DD II Shrine
Episode written by Phil Harnage
It's night time and we're given a view of the
outside of an armory. As a mutant rat crawls out of the sewer and
sniffs the armory's electric fence, it gets an unwanted shock and is sent
scurrying away crying. An armored vehicle then approaches with the
Dragon Cruiser following behind it.
Marian steps out of the Dragon Cruiser and gives a
thankful nod to the Lee twins. A large canon on tank treads is being
rolled out of the back of the armored vehicle. It looks somewhat like
CLU from the season 1 episode "Dragon Hunt," except it does not appear to
sentient. Jimmy notes that the "positron canon" looks mean.
Billy remarks that he's surprised the Shadow Master didn't try to snatch it,
but Jimmy holds up his Dragon Claw from the prior episode and brags
that thanks to the Dragon Claws, the Shadow Master doesn't stand a chance
now. The Lees then take off.
Almost immediately after, a Shadow vehicle drives out
from a dark alley and returns to the Shadow Dojo. Trigger Happy and
Sickle step out of vehicle and complain that they should have taken the
positron canon - the Shadow Master should have let them try. However,
a strange, floating mechanical orb is seen hovering above the two Shadow
warriors' heads, which they are completely oblivious to. Suddenly, the
orb starts opening fire on them, and we hear Ice Pick laughing in the
background. The camera then cuts to the main room of the Shadow Dojo,
where Ice Pick is telling the Shadow Master that his new reality simulator
is working like a charm.
We see Ice Pick sitting in a chair wearing what sort of
looks like a Power Glove and virtual reality goggles. Ice Pick
explains that thanks to the power of the Black Flame, whatever happens in
this video game he is playing occurs in the real world too. The Shadow
Master is able to watch the orb blasting his two cronies via a spherical
screen right in front of Ice Pick.
In the background we see the Shadow Khan's
shield/prison hanging on the Shadow Mural. Shadow Khan begins taunting
and insulting the Shadow Master - especially his leadership abilities - when
Trigger Happy and Sickle run in claiming "someone is shooting as us" and
"they're invisible!" The Shadow Mater explains to the two knuckleheads
that they have just tasted the new reality simulator, and that the machine
is going to be used to get inside the Dragon Dojo to retrieve the Dragon
Claws - tonight.
The camera cuts to the Dragon Dojo. Billy steps
outside to give a bone to a mutant dog who is guarding the dojo.
Inside, the Lees place their Dragon Claws in a protective chest while Jimmy
questions why Billy is feeding "that thing" (the dog). Billy
that the so-called "thing" has feelings. This doesn't persuade Jimmy at
all. The brothers state that they could use some sleep, and we see a
Shadow vehicle approach the front of the Dojo. The guard dog begins
barking and Trigger Happy takes aim with a mounted turret, getting ready to
"French fry" the mutt. However, the Shadow Master intervenes via radio
communication, telling Trigger Happy he wants the dog alive.
So instead, Trigger Happy tosses a stungas grenade,
rendering the dog unconscious. He then picks it up and places it into
a burlap sack. Ice Pick begins his assault with the reality simulator
(the orb is seen floating outside the dojo), and the resulting explosions
knock Billy out of bed. Billy thinks it's an earthquake, but Jimmy
runs in and tells him they're under attack.
Back in the Shadow Dojo, Shadow Master is yelling at
Ice Pick, wondering why he can't do better. Ice Pick apparently isn't
providing the appropriate results fast enough. Shadow Khan then taunts the
Shadow Master, to which the Shadow Master replies that when he wants his opinion,
he'll hammer it out of him. Shadow Master tells Ice Pick to blast the
main doors of the Dragon Dojo, but Ice Pick says that while he can invent
this game, he can't play it.
Ice Pick finally breaches the main doors and the Shadow
warriors flood the Dragon Dojo. Billy and Jimmy retrieve their swords
and do their transformation thing. Sickle, Trigger Happy and some
nameless Shadow goons try to go for the Dragon Claw chest when the Double
Dragons intervene. Their defense is rendered helpless when Trigger
Happy tosses one of those stungas grenades, leaving the Dragons coughing and
disoriented due to the smoke cloud. The Shadow warriors run out with
the Dragon Claws. As Jimmy runs out and tries to blast the Shadows
with his sword, Ice Pick intervenes and blasts the ground near Jimmy's feet.
Jimmy gets knocked back and tells Billy he doesn't know what hit him.
Billy says that the Shadow Master must have himself a new weapon.
We cut back to the Shadow Dojo where the Shadow
warriors present the Dragon Claw chest. As they open it, the Dragon
Claws begin glowing. Ice Pick tries to touch them like an idiot and
gets blasted back by their energy. Shadow Master rightfully calls him
an idiot and notes that they're Dragon artifacts - no Shadow may touch them.
Shadow Khan tries to "command" the Shadow warriors to
destroy the Dragon Claws, but Shadow Master tells him to shut up; he
commands no one. Ice Pick then realizes that the Dragon Claws are so
powerful they're even reducing the size of the Black Flame itself, taking
its energy down to dangerously low levels. Shadow Master says that is
why they need the positron canon to replenish the power of the Black Flame.
First, however, they have to deal with the Double Dragons.
Ice Pick then tests out a previously undisclosed feature on
the reality simulator to trap the Double Dragons. Ice Picks heads over
to a keyboard and energizes the "digitizer," which shoots a beam of light
(think Star Trek - "beam me up Scotty!") that converts Billy's dog into a
digital form. The dog is now physically within the video game Ice Pick
Back at the Dragon Dojo, the brothers are outside
repairing their building when Jimmy again makes fun of Billy's dog, saying
"some watch dog" he is. Billy hopes the Shadows didn't hurt him.
Danny, the video game nut from the prior episode, comes over to the
brothers. Jimmy tells him they had a little trouble, then asks if
Danny is still going to check out the Junior Dragons program. Danny
says yeah, but he has to practice for the next round of video game
tournaments. Jimmy mutters that Danny leaves and breathes video games
- a bit too much probably.
We fast-forward to evening time, where inside the Dojo
Billy is telling Kona and Chop to guard the armory while he and Jimmy go
after the Dragon Claws. Billy and Jimmy transform, then head for the
Shadow Dojo. Jimmy finds the secret backdoor to the dojo that he
remembered from his time as the Shadow Boss. When the Dragons enter
and spot the Dragon Claw chest, Billy warns that the scenario doesn't seem
right. Ice Pick, Sickle and Trigger Happy suddenly appear.
Trigger Happy then manages to blast the Dragons' swords out of their
hands, causing them to de-transform. As they try to avoid the incoming
fire, Ice Pick deploys the Digitizer trap and scans them into the reality simulator.
Immediately after, the Shadow Master arrives and announces that everyone
will have the chance to hone their shooting skills on the Double Dragons.
Billy and Jimmy are next seen running inside the
virtual reality game with the dog in toe (Billy is carrying the dog in his
arms). The brothers quickly figure out that they are inside a video
game, and they even seem to spot the flying orb that has been shooting at
As Ice Pick continues to attempt to blast the Dragons
inside the game, he finds he's unable to do any meaningful damage - as far
as the Dragons are concerned. Ice Pick seems to have forgotten that
the orb actually shoots objects in the real world, and during his shooting
spree he blows up an actual Shadow assault vehicle in the real world.
The Shadow Master then calls Ice Pick a fool for blowing up one of their
Trigger Happy then mocks Ice Pick's shooting skills and
takes over on the controls. Inside the game Jimmy is questioning why
Billy is bothering to carry the mutant dog. Billy asks Jimmy if he
ever had a dog when he was growing up, to which Jimmy replies "I was raised
by the Shadow Master." Billy then decides to name the dog "Legs."
As Trigger Happy tries to blast the Double Dragons, he
shoots the outside of the Shadow Dojo in the real world, causing a small
earthquake that sends small pieces of debris falling down. Trigger
Happy then gives up on his attempts at blasting the Dragons.
A frustrated Shadow Master then tells Ice Pick that if
he values his life, he'll find someone who can play the video game.
The Shadow Master grabs the Shadow Khan off the mural and announces that he
and the Shadow Warriors are going to attack the armory. They will head
over and await Ice Pick's attack with the virtual reality system. Ice
Pick already knows who he wants to use for his game.
In the next scene we see Danny in a local arcade
playing some sort of shooting game where you sit in a car-like arcade
machine that swivels as you steer. Ice Pick shows up and tries to talk
to Danny, but Danny tells him to beat it. Ice Pick responds by pulling
his typically unused sword out and destroying the arcade machine.
Danny then recognizes that Ice Pick works for the Shadow Master.
However, Ice Pick offers Danny the chance to play a new video game against
the ultimate opponents - the Double Dragons. Danny is intrigued by the
prospect of facing such difficult opponents, but he obviously doesn't
realize that he'll be facing the real Dragon masters.
Back inside the Shadow Dojo, Danny climbs onto Ice
Pick's virtual reality machine and puts on the goggles and glove. Ice
Pick then tells Danny to destroy the Dragon masters and then the armory.
Danny begins shooting at the Dragon masters and spouting one-liners in the
process such as "It's a high noon and I'm a gunnin' for ya Dragon masters."
Inside the game, Billy and Jimmy can hear Danny's voice.
As Danny continues his assault, he unknowingly starts
destroying actual buildings in Metro City and causing mass hysteria.
Jimmy then devises a plan. He stands up from his source of protective
cover (a pile of rubble) and tells Danny that the game is no fair because
Billy and him don't have their swords. Danny still thinks this is just
a game, and he agrees with Jimmy (who he believes is just AI of Jimmy).
He then asks Ice Pick how to get the Dragon masters their swords.
As he asks this, Danny then spots the actual Dragon
swords not too far away from the machine and notes that the Dragon masters
would never leave their swords behind. Billy overhears Danny and
speaks to him directly, saying that they're real and that they've been
digitized. At the same time, Ice Pick attempts to grab a Dragon sword
and gets knocked back by the sword's protective energy barrier (that lights
up whenever an evil person touches it). Ice Pick lands on the machine,
and Danny presses a button, digitizing Ice Pick into the game.
Ice Pick lands inside the game, right in front of Billy
and Jimmy. As Ice Pick prepares to attack the brothers, Legs attacks
Ice Pick and chases him away. Danny then digitizes the Dragon swords
into the game, and Danny asks how he can get the brothers out of the game
while they ponder the same issue. In the mean time, Jimmy asks if
Danny would like to "kick some Shadow butt."
Outside the armory, Shadow Master is standing in his
fully powered-up armor with his warriors when he notes that something seems
wrong. The attack should have started by now. Suddenly, Danny
opens fire on the Shadows, knocking Shadow Master's weapon out of his hand
and blowing up a nearby Shadow vehicle.
Back inside the game, Billy and Jimmy run inside the
Shadow Dojo when Jimmy says that he has a theory. If the twins can
create a feedback loop to interact with the Black Flame, they might be able
to get out. Meanwhile, the Shadow Master teleports back to the actual
Shadow Dojo and grabs Danny, telling him to do exactly what he says if he
wants to live.
Inside the game, Billy and Jimmy reach the digital
image of the Black Flame and transform into the Double Dragons.
Together, they then blast the digital Black Flame. The Dragons'
sword-based energy blast from travels through the digital Black Flame and
out the real Black Flame, knocking Shadow Master down and pinning him on the
ground as he tries to block the energy with the Shadow Khan's shield.
Ice Pick arrives in the Dragons' location and again attempts an attack only
to be driven off by Legs once more.
Billy and Jimmy tell Danny to blast the Black Flame,
and Shadow Master tells Danny to blast the Dragons. Danny blasts the
Black Flame, which knocks Shadow Master clean through a nearby wall and out
of the room. It also destroys the virtual reality machine and brings
everyone out of the virtual reality game.
The Dojo begins to crumble and Billy decides to take
Danny out of the collapsing building while Jimmy decides to go for the
Dragon Claws. As the two head in opposite directions, Shadow Master
reappears and attempts to blast the "traitor" (Jimmy) when Legs attacks
Shadow Master. However, Shadow Master throws Legs to the ground, who
appears to be injured. Jimmy is then left with a choice: save the
Dragon Claws or save the dog. As Shadow Master mocks Jimmy's
predicament, he gets blasted by some sort of energy from the Black Flame
that teleports him out of the Dojo. Jimmy chooses to save the dog and
runs out of the Dojo as it collapses and explodes behind him.
Back at the Dragon Dojo, Billy and Danny are sitting
outside talking. Billy asks how the video championships went, and
Danny notes that they went great; he's the best. However, he thought being
the best would mean more to him, and he asks if he can make it as a Junior
Dragon. Billy, of course, notes that he can. Meanwhile, Jimmy is
playing with a bandaged-up Legs and noting how he taught Legs to fetch.
Jimmy notes that maybe Legs can help them find the Dragon Claws, and Billy
asks Jimmy who's training who.
Epilogue-Message: Jimmy and Danny are inside the
local arcade. Jimmy is playing a game while Danny cheers him on.
Danny notes how some people can let video games take over their lives
(alluding to himself with a small replay of scenes from the episode).
He then talks about how Billy and Jimmy taught him to balance the important
things in his life, and Jimmy reinforces the importance of balance as well.
A high-five and a "by the power of the Dragon" close out the episode.
Dojo Master's review: Unfortunately, this is another mediocre episode.
The fact that the cartoon alludes to video games so much, especially with a
"balance your play time" theme, is quite strange considering the irony.
Still, the ultimate message is correct. But the entire virtual reality
focus is just plain strange and doesn't make any sense. I have to
admit, I was pretty confused as I tried to type up this summary because I
couldn't grasp why Ice Pick needed a video game simulation of the real world
to fly an orb around and blast objects in the real world. Couldn't he
just, you know, fly the laser-shooting orb around by itself? Isn't
that called "remote control"? Do you really need virtual reality for
that? Ultimately, the episode lacks combat and excitement except for the assault
on the Dragon Dojo. This isn't the only virtual reality episode to be
featured in the series, but it might be the least entertaining one.