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Mutant X Articles: 11/6/02 "No Man Left Behind"



Comics Continuum 11/6/02

NEW MUTANT X EPISODE

"No Man Left Behind," a new episode of Mutant X, will air this week in syndication.

In the episode, written by David L. Newman and directed by Jorge Montesi, when a military plane is shot down behind enemy lines, Mutant X races to recover the secret government weapon that was hidden onboard before innocent lives are threatened.

Adam (John Shea) barges into General William Sperling's (Philip Akin) office at the Department of Defense and confronts him about the military's underhanded acquisition of the Phased Vibrational Generator. Adam had created the PVG with the understanding that it was not to be sold for military application, but now the military is planning to test the device on innocent people in the government's war with Kovakhstan.

To make matters worse, Sperling then shows Adam a video of the U.S. jet, piloted by Captain Morrison (Vincent Walsh), who was shot down by rebels while transporting the PVG to Kovakhstan.

Enraged, Adam storms out of the office and returns to Sanctuary, where he and the team watch a video of a scratched and bruised Captain Morrison, who has been captured by the Liberation Army of Kovakhstan. He states that the only condition for his safe return is an immediate end to all outside intervention in Kovakhstan.

The team, with the exception of Adam, then sets out for Kovakhstan to save the captured pilot and retrieve the PVG before innocent lives are lost.

In the forests of Kovakhstan, the rebel Pavel (Sean Orr) informs his commander Irina (Lina Felice) that Morrison's plane has been found, but the weapon is missing. When Irina confronts the captive Morrison about the whereabouts of the PVG, Morrison lies and says he has no idea what she's talking about.

Meanwhile, the Double Helix approaches the spot where Morrison's plane went down, but Adam is unable to pick up a signal from the PVG. Suddenly, the Double Helix is hit by a missile and Shalimar (Victoria Pratt) and Brennan (Victor Webster) must struggle to gain control of the air craft.

Back at Sanctuary, Adam becomes frantic when he loses contact with the team as he watches the Double Helix go down. Luckily, the team survives the crash and Jesse (Forbes March) and Emma (Lauren Lee Smith) immediately begin working to repair the Double Helix while Shalimar and Brennan split up to search for the PVG.

Using a tracking device, Shalimar picks up on troops moving closer and radios Brennan. In a clearing, Brennan comes across an unnatural patch of orange sunlight and looks up to find the PVG hanging from an orange parachute in a tree. He calls Shalimar to tell her he's got the device and has disarmed the homing beacon, but is going to rescue Morrison. Shalimar begs Brennan to return to the Double Helix, but his mind is made up.

As he sets out on the rescue mission, he is ambushed by Irina and her men and knocked unconscious. When Jesse radios Adam and informs him of Brennan's plans, Adam orders Shalimar to re-trace Brennan's route and find him.

Now a prisoner of the Liberation Army of Kovakhstan, Brennan confesses to Irina that that he located the PVG and shows her the homing beacon in hopes she'll spare his life. He is then thrown in the cage with Captain Morrison. The two men bond as they talk about their families, but they are interrupted when rebel guards come and take Morrison. Brennan's tries to stop the guard with a tesla coil, but his powers are weakened by the puddle of water he's standing in.

Meanwhile, Jesse fixes the Double Helix, but moments later the computer console sparks and the system crashes again.

Shortly after, Emma telepathically picks up on troops coming towards them from three different directions. She concentrates all of her psychic energy and creates a black blast that averts the rebels.

A battered and bruised Morrison is brought back to the cage where Brennan is still being held. Irina informs the two that they will be killed in an hour if she does not get the PVG.

Outside the camp, Shalimar focuses her feral hearing and picks up Brennan's voice. Finding the cage, she uses her feral strength to release the two. She then tosses Morrison a gun, which she stole from one of the guards. As the three flee, they come across a jeep and are just about to take off in it when a rebel soldier appears and points a gun at them. Brennan grabs the barrel with his hand and electrifies it sending the rebel flying.

Meanwhile at the Double Helix, Adam helps Jesse repair the craft as enemy forces draw closer. With seconds to spare, Jesse is able to reroute the plane's energy towards the stealth function causing it to become invisible just as the military convoy approaches.

Back in the forest, Shalimar, Brennan and Morrison recover the PVG and are about to take off when Irina and her army surround them and demand the device. They tell Irina that they don't have it, and when she leans in the jeep to take a look, Shalimar takes her out. Brennan then knocks Pavel unconscious before using a tesla coil to finish off the rest of the troops. The three then speed to the Double Helix and jump onboard.

As Jesse lifts the craft from the ground, Emma picks up two government aircrafts heading towards them. The jet fighters close in on them and release a series of missiles.

As Brennan struggles with the controls, Jesse summons all his strength and is able to phase out the Double Helix just in the nick of time. As everyone breathes a sigh of relief, Adam comes over the intercom and asks Morrison to hook the PVG up to the craft's power grid. Morrison complies and a brilliant beam of energy blast out of the PVG and shears the wings off all the enemy jets, allowing the team to return safely.

Later, Adam revisits the Department of Defense and agrees to keep the PVG operation silent as long as Sperling does not punish him. Adam then meets Brennan outside the building and informs him that Morrison is back with his family and congratulates Brennan on his brave work.

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