"Invasion of the Giant Bacteria: Act Three" - Views: 29 · Hits: 29 - Type: Public

ACT THREE

FADE IN:

INT. SUBWAY TUNNEL

The one-eyed bacteria monster looms menacingly over Razor. The last remaining subway train car sits awkwardly tilted off of the tracks a few feet behind the monster. The four passengers inside (the boy, his father, the housewife and the businessman) visible looking out of the windows. Razor revs the Cyclotron's engine. Vroom, vroom! He's beyond enraged.

RAZOR
Come and get me!

The monster snarls, a nasty, phlegmy sound from deep in its throat. It clenches and unclenches its huge slimy purple hands as though in indecision, but if it's actually thinking anything, it isn't immediately apparent to us; its single eye simply glares evilly, its gaping maw curled into the same stupid open-mouthed smile as always. Razor pops a wheelie, turning in place, trying to do his best to look appetizing to the beast. The front tire slams back down onto the ground as the motorcycle completes its turn. More engine revving. Vroom!

RAZOR
(angry)
You're hungry aren't you?
(angrier)
Some dessert after a sub sandwich, you big pile of crud?!

That does it. Whether directly provoked or just simply deciding out of nowhere to attack, the bacteria monster looses a hideous bellow and lunges forwards with arms outstretched to grab Razor, who hunches his shoulders down in preparation to spin and zoom off... when suddenly the bacteria monster's eyebrow flies up, eye going wide and bulging outwards, mouth opening wider in a pained roar as electricity shoots through its body.

Razor jerks back in his seat in surprise, then realizes what has happened. In taking a step forward to attack him, the monster has stepped on the electrified third rail of the track. The bacteria monster convulses wildly, roaring. Blinding bright flashes of light play over Razor, who shields his face with his forearm. In the train car, the passengers duck down, screaming.

The monster squeezes its eye shut in agony as the sparking arcs of bluish electricity crackling over its form turn it an unsightly brownish color, and after a moment, the electrical discharges fizzle out, and the brown bacteria monster stands "frozen" in mid-contortion, eye shut, mouth open in a silent but smiling scream. It's been burned to nothing more than a dried-up husk.

The unmoving form twitches and then slowly crumbles into dust before Razor's eyes.

RAZOR
What the--?

He stares uncomprehending at the shapeless pile of dust that used to be the monstrous germ creature, stroking his chin in thought. In the remaining car, the passengers slowly poke their heads up into view one by one, in varying states of fear, confusion and relief. After a moment, they all begin cheering.

BUSINESSMAN
W--we're alive!!!

HOUSEWIFE
I've never been so scared in all my life!!!

LITTLE BOY
Thank you, SWAT Kat!!!

Razor looks over at them.

RAZOR
Is everyone okay in there?

There are various shouts of response in the affirmative. Razor smiles, revving the engine again and launching himself back onto the boarding platform. As he zooms away, the passengers cheer him.

EXT. CITY STREET B

Razor flies out of the subway entrance on thee Cyclotron, skidding to a stop in the street. Reaching up, he activates his helmet's comlink.

RAZOR
T-Bone? Are you there?

Above him, the Turbokat descends with T-Bone at the controls.

T-BONE:
Yeah.

Back to Razor on the bike.

T-BONE
(filtered through the radio)
What happened? Where's the big pile of crud?

Razor grins.

RAZOR
French-fried to a crisp!

He frowns.

RAZOR
But not before it ate an entire subway train.

In the Turbokat grimaces in disgust, gritting his teeth.

T-BONE
Ugh, those poor sons a'...

RAZOR
(filtered through the radio)
Well... almost. I managed to save one car...

Razor glances back at the entrance to the subway.

RAZOR
I saved a grand total of four people.

Brightening a little, he turns and looks back up at the jet.

RAZOR
But on the bright side, I think I found a way to destroy these things!

T-Bone, in the Turbokat, nods.

RAZOR
(filtered through the radio)
Come pick me up, we gotta make a quick stop back at the hangar. And fast!

T-BONE
Roger.

EXT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - DAY

Megakat Biochemical Labs is a large, solidly-built facility, standing some fifteen stories tall, modernistic in appearance with enormous windows and surrounded by a chain link and barbed wire fence and a perimeter of large artillery cannons mounted on swivel bases.

FERAL (VO)
There's no time for idle chit-chat, Dr. Zyme!

INT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - MAIN LAB

The main lab is an enormous room filled with all manner of futuristic-looking scientific equipment and machines. Callie Briggs, Commander Feral, his pilot and Mayor Manx are speaking with chief biochemist DR. N. ZYME. He's middle-aged with wavy orange hair and wearing an old-fashioned style lab coat. Manx shivers in terror.

FERAL
We've got serious trouble!

ZYME
What sort of trouble?

Feral opens his mouth to explain when Manx walks up to Zyme suddenly, waving his arms wildly.

MANX
There's these huge purple things and they're headed right this way!

He shoots an angry look at Feral.

MANX
I don't even know what we're doing here!

Zyme just looks confused and tired.

ZYME
Purple things? What on Earth are you talking about?

FERAL
(ignoring Manx)
We don't know what they are. But they're big and getting bigger every minute. And worse, whenever we shoot them they split apart into more!
(scowls)
I found out that out the hard way.
(changing the subject)
Doctor, we need your help to figure out what they are and how to kill them.

Suddenly, Manx grabs Zyme by the front of his lab coat and shakes him roughly.

MANX
(yelling)
You've got to do something, Dr. Zyme! Before those big purple globs destroy my beautiful city!

Feral grabs the Mayor's shoulders and makes him release the scientist. Wrenching free from him, Manx is shooed from the room.

FERAL
Why don't you go out and wait in the hall, Mayor? And try to stay calm.

MANX
(terrified)
Calm?
(voice rising)
At a time like this?! You're crazy!

Gibbering in fear, he turns and runs from the lab, leaving the other four alone.

Zyme sighs and rubs his temple.

ZYME
How soon until they get here?

FERAL
About a minute-and-a-half. Look!

Zyme turns and walks to the enormous front windows, which run from floor to ceiling, and watches as the two remaining bacteria monsters (one with two eyes and one with one eye) approach, walking in lockstep. He then turns back to Callie, Feral and the Enforcer pilot.

ZYME
They appear to be giant bacteria!

FERAL
(impatient)
Okay, now we know what they are. But is there a way to stop them?

ZYME
Hmm. Perhaps...

He goes over to a table and selects a stoppered flask of some orange liquid, holding it up for the others to see. Feral in particular looks very interested, leaning in to eye the flask's contents.

ZYME
On such notice, this is the best I can do. This soloution contains the most powerful antibiotics known to katkind. We have enough of it here to kill both those things.

Zyme hands the flask to Feral, who looks at it, frowning.

FERAL
How do we deliver it?

He turns and gives the flask to the Enforcer pilot, who frowns, unsure of what to do with it. The three turn and watch as Zyme goes and gets what looks like a giant hypodermic needle off of a shelf in the back of the room.

ZYME:
I can fill this with the formula. It's normally used to tranquilize large animals, but it should be able to inject the antibodies into the bacteria's system.

He places it into Feral's open hands. Feral looks down at it a moment.

FERAL
Excellent.

He turns to his pilot.

FERAL
Prepare my chopper at once!

PILOT
Yes sir!

He salutes and runs off. A moment later he runs back, setting the flask back down on the table, then he runs off again.

Callie, standing near the windows, sees the two remaining bacteria monsters approaching.

CALLIE
I sure hope it works, because those things are headed right for us!

Dr. Zyme walks over and places a reassuring hand on her shoulder.

ZYME:
Don't worry, Ms. Briggs. No one can get inside Megakat Biochemical! As you can see...
(points)
...we're well-protected against any attack.

EXT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - DAY

The lab's defenses (which are automated and unmanned) swivel around on their turrets to face the threat and open fire. In addition, a cordon of uniformed SECURITY GUARDS armed with laser rifles take up positions at the fences. The bacteria monster with two eyes is knocked back, as the single-eyed one stands there as the shells rip right through its gooey body. Angrily, it swings its fist and destroys the cannon. The two-eyed bacteria one follows suit, and the guns are gone, smashed beyond use.

The monsters trample the fence underfoot. The guards back up, firing up with their laser rifles, but these don't do a bit of good. The bacteria monsters don't even notice them, continuing to move inexorably forward, shrugging off the laser fire from the guards and the continued bombardment from the cannons, which are their primary targets; the two-eyed bacteria monster goes to the right and attacks the third cannon there, while its single-eyed brother goes to the left and attacks a fourth cannon there. The air is filled with explosions and booming. With one mighty swipe, the one-eyed bacteria monster destroys the third cannon. The guards stop firing their lasers, looking around at one another, before turning and fleeing en masse in complete surrender.

INT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - MAIN LAB

Callie and Zyme watch from the window, turning to look at one another in dismay. We hear (but not see) the fourth cannon being destroyed.

ZYME
(a little nervous)
Well, almost any attack...

He turns and hurries away offscreen to attend to something as a fifth explosion signals another cannon's destruction. Callie, watching him go, doesn't notice that a manhole pops open down on the street outside.

EXT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - DAY

Out climbs none other than Dr. Viper, cackling evilly. He addresses both creatures.

VIPER
You two will keep dessstroying their defenssesss!

Turning, he approaches the front door unmolested.

VIPER
And I will raid the labsss!

EXT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - ROOF

Feral's helicopter sits on a rooftop helipad as Dr. Zyme loads the giant syringe containing the antibody formula, which has been modified into an ad-hoc missile, onto the side of the aircraft. Commander Feral looks on from the open side door. Finishing, Zyme stands back.

ZYME
It's all loaded, Commander!

FERAL
Good!
(to his pilot)
Let's go.

MANX (VO)
(from offscreen)
Wait! I'm coming too!

Mayor Manx comes rushing up and jumps into the side of the chopper as it lifts off. He doesn't quite make it. He hangs there, half in and half out of the chopper, legs kicking frantically as he tries, without success, to pull himself up as the helicopter lifts into the air.

MANX:
I don't want to be around if this stuff doesn't work!

A disgusted Feral pulls him in the rest of the way.

FERAL
You're a coward, Manx.

MANX
(out of breath)
Maybe so.
(grinning)
But I didn't get to be mayor for ten terms without being a wee bit cautious.

Feral grunts and pulls the door closed. As the helicopter turns and flies off, Zyme turns and goes back inside.

EXT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - DAY

The Turbokat comes tearing out of the clouds. Flying between the buildings, it heads right for Megakat Biochemical Labs and the two bacteria monsters, which, due to everything they've eaten, have grown humungously, nearly as tall as the buildings around them. The one with two eyes is the far larger of the two, although the one-eyed creature is no shrimp, either.

T-Bone makes an exploratory pass, whooshing between the creatures. He glances back over his shoulder at Razor.

T-BONE
Okay, buddy, I'll get you in close enough for a good shot! Get the one with two eyes! It can still split and make three again!

RAZOR
(nodding)
Affirmative.

T-Bone circles around and heads back toward the biochemical labs. Razor sights the two-eyed bacteria monster through his scope, aiming for that yawning, perpetually smiling maw.

RAZOR:
Open wide, big guy! Say "ahhh!"

He fires, sending a Megavolt Missile flying at the monster. This resembles an ordinary missile, but then the casing pops off, revealing a segmented conductor mechanism. Electricity sizzles over it. The bacteria monster catches the treat in its mouth, gulping it down. The Turbokat flies past it, the SWAT Kats looking back at the huge beast over their shoulders. Nothing seems to be happening.

T-BONE
(frowning)
Razor, I thought you said this would work!

Just then, the bacteria monster begins to undergo a sudden change. Its eyes widen and its smile vanishes. A few seconds later, bluish electrical bolts surge all over its body as it convulses hideously and finally it blows up. The explosion however is muted, more like a "poof" than anything, as the creature disappears into a cloud of crumbling, ashen dust. Razor smirks.

RAZOR
I, uh, neglected to mention the five-second countdown.

In the Enforcer chopper hovering nearby, Feral and Mayor Manx look down at the smoking remains of the bacteria monster.

MANX
The SWAT Kats got that one, Feral!

FERAL
(matter-of-factly)
And I'll get the other one!

The remaining bacteria monster, the one with only one eye, walks over to the front of the building and looks in through the window.

INT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - MAIN LAB - DAY

Callie and Dr. Zyme shrink back as the monster peers in at them through the window with its huge yellow eye. The eye looks back and forth between them. Callie looks uneasy, but Zyme smiles reassuringly.

ZYME
Don't worry, Ms. Briggs, these windows are made from reinforced armored glass. He can't get us.

So saying, he raps his knuckles against the glass for emphasis confidently. Thunk-thunk! Suddenly, the monster lifts one of its hands and smashes it against the window. The glass cracks. Zyme's smile vanishes. Another hit, a tap, really, and the glass explodes inwards, raining down over Callie and Zyme as they shield their faces. They look up and scream as the monster reaches one gooey purple hand in through the window to get at them. It descends down towards them. They scream and throw their arms up in an effort to shield themselves, ready for the end.

Suddenly, the creature is distracted from its task. We hear the whup-whup-whup! of approaching rotor blades and the enormous hand withdraws. Flinching, Callie and Zyme uncover their faces, blinking, and watch as the bacteria monster turns to face Commander Feral's approaching chopper.

EXT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - DAY

The Enforcer chopper hovers in place as the bacteria monster approaches it.

FERAL
Open, slime bucket.

He targets and fires, the antibiotic projectile sailing straight and true. The monster catches and swallows it.

FERAL
Got him!

But nothing happens. The monster simply stands there. Feral blinks, confused.

INT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - MAIN LAB - DAY

Callie and Dr. Zyme stand beside the broken window, looking out at the unchanging bacteria monster.

ZYME
(distressed)
I don't understand! It's not working!

They suddenly hear a hiss behind them and whirl around to find Dr. Viper standing there, grinning hideously, tail lashing behind him wildly, eyes aglow.

VIPER
You were alwaysss a fool, Zyme! My giant bacteria are immune to antibioticsss!

CALLIE
(realizing)
Dr. Viper! I knew you'd be behind something like this!

EXT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL

Roaring angrily, the monster lifts one huge hand and swipes at Feral's chopper. Feral tries to pull up, but a hit from the monster's hand sends the aircraft spinning out of control!

It crashes upright onto the street, and skids a ways, leaving a trail of sparks, until it comes to a more or less gentle stop bumping against a parked car. Inside, Feral, Manx and the Enforcer pilot are okay, but really shaken up. The bacteria monster stomps towards the downed chopper, but then the Turbokat zooms past its face, getting its full attention. T-Bone swings back around, flying at the monster.

T-BONE
Whatever Feral tried to do, it didn't work, buddy!

RAZOR
At least he saved Callie and that doctor guy!

T-BONE
Now it's up to us to take this thing out!

He readies his finger on the trigger.

RAZOR
One more Megavolt Missile, comin' up!

He targets the monster, and squeezes the trigger. Nothing happens. Suddenly, a little red warning light flashes on the control panel. Razor pounds it angrily.

T-BONE
What's wrong?

RAZOR
(angry)
It's jammed! There's some kind of systems malfunction!

T-BONE
You gotta be kiddin' me!

They swoop past the bacteria monster a second time, the monster trying unsuccessfully to grab the jet.

INT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - MAIN LAB

Dr. Viper is busy gathering up loads of Katalyst 99, which we see is an orange-colored bubbly chemical in futuristic-looking containers. He has an armload of them and keeps greedily grabbing more. Callie steps forward and confronts him.

CALLIE
So that's what all this is about? A robbery?! What kind of sick, twisted--

VIPER
(angrily)
Sssilence! How dare you quessstion my plansss?

He turns back to gathering up the canisters. Furious, Callie grabs a pencil jar off a nearby desk and throws it at him. It smacks into the back of his head, sending pencils flying everywhere.

CALLIE
(disgusted)
You won't get away with this, Viper. The SWAT Kats will see to that!

Viper's eyes glow with fury.

VIPER
No, Ms. Brigsss...

His snakelike tail lashes out, encircling Callie, and Zyme behind her, coiling around them and squeezing them together, dragging them over to himself.

VIPER
...it's you who won't get away!

He cackles evilly.

EXT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - DAY

The Turbokat flies past, the SWAT Kats casting a glance inside the labs through the broken window as they pass, and they see Dr. Viper with his prisoners.

T-BONE
Callie!

RAZOR
And Dr. Viper! So he's behind all this!

INT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - MAIN LAB - DAY

Viper goes to the window and yells at the remaining bacteria monster.

VIPER
Get them! Desssstroy the SWAT Katsss!

EXT. CITY STREET C - DAY

The Turbokat zooms down the street with the final bacteria monster plodding along behind it, pushing buildings over, slowly but steadily gaining on the jet. Razor looks back to see the wide, smiling mouth opened wide, rushing up to the devour them.

RAZOR
Step on it, T-Bone!

T-BONE
I am!

He pushes the power to the max, and successfully puts some distance between them and the monster. The creatures roars with pain as it gets a faceful of the jet's flaming jet exhaust.

T-BONE
Yeah, eat afterburner!

Razor glances over to see some huge powerlines leading towards a power sub-station.

RAZOR
I've got an idea!

T-Bone glances over, following Razor's pointing finger, and nods, getting the idea. He banks right and flies down another side street towards the sub-station.

EXT. POWER SUB-STATION - DAY

A mid-sized, nearly featureless building surrounded by huge metal transformer towers. Low-hanging powerlines snake out from the towers to feed the hungry buildings of downtown Megakat City. A sign on the front reads "Megakat Power Sub-Station: Restricted!"

Deftly avoiding the powerlines, T-Bone swoops under them, up, and around in a wide U-turn as the bacteria monster emerges from between the buildings from the side street and heads towards the power station. Gritting his teeth, T-Bone flies down towards the monster as it lumbers underneath the powerlines.

T-BONE
You're gonna get a charge outta this, big guy!

He flips the Turbokat around to fly sideways; one wing aimed down at the street, the other pointing towards the sky. He skillfully pilots the jet under the lines mere inches from the monster's body right as it's passing underneath them, and he uses the wing to cut the wires, which fall right onto the bacteria monster. It is electrocuted, convulsing hideously, and like its brothers it hardens into a dried husk before crumbling away.

T-BONE
Yeah!

Razor gives him a thumbs-up.

RAZOR
That was great, T-Bone!

T-BONE
It was great 'cause it was your idea, buddy!

RAZOR
Now, let's double back and head back to Megakat Biochemical Labs! We've got a snake to catch!

The jet swoops down the street.

INT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - MAIN LAB - DAY

Viper snickers evilly as he holds his armfuls of Katalyst 99, Callie and Zyme still struggling in the grip of his tail.

VIPER
Time to make my exit!

Suddenly, there is the familiar roar of jet engines, growing steadily louder and louder. Viper turns to look out the remaining unbroken window of the room...

VIPER
Huh?!

...to see the Turbokat flying right at him! He screams.

VIPER
Aahhhhh!!!

The Turbokat smashes through the armored glass, knocking Viper back and making him drop his hostages, who are dropped harmlessly aside and out of the jet's path, the evil biochemist flying back and smacking into the wall. He's buried under debris. The jet comes to an abrupt halt right there in the huge laboratory, which is large to contain it. The canopy pops open, and T-Bone leaps out. He goes over to where Callie and Zyme sit, stunned but okay.

T-BONE
Are you okay, Ms. Briggs?

CALLIE:
Yeah, I'll live. But where's--

She's cut off as Dr. Viper pops up from under the debris a few feet away, quite angry, some of the canisters of Katalyst 99 still in his arms.

VIPER
Curssse you, you meddling SWAT Katsss!

Razor hops down to stand next to T-Bone, both of them readying their Glovatrixes.

RAZOR
Game over, Viper!

VIPER
(evil laughter)
Hardly!

He holds up two canisters of Katalyst 99, and grins as he begins to violently shake them. The SWAT Kats look puzzled, but then--

ZYME
Nooooooo! Those chemicals are highly flammable! You'll destroy the whole building!

Laughing insanely now, Viper hurls the shaken canisters at the floor between himself and the SWAT Kats, where they explode! A blazing fire is started that quickly begins to engulf the lab, moving towards some shelves of chemicals.

RAZOR:
T-Bone! We've gotta get out of here before the flames hit those chemicals!

EXT. MEGAKAT BIOCHEMICAL - DAY

The entire front of the building explodes, raining glass and debris onto the street and ruined cannons, as Feral and Mayor Manx look on, standing beside the crashed Enforcer chopper.

The Turbokat emerges triumphantly from the flames, just a bit singed, and flies down the street a ways, before landing. In the cockpit we can see Callie in T-Bone's lap and Dr. Zyme in Razor's. Feral runs over as the canopy pops open, the SWAT Kats getting out and helping Callie and Zyme down.

FERAL
Miss Briggs! Are you all right?

CALLIE
Yes.

She smiles at T-Bone.

CALLIE
Thanks to the SWAT Kats.

FERAL
Pheh! Thanks to them, half of Megakat City is without power! And Megakat Biochemical Labs is totally destroyed!

ZYME
Actually, Commander, that was Dr. Viper's doing.

FERAL
Viper, huh? Makes sense that he'd be behind something like this. Where is he?

T-Bone jerks a thumb back at the burning lab.

T-BONE
In there. You're welcome to go looking for him.

FERAL
(managing to crack a smile)
Thanks, I'll pass.
(smile fades)
All right, I won't charge you for the damage to the labs, but I still hold you responsible for the loss of power!

Both SWAT Kats hop back into the cockpit.

T-BONE
When you find a better way to deep-fry a hundred tons of purple glop, Feral, you let us know.

FERAL
And don't forget the Megakat Refinery! And the damage to City Hall!

T-BONE
Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Feral grits his teeth angrily, and everyone steps back as the Turbokat's engines start up again, the jet taking off from the street, T-Bone and Razor giving a thumbs-up to Callie and Feral.

T-BONE
Y'know, I think it's gonna turn out to be a beautiful evening, eh Razor?

RAZOR
Affirmitive. Let's go home.

EXT. POWER SUB-STATION - DAY

As the Turbokat flies over, T-Bone glances down to see Burke and Murray using a bulldozer to clean up the smouldering remains of the last bacteria monster by the powerlines.

T-BONE
Hey, check it out.

RAZOR
Yeah, looks like Burke and Murray have one long day ahead of them.

T-BONE
Remind me to get 'em some anchovy pizza when they get back. They'll have earned it.

The Turbokat flies off into the horizon.

FADE OUT

THE END