- Summaries (1)
Max is dispatched to the Amazon rain forest to investigate, as large swaths of the forest are mysteriously being cleared. There's another N-Tek operative, named Kat, who has been on the job for a few days, but her communications have gone silent. Also, 'Berto has to come along, because Max's communications won't work properly inside the dense rain forest (huh ??) and 'Berto knows the area. (Being from Columbia, he knows Brazil well.) After landing, Max & 'Berto are jumped -- and it turns out that they've surprised Kat, alive & well, but with a broken communicator. Kat doesn't need any help, thank you. Nor does Max need Kat. But they have to work together, or at least in close proximity. Orders, you know. Kat is mildly pleased when Max saves them from an enormous boa constrictor, while they're motoring up river, but the boat sinks, and she turns sarcastic again. They find some of the clear cuts in the forest, where 'Berto examines a felled tree, and identifies it as one with a special red sap that, when processed, makes a deadly poisonous gas. They dispatch a couple of Dread Minions who are felling trees and taking them to be processed, and figure out that the only place that could house a processing factory is a nearby Aztec pyramid. With 'Berto's help, they get inside, and discover Psycho, free-lancing now, is just trying to raise a little money with this business. 'Berto has a freezing crystal that will render the goop harmless, but they have to fight off Psycho and the rest of the Minions to stop the factory. Psycho, of course, escapes in his clear-cutting machine, felling a new swatch as he takes the last of the poison off to carry out his plans. He and Max have a terrific fight on the moving machine, trying to kill each other without setting off the poison gas. Finally, Psycho and the machine are tumbled off a cliff, to their doom. Psycho's now dead, and the world is safe again. Um, right?? At the end, having introduced feisty Kat, Jefferson formally adds her to Team Steel, and they'll have to live with each other for many more episodes.
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