Episode 4 : You Can't Go Home Again
Teaser: Natalie Poole believes that she has discovered Action Mans's home. And so it would seem at first. But what she and Action Man do not realise is that the house is fake, the neighbours are under the control of Doctor X and the whole place is a trap designed to ensure the destrucion of the Action Force and thier base !
Warning Spoilers Below
Review Done by: Jamar Miller
This is a heavy Natalie episode and I for one am glad it is, as Natalie is a personnel favorite of mine. Both this episode and episode #5: Ancient History really explores a lot about Natalieâ€™sâ€™ character which is nice because even though this show is called Action Man and not Action Force the other team members get developed too.
We start off at the World Information Bureau and we see a caped man much like Pythona from the GI JOE movie sneaking around. The camera pans around and shows some Skull-men then taking out the guards, as the caped man walking into the building pulls off his hood and reveals himself to be Dr. X !
The silent security alarms go off and Secretary Norris mobilizes the Action Force. Back at the World Information Bureau ( W.I.B. for short ) Dr. X is downloading something, which later is revealed to be some information he wants Action Man to have.
[center]Below Dr. X does his best Pythona impression!
Below we see Action Man don his Obligatory new outfit of the series so Hasbro can sell another Version of Action Man . This outfit though does make several appearances both as his Virtual Reality Suit and his motorcycle suit.
Suddenly outside the Action Force attacks, Action Man enters the WIB building with his motorcycle and Nat and Knuck parachute drop into the area. Once inside Action Man finds Dr. X but as always Dr. X has an advantage up his sleeve--- Hostages this time!
Action Man is told to drop his weapons and he does but not before activating a delayed firing of his wrist rockets. The rockets go off and Natalie and Knuck bust in with all weapons firing and manage to rescue the hostages as well as sending Dr. X and his Skull-men packing.
Once they have cleared out all of Xâ€™s forces and secure the place Natalie is taking a look at the computers to see what Dr. X was up too. What she finds is shocking! It appears that Action Mans home when he was a child is in Havenport England but all the other information has been erased ! Action Man and Secretary Norris turn to Natalie and ask her is she has found anything but she just tells them sorry Dr. X wiped the computers clean. She then copies the information onto a disc erases the computer and heads off alone !
In Havenport Natalie starts to do some detective work by checking out the town ,the home and asking people if they know the man in her picture of Action Man. Soon she comes across a shop keeper who says yes he knows him quite well they were next door neighbors. Natalieâ€™s is excited and she probes him for more information. He tells her where the old house that AM used to live ( I think itâ€™s important here to note that he gives no names )
Excited Natalie contacts Action Forces HQ to talk to Action Man. Action Man doesnâ€™t remember a town called Havenport nor does it trigger any memory flashbacks ! He then asks her why did she not tell anyone? She responds with â€œ believe it or not I follow up on a lot of leads that lead no whereâ€ This shows that Natalieâ€™s really cares about Action Man. She didnâ€™t want to get his hopes up and so was considerate of his feelings , it also goes to show that she has been very active in her search to find, and Help Action Man find, more about his past and who he is. Action Man is excited and waste no time he heads off to Havenport to see it himself in his red Convertible car and is off with hopes of regaining his memories!
In Havenport Action Man and Natalieâ€™s meet up and go to the house, and the house does cause a flashback! We quickly see Action Mansâ€™ room when he was a child and he remembers ! Quickly Natalie grabs Action Mans hand and together hand in hand they go into the house. However once in the house Action Man says he remembers his room now but something just doesnâ€™t feel right something is â€¦â€¦â€¦.off!
Suddenly the next door neighbor comes in and says hello, but Action Man doesnâ€™t remember him. Shocked , the next door neighbor says that he was his brotherâ€™s best friend!
Action Man stumbles back ! What? I have a brother?? Action Man is shocked at this discovery , but the neighbor then says â€œwell you HAD a brotherâ€ and he explains that he disappeared one day and most people think he is responsible for it because soon after, he left as well too. Action Man is trying to remember things and make heads of everything when a police man enters the house and arrest Action Man for the disappearance of his brother ! Action Man is taken and put into Jail much to Natalieâ€™s Shock!
Below are the Memory Flashbacks that Action Man regains in this episode. We donâ€™t actually get to see a lot so we donâ€™t learn a lot visually but this same flashback will appear again later in the episode and when it does, we do learn something that is very significant and important to Action Man, But right now all we learn is like every other little boy he had a room and we get to see what it looked like. ........... What? not impressed? LOL keep reading the shocker comes soon when this memory is revisited and we hear something revealed for the very first time!
In Jail Action Man is looking through his cells window and hears a child calling for it mother , when suddenly this causes the same flashback as he had before but this time he hears something in his memory! He hears himself as a little boy saying â€œHey you hurt meâ€ and then he hear another boys voice an evil voice saying Hey that is what brothers are forâ€ and he laughs an evil laugh. Action Man remembers he does have a brother! And itâ€™s true! But he also notices something, the window in his room in his flashback , when looking out has a flat horizon but this town is surrounded by tall hills! He then realizes that the house is a fake made to look like his old home and that his is not his hometown!
Elsewhere at the Inn where Natalieâ€™s is staying she is trying to get into contact with Action Force HQ to get some help but her transmission is disrupted by Dr. X and then Dr. X breaks in grabs her computer and takes her prisoner!
Natalie, ask what is going on! And Dr. X gloats triumphantly about downloading false information into the computers at the W.I.B.. Natalie asks why would he do this? why would he try to torture Action Man like this?
Dr. X says no! thatâ€™sâ€™ just a bonus what he needed was the coordinates of Action Forces Base so he could test his new cannon on it. And with Natalie trying to contact Base he now has the coordinates!
In Jail Action Man manages to break free and help the child and the mother he heard escape as well. He finds out there the fake neighbors family and they were being held hostage and threatened if they didnâ€™t co-operate with Dr. X.
Dr. X gives the command to power up the cannon which is nearby in the hills surrounding the town. When suddenly he hears an explosion looks out side and sees the Jail burning with Action Man and the mother and child escaping.
Natalie with the help of the neighbor escapes using Action Mans activities as the diversion needed. She runs outside dodging incoming fire and jumps into Action Manâ€™s Car. Here Action Man and Natalie make one of the most memorable and funny lines in the whole series. Action Man says â€œI usually donâ€™t pick up girls like thisâ€ with Natalie responding â€œ How would you knowâ€! I got to admit this puts a smile on my face every time I hear it.
Action Man and Natalie make their way to the cannon and once they get near the cannon they see it preparing to fire at their base. Action Manâ€™s car much like James bonds car is equipped with Rockets and Action Man fires them at the cannon just in time. The cannon explodes saving their base from certain destruction.
Dr. X is furious and pledges revenge! He torched the house that was used as Action Mans home and leaves with no trace or clues
Natalie apologies to Action Man she feels bad it was all for nothing and that the house and town was not his. The neighbor also apologizes and says he has truly never seen or hear of Action Man before. Dr. X made him do it or he would kill his family.
Natalie and Action Man get into the car together and ride off into the horizon alone and together.
Comments: Good episode, while being a Natalie inspired/character developed episode it still sticks to the whole Action Man lost memories thing. And while the town and house was fake we did learn for the first time that Action Man has/had a brother ! Who that brother is/was well you could read the series bible that I have posted here in the Action Man Declassifies Post:
But be warned major spoilers are listed in there !
Let's Get Extreme! Talk about the current Action Man and Dr. X toyline here!
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