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Chain Reaction
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General Information
Original broadcast December 2, 2003
Series F-Zero: GP Legend
Details
Season 1
Episode number 9/6
Production number 9/6
Overall number 9/6
Episode Guide
Previous episode [[A Risky Rendezvous]]
Next episode [[The Trap of Michael Chain]]

During a fatal race against Zoda, Rick attempts to hammer into him; however, the impact resulted another fellow pilot to be injured. With that, the failed hero discovers a stunning secret... This aired on the FoxBox on October 23, 2004.

Also, mostly likely due to development hell, as well as Japan using it as a holiday special of sorts, the English Dub aired it as Lap 6, rather than Lap 9; so the series forks from here.

Plot

It's a crowded race at Mute City today, and Rick is fighting with Zoda for first place and vengeance. He's acting particularly rash, and Jody tries to call him back before he hurts someone or if he should push the Dragon Bird so hard. The rest of the Platoon agree; he's behaving too dangerously, especially on such a narrow track. That doesn't stop him and he ploughs on ahead after Zoda, forcing Jody to follow after while the rest of the team fall back. She gets on the other side of Zoda while Rick prepares to ram him...but the Death Anchor collides with Jody in the process, sending the White Cat hurling into the wall and flipping over, crashing nose-first into the track. Zoda takes first place, but the Platoon clearly have other concerns.

The emergency team rescue Jody from her machine and take her to an ambulance. Jack scolds Rick for being such a reckless pilot; Jody wouldn't be in this condition if he hadn't acted so stupidly! Dr. Stewart is aboard the ambulance with Jody, and despite her injuries, her number one concern is arresting Zoda. Not to worry, there's a police blockade out to stop him before he reaches the warp gate.

Unfortunately...that blockade is helmed by John Tanaka. Zoda and his entourage do show up, and they do escape the authorities, but not through Tanaka's doing - Zoda calls a flying battle station to open fire on the police, destroying their cars and dispersing the officers.

Tanaka returns to headquarters to find Jack calling Rick on his big blunder: not only are Lucy and Clash working overtime trying to fix what's left of Jody's machine, but the Platoon had petitioned a huge cash prize for the last race in an attempt to lure out their foes - and now look where that's gotten them! Rick said he screwed up big time, which admired Jack since he's not afraid to admit. Well, there's nothing they can do about it now. Tanaka encourages them to practice some more, but Jack and Rick are curious to know where Jody is - he's very coy, saying she's in Dr. Stewart's capable hands. He even backfires on Jack over his demand on where Jody is.

Rick visits the Falcon House to wind down, and Burt tells him not to worry too much about Jody; he's got a good feeling about her recovery and it wasn't entirely his fault. He said Rick should tell her how he feels, but he's still uptight about it, though - he already lost one friend to Zoda, he doesn't want to lose another, and all he could think of is him! Just then he receives a call from Dr. Stewart, telling him that Jody is doing fine, but has something important she wants to tell him. Rick makes his way to the location, and it seems to be highly top-secret: there are cameras everywhere and multiple identification points for his car, his key and his eyeballs. At the end of it, he finds laboratories full of work-in-progress robotic bodies.

Dr. Stewart welcomes him and introduces him to the facility: this is the Cyborg Graduate School for the Galaxy Police, where he once worked in the field of robotics research before he joined the Task Force. Rick is confused: where is Jody and why has she been taken here, of all places? The doctor shows him:

Her body is part-machine!

Jody enters and takes it from here. Only Dr. Stewart, her superiors and now Rick know of her condition; she figured it's not something people need to know, but given Rick's connection to Zoda, she explains how she came to be like this...

It was three years ago. Jody and her brother, Andy Summer, were both in the police force, and Mute City was almost at peace. However, Black Shadow's criminal organization, Dark Million, still held a reign of terror over the city...

The Summer siblings were in a shootout between the police and Dark Million, the criminals packing heavy artillery. Their courage was enough to help them hold their own, until Zoda made a surprise appearance with a handheld rocket launcher aimed right at Jody. With no time to flee, Andy threw himself atop of her sister and shielded her from the blast.

It was only through Dr. Stewart's medical prowess that Jody was able to be revived. Her brother was not so lucky. Eager to take down such despicable criminals, she became captain of the Galaxy Mobile Platoon. Rick is even more enraged; if only he had defeated Zoda 150 years ago, the Summers would not have suffered like this!

She goes on to tell him that Zoda was not revived just for funsies: when she became captain she looked into the Mute City archives, and Zoda's reputation as the criminal who wrought terror upon New York could not be ignored. Black Shadow no doubt sought him out. The archives also mentioned Rick Wheeler was the man who arrested him; he was not to be revived until the year 2251, but Jody was the one who requested his revival be pushed forward. She believes modern pilots rely too much on their machines, but Rick's driving technique was renowned in his day, and that may be what they needed to stand a chance against Zoda.

Outside, Rick wonders why Zoda isn't their number one objective: he's responsible for the loss of his girlfriend and the death of Jody's brother, doesn't she hold a grudge against him? She says she once did, but Zoda is small buttons in the grand scheme of things, as she learned to appreciate the good things in life. And unless they'd take down the leader, Dark Million would still be a threat. Jody reminds him that they are part of a team, and if he won't put it ahead of his revenge, they'd be better off without him; he should never forget that.

Meanwhile, Zoda is celebrating his victory with mountains of ice cream and sprinkles, only to be intruded with a surprise transmission from Black Shadow. He reminds him not to get too full of himself, and he should never underestimate his enemies; today's race was a close call. He'd never want Zoda partying since they'd still have work to do.

While trawling the hallways, Zoda mutters to himself over what a bossy boots that Black Shadow is. Sure, he granted him his new body, but that doesn't mean he can act like he owns him. Why, if Zoda were in charge--!

Miss Killer heard his whole tirade. Zoda mutters once more; what good does the boss see in her anyway? You gotta be a lunatic to trust Luna Ryder!

Jody speaks to Dr. Stewart, mentioning planet Alcatrand to him, the prison facility where Zoda was freed from. Stewart says no one's been there, not since Black Shadow totaled the place, but Jody has a good feeling about it. Her White Cat is finally patched up, so she takes it for a spin in that direction. She takes the warp gate to Alcatrand: a frozen tundra of a planet, whipped by a furious wind and totally untouched since Black Shadow's assault on it all that time ago. She set for coordinates, and while all ways were forbidden, she made the Task Force override. Then she steps out and looks inside the dilapidated fortress.

Inside are a stack of empty cold sleep pods, the very thing Zoda had been contained within for nearly 150 years. Hoping to find more clues she begins a further investigation, but the ground begins rumbling beneath her...and from the ground rises a Dark Million battle station! Zoda steps out to greet his old antagonist - she's just stumbled upon his secret hideout! Who'd ever think of looking here for him to chill out? Of course, now that she knows, the only thing left to do is kill her and have it frozen in her memory. Bio Rex lunges towards her but gets a blown across the snout in response. Jody is brought to her knees by a group of Death Soldiers, however, but she's in no mood to give up: she demands to be taken to Black Shadow! Zoda is amused, but in no mood to comply. He'd much prefer to blast her face off.

It's a good thing Rick is here! Octoman's surprise distracts Zoda long enough for Jody to elbow him in the gut, while the Dragon Bird sends the robots scattering. The villains quickly hop back on their battle station for a quick getaway, but not if Rick can help it! He tries to give chase despite Jody's orders not to, only for it to open fire, and Jody is in its line of fire. He swerves back to protect her and find she's taken a nasty blow to the shoulder already. He immediately took off his coat to cover her. The battle station looms menacingly overhead and rains bullets upon them, Rick protecting Jody with his body; it reminds her of Andy's last noble act.

The battle station leaves and the two rise to their feet, mostly uninjured. Jody commends Rick for what he did; he obviously didn't want Zoda to escape, but he did the right thing. He remarks what it was like to simply follow orders for a change. This surprises Jody, so much so that it's the first time Rick has ever seen her smile. But she shouldn't count on it for him to make a habit out of it, though.

Events

  • Jody is revealed to be half-human. And we find out that she lost her brother, Andy Summer, which made her as the captain of the Elite Mobile Task Force. Jody does have revenge on Zoda, but she doesn't let it consume her, unlike Rick.
  • We see Planet Alcatrand, as well as its devastated prison, for the first time.
  • There was an error the 4Kids dub made, as Miss Killer was seen earlier than the Japanese dub since she debuted in Lap 8; this could be due to localization problems. It was supposed to be Dangerous Diva instead.
  • Because Jody became the leader of the Task Force, under Tanaka, she did research on her assailant, and that was why she and Dr. Stewart kept Rick's revival a secret. Being he has astounding racing skills, she figured he could be their best chance against Dark Million.

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