DD II Shrine
The Spirit in the Sword
Episode written by Doug Booth
The scene opens with Dr. Linquist excavating the
ancient Dragon Temple in Undertown. He retrieves a large sword from
beneath the dirt and radios Billy and Jimmy to let them know about the
artifact. The brothers receive the call above ground while driving
around in the Dragon Cruiser. They respond to the call and head toward
Undertown. However, Ice Pick is seen laughing in the background
outside the Dragon Temple as he sends nameless Shadow Warriors to converge
on Dr. Linquist.
Billy and Jimmy arrive to find the Shadow Master and
his cronies taking the sword away from Dr. Linquist. However, Dr.
Linquist puts up quite a fight and whacks a couple of Shadow Warriors with
his shovel, causing them to drop the chest containing the sword (this causes
the sword to fall out of the chest). The Shadow Master then attempts
to blast Dr. Linquist with his weapon, but Billy does a flying jump kick and
hits the Shadow Master's weapon, causing the energy blast to miss.
Jimmy then picks up the large, ancient sword and
dispatches Ice Pick. Billy dispatches a group of Shadow Warriors as
well. However, the Shadow Master aims his weapon at Dr. Linquist and
tells the brothers to choose between him and the sword. Jimmy quickly
tosses the sword to Billy and then does a flying kick into a pillar.
The pillar then falls directly in front of Dr. Linquist and blocks the
Shadow Master's energy blast. The brothers then knock the Shadow
Master down with a dual flying jump kick.
As the brothers continue fighting the Shadow Warriors,
the Shadow Master blasts the sword, causing it to melt and warp. The
Shadow Master then begins breathing heavily as he notes that it took most of
his power to blast the weapon. The Shadow Master then disappears as
the remaining Shadow Warriors retreat.
Dr. Linquist says that it's a waste for a priceless
Dragon artifact to be ruined like that. But Jimmy says maybe not.
Before their eyes, the sword changes form to look like a metal dragon.
Billy says that even in defeat, the noble sword retains the spirit of the
Back at the Dragon Dojo, Chop is examining the sword's
remains with Vortex nearby when he notes that the metal is indeed special.
Not only is it nonmagnetic, but it is impervious to sub-ionic forces
(whatever that is). He says it will make a perfect addition to the
shielding for the Dragon Copter's center control module. (The Dragon Copter
from the prior episode is shown in the garage with Chop and Vortex. It
has apparently been built since that episode.)
Chop asks Vortex to pull out the blueprints for the
Dragon Copter. However, even with the blueprints right in front of him
and the words "central control module" written clearly on them, Vortex can't
seem to locate the central control module. Vortex walks away as Chop
Vortex is then seen welding the metal to the Dragon
Copter with the blueprints in front of him. However, he says out loud
that he doesn't know what he's doing. But if tells Chop he can't read,
Chop will boot him out of the shop. Vortex says "how hard can it be?"
and continues working on the Dragon Copter.
The scene then cuts to Metro City where we see a large,
public building with huge glass windows looking almost like a greenhouse.
Inside, a woman is giving a presentation to the mayor with Billy and other
people present. She describes this Metro Center and explains that it
is designed to rejuvenate the inner city. Billy will be providing
classes to local kids, and there will be a school providing adult education.
Among other things, there will also be a state-of-the-art factory that can
produce vehicles in record time. The Metro Center was possible only
because of a large donation from a Mrs. Chadwick, who is present.
Mrs. Chadwick then notes that she is a birdwatcher, but
for the life of her, she can't identify the type of birds circling above the
glass windows. At this point, Billy tells everyone that they must
leave quickly. However, the woman giving the presentation doesn't
understand why they need to leave simply because of a few birds. But
we quickly see that they're not birds at all - they're Shadow Warriors
flying on bird-shaped hang gliders. The hang gliders are being
escorted by a large helicopter with the Shadow Master onboard. The
helicopter lands on the roof and the Shadow Master tells everyone to secure
the building, with Sickle securing the roof.
The Shadow Warriors blast open a hole in the windows
and fly through, taking out the guards. As the Shadows swarm the
building, Billy ducks inside a back room. Ice Pick then begins
reprogramming the Metro Center's central computer for the Shadow Plane.
At this point he spots Mrs. Chadwick and begins laughing.
As Billy begins leaving the room he was hiding in, we
see that he was staying with the people who were giving/watching the
presentation. Billy is is then attacked by Trigger Happy and
Countdown, but he counterattacks and manages to knock them into a large
water fountain. As Billy tells his group to run far away from the
building, the woman who gave the presentation tells Billy that Mrs. Chadwick
isn't with them.
We then see Mrs. Chadwick cornered by Ice Pick and a
Shadow Warrior. However, she's whacking Ice Pick with a keyboard while
the screen above her shows the Shadow Master telling Ice Pick to bring this
elderly woman to him. Mrs. Chadwick then scoffs at the elderly remark
and knocks Ice Pick down. She then heads into the nearby room to find
the Shadow Master waiting. She drops her keyboard in shock as the
Shadow Master thanks her for the Metro Center. He explains that he's
going to use the factory to build several Shadow Planes (the ones that were
used in cyberspace in the prior episode) and become unstoppable.
Billy is seen hiding in an air vent overlooking the
Shadow Master's room. He radios Jimmy to tell him there's a problem.
Jimmy is seen receiving the call from inside the Dragon Copter with Vortex
and Chop. Jimmy then says that this will be a great way to break in
the Dragon Copter on its maiden flight. As Chop begins telling Vortex
to let the computer handle the tactical issues, the Copter begins to
malfunction. An image of a sword then appears on the screen where the
control panel is located and says the problem is that he's no longer in the
form of a sword and that some misbegotten whelp put him in a flying rickshaw
- the wrong way no less. The sword's chi is completely misdirected it
As Chop asks Vortex if he followed the blueprints,
Vortex stutters and says yes. But Chop wants to know why the computer
says it's all wrong. At this point, the sword then says he is not a
computer. He says that he is Dao Lung, Dragon spirit of the sword of
Chen Long. Together, they vanquished many Shadows, and for him to now
be imprisoned in a pony cart is a grave humiliation.
After Chop and Jimmy explain the power of the Dragon
Copter, Dao Lung apologizes and reconfigures the messed up circuitry,
causing the Dragon Copter to resume normal functioning.
Inside the Metro Center, Ice Pick has just built the
first Shadow Plane. As he's holding Mrs. Chadwick, he asks the Shadow
Master if they can get rid of her. However, she steps on "Mr.
Toothpick's" foot and tells him he has very bad manners. The Shadow
Master then invites Mrs. Chadwick to be rewarded for her donation by helping
them test out the weapons system. Billy radios Jimmy from inside the
air vent and tells him to hurry.
Inside the Dragon Copter, Jimmy says to bust in through
the dome, but the Dragon spirit says he has a better strategy. Before
he can explain it though, Jimmy says there's no time and he detaches Chop
and Vortex's pods from the Copter. However, Jimmy and Chop are quickly
blasted by a turret that is being operated on the Metro Center's roof by
Sickle and the Shadow Warriors. Jimmy and Chop then crash through the
glass of the Metro Center.
Inside the Metro Center, we see the Shadow Master
sitting inside the Shadow Plane and calibrating the weapons system for
testing on Mrs. Chadwick. Billy finally has enough of this and busts
out of the air vent. He takes out the nearby Shadow Warriors and helps
Mrs. Chadwick escape, standing in her place. The Shadow Master then
gets ready to blast Billy. Billy begins dodging the Shadow Master's
blasts, but he gets hit once and is forced to jump out the window, going
into free fall. Vortex is still flying overhead in the main portion of
the Dragon Copter, and he tells Dao Lung to save Billy.
A set of pinchers then opens on the front of the Copter
and grabs Billy before he hits the ground. As Billy thanks Vortex over
his radio, Dao Lung speaks up over a loudspeaker and says Vortex is
incompetent. It was he who actually saved Billy. Before Billy
can figure out what's going on, they come under attack from the rooftop
Shadows again. Vortex then takes control of the Copter and flies
around behind the Shadows, blowing up their separate copter and the rooftop
turret as well. Vortex asks Dao Lung what he thinks of that, but Dao
Lung says with these weapons, he could have easily stopped the hoards of
Genghis Khan single-handedly.
Jimmy and Chop are then seen crash landing inside a
park-like area of the Metro Center. Chop is dazed from the crash.
The Shadow Master spots Jimmy on camera and says that he will be a far more
entertaining target than Billy.
We also see Ice Pick walking Mrs. Chadwick down a
hallway and calling her an old bag, but she steps on his foot and runs away
again. As Ice Pick gives chase, Mrs. Chadwick runs into the factory
area and swings a mechanical arm into Ice Pick, knocking him down.
The Shadow Plane is then seen flying into the park area
where Jimmy spots it and says "oh no." As Jimmy runs from the Shadow
Master's blasts, he radios Vortex and Billy to tell them Chop is out of it
and he will be too if they don't help. The Dragon Copter then flies
inside the park area and Billy grabs hold of Jimmy from the front of the
Copter. The Shadow Plane then gives chase to the Dragon Copter as the
Dragon Copter sets Billy and Jimmy on the ground. Jimmy hands Billy
his sword and they transform into the Double Dragons. Vortex transform
inside the Copter as well.
Billy and Jimmy step into the crashed pods and head to
save Mrs. Chadwick. Dao Lung then senses a Shadow onboard the Shadow
Plane and says there's finally an enemy worth of his blade. The Copter
then blasts the Shadow Plane, which crashes through a window. Billy
and Jimmy then reconnect to the Copter, and the Shadow Plane flies back in
through the broken window, resuming its attack. A chase ensues with
the Dragon Copter pulling off a tricky maneuver. The Shadow Plane then
hits a wall and crashes into the ground.
Before they can truly celebrate, however, the Dragons
spot Ice Pick on a large screen holding Mrs. Chadwick hostage and telling
them to surrender or else. Yet again, the old woman steps on his foot
and runs away. The brothers then detach their pods again and head to
save Mrs. Chadwick while the Shadow Plane resumes flight and begins
attacking the Copter.
Before Ice Pick can touch Mrs. Chadwick, the brothers
step in and kick his butt, forcing him to flee on his hang glider.
Billy then spots the Dragon Copter on a TV screen, which is being hit by the
Shadow Plane's blast. The brothers jump back into their pods and head
toward the Copter. We then see Vortex ejecting from the Copter as it
flies out of the building. As the Shadow Master tries to blast Vortex,
the Dragon Copter flies back in and rams the Shadow Plane.
However, this does not manage to stop the Shadow Plane,
and the Shadow Master attempts to blast Vortex again. The Double
Dragons then arrive and fly directly above the Shadow Plane. The
Dragons open their cockpits, pull out their swords and use them to blast the
wings off the Shadow Plane. As the plane begins crashing again, the
Shadow Master ejects via an escape pod/bike seen in the prior episode.
Billy and Jimmy are still trying to locate Mrs.
Chadwick. We then see Vortex talking to the Dao Lung. They have
resolved their issues and are now speaking highly of each other. The
Dragon spirit asks Vortex why he screwed up his installation, and Vortex
admits he cannot read. Dao Lung asks how they can discuss the wisdom
of the ancient Dragon Masters if Vortex cannot read their words. Chen
Long would say that with all the energy spent pretending to be what you are
not, you could become you want to be 100 times over. Dao Lung offers
to help Vortex.
Vortex then spots Mrs. Chadwick in the park area, and
Billy and Jimmy head toward her. She then says that this was the most
fun she's had in years as the brothers look at each other in a perplexed
Epilogue Message: Vortex is inside the garage working
on the Dragon Copter when he says he put everyone's life in danger by
miss-wiring the Dragon Copter due to his illiteracy. From a computer
screen, Dao Lung then says that they weren't ever in any real danger because
he was on board. Vortex says that a new world has opened up now that
he's started to read, and he feels better about himself. As he calls
himself an ace mechanic, he gets blasted by some steam from the Dragon
Copter as Dao Lung makes a witty remark.
Dojo Master's review: This is a bit of a strange episode. During
the first season, Metro City was almost always shown at night to give the
impression of darkness, shadows and a general sense of evil. However,
this episode takes place entirely during a bright and sunny day. Also,
the episode tries way to hard to be funny with average people whacking
Shadow Warriors upside the head using common household objects.
Dao Lung is kind of interesting the way he reminisces
about about vanquishing many Shadows, the way a retired general might
reminisce about defeating enemies in previous battles. However, he's
just not that interesting as an onboard computer. And the Dragon
Copter just doesn't feel right. How many vehicles do the Dragons need?
Why do they even have swords if they're just going to fly vehicles around
and blast everything in an aerial dog fight or from their car? At
least in the first season, the Dragon Cruiser was used only to infiltrate a
base, not to flat out win a fight and end the battle.
This episode does get one thing right. There is
actually a lot of action as far as hand-to-hand combat goes. And it's
neat to see the Shadow Master becoming drained after using his powers.
After all, the Dragons couldn't use their powers endlessly, as the Dragon
Claws showed in the episode "Shadow Khan." But overall, I can just see
how the show has changed greatly from the format of the first season.
There's no Oldest Dragon. No Marian. No Dragon Dojo (only the
garage). No Junior Dragons. No Shadow Dojo. There's no
dark setting. Everything is about vehicles flying through the air and
blasting each other. Overall, it's boring and a departure from what
the cartoon established early on.