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Joe is the picture of cool in his sunglasses
Joe is the picture of cool in his sunglasses.

X17 Realities

[G-II #19: The Trap in Extradimensional Space]

For the first time in a long time, we get to hear Joe’s inner monologue again. Seems that when he’s off duty, Joe likes nothing more than to get on his motorcycle and drive off by himself into the desert, where he can be alone. It’s not that he doesn’t enjoy the company of the other Eagle Riders, but that he needs the solitude. He likes to drive out to the volcano and test his body against the lava. It doesn’t hurt him, or cause him any pain, since he is a cyborg. I guess whatever flesh and blood he has left are manufactured by Andro, as Joe is able to stick his bare hand into the lava and emerge unscathed.

On this particular day, Ollie is at Kelly’s burger joint, and sees Joe driving by. He decides to catch up with Joe, running out of the restaurant to do so. However, Joe does not see or hear him, and soon Ollie is lost, wandering around the desert looking for Joe, who has actually gone home. Interestingly, Joe has a full-fledged Harley-style motorcycle, while Ollie appears to be riding some kind of scooter or dirt bike that looks like it is much to small for him. I guess Ollie just grabbed whatever was handy in his haste to follow Joe. Did this bike belong to Mickey?

Night falls, and Delta Company, a military detachment of the Global Security Council , is moving into the desert on military exercises. They see a bright light, and despite slamming on the brakes, are inexplicably drawn into it. It seems that the Earth’s military have all of the instinctive intelligence of moths. Ollie also succumbs to the lure of the bright light, and is drawn inside of it.

Meanwhile, back at Gateway City, Dr. Keane informs the team that Ollie’s disappearance happened at the same time and location as that of Delta Company. Kelly points out that Ollie was following Joe, but Joe says that he never heard or saw Ollie.

The last recorded message from Delta Company states that they saw a ‘spiral galaxy’, which is impossible, as they were on Earth. However the team is sent to check out the area. I’m wondering at this point if they’re checking it out because of the missing military personnel, or because of Ollie’s disappearance.

Approaching the scene in the Ultra Eagle, the team sees the same bright light but they are able to mentally resist it. The light turns out to be coming from a Dimensional Accumulator, built by Mallanox specifically to trap the Eagle Riders. It was also used to trap Delta Company, although the men were ‘rescued’ and put to work in the Vorak factories, to make weapons to be used against Earth.

The team shoots missiles at the bright light, but they do not detonate and are merely swallowed up. The Eagle Riders are unable to prevent the Ultra Eagle from being pulled into the device emitting the light.

Once inside, the Eagle Riders quickly realize that they are in some part of space that has never been charted before, and it includes a spiral galaxy. Mickey worries that if they are trapped there forever, there will be no one to feed his pet turtle, Max. It’s only been two episodes, and I’m already tired of Max.

Mallanox appears on the main viewscreen of the Ultra Eagle, informing the Eagle Riders that they are in a dimensional subspace, which will be destroyed in twenty minutes. Mallanox also points out the hapless Ollie drifting through the subspace. Guess the Vorak didn’t want him working in their mines.

The controls of the Ultra Eagle are not responding, so Hunter, Kelly and Mickey attempt to fix them, while Otto scans for a weak spot in the density of the energy field supporting the subspace. Joe takes the Falcon Tracker (which fortunately is still operational, although it is not explained why this is) to go and fetch Ollie. It doesn't seem to occur to anyone that if this is space, Ollie should be dead from lack of oxygen. As it turns out, there must be oxygen out there, because Ollie actually is still alive.

A fiery meteor shower passes by the Falcon Tracker, and Joe manages to avoid all of the meteors except the last one, which shoots directly in his path. He endures flaming temperatures well beyond what a normal human would be able to take, and Ollie is amazed when he sees Joe and the Tracker emerge unscathed. Wow, dipping his hand in the lava was actually foreshadowing! This is a new level of plot development for the show.

Joe rescues Ollie and moves to reconnect with the Ultra Eagle. But time is running out. Will they make it?

Meanwhile, Otto has found the weak spot of the subspace: it is the center of the spiral galaxy. The Ultra Eagle picks up the Falcon Tracker at the last possible second, and moves toward the weak spot, escaping just before the subspace is destroyed.

The team is relieved to have escaped, and Joe vows not to rest until the members of Delta Company are rescued as well. However, he recognizes that Ollie probably has some unspoken questions about how Joe was able to survive moving through the fiery meteor's path. But Joe is still not prepared to answer those questions.

For the record, Delta Company is never mentioned again. I guess the Global Good still needs work.

Joe rides on out of town
Joe rides on out of town.
Ollie follows on a bike that is far too small for him
Ollie follows on a bike that is far too small for him.
Lava driops from Joe's cyborg hand
Lava driops from Joe's cyborg hand.
Come into the light, Ollie...
Come into the light, Ollie...
Mickey is worried about Ollie
Mickey is worried about Ollie.
The Eagle Riders accept their mission
The Eagle Riders accept their mission.
Mallanox is excited to see the Ultra Eagle approaching
Mallanox is excited to see the Ultra Eagle approaching.
Hunter attempts to control the unresponsive Ultra Eagle
Hunter attempts to control the unresponsive Ultra Eagle.
Ollie is horrified to see Joe driving through the fiery  meteor storm
Ollie is horrified to see Joe driving through the fiery meteor storm.
Joe grits his teeth as he endures the fiery temperatures of the meteor storm
Joe grits his teeth as he endures the fiery temperatures of the meteor storm.
Joe and Ollie return to the Ultra Eagle inside the Falcon Tracker
Joe and Ollie return to the Ultra Eagle inside the Falcon Tracker.
Everyone is impatient for Otto to find the weak point of the subspace
Everyone is impatient for Otto to find the weak point of the subspace.
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Ollie wonders about Joe's abilities.