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The Eagle Riders are angry to hear about the destruction of ISO Observatories
The Eagle Riders are angry to hear about the destruction of ISO Observatories.

X59 Uncle Avery

[G-F #32: Mystery of the Space Pulse]

Cybercon’s latest robot looks like a dinosaur with a blindfold on it. But it uses technology the ISO has never even dreamed of before. It is targeting observatories that can monitor the Space Pulse, and in the process is endangering nearby cities.

Dr. Keane tells the Eagle Riders that the lenses in these observatories were designed by the ISO. They are so specialized that it will take years to rebuild these telescopes. Avery is working on a device to save the remaining observatories by destroying the robot. However, Avery was reluctant to accept the assignment. Hunter asks why this was the case when the meeting is interrupted by a call for Dr. Keane. There is a young boy downstairs named Hughie, and he is asking for Avery. Dr. Keane says they will meet Hughie right away in the Atrium. Hughie is Avery’s grandson.

This is why Avery was reluctant to take the assignment. He was supposed to take care of Hughie this week, while Hughie’s parents were away at a distant Space Lab. Avery had Hughie’s Uncle Clyde move in to take care of the boy while Avery was working, but Hughie claims his Uncle is ‘as nutty as a fruitcake’. Clyde (who bears a bizarre resemblance to Woody Allen) shows up to collect Hughie but the boy runs away. Mickey volunteers to run after Hughie, and Hunter approves.

Hughie knows all about Mickey. Apparently Avery told Hughie that Mickey was an Eagle Rider (Again, must I repeat the importance of maintaining secret identities?) and ‘a real Gabby Gus’. Despite this, Mickey and Hughie bond outside while Hughie eats a lollipop. Mickey tells Hughie that Grandpas are great, and Mickey regrets that he doesn’t get to see much of his Grandfather.

Somehow, Mickey convinces Hughie that he should stay with his Uncle after all. Clyde takes Hughie back home. Mickey is sad that Hughie and Avery have to be apart. Hunter suggests that no one tell Avery of Hughie’s visit until after the project is complete. Hunter doesn’t want to make Avery feel badly.

Of course, Mickey decides to approach Avery anyway. He brings Avery a cup of instant coffee, just as Avery is about to make a breakthrough using the reflective nature of lasers. Avery will have the problem solved in a few more days. But right now, he feels like taking a break.

Avery notes that Mickey is being very helpful, which leads to Mickey chattering away about how he doesn’t talk too much, and if he did, Avery would say something, wouldn’t he? Avery laughs, realizing that Mickey has talked to Hughie.

Mickey takes Avery for a walk outside… except it turns out to be a sprint to a luxury hotel. Hughie and Clyde walk out of the hotel. Hughie spots Avery and runs to his Grandpa. But once Avery hears that Hughie ran away from his Uncle, Avery leaves and tells Hughie that as punishment the boy has to go home. Hunter’s voice explains to the viewer that Avery really did want to hug Hughie, but he just felt that this was the right thing to do. I shudder to think that Hunter might ever be a parent.

Cybercon is gloating about the destruction of four major observatories. Happyboy comments that the new laser beam that Cybercon gave to the Vorak has been instrumental in their successes. The next target is the Riley Observatory in Jet City. Happyboy doesn’t understand why Cybercon keeps attacking Observatories. He surmises that it must have something to do with preparing to use the Space Pulse on Earth. Gee, Happyboy, you’re slow on the uptake! Dr. Keane figured out that one more than half an episode ago. Happyboy assures Cybercon that he will carry out the alien’s plans, even though by now Earth’s Observatories will be more heavily protected.

Once Cybercon leaves, Happyboy consults with Vax, telling Vax that this is a prelude to Cybercon using the Space Pulse to vaporize Earth. Happyboy asks Vax whom he can depend on if he gets in ‘a sticky situation with Cybercon’.

“Me!” shouts Vax.

Of course, the pair has been overheard by Cybercon, who laughs at their floundering around.

Meanwhile, Avery is depressed about having to send Hughie home. But he needs to finish the laser quickly. Then he can make everything right for everyone. Mickey says that he didn’t intend to cause this much trouble. Avery has been depressed for two hours!

Dr. Keane lets the Eagle Riders know that the Vorak are approaching Jet City. They will go to protect the city, and Avery will go along. Avery will continue working on the new Reflector design as the Eagle Riders fly him to Jet City. Defeating the Vorak will help Hughie.

It’s just what Avery needs. Now he is motivated to go! He is honored to fly with the Eagle Riders.

The Team launch in their individual vehicles, presumably with Avery in one of them. The robot is destroying Jet City, but Avery has finished his design by the time they arrive. Wait a minute, I thought it was going to take a few days! I guess Avery was super-motivated.

Olaf is in control of the Vorak robot, and he brags that the Riley Observatory will soon be completely leveled. Bad move Olaf! Whenever you brag like that, you’re just setting yourself up for a fall!

The Vorak beam is beginning its final convergence and will fire to destroy the Observatory in twenty seconds. But just as it is ready, the Ultra Eagle 5 appears. Onboard, Avery can’t believe the devastation in Jet City. He tells Ollie to turn on the Beam Collector. “Let’s catch some rays!” says Hunter.

The Vorak fire their laser beam, but the Beam Collector catches it all. Avery reports that it is a lot of energy. Hunter wants to know if it is time to reflect the energy back. Avery replies that collecting that energy destroyed the Ultra Eagle’s deflector. However, there is a deflector on the ground they can use at the Riley Observatory.

Joe and Avery leave the Ultra Eagle 5 to collect the deflector, jumping out the door. Fortunately, Avery says that he has jumped out of a spaceship before, and even yells ‘Geronimo!’ as Joe grabs him and propels the man out into the open sky. But before the door closes, Mickey jumps out and follows.

Meanwhile, for some unexplained reason, Hughie is wandering alone through the devastated Jet City, calling for his Uncle Clyde.

Ollie, Kelly and Hunter are supposed to be distracting the robot while Joe and Avery collect the deflector from the Observatory, but it is proving to be a difficult task for the Ultra Eagle. It’s not going much better at the Observatory.

“Sometime today, Avery?” Joe needles the man, but Avery protests that he has to move slowly or he will damage the equipment.

Mickey has apparently seen Hughie wandering around, and he is doing the same, looking for the boy.

Joe and Avery finally call for a pickup, and the Ultra Eagle 5 swings down low. Joe and Avery jump onto the wing and the ship takes off.

Back inside the Ultra Eagle, Hunter and Ollie report that the force field around the robot is tough to break through. But Avery points out that if the robot is shooting, then there must be a weak spot at that point in the force field, to allow the laser out, or the laser beam would hit the force field and explode inside the barrier.

Upon hearing this, Hunter insists that the new deflector be loaded onto his Super Hawk. I didn’t even realize that the new individual vehicles had names! Joe resents Hunter’s implication that the deflector shouldn’t be on the entire Ultra Eagle, but Hunter says it’s not worth it to risk everyone’s life, and besides, the Super Hawk is better at getting off a quick shot. Ouch! No wonder Joe’s not happy!

Avery figured Hunter would think this way, so the deflector is already mounted and ready in the Super Hawk.

Hunter heads out to his vehicle, separating and flying off to meet the robot. The robot fires its laser at Hunter’s ship, but Hunter catches the beam and reflects it back at the robot. The robot is now smoking in pieces on the ground, but just for fun, Hunter engages Delta Power and uses the Phase Foil to slice it up even more. Olaf leaves the scene in a tiny escape pod.

But even when the Vorak are gone, the Eagle Riders still have to find Hughie. They land on the ground, and discover Mickey protecting Hughie. Avery approaches the boy and hugs him. It is a happy reunion. Mickey did a good job protecting Hughie, although Ollie admonishes the youth, “Next time, ask before you jump out!”

 

The Vorak have been defeated, but four Observatories were destroyed. The Eagle Riders still don’t know much about this Space Pulse weapon. But they will keep fighting, to defend the Global Good.

Hughie doesn't want to be with Uncle Clyde
Hughie doesn't want to be with Uncle Clyde.
Hunter tries to talk sense into Hughie
Hunter tries to talk sense into Hughie.
Mickey volunteers to go after Hughie
Mickey volunteers to go after Hughie.
Uncle Clyde looks strangely like Woody Allen
Uncle Clyde looks strangely like Woody Allen.
Joe and Ollie aren't so sure about Hughie and Uncle Clyde
Joe and Ollie aren't so sure about Hughie and Uncle Clyde.
Mickey and Hughie bond
Mickey and Hughie bond.
Avery enjoys the coffee Mickey made for him
Avery enjoys the coffee Mickey made for him.
Avery and Mickey sprint to meet Hughie
Avery and Mickey sprint to meet Hughie.
The Eagle Riders wonder what to do about Avery's depression
The Eagle Riders wonder what to do about Avery's depression.
Avery find new motivation for his task
Avery find new motivation for his task.
The Eagle Riders accept their mission
The Eagle Riders accept their mission.
The Vorak prepare to destroy another Observatory
The Vorak prepare to destroy another Observatory.
Joe is frustrated with the burnout of the Ultra Eagle's deflector
Joe is frustrated with the burnout of the Ultra Eagle's deflector.
Joe and Avery jump out of the Ultra Eagle 5
Joe and Avery jump out of the Ultra Eagle 5.
Mickey follows Joe and Avery out the door
Mickey follows Joe and Avery out the door.
Joe and Avery pick up a spare deflector
Joe and Avery pick up a spare deflector.
Ollie waits for instructions
Ollie waits for instructions.
Avery prepares to install the new deflector
Avery prepares to install the new deflector.
Hunter's seat moves back to leave the Bridge and enter the Super Hawk
Hunter's seat moves back to leave the Bridge and enter the Super Hawk.
Hunter's ship tears off the head of the latest Vorak robot
Hunter's ship tears off the head of the latest Vorak robot.
Mickey keeps Hughie  safe
Mickey keeps Hughie safe.
Hunter holds Kelly back, to allow Avery and Hughie to resolve their issues
Hunter holds Kelly back, to allow Avery and Hughie to resolve their issues.
The Eagle Riders are happy to see Avery and Hughie reunited
The Eagle Riders are happy to see Avery and Hughie reunited.

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