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Aerrow / The Dark Ace
Aerrow (Lightning Claw)
Stork: We are doomed!
Aerrow: Storm Hawks, prepare for battle!
Stork: In light of my imminent demise: I, Stork, do here decree that all my worldly possessions... they're all gonna be destroyed anyway.
Dark Ace: You're a young one. Since you're new at this, allow me to explain the ground rules... there are none! If you live, you win and just so you know... I never lose.
Finn: Aerrow, that's the Dark Ace. As in THE Dark Ace.
Piper: As in never lost a Sky Duel and is single-handedly responsible for the destruction of the old Storm Hawks. Aerrow, get out of there now!
Aerrow: I'm not running away!
Junko: We got your back, buddy.
Aerrow: Just remember the plan and we'll be fine.
Junko: Um... I forgot the plan.
Finn: Keep 'em off that Terra.
Piper: We'll contact the Buff Buzzards of Terra Basteria first, then off to Tropica. And no Finn, a surfing break is out of the question.
Finn: I don't see the big deal about some dumb crystal anyway.
Piper: Finn, don't you know anything? The Aurora Stone is like, the very symbol of Atmos.
Aerrow: It's also the most powerful crystal ever found. There's no telling what Master Cyclonis would do with it.
Stork: Let's not forget the eternal darkness, plague of evil, and endless suffering that would most certainly follow. Maybe it's starting already... yep I was right.
Master Cyclonis: I understand Carver has failed and by the hand of a Sky Knight, who claims to lead the Storm Hawks!
Dark Ace: It's a rumor your highness! The Storm Hawks are no more.
Master Cyclonis: Go! Get me the stone and this time... no mistakes.
Dark Ace: Consider it done.
Piper: The Aurora Stone! It's gone!
Carver: You needn't worry...
Carver: It'll find a good home on Cyclonia.
Aerrow: But you're a Sky Knight.
Carver: A Sky Knight wise enough to see which way the wind is blowing. The future is Master Cyclonis... the stone belongs to her.
Aerrow: I will not let that happen!
Carver: You're welcome to try and stop me.
Junko: The beacon tower! It's stopped... beaconing.
Master Cyclonis: Once upon a time, Cyclonia controlled the entire Atmos. Then along came the Sky Knights and all that got messed up. I want things back the way they used to be and as soon as our Talon squadrons clip the wings of the Sky Knights, they will.
Dark Ace: That would be my pleasure, Master Cyclonis.
Master Cyclonis: The Dark Ace, so glad you could join us.
Repton: I could care less about your plan, Cyclonis. What's in it for the Raptors?
Master Cyclonis: Untold riches to start... and I'll promise not to crush your measly little Terra Bogaton.
Repton: I believe something can be arranged...
Junko: It's Carver and the Red Eagles.
Piper: Come on! Let's go meet them.
Dad: Now there's a real Sky Knight squadron.
Aerrow: I'm Aerrow of the Storm Hawks. It's a real honor to meet you.
Carver: Aren't you a little short to be Sky Knight, kid?
Aerrow: Come on, let's go.
Piper: That could have gone worse.
Sky Knight Councilman: The council will be most pleased to learn the new Storm Hawks squadron has formed. Your predecessors were greatly admired. You have much to live up to Aerrow.
Aerrow: We're ready.
Sky Knight Councilman: Sign here, please... Wait just a minute! How old are you?
Sky Knight Councilman: I'll need your names and positions for the registry.
Aerrow: Aerrow. Sky Knight and leader.
Finn: Finn. Wingman and sharp-shooter.
Junko: Junko. Flight engineer and um... heavy ballistics.
Piper: Piper. Navigation and tactics.
Stork: Stork. (Sneezes) Carrier pilot.
Sky Knight Councilman: What is that, some kind of pet?
Aerrow: He prefers mission specialist and we just call him Radarr.
Sky Knight Councilman: Well it seems that everything is in order.
Piper: See? It's just a formality.
Aerrow: Radarr, hold on! Ha ha, you missed.
Finn: He may have, but Finn never missed!
Finn: If you ask me, this is all a big waste of time.
Piper: Finn first, we didn't. And second, even though Aerrow went through the trials and was rightfully knighted, we still have to register with the Sky Knight Council to be an official squadron. It's just a formality.
Junko: But they don't make us take tests do they, because I'm lousy at tests.
Stork: If it's a lab test, I vote him.
Piper: Face it, Sky Knight, you've been caught. You're surrounded. The only way out is if you were crazy enough to... dive into the Wastelands.
Finn: So much for your big flanking maneuver.
Piper: I know a shortcut! Follow me.
Street Kid: Hey look dad! It's the Storm Hawks!
Dad: Those aren't the Storm Hawks...
Dad: not the real ones.
Aerrow: (to the group) Come on guys, we're here to do something about that... remember.
Stork: Maybe we can do something about this strange rash, too.
Finn: (touches tree) Ha! Yes! I did it, I'm the winner!
Aerrow: Actually, that would be me.
Aerrow: Which means last one to the tree has to wash all the dishes on The Condor for a month.
Piper: I just wish people would take us seriously, we're not just kids. We have the skills, we have the gear...
Finn: We have Finn!
Aerrow: Not bad, Radar, you think we lost him? (missile flies by) I guess that's a no.
Aerrow: So we may not be official, but I'm still a Sky Knight, you're still my squadron and we're still friends. Right?!
Stork: Oh, I'm only with you 'til something better comes along.
Piper: Here they come! Open fire... just don't hit anyone we know.
Stork: Shields are down! We're getting clobbered by that cruiser's cannons! Piper, if we don't run now, we're going to lose The Condor!
Piper: Stork, what about the others?
Stork: Um, they should run, too.
Aerrow: So, nobody believes in us. Well, now is the time to prove them wrong. But this isn't like when we play "Stuff the Sky Knight" or "Last One Lands Does the Dishes." This is the real deal, so whatever you do... try... not... to... mess... up.
Finn: Dude, worst motivational speech ever.
Aerrow: You know what I mean. Let's do it!
This episode aired as part of Cartoon Network's "Storm Hawks Marathon of Heroes".
Matt Hill (Finn) and Samuel Vincent (Aerrow/The Dark Ace) also do the voices of Ed and Edd respectively, from Ed, Edd n' Eddy, another Cartoon Network show.
CN Video Airdate: May 28th, 2007 - July 8th, 2007
Toonami Jetstream Airdate: October 20th, 2008 - December 1st, 2008
There are 52 episodes in production for the show. The show is currently in season one in the United States. Season one will not appear in Canada until Fall 2007.
The show is created by Nerd Corps Entertainment, which also made Dragon Booster. This is the reason the show has a similar animation style and same type of humor as that show.
The show came as a surprise, since there was no commercial telling of its coming to Cartoon Network before May 19, 2007. It also didn't appear on the upfront.
The show is aired in 26 countries: YTV in Canada; Cartoon Network in the US, UK, France and Latin America; RTL2 in Germany; as well as terrestrial broadcaster France 3 in France.
Finn's personality throughout the series is reminiscent of the Warner Brothers character Daffy Duck.
Skies of Arcadia:
Storm Hawks appears to be based in the same genre as the Dreamcast and Gamecube video game, Skies of Arcadia. The game is generally about islands of land from a destroyed planet floating in the atmosphere, upon which people live and work, the society being of an ocean going type, filled with people with the desire to explore their world and chart it. There are flying boats and ships that battle each other and other creatures living in the clouds, which can get bigger and better weapons and engines. The weapons are powered by crystals that give the weapons different effects depending on the crystal used. The characters can power up for an ultimate move like Aerrow's double blade attack. And the game is done in cel shades like the cartoon.
The 'X' shaped wings on the stormhawks' vehicles are similar to wings on X-wings from the film Star Wars .
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