DD II Shrine
Daj of the Undertown Dragons
Episode written by Martha Moran
Daj and Dr. Linquist are
excavating a gold-colored temple in Undertown. Daj asks Dr.
Linquist if he always wanted to be an archeologist. Dr. Linquist
supposes so since he was always digging up old spoons and stuff in the
backyard as a kid. Daj wishes his path was as clear.
The two manage to clear some dirt and rubble blocking a
nearby door, and they head inside another section of the temple.
Inside, they spot a coiled dragon statue with a glowing egg in the middle.
Dr. Linquist spots an inscription on the statue, but as he tries to read
it, his magnifying glass starts to melt. It turns out that acid is
dripping from the ceiling.
In another section of the underground, the Shadow Khan
is overseeing the construction of a mural/sculpture in his likeness, which
is being carved into the face of a nearby wall. We can see the Terror Warriors directing mutant workers as well. Khan says
it's finally starting to look like his old lair, and thanks to some toxic
waste being pumped through nearby pipes, these modern times have much to
We then see that Daj and Dr. Linquist are
secretly watching Khan from above. However, one of the Terror
Warriors spots the two and hurls his trident at them. This causes Dr. Linquist to have a hallucination that his son, Danny, is falling
endlessly in an
excavation site. Daj calls to some nearby creatures for help, but
Khan wraps him up in his smoke tentacle things. Daj manages to toss
a small charm to a cockroach and tells it take the item to the Double
Dragons. Khan says to put these two to work.
The cockroach heads above ground and carries the item
inside the Dragon Dojo. As he's sparring with Billy, Jimmy starts telling the bug to get out of
here, but Billy stops him when he spots Daj's charm. Billy and Jimmy
then do their "ultimate" armor transformation and follow the insect
underground. The brothers spot Khan and his Terror Warriors, and
they instantly launch an assault to save Daj. Despite their new
armor, Khan manages to tie the brothers up in his smoke tentacles.
Daj then calls on some bats to attack Khan, causing
him to drop the Dragons. The bats then chase Khan and his warriors
out of the area. Daj then spots an injured worker who needs to see
Arika the healer.
Meanwhile, Khan says Daj shall learn the meaning of
regret, and he uses his smoke tentacles to break open the valve on a toxic
waste pipe, causing the noxious substance to spill through the
underground. The toxic waste begins dumping into Undertown's water
supply, killing all of the fish.
Daj and the brothers take the injured worker to Arika,
and she says it's the taint of toxins. She'll go fetch water while
they take the injured worker to her hut. Arika then spots the dead
fish and toxic water. Billy and Jimmy note that Khan must have
poisoned the water. They have to find him and stop him.
Lucky for them, Khan made the finding part easy.
Khan and his Terror Warriors appear right in front of everyone and begin
attacking the local mutants. Khan tells Daj that his people will pay
dearly for his interference. Some of the mutants attempt to fight
back using shoulder-mounted blasters, but the weapons are of no use.
The brothers step in to help, as does Daj, but Khan ties Daj up and covers
his mouth with smoke tentacles so he can't call any more animals for
help. As the brothers attempt to help Daj, Khan knocks them into the
toxic river and they begin floating downstream toward the gold-colored
temple from before.
With Khan and the Terror Warriors hot on their tail,
the brothers head inside the temple. Khan then collapses the doorway
to seal the Dragons in the temple. Toxins also begins spilling
inside the temple, and Billy says their armor won't protect them for long.
Khan says the decaying Dragon Temple will make a fitting resting place for
the Dragons. He then takes off to subjugate the Undertown
Jimmy tries using his arm blaster to dam up the water,
but he and Billy de-transform from all the exposure to the toxins.
The brothers then jump onto a high support column to avoid the toxic
waste. They spot a nearby opening and head through the
The passage takes the brothers to the dragon statue with
the glowing egg that Daj and Dr. Linquist discovered earlier. Billy
spots the inscription and reads it out loud. It says something about
"here I wait for my brother; a Dragon Lord like no other." Jimmy
says that could be either of them, but Billy says he doesn't think so.
They're twins, so they don't fall under the category of "like no other."
The toxic waste continues to fill the temple, and
brothers worry that they will drown if they don't find a way out.
Just then, Daj appears, saying he found a secret tunnel. Daj then spots
the glowing egg. When he touches it, it hatches, revealing a small
dragon no larger than a cat or small dog. It quickly flies into
Daj's hands. Jimmy says he thinks the dragon likes Daj, and Daj says
it'll be like his brother.
As Jimmy reminds everyone that they need to leave now,
the pet dragon blasts green fire from his mouth at the toxic waste,
causing the water level to recede. The dragon then flies out
of Daj's hands and begins transforming into a full-sized adult. The
dragon starts flying through the temple and blasting the toxic waste with
green fire from its mouth. This seems to vaporize the water.
The temple's toxic waste problem is quickly taken care of.
The dragon returns to Daj and allows him to jump on its
back. Daj then flies out of the temple on his dragon pet. The
brothers begin noticing a strong rumbling, almost like an earthquake,
indicating that Khan is causing more trouble in Undertown. Billy and
Jimmy once again transform into their "ultimate" armor and head out to
Khan is seen standing on top of his sculpture/mural
that is carved on the side of a wall. He's telling the mutants to
submit or they will be dominated, but the mutants of Undertown are
protesting and refusing to submit. Khan then orders his Terror
Warriors to crush the mutants.
Arika tells the mutants to defend themselves, but even
with their blasters and canons, they can't stop Khan and his warriors.
Billy, Jimmy and Daj arrive, and they manage to put up a better fight than
the Undertowners. Khan quickly ties up the Dragon Masters again, and
he drops them into a toxic waste pool below. Daj's pet dragon starts
blasting Khan, buying the brothers time to free themselves and blast/blow
away the toxic waste.
Billy and Jimmy start dispatching the Terror Warriors
yet again, but Khan wraps a smoke tentacle around the pet dragon's neck
and starts driving it toward a pool of toxic waste. However, Billy
manages to fly right through the smoke tentacle, severing it. The
pet dragon then crash lands on the shore. He looks wounded.
Arika says the dragon has the same look as the man who was poisoned with
the toxins. She will do what she can.
Khan won't let up. He stands next to the Dragons
with his Terror Warriors and starts surrounding them with illusions.
Billy and Jimmy sit cross-legged and do their "focus their chi" thing,
driving the illusions away. As Khan tries to use his smoke tentacles
again, Billy detaches his propeller and blows Khan away. Jimmy then
dashes forward, punching and kicking the crap out of the Terror Warriors
before blasting them toward Khan with his arm blaster.
As Khan yells at his "imbecilic" warriors to get off
him, Jimmy seals a nearby toxic waste pipe, then blasts open another
portion, causing the substance to dump all over Khan and his warriors.
Billy then flies toward Khan's sculpture and destroys it with his
propeller, causing the debris to fall on top of Khan and his minions,
trapping them underneath.
In their standard armor, Billy and Jimmy then hold a
Dragon knighting ceremony with the Undertowners present. Daj
becomes, "Daj, Undertown Dragon Warrior." Daj hops on the back of
his healed pet, and the dragon flies around repairing the damages pieces
of the temple with his green Dragon breath. Daj says he has at last
found his calling.
Epilogue Message: Jimmy says pollution is bad news as
the camera shows the dead fish floating in the toxic water from earlier.
Jimmy says everyone, including you kids out there, can do something to
help. Arika says old batteries, motor oil and paint don't belong in
the lake or in your city's storm drains. Billy says they must be
recycled or disposed of properly. Daj says the health of the planet
is everyone's problem.
Dojo Master's review: This episode also sucks.
There are a few hand-to-hand combat scenes, but overall, it's still people
flying around blasting each other with canons, fire and other crap.
Khan is also shown to be a bumbling idiot, not the great and powerful
Shadow that he was originally presented to be. Why is he even
wasting time in Undertown with a bunch of mutants? It's like that's
the best Khan can do - subjugate a bunch of second-class citizens.
This episode is plagued with the same problems
established in "Ancients Arrive." The new armor is still lame, and
Billy and Jimmy still manage to get manhandled by Khan because he simply
ties them up. Why do they even have this new armor? The
recurring solution seems to be for them to "focus their chi" and do a loud
"Ki-yah!" It's so lame I can't stand it.
Also, what the hell happened to Dr. Linquist?
It's like the writers completely forgot about him halfway through the
episode! I didn't see him get rescued or anything. You know
what, screw it. As far as I'm concerned, Khan ate him or molested
him or something.
Instead of the Shadow Warriors and the other supporting
characters we've come to know from season one, we're stuck with mutants
yet again. I'm tired of it. What a fitting end for the series.
It's now Captain Planet.