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Wirewolf
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Production Information
Original Airdate October 28, 2000
Ep. Number 052
Prod. Code 011
Producer(s) Tad Stones

Mark McCorkle
Bob Schooley

Director(s) Steve Loter
Story Editor(s) Ken Koonce

Michael Merton

Story by
Writer(s) Richard Mueller

Ken Koonce
Michael Merton

Studio Jade Animation International Limited
Series Continuity
Previous Rookie of the Year
Next Rescue Mission
Transcript

Wirewolf is the fifty-second episode of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. It first aired on October 28, 2000, and is the eleventh episode in production.

Synopsis

Team Lightyear goes to the planet Canis Lunis to aid Ty Parsec, an old friend of Buzz Lightyear, in the fight against NOS-4-A2 after the energy vampire attacks the energy facility stationed there. But in the process, Ty is bitten and becomes the fierce creature known as the Wirewolf. Eventually, Team Lightyear has to find a way to save Ty, and in the process...Buzz and Ty manage to patch up their friendship problem. 

Plot

The story begins on a foggy, dark and eerie night on a mysterious planet. A Space Ranger, his robot sentry partner, Sentry One, and a couple of floating sensors/flashlights walk around the planet, seemingly on patrol. The robot dutifully informs his partner, Ranger Ty Parsec, about finding nothing in one area of the planet. Disgruntled, Ty suggests, albeit sarcastically that they patrol in another arena. Once the area is cleared up, the Ranger laments the lack of action, suggesting that he has had assignments like this for some time. Little does he, or Sentry One, know that Ty's wish will come true, for lurking in the shadows is a starving energy vampire...

Ty and Sentry One Walking

Ty Parsec and Sentry One unknowingly walk into danger.

Ty and Sentry One return to their home base, presumably to turn in for the night. While Ty's telling Sentry One to turn off the sensors, Sentry One is suddenly, and quite literally, taken out of the picture. Alarmed, Ty turns around to find Sentry One missing and asks where he is. The Ranger hears a strange noise coming from behind a bush and goes over to investigate it despite his uneasiness. He comes face to mug with horror.

A horror in the ghastly form of a vampire, feasting upon Sentry One's body.

The sight is so gruesome that Ty recoils back with shock. NOS-4-A2 then stands tall, sprouts his wings and conducts blue electricity from his chest as he prepares to attack Ty. Ty falls backwards and starts to crawl away in fear away from the advancing energy monster. Ty comes to a stop and pauses as he looks up to see the sensors flying away and disappearing into the mists.

Ty, still on the ground, looks up and gasps as the energy vampire floats right above him and prepares to strike. But Ty decides to fight back.

He taps his fingers onto his left arm, as if typing in a command into his suit. With a rigid determination, he shoots out his right arm and slams his hand onto his wrist. His wrist laser is released and blaring red. It successfully hits its target; NOS-4-A2 is hit in the chest. He reacts by dashing off into the air, leaving behind a trail of blue mist and seemingly disappears into the green moon up above Ty.

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Ty's shock in full view.

After taking a moment to recover, Ty remembers Sentry One's plight and out of concern, goes to see how the robot is doing. But unsurprisingly, the robot's life is short. This prompts Ty to report to Star Command about the situation on the planet Canis Lunis, and in the process, tries to emphasize on how he has the whole situation under control. But Sentry One has better ideas: he interferes and urges Star Command to send backup, to which Ty tries to brush off. But as he looks up into the sky and sees the energy vampire fly off into the night's darkness, he seems to have second thoughts...

Meanwhile, Team Lightyear receives the call and heads to Canis Lunis. Nearing their destination, the team take the time to discuss Buzz's history with Ty and eventually, they switch topics and discuss NOS-4-A2. It is revealed that the team is sent to the planet because there is a top secret energy facility that is critical to the Galactic Alliance, and the energy vampire wants to feast on the energy gathered there. Team Lightyear, much to XR's disarray, has to stop him.

But XR is not exactly too thrilled with the notion of taking on the energy monster once more in spite of Mira's attempt to remind him of his successes against the creature.

Buzz annoying Ty.

Ty isn't too happy to see Buzz.

The team reaches their destination and parks their Star Cruiser at a landing pad, where Ty and his new partner, Sentry Two, are waiting for him. Ty grumbles about Star Command's decision to send backup, but seems willing to let it go and work with whomever they sent him. But much to his horror and disgust, it's none other than Buzz Lightyear. He quietly bemoans about this fact before greeting Buzz and his team. Although Buzz is happy to see Ty, the latter is anything but. More of their history is revealed; according to Ty, Buzz has rescued the former from danger fifty times or so. Buzz is quick to try and assure his friend it was only twenty times, but Booster swiftly corrects him and agrees with Ty. With that matter aside, Ty and Sentry Two show Team Lightyear inside of the energy facility, with Sentry Two quietly giving XR advice on where to hide from NOS-4-A2.

Once inside, Ty takes them to a scanner and scans his handprint into it. A robotic voice is heard announcing Ty's name and allows him to pass. He tells them to do the same thing to verify each of their identities, as it's part of procedure. Booster tries to wave it off for Buzz as if the latter is above this notion. This rubs Ty the wrong way and with great irritation, he reminds Booster that at his post, things are done by the book and that no one is special enough to blow off this procedure. Buzz agrees and walks over to the machine, scanning his own handprint in. The robotic voice lists off Buzz's name and presumably a few of his accomplishments. Suddenly, it slurs and dies into silence. Buzz and Booster are confused as to what happened. The culprit turns out to be a scowling Ty, who holds the machine's plug in his hand. He decides that the process is a waste of time and states so, tossing the plug onto the floor carelessly. Booster and Mira both exchange awkward glances; they know something about Buzz is bothering Ty.

Ty takes them into a room where many Star Command workers are present and hard at work.
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Ty takes the team inside of the energy facility. Check out the giant lightbulbs!

They walk past a few of the machines, many of which have giant and glowing lightbulb-shaped lights attached. Booster asks about what's going on and Ty explains that they are collecting radiation from the planet's green moon and then converting it into pure energy. XR grumbles about the process and calls it a buffet for NOS-4-A2. But Ty continues on, praising the energy for its potential to be bigger and powerful than Crystallic fusion. Buzz decides to get down to business and asks about the body the energy vampire attacked. Ty shows it to him, much to the discomfort of XR as he wheels off and pretends to occupy himself by counting and recounting rivets in the wall.

Buzz and Mira look over the robot's lifeless body and spot the bite marks left on the power pack, thus coming to a conclusion that NOS-4-A2 was indeed behind the attack. Mira cracks a joke about the marks, comparing them to a hickey and leading to an exchange of confusion between two other sentry robots. Buzz directs the conversation back to NOS-4-A2 and says to Ty that a search will be conducted right away to find the energy vampire. He implies that he and Ty attended the Academy together as he then says one of his catchphrases: "Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!" After laughing it off like a joke, Ty groans; he is NOT looking forward to this mission at all. In his trademark sarcasm, he snidely remarks on the fresh originality of Buzz's phrase. He then walks away.

Worried by Ty's frosty interaction with Buzz, Mira and Booster exchange glances once more. Mira observes Ty's behavior, proclaiming it as testy. An equally aggravated XR tries to remind the team about his own concerns with NOS-4-A2, pointing out what they're about to go up against. They make it outside, the team apparently having split up and escorted by the sensors Ty was working with earlier that evening. While Buzz is by himself, Booster and Ty are partnered up, much to the latter's displeasure.  

Ty and Booster

Ty and Booster: one is a snarker, the other's boisterous.

Booster asks the irate Ty to tell him about a past mission in which Buzz rescued Ty from chest-bursting vipers, and Ty does: just not in the way Booster wanted. He dismisses the topic by uttering a few words and provides a distraction by smashing his communicator against a nearby tree to cease further discussion. But Booster is not easily dissuaded and assumes Ty's joking, pointing out that the Ranger suits have backup communicators. 

Meanwhile, Buzz finds a dead sensor, concluding that the energy vampire is close. He's proven right as NOS-4-A2 makes himself known: he's hanging upside down on a tree branch. The energy vampire flies off and away from Lightyear. Buzz reports to the others that he's found NOS-4-A2. The energy creature in question swoops over the terrain and comes to rest on a tree branch near the facility. He looks up at the large satelite collecting green energy from the moon with great intent: he wants to feast on the satelite. But his plans change when he looks down and sees XR treading all alone.

He decides to try to eat him instead. He flies off his branch and towards the unsuspecting robot. XR finally sees him and screams in horror, to which luckily Buzz, hovering from above, takes notice. He reports to everyone that NOS-4-A2 is going to attack XR. Ty, not about to let anything happen at his post, takes charge and runs over to save XR. It becomes a race against time as Buzz and Ty rush to defend XR from NOS-4-A2. XR himself is trying to divert the energy vampire away by endlessly babbling on and trying to make conversation, but none of it is having any effect on NOS-4-A2. The latter is slowly approaching XR closer and closer. Just as he's about to take a bite out of the frantic robot, Ty jumps into the picture and tackles NOS-4-A2 away from XR. The two of them roll and wrestle for a few minutes before NOS-4-A2 gets the upper hand and bites into Ty's suit, sucking all of the power and leaving Ty defenseless and depriving of oxygen. 

Buzz stops in mid-flight when he sees Ty in trouble. He looks at the satelite dish and gets an idea. He flies up to the dish and turns it towards where Ty and NOS-4-A2 are present. The light emanating from the dish shines on NOS-4-A2 and a nearly passed out Ty. The energy vampire feels the effect of the dish's power as it begins draining his own power away. Thus, he releases Ty. Everyone of the team arrives to witness NOS-4-A2 howling in pain and trying to fly away. But Ty latches onto him to ensure he is completely drained of life. The creature tears off bits of Ty's suit with his claws before doing the unthinkable: he bites into Ty's skin.
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NOS-4-A2 biting Ty through the skin, an infamous moment.

Ty reacts strongly to the pain and loosens his hold on the creature. NOS-4-A2 reacts strongly as well, commenting on his distaste for blood. He's had enough and flees away into the skies, having lost his appetite. Mira tries to shoot down the vampire, but he manages to escape. 

Buzz lands on the ground just as Ty himself gets up from his fall. The latter is clutching his arm. Buzz reaches over to try and look at the wound, asking if his old friend is alright. But Ty, not wanting to do anything with Buzz, sharply turns away from his help and rejects his help, assuring his comrade he'll be fine. He's holding his injured arm as he walks away from the Ranger.

XR, popping out of his hiding place in the bushes, praises Ty as a hero for saving his can. This prompts Booster to bring up Buzz's own heroic acts, highlighting how he saved Ty. He wants to tell everyone at Star Command about it. This irritates the man in question and sarcastically invites Booster to go ahead and call them up. Booster takes Ty's sour words at face value and with great enthusiasm, he eagerly runs back to the facility to call everyone at Star Command and tell them the news. Ty is bewildered momentarily before he decides to head back inside the facility himself, groaning and dryly commenting on his sarcasm flying over Booster's head. Buzz, meanwhile, is watching Ty take off and as he does, he's approached by Mira. She notes to him about Ty's attitude, concerned that there is something wrong with him. Buzz assumes that she means his bite mark. Mira then suggests the problem may lie deeper than the flesh wound, but Buzz still believes that she is talking about the wound. He takes off, intending to start making the location secure for the rest of the evening. Mira tries once more before deciding it's no use and gives up trying to mention it to Buzz.  

Ty goes to a storage room of sorts for privacy and presumably to treat the wound. He takes off the top half of his space suit off, muttering and mimicking Buzz. He sighs in great frustration and turmoil about his predicament. Clutching his injured arm, he goes to the only window in the room to gaze at the green moon and vent about his problems to himself. Just as he seems to be calming down, however, something peculiar and horrible happens.

He looks over to see wires sprouting out of his arm and screams in shock, horror and pain. The pain escalates as a horrific transformation begins to take place: his flesh hardens into metal. His hands shapeshift into mechanical four-clawed paws. The wires from his arm attach themselves to his elastic neck. His normal eyes glow an eerie blood red. His teeth stretch into sharp fangs. Electricity begins to generate around his body. His mouth stretches into a long muzzle. A tail bursts out of his pelvis. This transition continues on for a quiet moment before...

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Birth of the Wirewolf.

The Wirewolf is born.  

The Wirewolf smashes the door out from its hinges, sending it flying and crashing into a wall. The creature prowls down the hallway, as if testing its legs for the first time. Its growl is cybernetic. It comes to stop in front of an unknown room, opening the door and just as it seems like it's getting ready to enter the room, a flash of light shines upon the creature and stops from moving in any further. Sentry Two's voice is heard and it's revealed that the light is coming from a flashlight that he's holding. He chides the Wirewolf and tells it that it's in a restricted area. 

The light blinds the Wirewolf and it proceeds to attack Sentry Two by leaping onto him. He drops his flashlight and it rolls away. Sentry Two is trapped by the Wirewolf as it slashes and claws at him. Robot parts are flying everywhere as Sentry Two tries to fight back, but to no avail. The Wirewolf has successfully torn up Sentry Two apart and now holds the robot's hand in its paw. Sentry Two regrets leaving the safety of the air duct before the Wirewolf sucks his power and life away. Once that is done, the Wirewolf howls to the heavens, as if declaring its victory for all to hear.

Sometime afterwards, Ty changes back and he is left in a fetal position on the floor, groaning and shivering in a blue puddle of oil. He struggles to get up and, slowly but surely, he manages to stand up. He finds himself looking at Sentry Two's dismembered form. He's now fully alert and awake, but alarmed at the sight. It is then he notices his arms are dripping with oil, and he quietly questions over what happened. Overwhelmed with it all, he sinks to his knees as he's absorbing everything. 

He manages to leave the area and go into the same room the Wirewolf was in, making his way over to the bed and once again, he asks about the mysterious events. He sounds so shaken and helpless. 

Meanwhile, Team Lightyear enters the same hall Ty and Sentry Two were in, and come across Sentry Two's body as well. XR speeds up to the corpse and reacts strongly: he gasps strongly and wheels over to the remains, mourning over Sentry Two's form. Team Lightyear approaches behind him as he mourns, but in an instant, he suddenly stops crying and spots a gadget on the floor, suddenly interested in it. He picks it up and declares he needs it.
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The remains of Sentry Two found by Team Lightyear.

Mira is disgusted and calls him out on this action as he places it inside one of his chest compartments for safekeeping. She thinks it's gross, but XR simply assures her that it's part of the circle of life. 

This gruesome sight prompts Buzz into believing NOS-4-A2 has returned and decides to split the group up into three teams: Mira and XR to check for points of entry, Booster to search for other victims and he to go tell Ty what's happened, but not before making a joke about 'saving Ty'. He takes off.

Meanwhile, Mira and XR are walking in a hallway, doing their job. Or rather, Mira is, as XR is keeping close to her out of fear and causing her to pause in her tracks. Annoyed, Mira asks him to give her some space, and he does...if only by a few inches. Mira sarcastically thanks him before taking off again. XR looks away in concern before realizing she left and races off to catch up with her. 

In another part of the facility, Buzz is busy looking for Ty and he finds a room where he believes Ty is in: his cabin. It is indicated as such thanks to a large Star Command sign that reads Ty's name. Buzz knocks on the closed door three times before opening up to reveal a very disheveled and disorientated Ty; his suit's torn up, his hair's messy and he appears as though he just woke up from a nap. Buzz starts talking for a few minutes before finally noticing his friend's shredded uniform. He asks Ty what happened to it.

Ty tries to play it cool.

Ty tries to play it cool despite his appearance.

Feeling very awkward and embarrassed, Ty tries to casually shrug it off by stating he's a rough sleeper and that he had a nightmare. He changes the conversation and asks what's going on. Buzz informs him about Sentry Two's demise. At that moment, Ty's pants fall down. Buzz then dryly tells Ty about his pants. A little more awake, and still embarrassed, Ty tries to brush it off as if he expected that to happen. He closes the door, wanting to end the conversation. 

Sometime later, the team has reassembled in a control room of some sort. Mira's the only one sitting in a chair. The men are all standing up. Everyone is brainstorming over the situation at hand, and Buzz breaks the moment by asking his crew to recap on the situation. Mira states that no one has entered the building the other night, and Booster reports that Sentry Two was the only one creature attacked. He goes on to describe the sight of Sentry Two's mangled body with enthusiasm, much to the disgust of XR. The robot feels so sick from Booster's description that he wanders away to the group to meet up with a bored Ty. The latter is facing away from the group, not interested in the conversation. When XR wheels over to him, Ty looks down at him and glowers as XR seems ready to throw up. The glare is clearly a sign to keep it under control.

Ty and XR look at the pawprints.

Ty and XR look at the green paw prints, both unaware of what made them...

Suddenly, XR recovers, gasps and turns on a light source, spotting something on the floor. Ty follows XR's pointed finger. The two of them see green pawprints scattered on and across the floor, glowing brightly. Ty remarks what they are and that they're all over the floor. XR observes that the pawprints are radioactive and a size eleven and a half D. Mira realizes that the culprit could not be NOS-4-A2 because he doesn't have any feet and questions what the team is exactly faced with. Ty notes that the creature seems to come out and attack during the night, which leads Buzz to decide to set a trap for the attacker. But in order to lure said attacker in, they will need bait. Believing the idea is a good one, XR amiably agrees, stating that they will need a machine with plenty of bells and whistles to attract the creature. But when he notices that everyone is looking at him intently, he instantly tries to assert that it is a horrible idea, realizing that the team was referring to him as the bait.  

But his pleas fall on deaf ears as everyone is in a new room in the facility. XR himself is standing in the green moonlight, with the moon rising high in the night sky and shining its beam through the window and into the building. XR starts talking to lure the creature into the trap, and he's understandably nervous about the ordeal.

XR as bait.

XR tries to act like bait, much to his reluctance.

He taps the ground with his treads and sweats in fear with his words sounding more and more like bait. This prompts Buzz to call him out and tell him to knock it off. Buzz then calls to Booster and Mira to ensure the exits to the room are secure. Both parties confirm this although Mira rambles on about the context of security for a few seconds. Buzz interrupts her and orders her to resume radio silence, to which Mira acknowledges in irritation.  

High above her head, through the window, the green moon peeks through blue clouds. The moon shines down through the room and onto Ty. This causes him to freeze up and retreat to underneath a nearby staircase, where he undergoes the transformation once again.

A howl is heard, its eerie cry literally giving XR the shivers. 

The Wirewolf appears behind an unsuspecting Buzz. The latter still believes that Ty's still there behind him and asks if he hears a strange whirring sound, not knowing it's Ty as the Wirewolf making this possible. In response, the Wirewolf softly growls and Buzz seems to accept this response as a 'no' and then asks XR to perform a sensor scan to locate the source of that sound. When XR finds the source, he's shocked and gasps loudly. He tries to tell Buzz to look out behind him, stammering in fear as the Wirewolf slowly lowers his jaws over Buzz's head. XR manages to get the words out of his mouth, but by the time Buzz does turn around, Ty changes back at supersonic speed thanks to the clouds covering up the moon. He's dizzy and disorientated, his uniform torn up to shreds again. But Buzz doesn't take Ty's dizzy state into account and leans into his communicator. He scolds the robot by reminding him to clean behind his sensors. XR is indignant and annoyed at Buzz's scolding. 

Ty takes refuge underneath the stairs and moves away from the team. He pauses in his movement, perhaps to look at Team Lightyear and then proceeds to tiptoe away from the area. Before he can leave the room, however, the clouds have unveiled the green moon and shines its light downwards onto Ty again, causing him to stop dead in his tracks. He hunches forward and then arches backwards, floating in mid-air and groaning in pain. Electricity suddenly builds up and dances along his body. 

Wirewolf grabbing XR.

The Wirewolf grabs XR.

While he's transforming, XR is still standing in the middle of the room. Restless, he sways on his treads and whistles, trying to keep calm. He mutters something under his breath, presumably a Star Command promotional tagline. Before he realizes it, a certain pair of claws grab his helmet. He shrieks as his eyes pop out of his head and then he's lifted off the ground into the Wirewolf's clutches. The plan into action, Buzz jumps out from his position behind the boxes and spots the monster, and then decides to let Ty make the caller. Buzz realizes that Ty's missing and calls for him, but his attention is drawn to the screams of XR as the Wirewolf is dragging him away. 

Buzz orders Mira and Booster to help XR. Booster jumps out from behind the boxes he was hiding behind while Mira flies down from her hiding spot on the platform. Once Mira lands, she pulls out a Star Command-issued weapon, prompting Booster to do the same. Mira asks where XR is and as she's looking around, she hears the mechanical growling behind another pile of boxes and points her weapon in that direction. Suddenly, parts of XR start flying out from behind the pile and towards the team. The body parts include his glass helmet, his chest, and a detached arm. Booster ducks as more of XR's parts fly overhead. The last piece of XR lands in front of him. It's XR's head, motionless and voiceless. Booster picks up XR's head and gently shakes it, asking XR who attacked him, but sadly, all of his power is drained. Mira notes that XR will probably be in the shop for a week, due to the damage done to him. Buzz asks his teammates if they've seen Ty, and Mira assumes the worst. Suddenly, they hear a wolf howling again, and Buzz and Mira go after the source while Booster stays behind to pick up XR's pieces. 

The Wirewolf runs down the hall and into another room, with something in its jaws. The moon is covered up by clouds again and Ty changes back into his human form as he falls down onto the floor. Groaning in pain from the electricity dancing around his form, he tries to get up. But he only falls back down and he seems to pass out. Outside the room, Buzz and Mira are trying to track the Wirewolf down when Mira stops and hears more of Ty's groaning. She ghosts her way into a wall to find him lying on the floor, motionless. She phases back out and informs her teammates where Ty is, and they enter the room to help Ty up to his feet. Buzz asks him if he's alright, and Ty recovers enough to ask what happened. Booster informs him about the intruder attacking XR and escaping.

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Mira and Ty exchanging confused glances at the strange device in Ty's hand.

Mira spots an odd object in Ty's hand and asks him what it is. He holds it up, unsure of what it is himself. It's a strange gizmo that looks like a small speaker with two satellite dishes attached to it. Just then, out of nowhere, XR's voice emits from it, causing Mira and Ty to react in shock. As they share confused glances, the device keeps on producing XR's voice as it warns the attacker to keep away from him. Eventually the device quiets down, and Booster gasps when he realizes what the device is. It's XR's voice box.

Booster is about to ask how Ty came to obtain it when Ty himself gasps. He suddenly has an alarming epiphany. He drops XR's voice box and steps back from the team. He warns them that they need to leave the planet immediately, for they're in danger. Buzz believes Ty's only joking and says that they need to stay and catch the culprit. At the point of desparation, Ty yells at Buzz who the culprit is--it's him! But Buzz doesn't seem intent on believing Ty's claim and seems to think his friend's snapped. As he tries to assure Ty, the latter then starts explaining to everyone about a series of blackouts he's been experiencing and how every time he comes to from these blackouts, another robot is attacked. Thus it could only be him. He tries again to tell everyone they're in danger, and he specifically, and darkly, points this out to Buzz. Although a bit taken aback, and perhaps a bit irritated, Buzz asks why he would be in danger, and reaffirms his intention of helping Ty. He tries to reach out to him, but Ty snaps and yells at Buzz to cut it out. At this point, the Wirewolf is taking over Ty, changing his normal tone with a near mechanical one. 

Booster cringes back and proclaims Ty's starting to transform. Mira notes to Buzz that there are some heavy issues that need to be sorted out between the two of them. At that moment, Ty changes into the Wirewolf right before everyone's eyes. The creature tries to leap and take a swipe at Lightyear, but Mira manages to pull Buzz out of the way just in time. In spite of the potential danger, Buzz takes the time to ask Mira about what heavy issues she's referring to. The Wirewolf declares Buzz is done for, and it's at that moment Mira realizes how Ty became the creature, thanks to the green moon. Buzz remarks that she might be right about the issues and the Wirewolf growls again, prepared to attack the team. 

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Team Lightyear Vs. the Wirewolf.

The Wirewolf squares off against the team, minus XR who's in a bag and out of commission. Buzz orders his team to stand their ground against the creature. They're armed with their wrist lasers. Before they realize it, the Wirewolf points his arm at the team and from his palm, wires come flying out. They wrap around each of the Rangers' wrists. Electricity fizzles for a minute on each of their wrists before it stops. The wires then unwrap themselves and return back to their owner. Booster slams down on his wrist, trying to fire a laser, but nothing happens. He announces his laser's dead. Faced with no other option, Buzz orders his team to retreat. They run back to the main control room, where the workers residing there pause in their line of work when they hear howling. Team Lightyear rushes in, with the Wirewolf right behind them. But Buzz manages to close the metal door to prevent the creature from getting in. After one more attempt from the Wirewolf, Buzz informs the concerned employees to evacuate the premises in an orderly manner. 

They scream and flee the scene immediately. Mira sarcastically compliments Buzz on a job well done.

After the employees evacuate the planet, the Rangers are right behind them...and so is the Wirewolf. The Wirewolf catches up to Team Lightyear and blocks their path. The Rangers can't get to their ship. They try to figure out a plan for how to get to the ship and help Ty. They can't use their jet packs to get them to Star Command, and the sun will not rise for hours. So Buzz suggests that rather than wait for the sun to rise, they can make the moon go down with a certain maneuver called the Nuzonian Maneuver. Only Booster, thanks to his knowledge on Buzz's heroics, understands what that is, but Mira is unaware and tries to assure everyone that she knows this move. Buzz cuts her off and orders her and Booster to get to the ship while he distracts the Wirewolf. While he and the Wirewolf decide to fight, and while Buzz tries to talk to Ty, Mira and Booster get to the ship, but as they start to climb the ladder, Mira goes ahead and asks Booster what the Nuzonian Maneuver actually is. Booster replies that there's no time to explain it, but Mira makes time by ghosting her hand into Booster's mind to quickly find the answer. After a few seconds of searching, she finds what she's looking for, but the maneuver Buzz refers to is not what she expected. She and Booster then continue on their way up the ladder after they exchange a few words regarding some mysterious childhood incident Mira found through Booster's memory banks. 

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Buzz facing the Wirewolf.

Once Mira and Booster take off in the ship, Buzz and the Wirewolf battle. The Wirewolf leaps towards Buzz, trying to tackle him. Buzz dodges off to the side and then activates his jet pack. He flies past a clawing Wirewolf and then over him as he takes off to the stars up above. Buzz talks to the Wirewolf as he flies higher into the night sky, but he's suddenly ensnared by the Wirewolf's wires and dragged back down to the ground.

Meanwhile, Mira and Booster succeed in aiming their ship towards the moon. They abandon ship, but not before Booster sends a distress beacon to alert Star Command of what's going on.

The Wirewolf drags Buzz closer and closer until he's within reach of the Wirewolf's grasp. Once he is, the creature places a claw on Buzz's chest and proceeds to suck the power out of his suit. As the power is being drained away, Buzz pleads Ty to save him. At this plea, the Wirewolf suddenly hesitates, as if Ty has heard Buzz's plea.

At the same moment, the team's ship rams into the green moon and explodes. Both the ship and green moon blow up to bits and pieces. The Wirewolf looks at Buzz with concern and proceeds to gently place Buzz on the ground, but as this is happening, the creature suddenly screams in metallic pain. The Wirewolf falls onto its knees and slowly but surely, the Wirewolf changes back into Ty. 
The Wirewolf gently placing Buzz down.

A concerned Wirewolf gently placing Buzz down.

Somehow, even though his suit was destroyed, Ty is able to have his helmet back on and breathe easily. Ty looks at his hand, as if to make sure he is fully human again. But he brings it closer to him as if he's realizing what he almost did to Buzz. He puts his hand back down and hangs his head in both exhaustion and shame. Next to Ty, Buzz is also recovering from his ordeal. 

Everyone heads back inside the facility. Mira is bandaging up Buzz's wounded left arm, while Buzz is seated on a machine. Booster and a fully repaired XR watch from nearby. Ty, on the other hand, is feeling extremely guilty for what he did. He's facing away from the team because of his guilt as he's leaning against a pipe with his arms crossed. 

XR marvels over how good of a nap he had, seemingly not realizing what actually happened. He asks if he missed anything. Booster replies that the team blew up the green moon and that Buzz saved Ty. Ty in turn thanks Buzz.

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Buzz thanks Ty for saving his life.

Buzz corrects Booster by stating that it was Ty who saved him. Ty is taken aback by his reply. Buzz explains that it was Ty who stopped the Wirewolf from draining the power out of his suit. He then thanks Ty out of sincere gratitude and states that they're even now.

Ty seems to appreciate this and is now at peace with himself. Unfortunately, according to Ty, the facility has been shut down, but they won't be having any more problems with NOS-4-A2. 

XR flips out when he hears that NOS-4-A2 is still out there, and then treads around in a circle in a panic as he looks for a duct to hide in. The rest of the Rangers watch on in amusement. 

But unbeknownst to the team, even though the green moon has been destroyed, one small piece of it still exists. It floats above Canis Lunis and is suddenly picked up by a familiar and sinister figure. NOS-4-A2. He takes the piece with him as he flies deep into the reaches of space, declaring that the Wirewolf shall live again one day. 

The episode ends.

NOS-4-A2 with moon rock.

NOS-4-A2 finds a piece of the green moon... this isn't the end.









Characters

Quotes

  • XR: So I hear you have an energy vampire…(whispers and puts hand close to mouth) Hey, just between us robots, where are the good hiding places on this berg?
    Sentry Two: Eh, air ducts four through seven, but you didn’t hear it from me.

  • Buzz Lightyear: Uh, thank you, Mira. We’ll start a search right away and find that energy vampire, and uh, like I said back at the Academy, “Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!” (Buzz laughs for a minute.)
    Ty Parsec: (groans) No matter how many times I hear that, it still sounds fresh.
  • Booster Munchapper: Tell me about the time Buzz saved you from the chest-bursting vipers of Mothroth. He’s so modest; I-I’m sure Buzz left out some of the REALLY choice heroic stuff.
    Ty Parsec: Alright. Hiss. Blam. Buzz Lightyear to the rescue. The End.
    Booster Munchapper: (disappointed) Buzz tells it better.
    Ty Parsec: Hey, I’d love to elaborate, but-(intentionally smashes communicator against a nearby tree) Oh, would you look at that? My communicator’s busted.

Trivia

  • The wirewolf's name is no doubt a reference to the werewolf in horror fiction.
  • When XR acts as bait, he says at one point to lure the culprit, "I could just keep going and going and going." This is an allusion to the Energizer Bunny commercial tagline, "It keeps going and going and going."
  • The emblem to represent Canis Lunis resembles the modern day flag of Turkey.
  • It is revealed that the Pulsar-400 Enviro-Suit has a set of two communicators.

Errors

  • After he calls up Star Command, Ty's helmet is temporarily missing when he looks up to see NOS-4-A2 flying away.
  • There are a few instances when the red button on a normal Space Ranger suit appears on Ty's suit even though Ty's suit doesn't possess one.
  • In one scene where Buzz touches Ty's shoulder, Ty's armor shoulder plate is white instead of green.
  • When the wirewolf drains Robot Sentry #2's head for energy, there is an oil stain on its chest. But in the next scene, it is gone.
  • When the camera does a close up on Robot Sentry #2's head in between Ty's legs, his red eye is still present, and the head is facing the camera. But when Team Lightyear comes upon the robot's body, the head is facing to the right and the eye is gone.
  • XR's eyes are temporarily light blue when he picks up and puts away a piece from Robot Sentry #2, and when Buzz splits the team up to find whomever attacked Robot Sentry #2.
  • At one point, the yellow button on Buzz's suit is temporarily light blue.
  • When Ty's pants fall down, a large portion of cloth of Ty's right sleeve is present. But in the next scene with Ty, it is gone.
  • Although Ty transformed back into human form in front of XR and presumably Booster, they did not comment on it.
  • After the wirewolf rips XR's body apart, and XR's pieces are flying everywhere over Booster, XR's head expresses shock, with creased eyebrows and a gape. But when Booster picks XR's head up, the expression is set more neutrally with normal eyebrows and a closed mouth.
  • The rips on Ty's pants disappear temporarily when Buzz and Mira help him up from the floor.
  • Ty doesn't have anything in his hands when he changes back, but when Mira asks him what he's holding, XR's voice box is in his right hand.
  • When Ty changes back into human form near the end of episode, he wears the top portion of his suit and a helmet to give him oxygen when it was destroyed earlier.
  • Mira tends to Buzz's left arm, but there is no known incident when the wirewolf attacked Buzz on the arm. At one point, the bandages disappear temporarily.
  • Ty's arms randomly change masses in proportion. In some scenes, he has large arms similar to Buzz's physical style, but in other scenes, he has very skinny yet muscular arms.

Voice Actors

Production Details

Executive Producers: Tad Stones, Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley
Director: Steve Loter
Story Editors: Ken Koonce, Michael Merton
Written By: Richard Mueller, Ken Koonce, Michael Merton

Voice Casting and Dialogue Director: Jamie Thomason

Storyboard: Todd Britton, Sharon Forward, Melissa Suber, Theresa Pettengill, Fred Gonzales
Timing Directors: John Kimball, Marsh Lamore
Sheet Timing: John Kimball, Marsh Lamore
Supervising Character Design: Greg Guler
Character Design: Ginny Hawes, Brian Brookshier, Kenny Thompkins
Key Location Design: Justin Thompson, Latchezar Gouchev
Prop Design: Tom Foxmarnick, Brian Brookshier
Lead Background Paint: Donna Prince
Key Background Stylists: Rick Evans, Sy Thomas
Associate Producer: Natasha Kopp
Production Manager: Mike Karafilis
Creative Consultant from Pixar: Jeff Pidgeon
Graphics: Dee Dee Uchiyamada
Color Key Stylist: Karen Kilpatrick
Storyboard Revisions: Alan Wright
Continuity Coordinator: Jim Finch
Digital Color Correction: Don Devine
Scanner: Adam Chase

CGI Main Title: Pixar Animation Studios

Music By: Adam Berry
Main Title Theme By: Adam Berry

Animation Production By: Jade Animation International Limited

Animation Director: Kong Qing Chang
Assistant Director: Hui Zheng
Art Director: Zhang Yong
Backgrounds: Jade Animation
Camera Supervisor: Xiao Wei Wen
Animators: Ren-Cong Rong, Chen Xi-Feng, Chao Xu Hua, Zhang Jing, Wong King Fung, Yu Hai Ying, Li Jian Jun, Zhuang Bo Quan, Yuan Xiao Bin, Xiu Xiao Lin

Supervising Film Editor: John Royer
First Assistant Film Editor: Jennifer Harrison
Assistant Film Editor: Tally Paulos

Pre-Production Dialogue Editor: Monte Bramer
Track Reading: Skip Craig
Post Production Manager: Steven J. Arenas
Post Production Supervisor: Rachel Pusateri
Audio Supervisor: Victor Garcia
Post Production Coordinator: Mark Allen Bollinger
Sound Design: Paca Thomas

Dialogue Editor: Robbi Smith
Music Editor: Marc S. Perlman, M.P.S.E.
Foley: Phyllis Ginter, Kris Daly
Digital Audio Transfer: J. Lampinen
Re-Recording Mixers: James C. Hodson, C.A.S., Melissa Ellis, Fil Brown, Ray Leonard, Michael Beiriger
Supervising Music Editor: Dominick Certo
On-Line Editor: Keith Cook
Production Coordinator: Jessika Portillo
Script Coordinators: Dawn T. Connors, Brian Sintay
Production Associate: Carin Cobrae
Production Secretaries: Linda DeLizza, Jessica Farley
Talent Coordinator: David H. Wright III
Production Accountant: Ron J. Earhart

Produced By: Walt Disney Television Animation

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