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The Eagle Riders are informed about the attack on the communications station
The Eagle Riders are informed about the attack on the communications station.

X12 Signs of Intelligent Life

[G-II #12: Dr. Rafael's Secret]

Recently, scientists at a special Project Star Reach station made contact with a new alien race called the Malloreans. Earth has been exchanging friendly communications with the Malloreans, but one day there is an unexpected attack, destroying the communications station. The Eagle Riders are sent to investigate the remains of the station, because transmissions are still coming from that location, although they cannot be interpreted by the International Science Organization (ISO).

Meanwhile, Mickey has grown bored with Otto’s personality and has programmed him a new one. Otto now considers himself a comedian and constantly tells jokes, which get worse and worse over time. And you thought 7-Zark-7 was bad!

All the Eagle Riders find at the station is a bunch of rats. They surmise that the rats have been crawling on the transmission equipment and sending the strange signals. It seems like a wasted trip. But as the Eagle Riders are leaving, Dr. Keane informs them that another station run by a scientist named Dr. Gold has been attacked. The Eagle Riders arrive to find the station overrun with Vorak, and they easily defeat the android soldiers. After the team finds an injured Dr. Gold, Dr. Keane arrives. How did Dr. Keane know it was safe? I guess he just got lucky.

Dr. Keane wants to know why the Vorak would attack a purely scientific base. Turns out there are two reasons. First, Dr. Gold thinks that the Vorak are somehow threatened by the fact that they are contacting the Malloreans. But also… they aren’t conducting purely scientific research. Dr. Gold’s facility receives military funding. Fork Waves developed by Dr. Gold are used on neutron missiles to relay coded data.

Dr. Keane now worries that the Vorak will break the codes and be able to control the neutron missiles. Dr. Gold informs everyone that a scientist named Professor Andro has been warning his station about the danger of using their research codes for controlling military nuclear missiles. Apparently Professor Andro also said that the only one who could stop the Vorak was a pilot… but he didn’t say the pilot’s name. But Professor Andro did say that the pilot was ‘more than an ordinary human’.

Dr. Gold informs the team that his research station was using negative quarks called ‘negatrons’ to contact new life. They cancel out the positive quarks. This allowed them to leap instantly across vast space grids, but the Vorak intercepted their transmissions, using them against the research station.

Unbeknownst to the team, as this briefing is going on, a Vorak android has overheard the conversation. He informs Mallanox about the codes on the neutron missiles.

Upon hearing Professor Andro’s name, Joe becomes quiet, and suddenly leaves without explanation. It turns out that Joe and Professor Andro each have a special device that lets them know where the other is at all times, only Joe’s device is in his head because… Joe is a cyborg. It is ironic that the Vorak androids developed by Professor Andro were the beginnings of the cyborg creature that Joe has become.

Joe knows that he needs to go to Professor Andro, and he assumes that he is the ‘pilot who is more than an ordinary human’ whom Andro was referring to. Joe takes the Falcon Tracker and goes to Professor Andro’s secret base. Of course, Joe doesn’t mention any of this to anyone else, but merely runs off on his own. I guess he thinks that running off without explanation is better than revealing that he is a cyborg.

Meanwhile, Cybercon is lambasting Mallanox for attacking the research stations without authorization. Mallanox sheepishly admits that when he was on vacation some time ago, he visited the Mallorean race and accidentally blew up one of their planets. Seems as if Mallanox truly is the bumbling fool he appears to be! Mallanox was trying to prevent the Earth from communicating with the Malloreans, since it appears that this race is still angry at Mallanox. Imagine that!

Mallanox did not want the Malloreans to know that he was on Earth. Cybercon is at first annoyed, but then mollified when Mallanox reveals that they can now control all of the Earth’s nuclear warheads, thanks to the information the Vorak goon transmitted from the research station.

Cybercon gleefully activates two large nuclear missiles from the Eastern and Western hemispheres and launches them, intending for the two countries involved to attack each other after detonation and wipe out the human species in the resulting war.

Professor Andro has been anticipating just such a situation, and when Joe arrives he is monitoring the situation. Andro reveals to Joe that he has a special manned missile that he intended to use for space research purposes, but since the entire planet is at stake, Joe should use it to intercept the missiles. Wow, Andro really has a big heart.

Joe agrees with Andro, and flies the missile away from the base, toward the point where the nuclear missiles are expected to cross paths.

Mallanox is also at that exact spot, inside his latest robot. The other Eagle Riders are on the scene as well, and they don’t seem to be too concerned about why Joe isn’t with them. Does Joe do this kind of thing a lot?

Mallanox’s Solar Wind Ray appears to be defeating the Ultra Eagle,  but Joe arrives and detaches Professor Andro’s missile from his small ship, using it to destroy the Vorak robot. He also changes the path of the nuclear missiles, so that they intercept each other and blow apart in the sky, instead of inflicting destruction on the ground. Frankly, I’m not sure why a ‘pilot who is more than an ordinary human’ is necessary for this, but Joe accomplishes the task.

On the return journey home, Hunter asks Mickey to re-program Otto back to his old personality, and Mickey agrees. I guess Otto’s jokes aren’t beneficial to the Global Good.

Interestingly enough, we never hear about the Mallorean race again. This would imply that Mallanox’s tactics in this episode were successful, and he was able to permanently cut ties between Earth and the Malloreans.

At the station, all the Eagle Riders find is a bunch of rats
At the station, all the Eagle Riders find is a bunch of rats.
The Eagle Riders run to protect Dr. Gold
The Eagle Riders run to protect Dr. Gold.
Shooting at the Vorak
Shooting at the Vorak.
Mickey is proud of his handiwork
Mickey is proud of his handiwork.
Joe is pretty good at handling his weapon
Joe is pretty good at handling his weapon.
The team is shocked at the condition of Dr. Gold and his team
The team is shocked at the condition of Dr. Gold and his team.
What do you mean Dr. Keane is here too?
What do you mean Dr. Keane is here too?
A Vorak goon actually has some intelligence: relaying important information to Mallanox behind the Eagle Riders' backs
A Vorak goon actually has some intelligence: relaying important information to Mallanox behind the Eagle Riders' backs.
Joe answers Professor Andro's summons
Joe answers Professor Andro's summons.
Mallanox orders his men to use the Solar Wind Ray
Mallanox orders his men to use the Solar Wind Ray.
'The pilot who is more than an ordinary human' flies Andro's manned missile
'The pilot who is more than an ordinary human' flies Andro's manned missile.
The Eagle Riders don't appreciate Mallanox's Solar Wind Ray
The Eagle Riders don't appreciate Mallanox's Solar Wind Ray.
Kelly and Mickey are glad to see that Joe has saved the day
Kelly and Mickey are glad to see that Joe has saved the day.

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