DD II Shrine
Episode written by Kurt Weldon
The episode opens with the Shadow Master dancing
maniacally like an oversized ballerina. Something is obviously wrong. In
the background we see Ice Pick holding some sort of electronic device when
the real Shadow Master approaches him. Caught off guard and slightly
fearful, Ice Pick explains that he has developed a 3D hologram device. He
then puts on a proper performance with the gizmo creating an electronic
illusion of the Double Dragons. There's only one problem though: the
holograms fade in bright light. The Shadow Master is quite impressed,
despite this setback, and quickly develops a plan to use this technology for
what else other than framing the Double Dragons.
The Shadow Warriors put this technology to use at the Metro City Bank
where Ice Pick sits hidden in the corner, projecting the Double Dragon
holograms in front of the bank's safe. Trigger Happy and Countdown also stand
hidden in the background where they destroy all but one of the security
cameras. The two then blast open the safe, creating the illusion of the
Double Dragons robbing the bank.
Marian is then called into Police Chief Bricks' office to view the
footage of the robbery. Of course Marian is skeptical, but the arrogant
Chief Bricks isn't. Knowing that Marian will have trouble dealing with
this, Bricks reassigns her as a Meter Maid. Bricks then holds a press
conference to debut his newest addition to the force. A giant robot busts
through the double doors and reveals itself as CLU: the Cybernetic Law
Enforcement Unit. CLU is equipped with blaster cannons, stun cannons,
thrusters for limited flight, and armor plating strong enough to resist even
the Dragon Swords. But worst of all, it's equipped with Bricks' personality.
Billy and Jimmy are strolling through the Zoo on
their way to have a picnic when a loose Rhino starts terrorizing Zoo visitors. After running
for cover, they transform and manage to calm down the animal. A few kids spot Jimmy
and start screaming and running. Jimmy is confused but doesn't have time to
question it because he hears more commotion. The brothers spot a low-level
Shadow thug stirring up the elephant cage and they quickly tie him up with
his own whip.
Marian contacts Billy on his belt intercom to tell him that they've
been set up for robbery somehow. Just then, CLU shows up and demands the
arrest of the Double Dragons. The Double Dragons don't comply, but they
can't fight CLU for fear of endangering the visitors and animals. CLU
starts blasting away uncontrollably, damaging several areas in the Zoo.
Billy realizes that CLU is looking for the Double Dragons, not Billy and
Jimmy, since the department doesn't know their secret identity. The
escape from the robot and de-transform in a building. They then walk out
calmly. CLU approaches them and asks if they've seen the Double Dragons.
Without breaking the code of the Dragon by lying, they answer that they did
see them and that they ran in there (pointing at the building). The robot gives chase
(to no one)
and manages to destroy anything in its path by simply flying through it.
Marian reviews the security footage and discovers the holograms fading
in direct light. She then attempts to show this to Chief Bricks. Unfortunately, Bricks won't listen and just
yells at her, causing her to storm out his office.
As Billy and Jimmy are driving home they spot the Shadow Warriors
robbing the bank. They transform and take out the low-level thugs when they
spot the holograms of themselves. They attempt to tackle the fake Double
Dragons just to fly through them and hit the wall. The Shadow Warriors take
off as the police arrive and the brothers become surrounded. They can't give
up though, and they evade the police just for CLU to show up again. As Billy and
Jimmy take off on foot, the police give chase. CLU was programmed a little
too well though, and he blasts the police vehicles for exceeding the speed
limit. Bricks yells at the robot only for it to declare its supreme
jurisdiction over the matter.
Back at the Dragon Dojo, Marian shows the brothers the tape and explains the
hologram's problem. CLU pounds on the door armed with a search warrant.
Piloting the Dragon Cruiser by remote control, Jimmy manages to distract CLU.
While CLU is giving chase, police dispatch alerts all units to converge upon the
Double Dragons at the EMF plant. CLU believes that he is currently chasing
the Double Dragons and this conflicting data shorts out its logic circuits.
In its illogical state, CLU starts blasting the Red Dragon Tea sign (the
hidden back entrance to the Dragon Dojo) while Billy, Jimmy and Marian head over
to the EMF plant with their remaining vehicles.
The holograms are present at the plant as are the police, Ice Pick,
Countdown and Trigger Happy (hidden of course). The Double Dragons arrive
with Marian while Chief Bricks stands bewildered. Marian explains the
situation and hurls a flash grenade at the holograms. The lower half of
them disappears and the real Double Dragons chase off the three Shadow
hoodlums. CLU arrives and poses the worst threat though as he is
about to blast at the holograms and inadvertently blow up the nuclear plant.
Bricks stands helpless until Marian blasts it with a cannon in its only weak
spot: the face. This blows its head off and saves the city.
In the wake of his arrogant stupidity, Chief Bricks finally re-promotes
Marian to sergeant and reinstates the Double Dragons as special deputies.
The Shadow Master laughs deviously back at his dojo and fades into the
darkness basically saying oh well.
Dojo Master's review: Well, it's not that bad of an episode considering that
it steals the basic plot line from RoboCop, or if you want another source,
the robot that was used in the Chuck Norris film Code of Silence.
The writers alter the idea slightly to show that nothing can replace real
human police officers. It's not too exciting of an episode though and
basically just serves as a break from the traditional storyline to explore
other avenues, which every series does here and there. Of course these types
of episodes never rate at the top.