Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron

Season 1 Episode 3

The Wrath of Dark Kat

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 25, 1993 on
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The Wrath of Dark Kat
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Criminal mastermind Dark Kat breaks into the Megakat Nuclear Plant and steals the components to build his "doomsday device," a powerful nuclear bomb that he plans to drop on the city. Commander Feral sneaks aboard Dark Kat's ship, the Doomsday Express, in an effort to stop him, but is quickly captured. Lieutenant-Commander Steele, Feral's second in command, assumes control of the Enforcers, but would rather advance his career than rescue his boss. Thus, it's up to the Swat Kats to save both Feral and Megakat City.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • When Dark Kat steals some compounds for his doomsday the Swat Kats must stop him. Also we discover how the Swat Kats came to be.

    10
    This is a suite episode if I say so myself. First off we learn about Chance and Jake's past, how they were kicked of the Enforcers, and of course how they became the Swat Kats. We also see how much of a jerk Feral is though compared to Steele I think Feral's the better commander as Steele's a bigtime wose. And of course we're introduced to Dark Kat who's responsible for the birth of the Swat Kats and probally the mst evil bad guy in the series (or he would be if he was used more). The action and comedy were great my favorite comedy part had to bw when Jake cheated in a pepper-eating contest which saved his life later on. Well otherwise an amazing episode.moreless
  • Brilliant. The show finally kicks off.

    10
    One thing I liked about Swat Kats was that it didn't just explain the entire origin in the first episode. The first episode introduced the Swat Kats. The second showed them without masks. And now we get to learn a little more from their past. And I was stunned. Not only do we get to know why they hang out at the city dump and their connection to Feral. But this episode also introduces the coolest villain in the series: Dark Kat. A great episode, but that's not really saying much since there are only 2 bad episodes in the series. And even those 2 have their qualities and cool scenes. One of the best episodes there is.moreless
  • Now the show really starts!

    9.0
    I love this episode! I watched this episode more then any other SK episode ,and despite that fact ,I can clearly say ,that it's one of my favourites. Why do I love it? Simple ,but again complicated: The last time I watched SK show was 12 years ago ,and during these 12 years I haven't heard or saw a thing about SK ,which resulted for me to completely forgot about characters or stories. And this episode is the first that I watched after that long period ,so as the first reason ,I can tell it's emotional bound that I got for this ep. And so since I forgot about everything about the show ,this ep is kind of introduced me with the characters ,again. OK ,enough about personal emotions - what about the quality itself?



    I often see first three episodes of series as pilots - all three of them. Because ''The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice'' introduced us with the characters. We saw main characters ,and that's it. In ''The Giant Bacteria'' ,we have been introduced with relationships between the characters ,we found out ,who the SK really are ,we saw Callie's relationship with guys in their both forms ,and we did saw that Feral got something against the guys ,and ''The Wrath Of Dark Kat'' was the ultimate introduction. We finally learned about the origin of the SK ,and we learned where does all that love between Feral and the guys come from. This ep is also sort of character defining for Feral. But ,instead of showing that Feral is in the bottom of his heart a good guy ,we saw that he is nothing more then egoistic ,selfish bastard ,mainly because of what he has done to our boys.



    We have been introduced with Steele. Now ,Steele is not actually some important character in the series ,he only appeared in two episodes ,and still he didn't played major role. But just in this one episode ,I liked him.He is not one of my favourites ,but he is OK. Steele deserved much more air time.And I don't have a clue why did they replaced him with Felina in season 2?Shore ,she digs SK ,but she is boring to death.

    Anyway ,this episode is awesome! And I give it 9. There isn't anything in the episode that I would cut out (which is a rarity) ,but I gave it 9 just for two things which ,I wouldn't cut out ,just change a little bit ,and those things are:



    We saw Dark Kat in this episode slightly different than we see him in other episodes. In other episodes ,he is creating alliances with the other villains ,which makes him master manipulator. But again ,Dark Kat we saw in this episode is no different from any other regular villain like Viper or that Cikata guy. There are couple of things which I would gladly change on Dark Kat's character ,like sticking with him lot more henchmen and thugs ,beside those creeplings.He got reputation of a Megakat City crime lord ,but he doesn't look like that.



    The other thing is that flashback about SK's origin. Basically ,I got nothing against it ,it's just ,don't you think that the guys have come up with the SK idea a little too fast? OK ,I realize that it has to be that way because of lack of time ,but they really could do something more about it.



    And that's it. Nothing that I should cut out. Just change a little bit. Just that and this would be really ,really great episode. But alas ,it have to stick to 9.

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Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

voice of Callie Briggs

Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

voice of Mayor Manx / Enforcer Sergeant

Barry Gordon

Barry Gordon

voice of Razor (Jake Clawson)

Gary Owens

Gary Owens

voice of Commander Ulysses Feral

Lori Alan

Lori Alan

voice of Lt. Felina Feral

Candi Milo

Candi Milo

voice of Ann Gora

Hal Rayle

Hal Rayle

Lt. Commander Steele / Technician 3

Guest Star

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

Burke

Recurring Role

Brock Peters

Brock Peters

Dark Kat

Recurring Role

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Technician 2 / Al the Pilot

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (The Swat Kats arrive on the scene)
      Commander Feral: The Swat Kats?! What are they doing here?
      Callie: Your job, Feral.

    • Feral: We have to stop him (Dark Kat)!
      T-Bone: What do you mean "we"?

    • Razor: (disarming the bomb) Okay. Piece o' cake. Just remember, always cut the red wire! (Seeing that all the wires are red) Aw, Dark Kat, you miserable psycho!

    • Feral The only way to stop Dark Kat is from inside that ship. I'm going to try to sneak in. I'll take along a signal device, so you and the Enforcers can follow me.
      Steele: Yes sir. It's an inspired plan, sir.
      Feral: No, it's desperate and it's stupid! But I've run out of options.

    • T-Bone: Razor, tell the truth, did you really eat that last mongo pepper?
      Razor: Aw, T-Bone, I can't believe you even ask me that. I can still feel the afterburn.
      T-Bone: No doubt about it, Razor, you are one macho kat.
      Razor: Ain't it the truth?

    • Commander Feral: Dark Kat has broken into the reactor. We're just about to move in, if you'd like to stay and watch the fireworks.
      Callie Briggs: Fireworks? Commander, you can't fire this close to the reactor! One mistake and the whole city could be poisoned by radioactivity!
      Commander Feral: And what do you suggest I do, Miss Briggs? Wait for Dark Kat to steal all the nuclear material inside?

    • Dark Kat: Citizens of Megakat City, this is Dark Kat. My business at this facility will be brief. I warn you, do not interfere. I repeat: do not interfere! You have witnessed only a sample of my destructive power! Anymore acts of defiance, and Megakat City will suffer on a grand scale!

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode features a flashback sequence showing the origin of the SWAT Kats. Although it doesn't tell about the secret hangar under the salvage yard

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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