It’s actually rather difficult to explain the appeal of Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron. Similar, I suppose, in the power behind its effectiveness to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there’s just something about the crazy juxtaposition that sucks you in. Plus, Chance Furlong is just a wickedly cool name.
The scrap jockeys, and their impressively sinister-looking alter egos, lay waste to the most bizarre villains you’ve ever run into, and they do it with impossibly big guns and… well, I would say cat-like reflexes, but I suppose it is simply cat reflexes.
This early-mid 90′s animated effort was in many ways a throwback to earlier days of Hanna-Barbera fun. While there are some long arc entanglements, like the boys fall from grace with Feral, the show mostly consists of throwing some sort of massive opposition at our heroes, and watching the explosions. Balanced with our “tinker time,” as Chance and Jake muddle along in their less-than-impressive “real” lives, the show is loaded with fun and laughs, just as much as it overflows with missile-launches, high-tech gadgets, and action.
It’s nice to see a new generation get a chance at some exposure to this one.
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Deadly bacteria! Doomsday devices! Robotic spiders! Sound like a big budget sci-fi thriller? Nope. Even better. It’s the 5-Disc, 26-Episode Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron Complete Series Collection. Chance Furlong and Jake Clawson appear to be ordinary junkyard auto mechanics until trouble occurs in Megakat City. In a flash they fly their high-tech Turbokat toward danger as T-Bone and Razor: the Swat Kats. The city is run by the power-hungry Commander Feral and his militant team of Megakat Enforcers. Jake and Chance were once Enforcers but Feral demoted them to working in the scrap yard, where the Swat Kats were born. They take on any kind of menace from the undead sorcerer Pastmaster to lobster-like alien warlord Mutilor. The hardware-heavy action never stops in this animated fan-favorite from Hanna-Barbera Studios that’s fur-flying fun!