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Joe is shocked to be attacked by the Vorak
Joe is shocked to be attacked by the Vorak.

X34 Hide and Seek

[G-II #39: The Crimson Condor]

Joe is traveling in civvies in a car on a deserted road on the coast of Spain. He is acting as a decoy so that his teammates, in Eagle Mode on their individual vehicles, can flush out Vorak. It seems that the Eagle Riders are now being proactive, and attempting to search for the Vorak before they attack cities full of innocent civilians.

Vorak soldiers are present, and they shoot at Joe’s car, but the other Eagle Riders come to his rescue, taking out the Vorak, who are attacking on individual flying vehicles. Ollie sends some androids falling into the forest and calls the maneuver ‘tree-mendous’.

Joe is getting away when a giant explosion blinds him for a moment. Fortunately, he is safely rescued and the team makes it back to Gateway City. (A/N: These opening scenes are from Gatchaman II episode 16, which was never made into an Eagle Riders episode. Unfortunately they don’t show the swoony stuff where Jun/Kelly rescues Joe and even throws herself in the path of a bullet for him. Darn it!)

Back at Gateway City, Dr. Keane informs the team that a rock recovered from the scene is highly radioactive. Wait a minute, what was the team doing picking up rocks and bringing them back to Dr. Keane? It seems like an odd thing to do.

Dr. Aikens suspects that the Vorak are testing some kind of powerful nuclear weapon. I suppose that isn’t too much of a stretch, given that Dr. Keane just said the rock was radioactive. Duh! Aikens’ brilliant deduction has been confirmed by information from an operative that the ISO has in the area. Dr. Keane orders the team to stop the Vorak from using the new weapon, and to make contact with the operative.

Approaching the area, Joe goes off alone in the Falcon Tracker, in order to ‘recon from the ground’, and just because he likes going off alone. After all, his ‘lone rider’ coolness factor is significantly diminished when he’s flying around with everyone else in the giant chicken ship known as the Ultra Eagle.

Shortly after Joe leaves, the Vorak test the weapon again, and the shock wave from the off-shore nuclear blast knocks the Ultra Eagle out of the sky and into the ocean, where it proceeds to lose oxygen. I guess they needed you Joe! Too bad you had a ‘rep’ to protect.

Fortunately the rest of the team is able to get themselves into Geo-Pods before this happens. What the heck is a Geo-Pod? Whatever it is, I guess it’s enough to allow the rest of the team to escape this disaster.

Joe is knocked out from the shock wave. Boy, that was one powerful attack! So much so that Joe is still weakened when he awakens that night. Since he is unable to contact his teammates, Joe decides that rather than talk to Dr. Keane and ask for further instructions, he should just go on with the mission. Joe heads into town to contact the ISO operative. He enters a small club where a woman is performing a Spanish dance.

The dancing woman, Tanita, turns out to be the ISO operative. She notices that Joe is there and suspects that he is the Eagle Rider sent to meet her, but it is too dangerous to have the meeting right then and there, as the Vorak are searching the town for Joe. Despite this, Joe manages to evade the androids and meet Tanita in her room, but by now he has used up all of his strength. I have to say, if Joe snuck up to meet me in my room, I would be very disappointed to hear that he had lost all of his strength.

But Tanita takes this in stride. She covers for him when another man, Jose, comes to her room with a picture of Joe. Jose says that the Vorak are offering a big reward for Joe’s recovery. If they find him, they could turn Joe in and use the reward money to get married. Tanita declares that she wants nothing to do with the Vorak and slams the door in Jose’s face.

Tanita turns her attention back to Joe. Seeing that he is injured, Tanita tells Joe that she will bring him to a hut outside of the town, and try to contact the ISO for him.

Unfortunately, Jose follows the pair (the guy is brighter than he looks) and confronts Joe. Jose declares that he is turning Joe in, no matter what Tanita says. Jose doesn’t care about betraying his people to the Vorak; he just wants the money. Jose attacks, but Joe is still strong enough to avoid his punches. Tanita is upset by their fighting and walks off, accidentally falling off of the cliff. Wow, she must have been really upset, to not even pay a minimal amount of attention to where she was going!

Joe dives off of the cliff after Tanita, saving her with his cybernetic powers. Swoon…

As Tanita recovers, she says that she can never forgive Jose for his betrayal. She is sad, because now her identity as an ISO operative and Vorak resistance fighter has been uncovered, and so she cannot go back to her village. But Tanita hopes that the others she encouraged in the resistance will go on without her.

Meanwhile, the Ultra Eagle has been recovered and the rest of the team are recuperating at Gateway City. In the morning, Dr. Keane sends them out to find Joe.

Joe and Tanita set out in the morning in a horse and cart wagon, and she drops him off at his Falcon Tracker as she leaves town. But shortly after Joe leaves, Tanita sees Jose with Vorak soldiers. In an effort to keep them away from Joe, she drives her wagon off in the opposite direction. It is an effective decoy, and the Vorak follow her, allowing Joe to transform into Eagle Mode and escape in the Falcon Tracker.

Joe discovers a Vorak base in an old castle, thanks to a rose that Tanita left in the roadway as a sign to him. He tells Hunter where the base is, but rather than wait for the others, Joe decides to infiltrate it on his own. Typical.

Joe takes out a number of guards, but he has been led into a trap. He finds himself in a large room with Mallanox, surrounded by Vorak guards all aiming their guns at him. This actually doesn’t seem like much of a problem for me. Joe has gotten out of far worse scrapes before!

Fortunately, by this time the rest of the team has arrived and they fight the androids to save Joe, before escaping in the Ultra Eagle. Oddly, the other Eagle Riders were there to save Joe, but then they left without him, deserting him in the exploding base.

The base is self-destructing, and Joe can’t find his way back to his Falcon Tracker. Fortunately however, the last of the explosion sends him into the ocean, where he is picked up by the Ultra Eagle. (A/N: the scenes of Joe being rescued from the ocean are re-used footage from the end of ER episode 21.) 

Joe never hears from Tanita again.

Kelly flies in on her Dove Cycle to help
Kelly flies in on her Dove Cycle to help.
Vorak goons fly over Joe's head
Vorak goons fly over Joe's head.
The Eagle Riders accept their mission
The Eagle Riders accept their mission.
Vorak androids searchfor ISO agents in Spain
Vorak androids searchfor ISO agents in Spain.
Joe hides from Vorak goons in the rafters
Joe hides from Vorak goons in the rafters.
Tanita hides Joe in her closet
Tanita hides Joe in her closet.
Joe is concerned when Tanita is hurt
Joe is concerned when Tanita is hurt.
Joe defends Tanita from an angry Jose
Joe defends Tanita from an angry Jose.
Joe dives off of the cliff to save a falling Tanita
Joe dives off of the cliff to save a falling Tanita.
The Ultra Eagle is recovered from the ocean
The Ultra Eagle is recovered from the ocean.
Hunter and Kelly in Geo-Pods
Hunter and Kelly in Geo-Pods.
Dr. Keane recovers the Eagle Riders in their Geo-Pods
Dr. Keane recovers the Eagle Riders in their Geo-Pods.
Joe helps bring Tanita back to full strength
Joe helps bring Tanita back to full strength.
Joe is concerned for Tanita
Joe is concerned for Tanita.
A Vorak goon reports to Mallanox
A Vorak goon reports to Mallanox.
Joe discovers a Vorak base in a nearby castle
Joe discovers a Vorak base in a nearby castle.
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Joe is trapped in the exploding Vorak base.