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The Eagle Riders are worried about Hunter
The Eagle Riders are worried about Hunter.

X40 Unnatural Disasters

[G-II #45: The Demonic Solar Shift Plan]

The power in Hunter’s 0-G is out and he is just orbiting Mars. He’s using the auxiliary battery and running out of oxygen. Dr. Keane is able to monitor the craft from Earth and determines that Hunter is using his reserve tank of oxygen.

Dr. Keane is organizing a rescue mission in a rocket called the G-7 (Whatever happened to the G-6?), but admits that they will have a difficult time locating Hunter, because their radar will be ineffective, due to the density of the atmosphere around Mars.

Joe asks permission to man the rocket, but Dr. Keane denies his request because Joe is needed, along with the other Eagle Riders, to find and destroy the rest of Mallanox’s Thermal Beam Generators. It is particularly important to destroy the main Thermal Beam Generator, to prevent the Vorak from doing further damage to the planet.

The four remaining Eagle Riders approach the Ultra Eagle with heavy hearts, and see the G-7 rocket parked next to their ship. Suddenly, Kelly tells Joe that he is right, and Dr. Keane is wrong. She assures Joe that she, Mickey and Ollie can destroy the main Thermal Beam Generator without Joe, and that he should go pilot the G-7. Joe is obviously touched by Kelly’s faith in him. There’s some kind of emotional tension between the pair for a brief moment, before Joe runs off to do as Kelly suggested.

Apparently rescuing Hunter includes breaking into the rocket and beating up the official pilot (and his assistant) to keep him from doing his job. Way to go Joe: you can punch out the Vorak and ISO personnel as well!

Joe takes off in the rocket, and the remaining three Eagle Riders proudly monitor him from the Ultra Eagle, praying for his success.

Meanwhile, Cybercon and Mallanox verbally abuse Krall (who apparently survived the destruction of his UFO in the previous episode) to get him to finish reconstruction of his Mars base sooner rather than later, so that they can shoot the Vorak’s Thermal Beam Cannon when the planets are all aligned in three days.

After liftoff, Joe takes off the real pilot’s helmet and puts on his own. This reveals his identity, and surprises everyone at ground control, especially Dr. Keane. However, Dr. Keane instructs Joe to proceed with the mission to rescue Hunter, despite the fact that Joe disobeyed orders to get there in the first place.

Joe arrives at Mars, but cannot locate Hunter, since he cannot use radar. Joe has an idea to attach the Infrared Ionizer from his ship to the camera lens in his gun sight, to create an Infrared Detector to better spot Hunter. Dr. Keane asks Joe what he is doing, and once he learns what the Eagle Rider intends, orders Joe not to go through with it. Apparently the infrared beams are much stronger at Mars, and could burn out Joe’s cornea.

The old Joe has returned, and he blatantly ignores Dr. Keane and goes through with his plan anyway. This allows him to spot Hunter’s ship within seconds. However the damage to Joe’s eyes is already done, and his cornea burn, even as Joe assures himself that Professor Andro will be able to fix it later. Joe just hopes that his sight will hold out long enough to get to Hunter.

Joe pulls out all the stops, managing to reach Hunter’s ship and bang on the door. But by the time a weak, oxygen-deprived Hunter opens the door, Joe is blind. Hunter is touched that Joe risked his life and his sight to rescue him.

The two men make it back to Joe’s ship, and Hunter begins piloting them home.

During this time, Mallanox has begun powering up the Thermal Generators on Earth, and once he gets word that all of the other generators are ready, he fires the Main Beam Cannon. He is only waiting for full solar accumulation before the Earth is destroyed.

Hunter sees a strange vision of the sun coming back to Earth, while Joe, of course, sees nothing. Dr. Keane radios in and tells them what is going on, and informs Hunter that his sacrifice in destroying the previous Mars Base was pretty much useless, since the Vorak have just managed to rebuild it in record time.

The rest of the team easily locate the Main Beam Cannon on Earth (not difficult when a huge beam of solar energy is blasting out of the ocean to mark the spot) but can’t destroy it because their missiles are not effective going through the water to the base, due to the immense water pressure at the depth of the base. Why the Ultra Eagle can’t go underwater to attack the base from closer range, I don’t know. Kelly, Mickey and Ollie attempt to blow up a nearby dam to lower water levels, but the dam is apparently impervious to Bird Missiles. Darn those civil engineers!

Hunter decides that since his rocket is missile-shaped, it could destroy the underwater base where the Main Beam Cannon is located. If he plummets from space, he reasons, that should give him enough power to hit the base with sufficient force. Dr. Keane protests that it is a suicide mission, and Hunter grimly turns off the radio so that he can’t hear the Doctor’s lecturing any more. (About time!)

Joe insists that he wants to do this, as all suicide missions must belong to him. But since he is blind, Hunter is able to push him into the one man escape pod, even as Joe verbally protests. It seems that Joe and Hunter have switched roles! All it takes is Joe going blind. Who knew?

Hunter transmutes directly from his space suit to his Eagle Mode, then ejects the escape pod (with Joe inside) and jumps from the rocket just as it is about to hit the water. The G-7 meets a spectacular end, destroying the Main Beam Cannon, and Hunter and Joe are picked up by the Ultra Eagle. The Global Good (not to mention the Earth) has been saved!

Joe knocks out the G-7 pilot so he can take his place
Joe knocks out the G-7 pilot so he can take his place.
Joe hides his identity from Ground Control
Joe hides his identity from Ground Control.
Joe searches for Hunter around Mars
Joe searches for Hunter around Mars.
Joe uses his makeshift Infrared Detector to spot Hunter
Joe uses his makeshift Infrared Detector to spot Hunter.
Joe leaves the G-7 rocket to rescue Hunter
Joe leaves the G-7 rocket to rescue Hunter.
Joe reaches the 0-G
Joe reaches the 0-G.
A blind Joe arrives at the 0-G
A blind Joe arrives at the 0-G.
A oxygen-deprived Hunter is rescued
A oxygen-deprived Hunter is rescued.
Hunter pilots the G-7 back to Earth
Hunter pilots the G-7 back to Earth.
Hunter takes off his space helmet
Hunter takes off his space helmet.
Mallanox enjoys the effects of global warming
Mallanox enjoys the effects of global warming.
Hunter contacts the other Eagle Riders
Hunter contacts the other Eagle Riders.
A blind Joe resents that he can't go on the suicide mission
A blind Joe resents that he can't go on the suicide mission.
The Ultra Eagle monitors Ken leaping from the G-7 rocket
The Ultra Eagle monitors Ken leaping from the G-7 rocket.
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Mickey spots Hunter waiting for rescue.