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Happyboy plans to take over Jet City
Happyboy plans to take over Jet City.

X52 The Steel City

[G-F #7: Steal the Giant Iron Beast]

Happyboy is growing impatient. He wants to conquer the Earth quickly, and it is taking longer than he expected. Cybercon has ordered him to procure large amounts of energy so that more war machines can be made.

Vax reports on the progress of the Scorpius Force’s current project in Jet City. Vax is preparing to occupy the city and take over the local steelworks. Olaf used a giant Cyclops robot to attack the city. He also focused microwave beams on Jet City to prevent its citizens from transmitting any calls for help. Despite being pleased with this progress, Happyboy knows that it is only a matter of time before the Eagle Riders come to Jet City. He vows to be ready.

Meanwhile the Cyclops robot (controlled by Olaf) demands that the Mayor of Jet City, Mayor Dalton, come out to negotiate for the city’s surrender. Instead, the Mayor goes rushing to the Commander of the local armed forces, who is preparing to fire heavy artillery at the robot. The Mayor tells the Commander to stop the attack, as fighting back may destroy the city. The Commander and the Mayor’s young son are appalled by this decision, preferring to fight back rather than just surrender. The Mayor addresses the robot and declares that Jet City will co-operate fully with the Scorpius. No one can believe what he is saying. The Mayor finishes by offering to let the Scorpius Force use all of Jet City’s facilities, including the steelworks. His son is disgusted by this turn of events.

Some time later, Happyboy tours the Jet City steelworks, where the citizens are toiling for the Scorpius Force. He is accompanied by Vax and a despondent Mayor Dalton. Happyboy is excited by the progress, because at this rate the Scorpius Force will achieve their goals within six months. Meanwhile, the Mayor’s son Greg is tantruming in his bedroom at his father’s capitulation. This kid is clearly quite immature.

The Mayor arrives home and sees his son sulking. Dalton attempts to explain his reasoning, but his son refuses to listen. But when he hears his father moving around downstairs, Greg follows him to an underground room, where he finds the Mayor using an old short-wave radio to attempt to contact the outside world. Apparently, this ancient technology isn’t affected by the microwaves being trained on Jet City, yet because it is outdated, no one is paying attention to the particular frequencies the Mayor is using. 

But finally, the Mayor manages to get through to the Eagle Riders on an emergency band short wave signal. He fills in the Eagle Riders on the situation. He asks for help.

Hunter however refuses, much to the dismay of the rest of the team. Hunter calls the message a ‘crank call’ and ends the transmission. The Mayor is despondent. It will take three days to charge the battery up enough to try again. Greg runs away, crying and screaming in frustration. He decides to attack the Scorpius Force with his slingshot (clearly this kid doesn’t have a grip on reality) since the Eagle Riders won’t help.

Ollie realizes that Hunter knew the call was real and he was just sending out a decoy message, in case the Scorpius were listening. The Eagle Riders are on their way to Jet City.

Meanwhile, Happyboy is attending some kind of garden party. Greg is hiding in the bushes, trying to decide if he should hit Happyboy or one of his guards first. He shoots at Happyboy, only managing to shatter his glass of red wine (although the red wine does splash all over Happyboy’s white mask). Of course, Greg is spotted and Vorak goons begin chasing him. He is quickly caught. But a shadowy figure appears and rapidly fights off the dozen or so goons surrounding Greg. It is Hunter (in civvies).

Greg tells Hunter how the Eagle Riders refused their call for help. He tells Hunter that by fighting off those goons, he is more of a hero than ‘all those Eagle Riders put together’. Hunter points out that Greg was wrong about his Dad, and so he might be wrong about the Eagle Riders too. But as before, Greg refuses to listen, insisting that if the Eagle Riders were coming, they would be there already. Hunter tells Greg to stay put while he goes to ‘check things out’ and the boy agrees. However once Hunter is gone, Greg starts realizing that what he did might impact badly on his Dad, and he decides to go help his father, ignoring his promise to Hunter. Obviously this kid isn’t too bright!

Meanwhile, Happyboy and Vax are telling the Mayor that his son is a problem. A goon comes in with the short-wave radio, which they found while searching the Mayor’s house for Greg. Greg shows up and stupidly screams out for his father, giving away his presence. Dalton yells at him to run away, but of course the boy is caught. Fortunately, Kelly and Mickey arrive in time to take down all of the goons, leaving only Happyboy and Vax standing.

Happyboy laughs, calling up the Cyclops robot. But it responds with Hunter’s voice! The Eagle Riders have taken over the robot.

Vax throws a smoke bomb for cover as he and Happyboy escape from under Kelly and Mickey’s noses. Shades of Berg Katse!

As they are leaving, Happyboy tells Vax that he wants a full report on how the Eagle Riders were able to commandeer the robot. Gee, Happyboy, it happened off camera, but I can tell you right now. Your androids are goons. Pure and simple.

Onboard the robot, Hunter, Joe and Ollie are having fun terrorizing the one goon left aboard. Joe says that they can give the robot to Dr. Keane as a present, but Hunter points out that they would never be able to find enough wrapping paper. Funny guy, that Hunter.

Unfortunately for them, Cybercon appears and pulls the robot into his body, along with the three Eagle Riders. Once inside Cybercon’s pyramid, they are ejected from the Cyclops robot. Hunter, Joe and Ollie are now fighting small power spheres, flying metallic bricks and the Cyclops robot as well!

Hunter fights off the bricks with his Phase Foil, while the hand of the Cyclops grabs Joe. Ollie’s sickle smashes the robot’s hand, shattering it into more of the flying metallic bricks and freeing Joe. The Cyclops’ head has disengaged from its body, and is flying around separately. Joe leaps onto it and shoots it full of feather darts, but then the body comes down to crush him. With his cyborg strength, Joe is able to hold it back, but he is struggling. Joe barely manages to push it off and escape, sending the body crashing into the head.

Still surrounded by flying metallic bricks, Hunter declares that they have to get away. Clearly Hunter has learned his lesson about hopeless situations from the last episode! Cybercon tells the three Eagle Riders that he has enjoyed their visit, and while he’d like to destroy them himself, he’s going to leave that job to Happyboy.

Joe’s response is a rocket-powered feather dart thrown into the middle of the light beam from which Cybercon’s voice is emerging. This causes Cybercon to lose his patience, and he literally throws them out, ejecting the three Eagle Riders from his metallic pyramid body via a massive whirlwind. Cybercon declares that he’s glad he ‘threw out the trash’, calling the Eagle Riders ‘venomous vultures’ before disappearing. The Eagle Riders have saved Jet City, but Happyboy and Vax got away, and Cybercon recovered the Cyclops robot.

As the Ultra Eagle 5 rises into the air to fly away, Greg catches sight of Hunter in the front of the warship (inside the Super Hawk). Even though Hunter is in uniform and a great distance away, Greg somehow realizes that it was Hunter who saved him from the goons. When did this boy grow a brain? Yet this bout of wisdom was apparently temporary, because Greg takes off running after the departing warship, actually thinking that he is able to catch up with it. When he realizes the futility of this course of action, he cries and shouts after the Ultra Eagle to ‘never forget him’, because he will never forget Hunter. Then he shouts that the Eagle Riders should be careful and come back to visit them again. Yeah, that will be happening really soon.

Hunter knows that even though they didn’t truly defeat the Scorpius Force, the mission was useful because he had taught Greg to ‘never give up’, and this will help the Global Good. (I think Hunter was brain-damaged by that illness in the previous episode.)

Joe and Kelly listen to Mayor Dalton's call for help
Joe and Kelly listen to Mayor Dalton's call for help.
Hunter tells Mayor Dalton that the Eagle Riders will not help him
Hunter tells Mayor Dalton that the Eagle Riders will not help him.
Greg's slingshot splashes red wine in Happyboy's face
Greg's slingshot splashes red wine in Happyboy's face.
Hunter rescues Greg from the Vorak androids
Hunter rescues Greg from the Vorak androids.
Hunter and Greg have a 'man to man' talk
Hunter and Greg have a 'man to man' talk.
Happyboy decides Mayor Dalton's fate
Happyboy decides Mayor Dalton's fate.
Kelly uses her Stunerator Armband to attack the Vorak
Kelly uses her Stunerator Armband to attack the Vorak.
Happyboy's goons are surprised by the Eagle Riders
Happyboy's goons are surprised by the Eagle Riders.
Mickey attacks Vorak goons
Mickey attacks Vorak goons.
Happyboy plans to escape in his Cyclops robot
Happyboy plans to escape in his Cyclops robot.
Hunter terrorizes a Vorak goon
Hunter terrorizes a Vorak goon.
Joe, Hunter and Ollie prepare for battle inside Cybercon's pyramid
Joe, Hunter and Ollie prepare for battle inside Cybercon's pyramid.
Hunter battles flying metal bricks
Hunter battles flying metal bricks.
Joe uses his cybernetic strength to hold back the robot that is trying to crush him
Joe uses his cybernetic strength to hold back the robot that is trying to crush him.
Hunter narrowly escapes being stepped on by one of Cybercon's robots
Hunter narrowly escapes being stepped on by one of Cybercon's robots.
Ollie prepares to smash a metal brick
Ollie prepares to smash a metal brick.
Joe punctures the Cyclops robot with feather darts
Joe punctures the Cyclops robot with feather darts.
Hunter is surprised to be forcibly ejected from Cybercon's pyramid
Hunter is surprised to be forcibly ejected from Cybercon's pyramid.
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Hunter is upset that the Eagle Riders' victory was not complete.