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The Eagle Riders are briefed on the Solar Shift Plan
The Eagle Riders are briefed on the Solar Shift Plan.

X39 Mission to Mars

[G-II #44: Fight the Evil Mars Base!]

Strange lights are appearing in the sky at sunset and through the night. They look like the Northern Lights, but Dr. Keane informs the team that they are actually solar flares. They have caused global warming, and the Earth’s temperature has increased by 2 degrees. Already polar icecaps are melting. He claims that this is ‘Solar Magnification’. He explains all of this in a thirty second blitz of techno-babble.

Apparently, There are Solar Attraction Beam Magnifiers (or, Solar Shifters) on Mars, Earth, and Venus. Each of these Solar Shifters gathers Mantle Beam Energy from the sun and sends them to Mars via the Solar Shifters. They are radiated and co-mingled on Mars, and then shot toward the sun.

Essentially, the Sun is being moved toward the Earth, and could even potentially move out of their galaxy! Presumably it would move out of the galaxy after it passes the Earth?

Either way, the Earth is going to be destroyed. Dr. Aikens gasps, wondering how anyone could be so heartless, even the Vorak! Dr. Keane simplifies this whole thing by calling it ‘Heliograxitropica’.

In any case, everyone agrees that this has to be stopped, and Dr. Keane recommends a ‘double-sided operation’. Essentially this means that Hunter will take the Super Hawk and go to Mars to destroy the Mars base, while everyone else will take the Ultra Eagle and destroy the Earth Solar Shifter. I guess it’s been a couple of months since the last episode, since the Ultra Eagle has been repaired and Mallanox’s base has been completed.

Hunter takes off in the Super Hawk (which must have been rebuilt too because it looks completely different from the old Super Hawk and now bears the marking ‘0-G’ on it. (Does that mean Zero Gravity or that instead of being the G-1 it’s now the G-0?)

Everyone enviously watches Hunter launch into space off of the back of the Ultra Eagle. But then they remember what they are supposed to be doing, and the Ultra Eagle flies to the Earth Solar Shifter Base. The team arrives in time to see the bizarrely dressed Captain of the Week and his men leaving.

The Vorak taunt the Eagle Riders, saying that the team is a ‘day late and a few IQ points short’. The Vorak tell the Eagle Riders that because Hunter is going to Mars, the Vorak were forced to move up their timetable and they will fire their Solar Shifter weapon at 6 am. Unfortunately, right now it is 5:45 am. Inexplicably, Joe just gives up, letting the Vorak leave unmolested and stating that all the Eagle Riders can do is wait to see if Hunter is successful. What have they been feeding Joe? Maybe his cybernetics need a re-tuning.

Fortunately, Hunter hasn’t been eating whatever Joe has and he is ready to fight off the entire Vorak army by himself. He faces Krall (who is flying around in his giant orange UFO). Hunter manages to shoot down the attacking planes that emerge from the flying saucer, and destroys one after a Star Wars-rip-off chase through the canyons of Mars.

Despite suddenly-surfacing doubts as to whether or not he can do this, Hunter approaches the Mars Base and prepares to fire his one special missile that will destroy it. Yes, he’s gotten all the way up here and only brought one missile with him.

Hunter is interrupted by the orange UFO, which swoops down to attack him, but somehow Hunter recovers and shoots his one special missile at the base. Amazingly, Hunter misses, and of course, since this is the only missile…

Hunter has no more ammo, and is being chased by Krall. The Eagle Rider performs a quick flying maneuver and the UFO spins out of control, crashing into Mars and being destroyed. From what we can tell, the one thing Mallanox is better at than Krall is escaping, because Krall is actually onboard the UFO when it explodes.

However, it is nearly 6 am and the Mars Solar Shifter is going to activate. Hunter releases the nose cone of the Super Hawk and sends it plummeting toward the Mars Base, using the heat from the remainder of his plane as a decoy to lure away Vorak-fired heat-seeking missiles that would destroy the nose cone. The nose cone hits the base, destroying the Mars Solar Shifter at the last second. I guess the special missile wasn’t the only thing that was going to work. Why didn’t they just give the guy more missiles in the first place?

Unfortunately, Hunter’s radio is out, his ship is damaged, and he has no nose cone or space boosters. He’s drifting around in space and has no way of contacting Earth. He doesn’t expect a rescue soon, since the global warming on Earth has caused a lot of problems there, which require immediate attention. Could this be the end of Hunter?

To be continued…

Hunter wants to crush the Vorak
Hunter wants to crush the Vorak.
Joe wishes Hunter good luck on his mission
Joe wishes Hunter good luck on his mission.
The Eagle Riders monitor Hunter's launch into space
The Eagle Riders monitor Hunter's launch into space.
Kelly and Mickey wish they could go into space too
Kelly and Mickey wish they could go into space too.
Hunter takes off in the 0-G. Uh... Super Hawk
Hunter takes off in the 0-G. Uh... Super Hawk.
The 0-G: Hunter's new space ship
The 0-G: Hunter's new space ship.
The Eagle Riders head back to Earth
The Eagle Riders head back to Earth.
A Vorak Captain informs the Eagle Riders that they are too late
A Vorak Captain informs the Eagle Riders that they are too late.
Hunter travels to Mars
Hunter travels to Mars.
Krall prepares to attack Hunter's ship
Krall prepares to attack Hunter's ship.
Hunter is ready for Krall's attack
Hunter is ready for Krall's attack.
Hunter prepares to shoot his only missile at the Vorak Mars base
Hunter prepares to shoot his only missile at the Vorak Mars base.
Hunter prepares for some fancy flying
Hunter prepares for some fancy flying.
The Eagle Riders can only hope that Hunter will be successful
The Eagle Riders can only hope that Hunter will be successful.
Go to Eagle Riders Episode 38Return to Eagle Riders Episode GuideGo to Eagle Riders Episode 40 Mallanox waits for updates from Mars
Mallanox waits for updates from Mars.