A shocked Amelia charges towards the factory, not believing that almost everyone she knows has just perished. Coughing, Zik emerges from the gloom and consoles her as well as he can. The reality is that the firebombs inside the factory that preceded the demolition would have immolated anyone inside. No one could survive that… or could they?
Zik’s horror is multiplied as the inside of the factory starts to explode! Multiple detonations engulf the entire interior in flames! He turns to run when the whole building is consumed by a massive explosion, leveling the entire structure! Did our hero get far enough away? Or has he been caught up in the blast and crushed by the rubble?
Zik and Amelia deposit the unconscious Trent a safe distance from the factory, and Zik announces his intention to go back inside to stop the riot. But as he opens the door, he makes a chilling discovery: the Clonoid super soldier survived its electrocution! It’s back to create more havoc for the prisoners! Meanwhile, as she hurtles through space towards the prison planet, Queen Elcyra receives the news that the Clonoid cybernetic network can no longer detect the super soldier; communications with it has been severed. Also, the other Clonoids have reported that Zik is escaping. Elcyra has had enough, it’s time to level the building!
With the Clonoid Super-Soldier out of the way, Zik and Amelia rush to Trent’s side to see if he’s okay. As it turns out, he’s merely unconscious, breathing normally and without anything broken. Thank goodness! Zik starts carrying Trent out of harm’s way. He and Amelia share their amazement that their audacious trap actually worked! Zik tells Amelia that he’s only lightly hurt, and that his body armor took the brunt of the damage. He’s just relieved that he won’t have to face that monster again! Or will he??
The catwalk collapses under the Clonoid, and down it goes! Straight into the water tank beneath it! Amelia calls out to Trent to turn on the power, and for a moment, it looks like he can’t do it! But he manages to hit the panel just before falling unconscious. Has he hit the right switch? That humming sound is encouraging, but is it the right thing?
Amazingly, Zik gets back up! It takes more than an exploding oxygen tank to keep our hero down. A relieved Amelia, noticing that Trent is also still alive, tosses the power cable into the now-open water tank. Meanwhile Zik taunts the Clonoid with a line from Lord Of The Rings! No, Clonoid, YOU SHALL NOT PASS! Slamming the pole onto the catwalk as hard as he can, Zik hears a satisfying CRACK! as the catwalk gives way…
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I hope you have a fun time tonight, whatever your plans are. Stay safe if you’re out trick or treating! Oh, and don’t dress up (or down) as a giant, naked Clonoid Supersoldier; you’ll probably get arrested.
Amelia hits the Emergency Open button on the tank control panel, opening the top of the tanks! But now she notices that Zik has gotten hurt! The Clonoid supersoldier is busy inspecting his badly singed hand as Zik falls back. Meanwhile, the Clonoid drone has picked up a blaster and zaps Trent right in the chest! A double whammy of deep trouble for our heroes!
Amelia hustles over to the power conduit and unplugs it from the main panel. Meanwhile, Trent is doing his best to help his fellow prisoners with the Clonoid soldiers. But he runs out of ammo, just as a Clonoid drone reaches for a dropped blaster! Zik attacks the Clonoid supersoldier with a fallen guard rail, but it’s ready for him- it grabs Zik and tries to decapitate him! Unbeknownst to the Clonoid, that isn’t a decorative shoulder pad. It’s an oxygen tank, and it explodes when the Clonoid crushes it! Is Zik OK?
Boom! The Clonoid Supersoldier comes crashing down on the catwalk, breaking off a support bracket in the process! The catwalk is now split in two along that seam! The falling bracket briefly distracts Trent, who goes right back to sniping Clonoid soldiers. Meantime, Amelia has gotten to the top of the ladder on her catwalk, and is close to the electrical panel. Zik kicks another support pole out from the side of the catwalk, destabilizing it further, while the Clonoid Supersoldier struggles to get up and the riot rages on below.
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