Zotz': Yes... naughty.

        'Zotz': Say it... "I am a naughty bat".
        Goth: ...I am... a naughty bat.
        'Zotz': Again! And again! But with more feeling! NOW!! And don't stop until I SAY SO!!!

      • Orestes: I tried to convince my father that Goth killed the owls, but he never listens to me.

      • Bathsheba: And so, Silverwings, sadly we say farewell to Frieda and the others. Their deaths were uh...unavoidable.
        Frieda: (From off camera) And greatly exaggerated!

        Bathsheba: Frieda! You made it!
        Frieda: Evidently, Bathsheba.
        Bathsheba: My decision was made in the interest of this colony.

      • Shade: This place isn't on the map. I told you we should have taken a left at the lake.
        Marina: I said left, you said right!

      • Goth: Perhaps this is why almighty Zotz has brought us teach these weaklings the natural order of things.
        Throbb: I say we order them for lunch!

      • Throbb: (In response to Shade's echoprojection) It was you! You were floating! It was magic!
        Goth: Has the cold frozen your brain?!

      • Goth: (To Shade) Your size might be useful...

      • Goth: I swear by Zotz, if we get out of here, I'll let you and your friends go. But I also swear that if there are any more tricks, I will tear out your heart and eat it.

      • Shade: You have to swear on old what's-his-name? Zitz?
        Goth: ZOTZ!!!

      • Shade: I bet you'd eat your best friend if he got in your way.
        Goth: And your point is?

      • Goth: Kindness allows the weak to live where they are meant to die.

      • Atlas: Shall I send a scout to look for Orestes?
        Brutus: No, he's probably looking for bugs under a rock somewhere.

      • Goth: Zotz lives in the molten core of the Earth. His head is a giant bat skull with blood-red eyes and razor teeth to slice the flesh of those who mock him.
        Shade:'ve seen him?
        Goth: No...but you hear things.

      • Shade: (Referring to Goth) I promised I'd get him out.
        Marina: Are you out of your roost?!

      • Zotz: Goth! You made a promise to the Silverwing.
        Goth: Yes master, but only to trick him.

      • Marina: (To Shade) You better hope you never run into the real Zotz!

    • NOTES (8)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Frieda: And greatly exaggerated!
        Frieda's line to Bathsheba is a variation of a line made famous by actor, director and radio personality W.C. Fields in the 1930s. After a mysterious disappearance one day, Fields said on the radio to thousands of happy listeners: "Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated!" Fields is best remembered for playing cantankerous alcoholic characters in movies, which he did with a level of skill few other actors have been able to match to this very day.

      • : Cama Zotz
        Cama Zotz was a the god of the Underworld and bats according to Mayan/Aztec legend. He looked like a massive leaf-nosed vampire bat, and lived in a house of bats in the Underworld.