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Cybercon is impressed with the abilities of the Eagle Rider team
Cybercon is impressed with the abilities of the Eagle Rider team.

X57 Outbreak

[G-F #30: The Creeping Alien]

The Eagle Riders’ success against the Scorpius Force is growing, but Cybercon is only becoming more and more determined. He brings back Krall to eliminate the Eagle Riders.

“If you can’t accomplish that, then why do I need you here at all?” Cybercon asks Krall. Boy, Cybercon, you sure know how to motivate people!

Krall accepts the assignment (Like he had any other choice?) only to hear Happyboy mocking him. Happyboy reminds Krall that he already had a chance to eliminate the Eagle Riders and he blew it. Happyboy says that he doesn’t think Krall is capable of doing this. Krall begs Cybercon to tell him that he thinks more of Krall than Happyboy. Much to Happyboy’s surprise, Cybercon agrees with Krall. Happyboy has failed to defeat the Eagle Riders numerous times.

“It’s time to lead you out to pasture, you slimy sloth!” Cybercon snarls.

Krall leaves, gratified, and once he does, Happyboy demands to know what is going on. Cybercon tells Happyboy that it was all a ruse to get Krall to do their dirty work. Question is, which one of them is Cybercon lying to?

Meanwhile, Krall is hard at work. He examines a pulsating, glowing, yellow Jello-like substance he calls ‘alien space jelly’. Krall does not touch the substance with his hands, but uses remote robotic arms instead. He plans to use this stuff to keep the Eagle Riders busy so he can sneak in behind them and destroy them.

The yellow Jello-substance survives in air and water, making it ideal for use in Earth’s atmosphere. It attacks humans like a virus and affects them as soon as they make contact with it. Krall cuts out a little piece and puts it in a specimen dish. The piece wobbles like the Jello it is and has a strange red dot in its center.

A lone spaceship flies across the midnight sky over Gateway City. (Gateway City? I thought Gateway City was the submarine on the bottom of the ocean? This is a regular land-based city…)  The spaceship drops a metal oblong capsule.

The next morning, a man walks out of a flower shop, only to have a golden glowing ooze climb up his back. He screams.

In a city park, a homeless man gets a drink at a water fountain. As he turns on the fountain, a spray of glowing golden ooze comes out, catching him in the face. He screams and falls backward.

At that moment, Kelly and Mickey are jogging in the same park. They are racing to the water fountain. Hearing their approach, the golden ooze slips back inside the fountain. Kelly wins, and declares that since she’s there first, she gets the first drink. She bends down to take a drink and the ooze comes forth… but she turns away as Mickey shouts for help. He has seen the passed out homeless man on the ground.

More strange, but similar, incidents happen around the city. A woman is attacked in her kitchen from the faucet. A man is attacked from his garden hose. Three people are attacked near faucets at the tennis courts. Workers are attacked at a water treatment plant. At first, the Eagle Riders think it is nerve gas, but then they realize that this problem is spread by drinking water. Yet they have no idea why or how.

Dr. Keane gathers the top scientists and medical experts to examine people who have been affected. They all describe seeing a ‘slimy yellow substance’ just before they pass out, but the Eagle Riders have been unable to ‘get their hands on any of it’. Good thing too, or else they would be affected as well!

Kelly begs Dr. Keane to tell the team that this isn’t Happyboy’s work, but Dr. Keane can’t rule it out. He thinks this yellow stuff might be from outer space. Joe states that they have never experienced anything this widespread before, and Dr. Keane responds that this is why he thinks the substance is not from Earth. That logic seems shaky to me, but I’ll go with it.

The only way to really confirm any of this is to get a sample of the substance and examine it. Conveniently, Dr. Keane gets a call informing him that there is an outbreak at Riverside Breakwater Park. The team is on it!

At the park, a large number of people, including fishermen, lie passed out near the lake. People nearby inform the Eagle Riders that the substance controls its own movement and aggressively attacks. However, despite the large number of people attacked, there is no sign of the strange stuff.

A young boy named Roy approaches. His arm is in a cast. Roy calls out to the Eagle Riders and runs up to the team to fawn over them. However Mickey says that the Eagle Riders are too busy to talk to Roy. This doesn’t stop Roy from shouting out a warning to Mickey when a strange, glowing, yellow substance moves onto the young Eagle Rider’s boot.

Roy throws a rock at the stuff, knocking it off of Mickey’s leg. However, a small amount spatters on Roy’s broken arm. Joe throws a rocket-powered feather dart into the majority of the goo, which landed on the sand. It dissipates under the dart’s power. (Huh? What is it about the dart that causes it to destroy the stuff? They never say.)

Mickey walks over to thank Roy, but as he does, the boy collapses. He feels dizzy. Mickey and Kelly take him to the hospital while the others report back to Dr. Keane.

Back at the ISO, Dr. Keane regrets that they do not have a sample of the substance, but states that they are analyzing the tip of Joe’s feather dart. At least they now know that the goo is not indestructible.

Dr. Keane’s assistant, Sam, runs into the office, informing Dr. Keane that ten people just passed out near City Hall Fountain. “It likes water!” Joe declares, as if this were a revelation. Didn’t they already figure that out?

Ollie thinks this means that the goo is amphibious. Dr. Keane makes a plea to all citizens of Gateway City, urging them to stay at home. He then orders Hunter, Joe and Ollie to investigate, but just as the three Eagle Riders are about to leave, they hear a woman scream in the hallway. Everyone runs out, and the woman tells them that the slime is on the other side of a set of a nearby doors. Behind the doors, all they see is a dripping water fountain. The ooze is sitting on the ceiling.

Hunter sees the substance out of the corner of his eye as it is about to attack Joe. He calls out a warning and Joe dodges out of the way, ready to throw a feather dart at it. Dr. Keane rushes in, stopping Joe, and steps on the stuff. It shrinks under his shoe, but there is enough left for the sample Dr. Keane desires. Interestingly, the goo does not burn through Dr. Keane’s shoe like it did Roy’s cast. I guess Keane wears some industrial strength shoes!

Sam picks up the goo with a pair of metal tweezers, dropping it into a glass test tube as Hunter surmises that the substance is in the water supply. Dr. Keane tells Sam to inform the citizens not to use water from their taps.

Hunter, Joe, and Ollie go to the location of the city’s water supply, surmising that the substance has infected there as well. They don’t know what they are looking for, but quickly find the metal capsule that was dropped by the spaceship. It is open and empty. They move out to look for the substance, and Hunter sees a small amount in a corner near a metal grille. Hunter and Joe shoot at it, but miss. Joe mutters that this is ‘impossible’. Um… isn’t Joe supposed to be a fabulous marksman? This thing has hardly moved at all and Joe can’t even hit it. “We’ve got to keep trying!” Ollie offers.

Hunter tells Dr. Keane that the three of them have ‘made contact’. Huh? Shooting at a small piece of yellow goo is ‘making contact’? I hope the Eagle Riders never ‘make contact’ with me! Dr. Keane tells the team that they are shutting off the city water supply to ‘trap it there’. Dr. Keane, what makes you think that it is all in the water plant? Mightn’t the stuff be spread out all over the city?

But this doesn’t occur to Dr. Keane, who proceeds with the plan. The valves at the water plant are shut off right away.

At the hospital, Kelly and Mickey have ‘bonded’ with Roy. So much so that they are in civvies and Roy is calling them ‘Eagle Riders’. Way to keep your secret identity, guys! Mickey doesn’t care though; he’s playing with Roy’s toy robots, pretending to shoot at them as they walk across the floor. Roy asks what it’s like to fight real space aliens and Mickey replies, “For one thing, the robots are a lot bigger!” D’oh!

Roy passes out again (probably from the inanity of this answer) and the doctors determine that they have to perform ‘exploratory surgery’ to determine just what’s gotten ahold of him. Wait a minute… the entire city is coming down with the same thing and you can’t figure out that Roy has been infected by the yellow goo? Sheesh! This must be a low-budget hospital that can’t afford real doctors.

Mickey remembers the yellow goo splashing onto Roy’s arm, but doesn’t say anything other than, “We’ve got to help him!”

At the ISO, Dr. Keane is experimenting with the goo, but can’t find a way to destroy it. Kelly sits down at a microscope to look at the sample and exclaims that she has the answer. Boy, Kelly is smart! Too bad she wasn’t smart enough to tell the doctors what Roy’s problem was.

Kelly tells Dr. Keane and Mickey that the substance has no nucleus. Mickey protests that all living cells have a nucleus. Dr. Keane states that this explains why they can’t seem to destroy the substance: because they can’t destroy the nucleus. Hey, wasn’t the stuff Joe shot his feather dart into at the beach destroyed? I guess we’ve forgotten about that. Mickey deduces that the nucleus must be somewhere else.

At the hospital, everything has been arranged for Roy’s surgery.

After much discussion, Hunter and Joe figure out that the alien substance is hiding. Wow, guys, you’ve had a tough time finding this stuff the entire episode, and you only figure out now that it’s hiding? Hunter covers up their ineptitude by suggesting that this is new: the goo is hiding because it remembers that Joe is a tough guy who throws nasty feather darts. Whatever, Hunter.

The brilliant Hunter then determines that the substance has got to be in the pipes. Joe and Ollie concur. The Eagle Riders create a plan. They will try to give the goo the impression that they’re attempting to suck it out of the pipes. When the goo runs the other way, the Eagle Riders will be there to stop it.

The military start up a ‘vacculator’ which attaches to the pipes and tries to suck the stuff out. Hunter, Joe, and Ollie meet the fleeing goo at the other end of the pipes and shoot at it. This time, they hit it, to no effect. Other military personnel come running up and use flamethrowers on the substance. No effect. But the goo leeches through the pipe wall and out of the ground, floating up into the air outside. Hunter, Joe, and Ollie run outside and start shooting at floating yellow globules, even though that has been completely ineffective so far. Think of a new plan, guys.

Hunter, Joe, and Ollie jump into their individual vehicles and chase the stuff into the clouds. Hunter declares that they have the stuff ‘on the run’, but frankly, I don’t see why it’s fleeing at all. Nothing anyone has done to this stuff has worked, except Dr. Keane stepping on it, and Joe shooting a feather dart.

And as it turns out, the stuff isn’t fleeing. It comes down fast, spreading itself in globules all over the city, even entering Dr. Keane’s office at the ISO. Clearly the goo wants to attack Dr. Keane for stepping on part of it. Mickey and Kelly join up with the other Eagle Riders, informing them that Roy isn’t doing well. Hunter promises to make sure that the stuff ‘disappears from Earth forever’. Pretty big words, tough guy, especially when you haven’t done a thing to stop it so far.

Roy’s surgery begins, only to be interrupted by the arrival of the yellow goo under the door.

The Eagle Riders are flying around, looking for the nucleus, and just happen to luck upon a large glowing yellow glob with a glowing red center.

“Let’s get it!” Hunter declares, ordering the team to form the Ultra Eagle 5.

Mickey trash talks the goo, calling it ‘yellow-bellied slime’. It doesn’t seem to be impressed. Hunter orders Ollie to power down the engines, to let the goo catch them. He does, and the goo encases the Ultra Eagle 5. Ollie powers up again, but there is a malfunction. The goo pulsates and blows off of the ship in small globules.

The Eagle Riders think they have defeated the goo, but the globules reform to create a giant blue Cyclops. It shoots lasers from its eye at the Ultra Eagle 5. The Eagle Riders fire lasers back, but the Cyclops seems to be doing more damage. The Ultra Eagle 5 uses its pointed nose to bash the thing in the face.

Hunter decides to perform his usual maneuver. He jettisons his vehicle from the Ultra Eagle, and engages Delta Power. He grunts like a caveman, using his Phase Foil to attack the Cyclops, who grunts back. The Cyclops is destroyed, and it blows up when it hits the ground. It does not turn back into the yellow goo.

Apparently the Cyclops contained the substance’s nucleus, and the remaining goo (which is spread all over the city) dissipates. Dr. Keane is saved and Roy wakes up in the surgical room. Krall has been watching this on a whirling orange spacecraft (looks a lot like Mallanox’s old escape ship) and he gets angry at the goo, telling it that he will have to take care of the Eagle Riders himself. Hey, wasn’t that what Cybercon ordered Krall to do at the beginning of the episode?

“Too late for that now, they’re coming after us!” gasps Krall’s assistant.

“But they can’t do this!” Krall protests. Why not, Krall? All’s fair in war, isn’t it? The reunited Ultra Eagle 5 shoots lasers at Krall’s ship.

Krall desperately contacts Happyboy, asking for help. Happyboy smirks, telling Krall that his transmission is ‘breaking up’ and that he can’t hear him. Happyboy knows that now he is the only one Cybercon can trust to lead his army. Happyboy intends to rule the world.

Happyboy and Krall bicker in front of Cybercon
Happyboy and Krall bicker in front of Cybercon.
Happyboy is shocked to hear Cybercon agree with Krall
Happyboy is shocked to hear Cybercon agree with Krall.
Happyboy is suspicious when Cybercon makes assurances
Happyboy is suspicious when Cybercon makes assurances.
Kelly and Mickey jog through the park
Kelly and Mickey jog through the park.
Kelly is distracted from the drinking fountain by Mickey's cry for help
Kelly is distracted from the drinking fountain by Mickey's cry for help.
Kelly and Mickey find the sick homeless man
Kelly and Mickey find the sick homeless man.
The new ISO building
The new ISO building.
Ken and Joe are horrified to hear about the strange disease spread by water
Ken and Joe are horrified to hear about the strange disease spread by water.
Dr. Keane tells the Eagle Riders to find a sample of yellow goo
Dr. Keane tells the Eagle Riders to find a sample of yellow goo.
Roy introduces himself to Hunter
Roy introduces himself to Hunter.
Everyone rushes to Mickey's aid
Everyone rushes to Mickey's aid.
Mickey rushes to Roy's aid when the boy collapses
Mickey rushes to Roy's aid when the boy collapses.
Joe is angry. So what else is new?
Joe is angry. So what else is new?
Kelly is upset to see Roy hurt
Kelly is upset to see Roy hurt.
Hunter, Joe and Ollie search for the yellow goo at the ISO Building
Hunter, Joe and Ollie search for the yellow goo at the ISO Building.
Joe isn't certain of the goo's location
Joe isn't certain of the goo's location.
All Ollie and Hunter see is a dripping faucet
All Ollie and Hunter see is a dripping faucet.
Joe narrowly avoids getting hit by the yellow goo
Joe narrowly avoids getting hit by the yellow goo.
A sample of the alien goo is finally obtained
A sample of the alien goo is finally obtained.
Mickey plays with Roy at the hospital
Mickey plays with Roy at the hospital.
When you're an Eagle Rider, the robots are bigger
When you're an Eagle Rider, the robots are bigger.
Mickey is determined to help Roy
Mickey is determined to help Roy.
Kelly discovers that the yellow goo doesn't have a nucleus
Kelly discovers that the yellow goo doesn't have a nucleus.
Hunter points the wrong way when shooting at the goo. It's in front of you, Hunter
Hunter points the wrong way when shooting at the goo. It's in front of you, Hunter.
Joe targets the goo in the correct direction
Joe targets the goo in the correct direction.
Ollie, Hunter and Joe shoot at the floating yellow globules
Ollie, Hunter and Joe shoot at the floating yellow globules.
The Eagle Riders have time for a quick update before converging to form Ultra Eagle 5
The Eagle Riders have time for a quick update before converging to form Ultra Eagle 5.
Mickey is determined to eliminate the Vorak threat
Mickey is determined to eliminate the Vorak threat.
Joe and Ollie prepare to fight the goo
Joe and Ollie prepare to fight the goo.
The blue Cyclops really packs a punch!
The blue Cyclops really packs a punch!
The Ultra Eagle 5 fights back
The Ultra Eagle 5 fights back.
Hunter prepares to use the Phase Foil
Hunter prepares to use the Phase Foil.
Krall begs an unsympathetic Happyboy for help
Krall begs an unsympathetic Happyboy for help.

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