DD II Shrine
The Return of the Shadowmonster
Episode written by Doug Booth
The Shadow Plane is seen flying
over some sort of monastery built high in some snow-capped mountains. Three
speeder bikes detach from the Shadow Plane and fly through the doors of
the temple. Two of the speeder bikes are being driven by Ice Pick
and Sickle. Both of them are knocked off their bikes by skeleton
monks wearing robes. The Shadow Master then arrives in his new armor
and says "enough," blasting the skeleton monks and causing them to fall to
the ground in pieces.
The Shadow Master then gives a quick history lesson,
saying that the ancient Shadow Master posted these guardians. For
1,000 years, they have protected the treasure of "Jen Chan," or something
like that (I don't know how to spell it; it's not clear). The Shadows then open a latched
door on the ground and head
deeper underground. The Shadow Master says that the Shadow Temple
will yield its treasure to him. With it, not even the Shadow Khan
will be able to stand against him.
The Shadows arrive at the bottom of the temple, which
has been dug directly into the glacier. The Shadow Master uses his arm blaster
to blast open a hole in the ice, which takes him to a cave section.
Inside this ice cave, he spots the "Shadowmonster" stuck in the ice.
it was frozen in time when it become impossible to control, even for the
ancient Shadow Master. The Shadow Master then begins blasting it
with his arm blaster to melt the ice and free the beast.
Back in Metro City, Vortex and the Lee brothers are
busy flying around in the Dragon Copter. However, Vortex suddenly
has to tell Dao Lung to pull up, and the Dragon Copter nicks the edge of a
building. Dao Lung apologizes and says he senses a severe
disturbance of chi. He then says it's the Shadowmonster, but he
thought it perished long ago. Jimmy asks "circuithead" where they're
going, saying that they're supposed to be patrolling the city for Shadows.
However, Dao Lung says he has already alerted Chop and Blaster to take
over their patrol, and the Shadowmonster must be stopped before it's too
late. Dao Lung takes the Copter to Mach 10 and heads toward the
In the Shadow Temple, the Shadow Master has finally
thawed the Shadowmonster, which has come back to life. It's a
massive, flying beast in the shape of a stingray. However, the
beast is not fully awake, and it collapses on the ground. The Shadow
Master tells Ice Pick to implant the sensor, otherwise the beast will be
The Dragon Copter arrives outside the Shadow Temple,
and Vortex asks, if Dao Lung can sense and track the Shadowmonster, isn't
there a chance the Shadowmonster can track Dao Lung too? Dao Lung
prays that is not so.
Ice Pick attempts to place the sensor on the
Shadowmonster, but it awakens completely and knocks Ice Pick off.
The monster then breaks through the ice and flies outside. The
Dragons spot the Shadowmonster and accidentally crash into it as well.
They then take evasive action as the Shadows return to the Shadow Plane in
their speeder bikes and join the pursuit. The Shadowmonster begins
chasing the Dragon Copter and firing lasers from its eyes. However,
the Shadow Master jumps out of the Shadow Plane and lands on the monster,
implanting the sensor. He takes control of the beast using a headset
and continues chasing the Dragon Copter.
As the Dragon Copter continues flying away from the
Shadowmonster, Jimmy asks how Dao Lung knows this creature. Dao Lung
says that hundreds of years ago, his master, Chen Long, was the guardian
of this temple, which was then a Dragon Temple. He wielded the sword
in which Dao Lung's spirit resided. However, the ancient Shadow Master
used the Shadowmonster to attack the temple. The battle raged for
five days and five nights. Chen Long was severely wounded, but
before he perished, he hurled the sword through a dimensional portal.
Suddenly, Dao Lung senses his ancient master, Chen
Long. The Dragon Copter then flies into an ice cave where Billy and
Jimmy spot Chen Long lying on the ground, sleeping. The brothers are
then surprised to discover that Chen Long is an
actual dragon. Billy and Jimmy need to awaken him
somehow, so they transform into their ultimate armor. Jimmy then
calls on his dragon birthmark, and it awakens Chen Long. Chen Long
notices Dao Lung residing in the Dragon Copter, and he exchanges greetings
with the Dragon masters.
Before the Dragons can engage in any further
discussion, they notice a rumbling from above. The Shadowmonster
then blasts open the top of the cave with the Shadow Plane behind it.
Chen Long and the Shadowmonster begin fighting, as do Billy, Jimmy and the
Shadow Master. Chen Long then leads the Dragons through a tunnel
which takes them to the dimensional portal referenced earlier.
However, Chen Long says he is not strong enough to activate the portal.
With the Shadows hot on the Dragons' tails, Chen Long
tells the Lee brothers to focus their power on a specific Dragon statue.
This activates the portal and sends the Dragons flying through it.
However, the Shadow Master is able to easily follow the Dragons through
The Dragons arrive in the underground below Metro City,
and Chen Long tells the brothers to close the portal by aiming at the
statues again. However, the Shadows arrive, making the portal a moot
issue. The battle continues to rage between the Dragons and Shadows,
and the Dragon Copter crashes into a pool of water below. Chen Long
attempts to save Dao Lung, but he too comes under attack and the Dragon
Masters step in to help him.
The Dragon Masters, the Dragon Copter and Chen Long all
sink below the surface of the water as the Shadow Master gloats, believing
he has just vanquished the Dragons. The Shadow Master takes off to
destroy the Dragon Dojo.
From above ground, we see the Shadowmonster and the
Shadow Plane breaking through the street and scaring everyone in the
Back in the underground, Billy and Jimmy wake up and
carry Chen Long and the Dragon Copter to the surface of the water.
Chen Long awakens as well, but he is clearly wounded. He asks the
brothers to take him to the nearby Dragon Spring, and the brothers do so.
He says the sacred waters of the Dragon Temple will restore his chi, but
they should go now. He will catch up with them when he is ready.
Billy, Jimmy and Vortex head out in the Dragon Copter.
Above ground, the Shadowmonster begins opening fire on
the Dragon Dojo, but the Dragon Warriors are there to try to protect it.
The Dragon Warriors aren't doing much to stop the Shadowmonster, but the
Dragon Masters arrive in the Copter to put up a better fight against the
Shadow Master. The battle rages on yet again, but the Shadowmonster
manages to disable the Dragon Copter, knocking it toward the ground.
Just then, Chen Long bursts through the street and
joins the fight. He catches the Dragon Copter in the middle of its
freefall, setting it down on a nearby rooftop. He then blasts the
Shadowmonster with Dragon Fire from his mouth. The Shadowmonster
responds by blasting lasers from its eyes, and the two start tossing each
other into buildings. Jimmy notes that Metro City can't take this
Dao Lung says they need to freeze the Shadowmonster
back in the glacier, and Billy suggests liquid nitrogen. The
substance is available at the university, where the school uses it to cool
its supercomputer. The Dragons will set their trap there.
The Shadow Master manages to gain an upper hand against
Chen Long. He's lying on his back and apparently weakened. Dao
Lung attempts to intervene with the Dragon Copter, but once again, the
Copter is knocked out of the way. Chen Long says the Shadowmonster
has always been impatient, and this time it will be its undoing.
Chen Long then blasts the sensor off the Shadowmonster's head, causing the
Shadow Master to lose his control over the beast. Without the
sensor, the Shadowmonster is a primal beast with primal fear.
Chen Long then blasts a ring of fire around the
Shadowmonster, and it begins freaking out, tossing the Shadow Master off
its back. Jimmy then fires liquid nitrogen from his arm blaster,
turning the Shadowmonster into a giant ice cube and causing it to fall to
the ground. As the Shadow Master looks in horror to see his monster
completely frozen, the brothers blast him clear out of the area with their
The Dragons take the Shadowmonster to the dimensional
portal and they activate it, suspending the beast in time forever.
Dao Lung says that this time, he did not fail his master. However,
Chen Long explains that he did not toss Dao Lung through the portal
because he failed him. It was done so he could aid the ultimate
Dragons in this victory. Chen Long then disappears to the higher
realm of chi to join the Oldest Dragon. As he departs for the spirit
realm, he leave behind some sort of gift that looks like a glowing ball
flying through the air. However, it's not clear what exactly this
gift is, and it seems to disappear. The brothers ask for
clarification, but Chen Long only says it will be made clear soon.
Epilogue Message: The Dragons are at the dimensional
portal in the underground using a pulley (attached to the Dragon Copter)
to lift some sort of stone block. Dao Lung says he was not strong
enough to defeat the Shadowmonster alone. Vortex says it took all
them working together. Billy says teamwork makes impossible jobs
possible. Jimmy says don't be a prima donna.
Dojo Master's review: I
don't care for this episode either. Despite all the supposed action
with dragons, monsters and flying machines blasting the crap out of each
other, this episode is boring. It's like the martial arts aspect of
this show has been completely eviscerated. Nobody even clashes
swords anymore. Everyone just flies around shooting green crap at
each other. This show isn't supposed to be like Power Rangers or
Voltron. It's supposed to be about martial arts and gang warfare in
a tough city. The first season sort of touched upon these aspects,
although it certainly had its fair share of green crap flying around the
screen. Still, that's a lot better than what the show has now
become. God I hate the second half of season two.