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Kelly checks on Mickey's progress during their investigation
Kelly checks on Mickey's progress during their investigation.

X8 On the Far Side of the Moon

[G-II #8: Firebird on the Moon]

Satellites and space stations have been disappearing without a trace. Dr. Keane has sent Kelly and Mickey to the Translunar Observation Probe to investigate. So far everything is normal, but just as the Eagle Riders are beginning to relax, a giant Vorak space ship appears. The ship is obviously going to swallow the entire Observation Probe.

Mickey is trapped in the control room with the scientists and operators of the Probe, but Kelly is alone in an observation lab. She is unable to open the hatch to free the others, but reluctantly leaves them behind to reach an escape pod. Mickey sends a tape of the data they have collected to the escape pod, so that Dr. Keane will know what has been happening to the missing ships. I’m still not sure why Mickey is able to send a tape to the escape pod, but he can’t get to the escape pod himself. It’s also of note that Kelly is upset at leaving Mickey behind, but she doesn’t seem to be nearly as upset about the scientists that are with him. I guess she’s got her priorities too!

Back on Earth, Kelly is extremely upset about being forced to leave Mickey behind, and is even second-guessing her decision to escape. Hunter comforts her (nice swoony moment as Hunter holds a tearful Kelly's shoulders), while Joe proposes a plan to use the new one-man vehicle, the Swan Rocket, to rescue Mickey. Kelly designed and built the Swan Rocket herself, and is surprised by the suggestion, but admits that the vehicle did well in all of its tests, and should be ready for action.

Even as Kelly works on this plan, Dr. Keane has determined that the Vorak are building a giant laser weapon to attack the Earth. They have stolen the Saturn Ruby to power this laser. The updated plan is for Joe to enter the Vorak ship on the Swan Rocket and be given three minutes to rescue Mickey, after which the rest of the Eagle Riders will attack from the Ultra Eagle, to destroy the ship and the laser. Seems that they don’t really care about recovering the Ruby, as long as they can destroy it.

The Ultra Eagle is given special boosters so that it can go into space. After launch, Joe dons a cool spacesuit version of his Eagle Mode and takes off on the Swan Rocket. Unfortunately, during the mission there is a molecular defect in the Swan Rocket. As Joe is piloting it toward the Vorak ship it breaks apart, knocking him out and sending him drifting in space. The Eagle Riders rescue him, but Kelly is very emotional at having built the ship that nearly killed Joe. Joe tells her that it’s not her fault, as she could not have predicted the defect, but this does not soothe her. She vows to rebuild the ship, and this time, it will be perfect. As an aside, the conversation between Joe and Kelly seems very personal, like there are some underlying emotions there. However visually, they are across the room from each other, and Hunter and Ollie are listening. It makes me wonder what the writers of the show intended.

While the Swan Rocket is being rebuilt, Dr. Keane discovers a Vorak base on the dark side of the moon. Apparently the laser the Vorak have constructed with the Saturn Ruby is so destructive that Keane believes that the Vorak are planning to shoot at the Earth <i>through</i> the moon. Wow… I never thought of shooting through the moon to get at the Earth!

Kelly has worked hard, but is worried that her Rocket isn’t good enough. Joe almost died, and she’s not sure she can do this. Joe gives her a pep talk. Somehow, with Joe’s confidence in her, Kelly is able to finish, and the Swan Rocket is ready. The second attempt works perfectly and Joe enters the Vorak ship, which returns to its moon base. Joe infiltrates the interrment area of the ship, rescuing Mickey and the scientists in confident Han Solo style.

Meanwhile, Hunter, Kelly and Ollie have also entered the ship, making short work of the attacking Vorak androids and setting explosives to blow it up. The Eagle Riders (and presumably, the rescued scientists) all escape back to the Ultra Eagle and pursue the fleeing Vorak space ship. The Vorak ship shoots super lasers at the Ultra Eagle, but is destroyed through the use of Fire Eagle Mode. Apparently the Fire Eagle can work even in space, where there is practically no oxygen. Regardless, the Eagle Riders then turn their sights on the Moon Base. Destroying the Vorak ship and Moon Base defends the Global Good, and the day is saved.

Mickey goofs off at the Translunar Obeservation Probe
Mickey goofs off at the Translunar Obeservation Probe.
Kelly struggles unsuccessfully to open the hatch and free Mickey
Kelly struggles unsuccessfully to open the hatch and free Mickey.
Kelly receives the data tape from Mickey aboard the escape pod
Kelly receives the data tape from Mickey aboard the escape pod.
Hunter comforts a distraught Kelly
Hunter comforts a distraught Kelly.
Joe and Dr.Keane discuss how to recover the Saturn Ruby
Joe and Dr.Keane discuss how to recover the Saturn Ruby.
An unconscious Joe floats through space
An unconscious Joe floats through space.
Joe bolsters Kelly's confidence
Joe bolsters Kelly's confidence.
Kelly works to fix the Swan Rocket
Kelly works to fix the Swan Rocket.
Joe flies the rebuilt Swan Rocket
Joe flies the rebuilt Swan Rocket.
Ollie fights Vorak androids on their Moon Base
Ollie fights Vorak androids on their Moon Base.
Vorak androids ignore an angry Mallanox hologram as they run to escape the destruction of their ship
Vorak androids ignore an angry Mallanox hologram as they run to escape the destruction of their ship.
Inside the Ultra Eagle during Fire Eagle Mode
Inside the Ultra Eagle during Fire Eagle Mode.
Go to Eagle Riders Episode 07Return to Eagle Riders Episode GuideGo to Eagle Riders Episode 09 Vorak Androids suspect that their Moon Base won't last much longer
Vorak Androids suspect that their Moon Base won't last much longer.