Invisible Enemy

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Invisible Enemy is the tenth episode of Wing Commander Academy aired and the eighth episode produced.

On Both Your Houses
Episode Number 1x11
Production Code 74708
Story Mark Edens
Writer(s) Richard Mueller
Air Date December 7, 1996
Run Time 20m54s
Animation Studio Madhouse
Theme Version 1
Previous On Both Your Houses
Next Price of Victory


Act One

Terran Confederation Empire of Kilrah
2 CF-105 Scimitar medium fighters 1 Dorkar transport
1 Strakha stealth fighter
1 Scimitar destroyed 1 Dorkar destroyed

Act Two

Terran Confederation Empire of Kilrah
15 CF-105 Scimitar medium fighters
4 transports (inc. TCS Suffolk)
1 Bengal strike carrier (TCS Tiger's Claw)
9 Sartha light fighters
1 Strakha stealth fighter
2 Grikath heavy fighters
2 Scimitars and 2 transports destroyed, 1 transport crippled (TCS Suffolk) 8 Sartha destroyed

Act Three

Terran Confederation Empire of Kilrah
2 P-64 Ferret patrol fighters
2 CF-105 Scimitar medium fighters
2 transport (inc. TCS Suffolk)
1 Bengal strike carrier (TCS Tiger's Claw)
6 Sartha light fighters
2 Strakha stealth fighters
1 transport destroyed (TCS Suffolk) 5 Sartha and 1 Strakha destroyed





Tiger's Claw


TCS Suffolk


Kilrathi Carrier




Terran Confederation


Capital Ships

Empire of Kilrah


Capital Ships


Terran Confederation

Small Arms

Empire of Kilrah


Animation Errors


Role Name
Story by Mark Edens
Written by Richad Mueller
Producer Larry Latham
Executive Story Editors Mark Edens
Michael Edens
Executive Consultant Ralph Sanchez
Executive Story Consultants Richard Hilleman
Adam Foshko
Starring Mark Hamill (Maverick)
Tom Wilson (Maniac)
Malcolm McDowell (Tolwyn)
Dana Delany (Archer)
Also Starring Lauri Hendler (Payback, Maya)
Jim Cummings
Pat Fraley (Grunt, Guthrig)
Music by Alexander Van Bubenheim
Voice Direction and Casting Susan Blu
Pre-Production Sound by Screenmusic Studios, Inc.
Pre-Production Sound Mixer Pete Elia
Recording Assistant Mark Caballero
Storyboards Ian Freeman
Kuni Bowen
Rick Estrada
Storyboard Cleanup Judy Nielson
Flammarion Ferriera
Timing Directors Tim Walker
Al Wilsbach
Zeon Davush
Bill Reed
Character Design Larry Latham
Tim Eldred
Prop Design Lee Go
Background Design Derek Carter
Background Color Key Kathryn Yelsa
Computer Color Key Cynthia McIntosh
Studio Production Manager Alex Johns
Production Manager Patty Jausoro
Production Coordinator Estrella Capin
Production Assistants Aaron Justman
Scott Huml
Manuel Cano
Monte Alexander
Junior Gonzalez
Danik Thomas
Executive in Charge of Post Production Barbara Beck
Editors Jay Bixsen
Paul D. Calder
Assistant Editor Michael Trueba
Track Reading Glenwood Editorial
Negative Cutting Executive Cutting
Post Production Video Unitel Video, Hollywood
Post Production Sound West Productions Inc.
Supervising Sound Editor Rick Hinson
Re-Recording Mixers Harry Andronis
Stuart Calderon
Overseas Animation Studio Madhouse Animation
Overseas Animation Director Masao Maruyama
Produced in Association with USA Network


Act One

SCENE - Space

Maniac: I got contact. I'm reading one ship... oh, furballs!

Easy: And he's changing course. What do you think?

Maniac: I say we scratch this cat right behind the ears. Hold position and cover me. Keep an eye on your sensors, Easy, I don't want any furball surprises.

Easy: Screens are clear, go for it, Maniac!

Maniac: Oh man, I hate missiles that don't know when to quit. Target this, dumb shot! Well that's why they call them missiles... 'cause they always miss. (laughs) Woo-hoo! Hey Easy, too bad you couldn't watch me take care of that furball. You might've learned something. (laughs) Easy? Hey, Easy? Speak to me, man. Maniac to Easy, come in Easy. Oh no. Easy. I told you to watch your screens.

Zurakh: I see you Terran, but you do not see me. Your sensors are blind. I could destroy you as easily as I destroyed your wingman. But not yet. Fly home, Terran. Lead me to your carrier.

SCENE - Flight Deck

Tolwyn: No matter how many times I perform this duty it never gets any easier. And it's been done too many times in this war. I believe that some part of the universe will always remain unknown to us, a mystery beyond the limits of our understanding. Cadet Emil Zoharian is now a part of that mystery. We salute his sacrifice. He now belongs to space, the emptiness that contains all things. May be find the peace we all seek.

SCENE - Space

Grunt: Understood Tiger's Claw, we will hold our position. Convoy escort out. Hear that, Archer? We're cleared to land as soon as the salute's over.

Archer: No, not another one. It's never going to end. Never.

Zurakh: Four transports and the Tiger's Claw. Now that is a prize worth taking. Enjoy the time you have left, Terrans. You will be mine.

SCENE - Kilrathi Flight Deck

Kirnok: Well, did the Terran sensors detect you?

Zurakh: I approached from behind. They never knew I was there.

Kirnok: Behind? I am not convinced. There must be a second test.

Zurakh: There was a second Terran, I let him live.

Kirnok: What? You let him live!

Zurakh: He led me to four transports and a carrier. The Tiger's Claw.

Kirnok: The Tiger's Claw? Ready a fighter strike, now.

SCENE - Mess Hall

Raker: I just lost my appetite.

Payback: I'm not too hungry myself.

Maniac: Looks like I'm about as popular around here as chipped beef on toast.

Maverick: Well, you better get used to it. There's a lot of people who want to know what really happened out there with Easy. Including me.

Maniac: I made my report to Tolwyn. Read it yourself.

Maverick: I did and I don't buy it. I think you lost your wingman because you were too busy trying to rack up a kill for yourself. I think you left Easy to die alone because you were out hunting glory.

Maniac: What makes you think I care what you think?

Maverick: Hey, the pilots from Trafalgar won't fly with you anymore. Nobody else wants to, either.

Maniac: They won't have to, I've been grounded. Happy?

Grunt: Let them play it out.

Tolwyn: Red alert, all pilots to the hangar deck. Scramble.

Maverick: Guess you'll be sitting this one out.

SCENE - Bridge

Tolwyn: Launch fighters. Blair, you have tactical command.

SCENE - Flight Deck

Tolwyn: Protect the transports at all costs.

Maverick: Understood, sir.

SCENE - Space

Maverick: Maverick to all fighters. You heard the man, we're playing defense, keep them away from the transports.

Raker: Yes, General.

Payback: Here they come, eight o'clock high.

Maverick: Don't let any of them get through.

Payback: Scratch one kitty!

SCENE - Bridge

Archer: Watch it, Payback, you got one on your tail.

Payback: I see him.

Raker: What was that? What was that?

Maverick: What? Say again, Raker.

Raker: I'm getting laser fire but no...

Maverick: Repeat that, Raker. Say again.

SCENE - Space

Clipper: Raker's down. He's gone. I don't see what got him. There's nothing on my sensors. What was that?

Maverick: Say again, Cipper. Sensors read you and no one else.

Clipper: I'm not making this up, Maverick.

Maverick: I've got visual contact, I see him. Where'd he go? He's off my screens.

Zurakh: And now, Terran, you die.

Act Two

SCENE - Space

Zurakh: There is no escape, Terran.

Maverick: I got you, Clipper, you're okay.

Grunt: More gatos on the screen - four o'clock low.

Maverick: The transports are secure on this side. Take those Kilrathi out before they can break through.

Grunt: Understood, the fur will fly.

Payback: (groans) I'm hit!

Maverick: Eject, Payback, get outta there!

Payback: No, I can make it back. Get 'em for me, Maverick.

Maverick: Two down, two down!

Grunt: We got 'em on the run.

SCENE - Bridge

Ops Officer: Tiger's Claw, this is Suffolk. We are under attack and have been hit. Where are your fighters?

SCENE - Space

Zurakh: Zurakh to all fighters. Withdraw to maximum sensor range. I'm returning to the carrier to rearm.

SCENE - Bridge

Comm Tech: The Suffolk has been secured, sir. The fires are out and casualties have been transferred to our sick bay.

Tolwyn: Get repair parties aboard. I wand the Suffolk under her own power in two hours.

Maverick: Cadet Blair reporting, sir.

Tolwyn: In my quarters, Cadet, now.

SCENE - Tolwyn's Quarters

Tolwyn: I don't want to hear excuses. You neglected your mission to go off after Kilrathi fighters.

Maverick: Out screens were clear, sir. THhy showed no fighters near the fleet when the transports were hit.

Tolwyn: You're grounded until further notice, mister. Dismissed.

Maverick: What, I... yes, sir.

SCENE - Elevator

Falcon: At least aboard the old Trafalgar we didn't have to fight alongside pilots who were still learning to fly. (laughs) I guess standards at the Academy aren't as high as they used to be.

SCENE - Repair Bay

Maniac: This railing's taken.

Maverick: Are you sure you did a sensor scan before you hit that Kilrathi transport>

Maniac: (sighs) I know my job.

Maverick: (sighs) Easy checked his screen too? It couldn't have been a malfunction?

Maniac: Oh you want to believe me now, don't you? Now that you're trying to get yourself off the hook for letting the cats whack those transports.

Maverick: I think the Kilrathi may have something that can't be picked up by our sensors.

Maniac: Did you tell that to Tolwyn?

Maverick: Ah, he wouldn't listen. He says the Kilrathi don't have the technology to beat our sensors.

SCENE - Suffolk Bay

Maya: The old man's right, you know. The Confederation's been trying to develop a stealth ship for years. If the cats could do it, we'd all be toast.

Maverick: Hmm. What if this one is a prototype? The first one, being combat tested?

Maya: We'd have no defense, we'd lose the war. Somebody better take it out before the furballs find out it works.

Maniac: We got a plan but we can't tell Tolwyn about it. He's grounded both of us.

Maya: Why are you telling me this?

Maniac: We need your help, Maya. We want to use this transport as bait.

Maya: If you're wrong, we'll be in the brig until we're old and gray. But a Kilrathi stealth fighter... that's a big fish you're after.

SCENE - Kilrathi Carrier Flight Deck

Kirnok: This is the final test. If you are successful it is only a matter of time until the Terrans are obliterated from the galaxy.

Zurakh: I will bring you a trophy of the Terran's destruction.

Kirnok: I personally will lead your fighter escort. At such a proud moment, a member of the Emperor's own Kiranka clan should be present. If anything should go wrong, the Strakha should not be allowed to fall into the hands of the enemy.

Zurakh: You dishonor me by reminding me of my duty.

Kirnok: I will say no more.

SCENE - Tolwyn's Quarters

Guthrig: Each of us faces an invisible enemy. One that's always capable of destroying us. That enemy is ourselves.

Tolwyn: The cadets all hate you, you know. I'm beginning to understand why.

Guthrig: Our most dangerous enemy is pride. People willingly destroy themselvs and others to protect that pride. It's pride more than anything else that makes people become a soldier.

Tolwyn: Don't psychoanalyze me, Doctor, I'm not on your couch.

SCENE - Suffolk Flight Deck

Maniac: I can't believe this was your idea. I always thought you were Tolwyn's pet. That's what everyone says.

Maverick: Hmm. Everyone says you're an arrogant j erk.

Maniac: (laughs) Well, sometimes they're right.

Maverick: It's time.

SCENE - Suffolk Bay

Maya: We got an overload in the main fuel cell. Everyone out of the ship, now.

Repair Crew: Alright, let's go.

SCENE - Bridge

Communications Tech: Everyone's off the Suffolk, sir.

Tolwyn: Cut her loose. Helmsman, come about. Put some distance between us and the Suffolk.

Helmsman: Aye aye, sir.

SCENE - Flight Deck

Maniac: You know if this doesn't work we'll both get busted out of the Academy.

Maverick: (laughs) If this doesn't work, we won't be coming back.

Act Three

SCENE - Space

Maverick: This better work or it's going to be a short trip. Maya, you're a genius. Now all we have to do is wait.

Zurakh: One of the Terran transports has fallen behind. Hold your position while I destroy the straggler.

Kirnok: Destroy the Tiger's Claw first, then the transports will be at our mercy.

Zurakh: I will choose my own targets.

SCENE - Suffolk Flight Deck

Maverick: As I recall, you said you'd never fly as my wingman.

Maniac: Hey I'm not, you're my wingman.

Maverick: Hey, let's get something straight here buddy.

Maniac: Woah, I think the pussycat took the bait!

SCENE - Space

Zurakh: A good end for any ship.

Maverick: There he is. Visual contact!

Maniac: I see you furball, hah! I lost him, I lost him.

Maverick: Got his visual again again. He's mine!

Zurakh: This is Zurakh. I am under attack. Shields failing.

Kirnok: All fighters attack!

SCENE - Bridge

Sensor Tech: Sir, the Suffolk, it's blown up. And I'm showing two ships firing at... at nothing.

Tolwyn: No, there's something there. If my pride had let me see it. Launch fighters.

SCENE - Space

Maverick: Don't let him lose us!

Maniac: I'm on him. This furball's going nowhere.

Zurakh: Kirnok, you clawless worm, where are you?

Maverick: You've had it, pal. Surrender your ship.

Zurakh: You will have no trophy from my defeat.

Maniac: Maverick, you still in one piece?

Maverick: Yeah, just rearranged a little. More Kilrathi, I'm targeted! I'm hit! Get back to the 'Claw, Maniac.

Maniac: Hey, I'm the leader, remember? And I don't leave my wingman. Woo-hoo! Alright, go get 'em, yeah, tear it up.

Maverick: Come on, target. One more time!

Grunt: You owe me one, Maverick! Grande!

Kirnok: Zurakh! His fighter. All of them, gone.

Payback: No survivors, furball.

Kirnok: A proud moment.

SCENE - Tolwyn's Quarters

Tolwyn: I was wrong when I refused to believe the K ilrathi had a stealth fighter. But the fact that i was wrong is not a license to disobey orders.

Maverick: Sir, what are you going to do?

Tolwyn: Do with you? If you had captured the stealth fighter intact I suppose I would have given you a medal but... since you didn't, perhaps it's best we forget about the whole thing. I'm afraid none of us have done anything here to be proud of.

SCENE - Hallway

Archer: I don't always approve of the way you fly, M aniac. But I should've knonw you'd never sacrafice your wingman. You're a good pilot.

Maverick: When did she join your fanclub?

Maniac: (laughs) Well, she wanted to say I'm the best, but she didn't want to hurt your feelings.

Maverick: (laughs) In your dreams. You know we make a pretty good team. Maybe we should work together more often.

Maniac: Sure, just let me know any time you want me to save your tail.

Maverick: Or maybe I'll save yours.