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Director Anderson berates Dr. Keane for not using valet parking
Director Anderson berates Dr. Keane for not using valet parking.

X32 Childish Things

[G-II #37: Burn, Steel Wings!]

Director Anderson of the Global Security Council and Dr. Keane are discussing the ISO’s secret research center in the desert. They do not want the Vorak to discover its location, especially since there are large stores of deadly nerve gas there. Dr. Keane states that the Eagle Riders are delivering a special transmitter to the center, just as Director Anderson’s assistant interrupts with a message that Dr. Keane’s car is being towed. Seems that Thaddeus parked in the ambassador’s spot again. Anderson lectures Keane, insisting that he should have used valet parking. For such a smart guy, Dr. Keane sure has messed up, and in front of his boss, too!

Enroute to the research center, Mickey sees a family of pumas. However, an unexpected earthquake devastates the area and to his horror, Mickey sees the adult pumas fall off of a cliff and die. Wow, quite heavy stuff for this show!

Mickey turns back from his mission to save the newly orphaned baby puma. This causes him to be late delivering the transmitter, which nearly cost a number of lives, because it hindered the rescue operations after the earthquake. Fortunately, everything is okay, and no people actually die. (Just the two adult pumas.)

Back at Gateway City, Dr. Keane lectures Mickey, telling him that everyone was depending upon him, and he let them down. Wait a minute: this is the same guy who parked in the ambassador’s spot again! I don’t think Mickey is the only one guilty of making poor judgment calls here.

When asked why he did not follow orders, the baby puma pops out of Mickey’s wings. No one is pleased to see it, and Joe in particular is extremely angered that Mickey would jeopardize his mission for a baby animal. I don’t know if Joe says the same thing in Gatch II, but if he does, Mr. Save-the-Puppy is hardly one to talk about such things.

Kelly tries to convince Mickey to take the puma back to the wild, but Mickey wants to keep it at Gateway City, declaring that if they won’t let him keep it, then he will quit being an Eagle Rider. Okay, this is pathetic. If Mickey truly thinks one animal is more important than the Global Good, they should let him quit.

When Kelly reports Mickey’s attitude to the others, Joe is in favor of letting Mickey quit, while Ollie feels that they should let Mickey sit out for a few days until he changes his mind. Hunter agrees, and says that as long as Mickey has the puma, he will not be allowed to go out on missions with the Eagle Riders. This is actually a reasonable compromise. Good going, Hunter!

At that moment, an emergency beacon sounds and Dr. Keane arrives, informing the team that they Global Security Council has received word that the nerve gas has begun leaking out of the storage facilities in the destroyed research center. He sends Joe and Ollie to stabilize the gas leakage, while Hunter and Kelly will remain at Gateway City, waiting for nerve gas neutralizer to be loaded onto the Ultra Eagle, so that they can deploy it over the area.

Joe and Ollie depart in their individual vehicles, but they are caught in an aftershock and the rest of the team are unable to make contact with them. Hunter tells Mickey that it’s an emergency, and they would really love for him to help, but he has to release the puma first. Wow, that’s cold. I guess Hunter learned how to fine-tune a guilt trip from Dr. Keane!

Mickey resists at first, but eventually sees that he has to let the puma go. After a heart-wrenching goodbye, Mickey walks away. We never hear about the baby puma again.

Mickey decides to check on Joe and Ollie, since he is in the area. He is surprised to see a large number of Vorak soldiers at the destroyed research center. At first, Mickey has no problem defeating them in combat, but one of the androids manages to shoot the young Eagle Rider in the shoulder, and soon the goons have Mickey on the run. The Eagle Rider ducks behind the Owl Cat, which is parked outside the research center. Mickey crawls into the Owl Cat and uses it to bulldoze the remaining soldiers, before crashing into the research center. He finds Joe and Ollie, and despite the strong nerve gas, is able to get them back into the Owl Cat. However as the three are escaping, the vehicle is knocked over, and turned upside down. Gas begins leaking in, and it looks like Joe, Mickey, and Ollie are goners.

The Vorak outside are overcome by the nerve gas. Wait a minute! I thought they were all androids? Something’s fishy here…

Mallanox’s escape pod bursts from the ground, laughing at the Eagle Riders’ plight. But he stops laughing when the Ultra Eagle appears right in front of him.

Unfortunately, Hunter and Kelly don’t bother to send a missile Mallanox’s way, and instead simply drop the neutralizer bombs on the destroyed research center, neutralizing the nerve gas and saving their teammates. In all of the confusion, Mallanox gets away again. I guess if he didn’t there wouldn’t be any more episodes. Or would there?

Afterward, Mickey admits that he let the puma go, and Kelly is overjoyed to learn that he thought the team was more important than the animal. It’s just another part of growing up, and defending the Global Good.

Mickey meets the baby puma
Mickey meets the baby puma.
Mickey's puma isn't too fond of Kelly
Mickey's puma isn't too fond of Kelly.
Please, can I keep him?
Please, can I keep him?
Kelly advises Mickey to give up the puma
Kelly advises Mickey to give up the puma.
The Eagle Riders discuss how to handle Mickey
The Eagle Riders discuss how to handle Mickey.
Ollie and Joe are caught in the collapsing research center
Ollie and Joe are caught in the collapsing research center.
Mickey tells the puma to go
Mickey tells the puma to go.
A Vorak android manages to hit Mickey in the shoulder
A Vorak android manages to hit Mickey in the shoulder.
Joe and Ollie fall victim to the nerve gas
Joe and Ollie fall victim to the nerve gas.
Mickey rescues Ollie from the nerve gas
Mickey rescues Ollie from the nerve gas.
Mickey's rescue doesn't go as planned
Mickey's rescue doesn't go as planned.
Hunter arrives in the Ultra Eagle to save the day
Hunter arrives in the Ultra Eagle to save the day.
Mallanox is angry to see the Eagle Riders appear
Mallanox is angry to see the Eagle Riders appear.
Mallanox's escape pod meets up with the Ultra Eagle
Mallanox's escape pod meets up with the Ultra Eagle.
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Mickey has put the Eagle Riders ahead of his own personal desires.