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|The Great Doomship Offensive|
The Great Doomship Offensive is the eighth episode of Super Mario Bros. Z. It was released on October 9, 2009.
Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach once again, but this time she's held captive in Bowser's newly constructed, flying Omega Doomship. Mario and company hear about the tragedy through a letter sent from Bowser. In the letter, Bowser states that he's holding Peach for ransom, and demands that Mario and his team bring him the Chaos Emeralds that they currently have.
Everyone agrees to help rescue Peach, except for Shadow, thinking that they would be wasting precious time they should be using finding more Chaos Emeralds before Mecha Sonic does. This starts an argument between Sonic and Shadow, ending up with with Shadow nearly killing Sonic. Sonic reminds him that he was never like this in the past, never fighting for pride and amusement, and being one of the most compassionate people he's ever known. Sonic asks what changed Shadow, who then has a flashback of him holding the dead body of his friend Rouge, implying that her death was responsible. Shadow then leaves the group, feeling that his and Sonic's interests would only end up clashing with each other.
The remainder of the group (Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Sonic and Stuffwell) then head to E.Gadd's lab. E.Gadd reveals that he had bought supplies for them, anticipating their rescue attempt, and had also fixed up and upgraded the Sky Pop, Mario's old plane. The group then take off in the Sky Pop Mk II (via giant slingshot) in search of the Omega Doomship. Wario and Waluigi make an attempt to ambush the group, by Wario throwing Waluigi to intercept the plane. Their plan spectacularly falls short when Waluigi falls just short of the plane, and plummets down to earth.
The group eventually find the Doomship, and come under attack from the ship's now-operational defenses. Bowser orders Basilisx to fire the cannon twice to hit the heroes but they manage to dodge. After dodging enemy fire, Mario and Sonic jump from the Sky Pop and free-fall towards the Doomship, Mario transforming into Raccoon Mario during this time. The duo land on the hull and fight their way through the troops stationed there. Yoshi and Luigi, still in the Sky Pop then blow a hole in the hull, and charge in ahead of Mario and Sonic. The two end up in a hangar, but unfortunately, they run into an army of Koopatrol soldiers. The army attacks them, but, Mario and Sonic save them. Mario flies Luigi and Yoshi out of the way of the troops, while Sonic attempts to retrieve a Fire Flower Luigi dropped. However, he is overwhelmed by the soldiers and the Fire Flower ends up in a load of Bob-ombs.
Sonic survives the explosion, and uses the Fire Flower to transform into the powerful Fire Sonic much as Mario and the gangs suprised. Using his new flame based powers, Sonic starts annihilating Bowser's troops, and is quickly joined by Mario, Yoshi and Tanooki Luigi. Sonic and the group nearly finish off the the soldiers, but are interrupted by Basilisx, an elite Koopatrol soldier with the ability to turn things to stone by gazing at them. He demands a one-on-one fight to the death with Mario, wanting revenge for killing his friend, and petrifies Luigi, Yoshi and Sonic, to stop them from interfering.
Basilisx then draws out Wolverine-style claws, while Mario uses a hammer suit to transform into Hammer Mario, gaining armor and dual hammers. Although Basilisx a good fighter, with his abilities enhanced in an experiment performed by the mysterious scientist working with Bowser (Dr. Robotnik), he and Hammer Mario prove to be equal in strength. He then grabs the petrified Luigi statue, using it as a shield to stop Mario from attacking. Unwilling to harm his brother, Mario is quickly defeated. Bowser, watching Mario and Basilisx from a monitor in his throne room with Peach, laughs with a wicked smile, while Peach looks in terror as Basilisx prepares to kill Mario.
Moment of TerrorEdit
Toadsworth tells the story of Bowser's new and great Omega Doomship arriving at Peach's Castle until he suddenly fainted.
After Mario reads the letter Bowser sent to the the heroes, Stuffwell tells them to go to Prof. E Gadd's lab. However, Shadow intervenes and hits Sonic into Mario (causing Toadsworth to faint). Shadow and Sonic have a fight, and Sonic tells how angry he's become and insults him about what happened on Space Colony ARK (the place where Shadow was created) when they were fighting Black Doom. Shadow gets angry and threatens to kill Sonic. Sonic questions Shadow why he's been angrier than he's ever been, leading Shadow to have a flashback about how he found out about Rouge and E-123 Omega's deaths. Shadow tells Sonic to hurry and rescue Peach, and leaves the group. Sonic becomes depressed, but Mario comforts him and leaves with him.
Toward the Sky PopEdit
Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Sonic and Stuffwell head towards E.Gadd's lab. After briefly losing Luigi they eventually arrive. E.Gadd expected the heroes arrival and prepared some items for the team. As Yoshi, Sonic and Stuffwell go outside, the Mario Bros. go collect the supplies and get in the Sky Pop Mark II ( the plane). Once everybody gets on board a giant slingshot sends the protagonists rocketing towards the Omega Doomship.
Sky Pop MKII heads toward Bowser's Omega Doom Ship. Bowser complements his mysterious assistat for the ship. Bowser taunts peach. They notice Mario and Co. coming. The Omega Doom Ship fires several beams at the Sky Pop MKII. Mario and Sonic jump off and relentlessly dispose of Bowser's forces. Sky Pop MKII fires a missile and Luigi & Yoshi go on the offensive. They then meet a launch bay filled with Koopa Troopers.
Mario and Sonic jumps off from Sky Pop and fights the soldiers on the doomship, while Luigi and Yoshi takes control of Sky Pop and ambush the Koopatrol army as well.
Fire in the HangerEdit
Luigi accidentally drops a Fire Flower while being overwhelmed with Yoshi by the Koopa Troopers. Sonic then tries to retrieve it but gets hit by one of the Koopa Troopers and the Fire Flower hits a pile of bombs and they explode with Sonic caught in the explosion. Sonic is badly hurt but survives and uses the the Fire Flower to transform into a new form of his, which fans refer to as "Fire Sonic". As Fire Sonic, Sonic annihilates the Koopa Troopers with fiery powers, and then gets joined by Raccoon Mario, Tanooki Luigi and Yoshi. They are just about to finish the Koopa Troopers until Basilisx intervenes and confronts the trio. Sonic threatens Basilisx and Basilisx verbally retaliates.
Heart of StoneEdit
After turing Sonic, Luigi, and Yoshi to stones Basilisx tells a story about how Mario killed his friend. Basilisx and Mario then fight Basilisx swoops low and uses Luigi as a bat and uses poison mushrooms to weak and finish of Mario. Basilisx then taunts Mario and prepares to kill him. Bowser then applauses Basilisx by comment on his augmentation. He then criticises Mario in front of Princess Peach. Peach pleads Mario to wake up.
- "The Great Doomship Offensive" is in reference to The Great Cave Offensive, a sub-game from Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra.
- In the beginning, Bowser's theme originates from Super Mario Galaxy.
- Bowser's Omega Doomship seems to resemble Star Destroyers from Star Wars.
- Alvin changes some of the sprites in the episode; notably affected is Peach (starting from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga's to Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story's; the preview used Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time's), but E. Gadd and Toadsworth are affected as well.
- Mecha Sonic does not actually make an appearance in this episode, only mentioned in dialogue. This may have been the case with Episode 4 as well.
- Basilisx is an obvious reference to the Basilisk.[Clarification needed]
- Alvin-Earthworm stated when he posted an animation test in 2013 that Basilisx as a character was inappropriately written in (shoehorned), and that he would not appear in the reboot.
- This episode was one in a three-part storyline called the "Omega Doomship Arc".
- Mario's series of uppercuts in the "Fire in the Hangar" scene originates from a combination of Ken's "Shoryureppa" and "Shinryuken" from Street Fighter.
- Basilisx's finishing move on Mario used a move that comes from Vega's Super Attack from the Street Fighter series.
- Much like in Episodes 4 and 7, Sonic uses a "Hurricane Kick" twice.
- This is also the first time where Sonic used a "Hurricane Kick" in a Power-Up Form, and during the Omega Doomship raid.
- A major error is made in the dialogue by Basilisx; there is no lava in room 2 of Bowser's Castle in Dinosaur Land (Super Mario World), and the only Koopas there are ones climbing on a net. Alvin has stated that it was just supposed to imply "some random koopa that Mario wouldn't remember."
- The note Mario finds at the beginning of the episode is a reference to the infamous Hotel Mario prologue. (Bowser acknowledges this reference by crossing out "at one of my seven Koopa Hotels" and replacing it with the Seven Chaos Emeralds, as well as Mario, when continuing on with the letter after the scene, reading "with that reference out of the way..."). Stuffwell experiences Deja vu.
- Peach's dialogue that torts Bowser's inability to defeat Mario using the Star Rod references the events of Paper Mario.
- The Koopatrol that says, "Main screen turn on!" is a reference to Zero Wing, a video game known for spawning the "All Your Base Are Belong To Us"" meme.
- Stuffwell's line, "Do a Barrel Roll", is a reference to the Star Fox 64 meme. On a related note, the cinematics of the Omega Doomship arriving in the Mushroom Kingdom mimics the Attack Carrier's arrival on Corneria in the opening of Star Fox.
- The scene where the Doom Kannon first fires uses angles similar to the Egg Carrier's beam cannon from Sky Chase in Sonic Adventure and the Delphinus' Moonstone Cannon in Skies of Arcadia.
- Alvin-Earthworm having used a track from said latter game (Valua Lower City, Skies of Arcadia/Eternal Arcadia) justifies this reference.
- Basilisx has many similarities to Wolverine; his claws (and use of them) and backstory are closely equal to Wolverine's and the Weapon X program from the X-Men series. Bowser's line that explains his efficiency in transformation make a further reference to Weapon X.
- Interestingly, Basilisx's voice clips are Imperfect Cell's, a character that is also a biologically engineered being.
- While not directly revealed, Shadow's unusually aggressive, heartless, and impulsive behavior is highlighted via flashbacks that has some explanation for Rouge and Omega's deaths in the hands of Mecha Sonic.
- Episode 8 marks the first appearance of Fire Sonic.
- Sonic briefly references the Tornado, his and Tails' biplane on Mobius when on the Sky Pop MK II.
- This is the second time the heroes, or let alone anyone, have fought "disposable" characters.[What was the first?]
- The interior of the Battleship Halberd from Kirby Super Star Ultra is used as the background to the interior of the doomship.
- Fire Sonic receiving an extra live by clearing five enemies at once references the 1-Up mechanic in the Mario franchise.
- Continuity/Dialogue Error: The end of Episode 7 shows the Mushroom Kingdom destroyed, implying the doomship used it weapons at that point. However, Bowser states in this episode that he didn't attack before civilians escaped, which leaves confusion as to how the previous scene occurred.
- The backdrop of the scene where Waluigi falls from a great height and lands in a puff of dust is the aerial view of the region Fillmore from ActRaiser, and the device in effect is the slapstick element found in Looney Tunes shorts involving Wile E. Coyote.
- This is the first episode where Poison Mushrooms appear.
- Basilisx's line "The Underwhere awaits you!" references Super Paper Mario. The Underwhere is the place in which all video games end; ironically, Mario has been there and escaped. The use of this phrase also has some connotations to Hell being a lowly, moody place.
- Bowser also says this in the reboot's first episode.
- This is the third time the burning wastelands from Sonic 3 is used, in which Shadow has a flashback where he holds Rouge's body on Mobius. The other times were in Here Comes the Koopa Bros. during Sonic's flashback explaining fully why he and Shadow needed to go to the Mushroom Kingdom, and Brawl on a Vanishing Island, regarding the immediate aftermath of Shadow and Mecha Sonic's simultaneous Chaos Blast.
- This marks the first episode to have line-drawn close-up shots of characters. These are used for Mario reading Bowser's letter, the following discussion between Mario and Luigi, Sonic and Shadow arguing, Basilisx and Mario growling at one another, Peach worryingly looking up to the Omega Doomship, and Fire Sonic opening his eyes.
- The close-ups that occur when Mario reads the note and talks with Luigi were custom made to mimic the styles of Hotel Mario and Mario & Luigi series.
- This would become used as much in the reboot.
- One of the two Koopatrols at the Doom Kannon's controls are sent flying into a camera lens after Bowser's second loud outburst. A similar mechanic was used in the second episode (and reused in the first episode of the reboot).
- Mario (8th)
- Luigi (8th)
- Yoshi (7th)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (7th)
- Shadow the Hedgehog (7th)
- Bowser (4th)
- Dr. Eggman (2nd)
- Kamek (3rd)
- Kammy (2nd)
- The Koopalings (2nd)
- Bowser Jr.
- Ludwig Von Koopa
- Roy Koopa
- Larry Koopa
- Morton Koopa, Jr.
- Wendy O. Koopa
- Lemmy Koopa
- Iggy Koopa
- Basilisx (1st)
- Princess Peach
- Professor E. Gadd
- Toad Guards
- Omega Doomship Soldiers
- Hammer Bros.
- Bullet Bills
- Bill Blasters
- Purple Koopa Troopas
- Mecha Sonic (mentioned)
- Tails (mentioned)
- Knuckles (mentioned)
- Amy Rose (mentioned)
- Cream (mentioned)
- Cheese (mentioned)
- Rouge (flashback)
- E-123 Omega (flashback)
- Chain Chomps (mentioned)
- Metal Mario
- Raccoon Mario
- Poisoned Mario
- Tanooki Luigi
- Fire Sonic
|SMBZ Episodes (2006)|
Bowser's Return • Warriors from Another Dimension • The New Threat • Here Come the Koopa Bros. • Troubles on Yoshi's Island
Brawl on a Vanishing Island • Secret of the Pipe Maze • The Great Doomship Offensive • The Two Shell Treaty