That's a good point. But I think I took Catscratch's character as just someone who was easily swayed by the more experienced pilots around him. As an inexperienced pilot he seemed to follow Maniac's advice pretty readily enough. Thinking about it more, I also remembered he had Sosa to 'straighten him out'. The opinion of a female would certainly have swayed him here!
I agree. So I designed this fan fictional episode with only Catscratch's ideas changing drastically. I don't think this kind of event would be enough to fundamentally change Panther's mind, but it would be enough for Catscratch.
Sosa is certainly important, and I was trying to present a part her process of straightening Catscratch out.