DD II Shrine
Episode written by Sandra Ryan
The episode opens on a sunny day
in Metro City. A bunch of kids are outside playing on the sidewalk
when smoke begins emerging from a sewer vent. Suddenly, the Shadow
Khan emerges and fires a terror disc at a kid who is rollerblading nearby.
The kid then evidently falls down a pit. As the kid grabs onto a
root to stop from falling, the root appears to come alive and begins
growling at him, which scares him even further.
The camera then cuts to a girl who is playing on the
sidewalk. Khan hits her with a terror disc and she suffers a
hallucination in which she is about to be eaten by a giant spider. Khan
then fires terror discs at three more kids while saying vampires
feed on blood; he feeds on fear.
In a peaceful park setting, Billy, Jimmy and Kona are
watching Michael as he fights in a tournament with another young
martial artist. As the boys exchange attacks, Michael gains the
upper hand and scores a point. However, this tournament is quickly
interrupted by the young girl from earlier when she runs right across the
sparring mat while trying to evade the giant spider illusion. Billy grabs
the girl and asks her what happened, but Jimmy says "later with the
questions, bro" and slices at the giant spider illusion, causing it to
vanish. The brothers note that it must be terror discs, which means
the Shadow Khan is back.
The brothers then jump into a nearby section of the
park and transform into the Double Dragons and Kona transforms into his
Dragon Warrior costume as well. Jimmy then spots another kid running
from a man-eating tree and blasts it with his sword, causing the illusion
to disappear. The brothers spot other illusions and other kids as
well. They then note that Khan is targeting kids, and Kona says his
strength is useless against something that exists only in a child's mind.
The brothers say that they have to stop the source of the illusions, and
they head off to find Khan.
The Dragons then find Khan standing over what looks
like the previous hole that the first kid fell down. As the Dragons
watch without interrupting, Khan begins chanting something that sounds like a
summoning spell. He calls on his "Terror Warriors" to arise, and Kona says they must stop him now. However, Khan says they are too
late, and four warriors wielding various martial arts weapons appear
before the Dragons. Khan tells his minions to crush the Dragons, and
the Terrors Warriors attack the Dragons.
The Double Dragons manage to put up a good fight, but
Kona gets hit by a terror disc (the Terror Warriors can create illusions
with their weapons), temporarily disabling him, and Billy steps in to save
him. Before the two Dragons can even catch their breath, two Terror
Warriors reappear and launch another attack against Billy and Kona.
Meanwhile, Jimmy is busy fighting another Terror Warrior in the sewer when
the Terror Warrior wraps the chain/rope part of his weapon around Jimmy
and causes him to suffer a hallucination that he is being chased by a
bear. Billy then drops down into the sewer and knocks the Terror
Warrior out of the way. As he helps Jimmy escape, Kona jumps in and
blocks the Terrors Warriors' blasts using a large metal panel.
The three Dragons jump out of the sewer and back into
the construction area they were previously fighting in. Before they
can attempt to go any farther, the Terror Warriors jump in front of them,
ready for another fight. Billy then fires his sword at the warriors,
but the energy blasts pass right through them. Billy appears
completely stunned, stating, "Dragon bolts don't affect them...."
Jimmy then tells Billy to follow his lead, and Jimmy
opens fire on a nearby support pillar with Kona following suit. The
Dragons bring down the unfinished building on the Terror Warriors only to
see them emerge from the rubble unharmed yet again. The Dragons are
forced to retreat as a nearby news van catches some footage of the event.
The Shadow Master is then seen watching the news on a
TV screen in his Dojo. He is aware that Khan has resurrected his
ancient warriors and says "how unfortunate." In this scene, the
Shadow Master is shown wearing the armor Khan previously gave him, and
he's holding Khan's shield as well. Countdown then speaks from
inside the shield and says, "We're going to make them eat plasma, right
master?" The Shadow Master laughs and says not quite yet.
Back at the Dragon Dojo, the brothers and the Dragon
Warriors are watching the mass hysteria on a TV/computer screen in the
garage/underground section of the Dojo. Billy slams his fists on the
computer terminal and says there has to be a way to stop this. Jimmy
says without the Dragon Claws, they're useless against Khan. Billy
then says they need armor, and they both say "Komodo Kami!" at the same
Billy, Jimmy and Kona head through a back alley toward
the Komodo Dojo. When they arrive at the door, they see a sign
saying all classes cancelled. Billy says that Kami would never close
her dojo. However, Jimmy hears some people chanting/meditating, and the Dragons enter the dojo. Inside, they find Kami
and Su Lien meditating. Su Lien jokingly states that they will get
nothing done with these three here, and she suggests tea.
Billy asks Kami for new armor, but Kami says a few
months ago she decided to put all thoughts of revenge behind her, and she
went to Su Lien for guidance. Making new armor would bring all those
bad feelings back.
Just as Jimmy tells Kami to look outside to see the
devastation for herself, a Terror Warrior breaks through the glass ceiling
and hits Kami with an illusion which causes her to see the Shadow Master
in her reflection in the water (the Dojo looks like a Japanese teahouse
and apparently has a small bridge built over a small stream of water for
aesthetic purposes). The brothers blast the warrior with their
swords, but once again, the blasts do nothing. Su Lien then says
that there is another way, and she tells the Dragons to focus their chi
energy to make this evil go away. As Su Lien and Kona each put their
hands together in a praying position, the brothers hold their swords
forward, and the four focus their chi, causing the Terror Warrior to fly
out of the dojo through the hole in the ceiling.
Meanwhile, Kami is lying on the floor and nearly crying
because her worst fear is that deep down, she's just as vengeful as the
Shadow Master. Su Lien says Kami's chi will never be in balance
unless she understands her anger against the Shadows. The Dragons
are offering her that opportunity.
Kami says that the armor must be tempered in the Black
Flame, but what if she bows to its dark power? Su Lien says she must
balance the yin and yang in herself and in the armor. Kami decides
to help the brothers. Kami is then seen designing three new sets of
armor on a computer (one for herself, two for the brothers), and a nearby
assembly line begins crafting the sets.
The brothers arrive at the Shadow Dojo and carry the
armor inside. Kami tells the brothers to watch for the Shadow Master
while she takes care of the tempering process. Jimmy wonders if Kami
is OK, and Billy says he's more worried about why the Shadow Master let
them in without a fight. Kami begins the tempering process and says
that her father called it the ultimate armor. She says she will wear
However, the Shadow Master appears behind Kami and
laughs as he notes there are three suits of armor; two for the Dragon
Masters, which he will destroy, and one for himself. On the other
side of the Black Flame, Billy and Jimmy begin fighting the Shadow
Warriors when Jimmy says he will watch Kami's back.
The Shadow Master congratulates Kami on her dark side
winning once more, and he blasts her toward Billy. The Shadow Master
then puts on the third set of armor, and his armor changes to a new form
which looks somewhat like Kami's previous armor, except the chest and arm
areas are now open, like a sleeveless shirt. There also seems to be
some sort of power pack on his back which is connected to a wrist-mounted
blaster on his right arm. And the Shadow Master's weapon now looks
more mechanical, almost like a wrench.
The Shadow Master uses his new armor to blast Jimmy
over the nearby ledge (the Shadow Dojo has always had a central platform
built above an apparently bottomless pit), but Billy grabs his hand.
As Kami runs toward the two remaining armor sets, the
Shadow Master blasts them and tosses Kami aside as she yells "you'll
destroy them [the armor]!" Kami then nearly falls over the ledge as
well and Billy is forced to hold onto both Kami and Jimmy. As the
Shadow Master is about to blast everyone over the ledge, the Dragon
Warriors blast the Shadow Master's weapon out of his hand and run into the
dojo to save the brothers and Kami.
Everyone then opens fire on the Shadow Master, but his
armor makes him impervious - or so he claims. Kona tests this
imperviousness by picking the Shadow
Master up and chucking him across the room. In a surprise move, Kami
dives directly into the Black Flame and grabs the melted armor pieces.
The Dragons and Kami then leave the Shadow Dojo as the Shadow Master fires
at them with his wrist-mounted blaster. As the Dragon Cruiser heads
back toward the Dragon Dojo, it drives
past a TV shop where we see the Shadow Khan on a bunch of TV screens
telling everyone that the city now belongs to him. Everything
Back at the Dragon Dojo, Billy, Jimmy, Kona, Kami and
Su Lien are looking at the melted armor pieces. Kami says the armor
has been warped by the Black Flame and she doesn't think she can fix it.
Su Lien then says there is another type of tempering that is stronger than
the Black Flame. Kami must balance the evil with the good.
Kami sits on her knees and says "I will choose hope."
Energy then shoots from her hands, tempering the armor. Su Lien then
says "The armor is good," and she tells the Dragons to try them on.
Billy and Jimmy put on the armor and touch their swords together, saying
"Ultimate might. Ultimate right." The brothers transform into
their new, fully powered armor. Jimmy's armor is blue on the outside
and features a Dragon-shaped blaster on his right arm (sort of like Mega
Man's arm canon). Billy's armor is red on the outside and features
two blades which can be fit together to use like a propeller. Their
new masks completely cover their faces as well.
Billy uses the propeller blades on his back to fly
himself and Jimmy toward the Shadow Dojo. As the Shadow Master heads
out in his Shadow Plane to face Khan with his new armor, he spots the
brothers in their new armor. The Shadow Master then attempts to
blast the Dragons, but Jimmy hits the Shadow Plane with a blast from his
arm canon, causing it to crash into a nearby pool of water. The
Shadow Master ejects from the plane on one of its small, flying speeder
Billy says "my turn" and flies in front of the Shadow
Master using his propeller. He then detaches the propeller and faces
it toward the Shadow Master, causing a strong wind tunnel which knocks the
Shadow Master off his bike and into the water. Billy and Jimmy then
head onto "the main event" with "no intermission."
Billy and Jimmy face off with the Terror Warriors and
do quite well with their new armor and weapons. However, the Terror
Warriors manage to ensnare the brothers with the chain/rope part of their
weapons, and the Shadow Khan fires a terror disc at them as well.
Billy says the only way out is to balance their chi. The brothers
then hold each other's arms like they're in a football huddle and do a
loud "Ki-yah!" They then snap the rope that was wrapped around them
and blast the Terror Warriors as the illusions disappear. Billy then
holds his propeller toward the Shadow Khan, and Khan disappears in a vapor
trail of smoke.
Billy and Jimmy are seen standing on a rooftop with
Kami and Su Lien as they watch the neighborhood children playing on the
sidewalk once again. Billy offers Kami the chance to join the Dragon
Dojo, and Su Lien tells her to go with what her heart says. Kami
says yes, and we see Kami taking part in a formal knighting ceremony at
the Dragon Dojo were she is made into a Dragon Warrior. Kami then
activates her armor (from season one) for this first time during this
episode. She joins the brothers in saying "By the power of the
Dragon!", which is something she has always wanted to do.
Epilogue Message: Billy and Jimmy are sparring inside
the dojo. They talk about how people have a good side and a bad side
and how growing up is about learning your faults. Don't focus on the
bad. Everyone has something they should encourage in themselves.
Dojo Master's review: Ugh. I really do not
like this episode. It just betrays everything that the series has
established and turns the cartoon on its head. I understand the
Dragons are desperate and need new armor, but come on. How could
they could possibly wear any armor that has been tempered by the Black
Flame? They're Dragons for Christ's sake! During season
one it was established that the Black Flame could kill a good person like
a Dragon. And if Su Lien knew there was a better way to temper the
armor, why even bother with the Black Flame in the first place?
Hell, why did Kami's father need to use the Black Flame for this process?
Wasn't it also established in season one that this was the only way to
temper this armor? Why not just give the Dragons a new Dragon
artifact? That makes more sense than this.
I hate the look and function of the new armor. It
sucks. First of all, "Ultimate might, ultimate right" is stupid.
Second, the armor looks like a cross between a power ranger and Voltron
pilots. At least the Dragon Claw armor looked like actual Samurai
armor. In fact, it was really just upgraded Dragon armor. It
was simply a more metallic and badass version of the brother's prior
Double Dragon costumes. But this new stuff is just ugly. Also,
while it was a bit odd that the brothers used swords in the cartoon since,
uh, they're not allowed to harm anyone, at least the swords had a basis in
martial arts - Chinese martial arts especially (based on the type of
swords they're wielding). Sometimes it was cool to watch weapons
clash as the Dragons fought with the Shadow Master hand-to-hand, or
weapon-to-weapon, instead of blasting green stuff at each other. But
now the writers have abandoned this and turned Billy and Jimmy into flying
canons. When did Double Dragon become Mega Man?
I've watched this episode several times and I still
can't figure out how the hell the brothers got rid of the Shadow Khan.
Did they blow him away with a strong gust of wind? Did their good
feelings just drive him away? What is this "balance your chi" crap?
What's the point of new armor if you simply go into a football huddle,
shout "Ki-yah!" and drive everyone away with positive feelings? Am I
watching Barney now?
Screw this episode.