DD II Shrine
The Sight of Freedom
Episode written by Phil Harnage
The scene opens in Undertown. Daj's father
is giving a presentation to the Undertown citizens from a type of
auditorium/amphitheatre. He is saying that today, the citizens of
Metro City are accepting the mutants of Undertown as equal citizens.
Ice Pick and Jawbreaker are seen watching the
presentation from a set of pipes high above. Ice Pick radios the
Shadow Master to tell him that the mutants are working themselves into a
frenzy. The Shadow Master is quite pleased and tells Ice Pick this is
From an auditorium above ground, some Metro City
citizens are watching Daj's father's speech via two large TV screens.
Billy and Jimmy are present as well, and are noting how some of the Metro
City citizens aren't too happy about this claimed equality. In fact,
several citizens are holding anti-mutant signs and protesting.
Even the police commissioner appears unhappy about this.
Daj's father then cuts a ribbon to symbolize breaking
down the barrier between Metro City and Undertown, and several mutants head
upward toward Metro City via an elevator lift.
In the background, a group of Shadow Warriors are seen
hiding under tattered clothes. Trigger Happy then tells the group
they've got a party to start. The mayor tells the commissioner
that he hopes his men are prepared. This could get out of hand real
As the elevator lift appears, a group of protesters
begin running toward the mutants. However, Billy notices they aren't
protesters - they're Shadow Warriors. Billy and Jimmy fight off a
couple of nameless Shadow Warriors, and the commissioner tells them to get
the mayor to safety while he takes care of this. The brothers seem
overjoyed to comply with this request.
As the commissioner radios his officers, Trigger Happy
ambushes them and blasts their knight clubs out of their hands, chasing them
off. As the other officers attempt to move in, Sickle appears and cuts
down some pillars, preventing the officers from approaching.
Jimmy notes that things are heating up, and the brothers
run off into a building and transform into the Double Dragons. The
brothers then begin dispatching Shadow Warriors, and Daj's father tells the
mutants not to get involved or they'll harm their own goals. Billy and
Jimmy grab some citizens who are trying to attack the mutants, and
they tell them to take their hate somewhere else. The brothers then
help the police stop the riot.
Back at the Shadow Dojo, the Shadow Master is
congratulating his warriors for causing the Metro City citizens and the Undertown mutants to distrust and hate each other. Shadow Master then
asks Ice Pick how his weapons factory is progressing, and a TV screen
appears showing Ice Pick overlooking an underground facility. Ice Pick
says it's progressing, but he's having trouble getting enough mutant
workers. Shadow Master says it's because the mutants are too busy
dreaming about a normal life. They need to have their dreams crushed,
and that's where Jawbreaker comes in.
The scene cuts to a house above ground at night.
Inside the house, the commissioner is talking to his 11-year-old blind
daughter, Sammy (Samantha). Unfortunately, he seems to be treating his daughter
like a baby, apparently because of her blindness. He tells Sammy to
lock the door as he's leaving, but she doesn't. Instead, she turns on
the TV and listens to a report about a riot that was stopped by the Double
Dragons. Sammy then hears the doorbell ring and assumes it's her
father. However, it turns out to be Jawbreaker, and he kicks open the door and kidnaps Sammy.
As Sammy is being kidnapped, we hear the news reporter talking about an
upcoming interview with the commissioner.
At the TV station, the commissioner is being prepped
for an interview when he receives a note informing him Sammy has been
kidnapped. As the scene cuts to the Dragon Dojo, we continue to hear
the news report as Billy and Jimmy watch their TV screen. The news
reporter announces that the interview with Commissioner Bricks has been
cancelled because his blind daughter was kidnapped by mutants.
However, Billy is quite aware that this timing is perfect for someone like
the Shadow Master. Billy then takes goes to head off Bricks while Jimmy
goes to find Daj's father, who has been blamed for the ransom note.
We then see Jawbreaker keeping Sammy in a dimly lit
cave. She's not tied up, but is instead sitting on a wooden box and
trying to talk to Jawbreaker. She asks to touch his face, but Jawbreaker says
he's ugly and she should stay away. Sammy says that her mother told
her ugliness is something you find inside a person, not outside. She
then touches Jawbreaker's face and realizes where he gets his name.
However, Sammy isn't the least bit afraid and asks if he's a mutant.
Jawbreaker doesn't respond, and Sammy says it's nothing to be ashamed of.
Jawbreaker tells Sammy that everyone says mutants are bad. However,
Sammy says Jawbreaker sounds like her father, who's more blind than she is
because he can't see that mutants are people too.
Commissioner Bricks is seen telling his officers
that he wants the freaks who kidnapped his daughter. Billy appears and tells Bricks he doesn't think any mutants did this. The
Shadow Warriors are the real culprits. However, Bricks won't listen to
reason and tells Billy he's out of his jurisdiction. Billy then says
he's still going with Bricks - mayor's orders.
Jimmy is seen talking to Daj's father at the elevator
lift about the kidnapping. Jimmy reads a separate note given to Daj's
father by the Shadow Warriors. It says the mutants will be blamed for
the girl's kidnapping if he doesn't show up at Undertown square at 8 o'clock
tonight. Just then, Bricks arrives on the elevator lift and announces
that Daj's father is under arrest. Billy tells Bricks to try talking
to him first. Daj's father then offers to help.
In the background, we see Ice Pick and Trigger Happy
getting ready for an ambush. Trigger Happy asks if they should blast
them now, but Ice Pick says no. Trigger Happy says the heck with that
and opens fire anyway. The resulting attack causes Bricks to believe
that he's been set up by Daj's father, and he orders his officers to open
fire, which they do (on Trigger Happy). A group of mutants then begins
rushing toward the lift, but Daj's father tries to tell them this isn't his
doing. Billy tells Jimmy they need to stop this.
The brothers transform and stand in the way of the
mutants. The mutants then spot the Double Dragons and turn around,
running away in fear. Ice Pick and Trigger Happy get ready to retreat,
but the Double Dragons intervene and tell the Shadows to take them to the
commissioner's daughter. However, Trigger Happy blasts the roof of the
cabin they're hiding in, and he and Ice Pick run away as the roof collapses
in front of the Dragons. While Ice Pick is running away, he
communicates with the Shadow Master by way of video phone/radio and tells him everything
is going according to plan. He then asks about the girl, and the
Shadow Master says to eliminate her.
Ice Pick tells Trigger Happy to keep the SWAT team busy
while he takes off. Billy and Jimmy say that it's time to end this,
and they run toward Trigger Happy while deflecting his blasts with their swords.
Just as the brothers are taking care of Trigger Happy and some Shadow
Warriors, Sickle jumps into the fight. However, he's quickly
dispatched, and Billy says Trigger Happy is coming with him. Billy and
Jimmy then take Trigger Happy over to Bricks, but Trigger Happy calls for
help, and a bunch of nameless Shadow Warriors start opening fire on the
officers. As Bricks returns fire, he knocks a pipe down in front of
the Dragons, allowing the Shadows to escape.
Back in the cave, Sammy is showing Jawbreaker how to
make funny shapes with rubber bands. Jawbreaker seems to be enjoying
himself, but just then, Ice Pick appears and says "How touching." Ice
Pick says it's time to get rid of her, but Jawbreaker won't allow it.
As Ice Pick starts moving toward Sammy, Jawbreaker goes ballistic and tosses
Ice Pick into a wall. Jawbreaker then picks Sammy up on his shoulder
and carries her out of the cave, saying he won't let anyone hurt her.
Ice Pick then yells that the Shadow Master won't be happy about this, and we
see Daj's father in the background, hiding behind a rock.
Back at the elevator lift area, Billy (in his costume)
is trying to tell Bricks that the Shadow Warriors were responsible. At
the same time, Daj's father appears and says he knows where Bricks' daughter
is. Bricks attempts to handcuff Daj's father, but Billy, Jimmy and
Daj's father manage to convince Bricks to at least check it out. The
four then take off to find Sammy.
Ice Pick is seen standing outside the Shadow Master's
factory when he hears the Dragons and their friends approaching. Ice
Pick then runs behind a rock and Jimmy spots the Shadow Master's illegal
weapons factory. Sammy is then seen hiding behind a nearby rock as
well with Jawbreaker. She hears her father calling for her, and she
signals him to come over. Bricks hugs Sammy and asks if the mutants
hurt her. Sammy then says that Jawbreaker saved her, and she tells him
to come out. Jawbreaker then steps out of the shadows as Billy and
Jimmy look at each other in disbelief.
Daj's father approaches Jawbreaker and shakes hands
with him. Jawbreaker says he's a mutant, just like Daj's father.
Jawbreaker then says he will join the other mutants. However, Trigger
Happy and Ice Pick appear from behind everyone and attempt to ambush them.
As Trigger Happy begins opening fire, Ice Pick tells him to be careful not
to blow up the weapons factory with all the explosives laying around.
However, Trigger Happy does just that, and during the commotion, a barrel of
waste falls onto Bricks, pinning him. Daj's father then pulls the
barrel off Bricks, and Bricks asks why he saved him. Daj's father says
humans help humans.
The weapons factory continues exploding, and Bricks
says they're trapped; it's too dark for them to find their way out.
However, Sammy doesn't need to see, and she leads them out of the collapsing
cave by heading toward a gust of fresh air. In a more lighted area,
she points toward an air vent, but Bricks says it's too small to get
through. Billy and Jimmy then transform into their more powerful
"ultimate" armor, and Billy uses his twirling propeller blades to burrow a
man-sized tunnel out of the cave. Everyone escapes as the tunnel
collapses behind them.
Back at the elevator lift, Trigger Happy has the
officers trapped and is toying with them by shooting at their feet.
Billy and Jimmy step in and send Trigger Happy and a group of Shadow
Warriors packing. As another group of Shadow Warriors rushes toward
Daj's father and Bricks, Daj's father takes them out using some surprising
martial arts skills. When Sickle then attempts to step in, Bricks
blasts him with his shoulder-mounted plasma canon. Jawbreaker also
aids the good guys by taking out Shadow Warriors.
Ice Pick then says that they can't stop the bomb he's
planted in the elevator lift. However, Jimmy takes care of Ice Pick
and some Shadow Warriors while Billy goes for the bomb. Billy then
grabs the bomb and then flies it above ground where it detonates safely over
a large body of water.
Back at the elevator lift, a bunch of fireworks are
going off while Bricks says he will protect the mutants' rights and Daj's
father says they will be good citizens. Billy then tells Jawbreaker
"Welcome to the good guys, JB."
Epilogue Message: We see Billy, Jimmy, Jawbreaker,
Sammy and Daj's father standing inside the Dragon Dojo. Billy says
it's only human to make judgments about people based on what they look like.
Sammy notes that her father never thought she could get them out of that
cave because she was blind. Billy says to give people a chance because
there's always more there than meets the eye.
Dojo Master's review: This is a bland episode.
The whole mutant theme (hello X-men ripoff) is boring and totally
uninteresting. Also, Jawbreaker's change of heart isn't very
believable considering his past transgressions against kids like Michael.
The Shadow Master is only present in a few small scenes when he is
congratulating his lackeys or giving orders, and the Shadow Khan isn't even
mentioned. Where is bad guy in this episode? Oh yeah, I forgot.
This is a cheesy inspirational episode. So the bad guy is prejudice.
God, I can't believe I just wrote that. But it's true. Other
supporting characters are also missing. No Dragon Warriors. No
Junior Dragons. No Marian (seriously. Where the hell has she
gone for most of season two?).
In the first season, mutants were shown to live in
Metro City (not underground) and to be mindless criminals. There was
no further explanation, but they were shown to be bad. So this change
of tone in season two is just weird. I also found it odd that the
brothers used their old, standard-level armor for most of the episode just
to utilize their stronger, "ultimate" armor at the end. Why not use
the stronger armor the entire time?
In all, I don't really care for the mutant theme.
I didn't like it in season two of Dark Angel, and I don't like it here.