Popo (jiggling with pop-corn in hand): This one is for the kung fu lovers. Oh Bombastykan, do you love to see masters of martial arts ply their trade? Does your heart do the wacky two-step at the sight of crazy kung fu fighting action? Well, do your stretching and warm-ups because you’re in luck…hahahahaa!
Partijama: It was truly incredible, Razz, breath-taking.
Popo: Oh boy, was it ever. I think I’m going to stock up on some breath for the next round.
Partijama: Drunken kung fu is amazing.
Popo: How in the name of Plimpus do they do it?
Lazlo: Hmph, you clearly have never been to a Valurian picnic. After three rounds of ale the real entertainment begins.
Popo: Thanks for the tip, Lazzie ole boy. Partijama, could you add that picnic to my to-do list, please?
Partijama: Absolutely. There should be a picnic in one earth week or so.
Popo: Excellent! I’ll have to break out my fancy suits…a bard must be presentable after all.
Lazlo: A bard better remember to wear a helmet as well. (Eyes flicker) Then again, I doubt there’s any machination of the Valurians that could do injury to that thick head.
Popo (cackling, feet and arms waving): Oh, I love this guy.
Lazlo (waves a hand, scowling): Pfft, silly sentiments. (Beaming suddenly) If you really wanted to show appreciation, Popo, you’d go tend our garden.
Popo (perks up): We have a garden??
Lazlo: Oh yes, (points past observation screen) right out there.
Popo: But…we’re in outer space-
Lazlo: Never you mind that, just make haste and do your best.
Popo: Hahaha…aahh, this guy just kills me.
Lazlo (gleamy-eyed): Indeed…
Partijama (giggles, clears space-ship throat): What killed me was when the Jaguar gang were about to kidnap Deu, just as they did to all those other young women, and Sanim came to the rescue…that was funny.
Popo: Oho, that scene was hilarious, the way he just scooped her up over his shoulders and raced away, even the Jaguar gang was stunned…they were all “huh?” (Eyeing Lazlo) I know someone was laughing so hard the pop-corn was spilling from his chops.
Lazlo (face quivering, fighting back a merry outburst): It was a decent scene…hehehee…I liked the parts when they were training Deu in their crazy drunken style.
Popo: Good times!
Partijama: And she took to the training so well. She was fantastic when she went out on her own, even if it got her in a bit of trouble with her new-found companions.
Popo: Trouble is putting it lightly. That whole charade as punishment and the looney fourth team member.
Lazlo (fingers tented): I liked that one, so entertaining.
Popo (snickering): He was. And the one who could track people with his nose. What a talent, with that I could sniff out your chocolate stash in no-
Lazlo: Don’t test me, fiend!
Partijama: And then we learned about Sanim’s back-ground and why he was so determined to find the kidnappers…so sad.
Popo (sighs): Yeah, that was enough to drive anyone to the bottle; especially when it leads to great kung fu.
Lazlo: I liked that part when they were trying to trap the Jaguar gang and that hard-looking Jaguar fiend was staring down Sanim and the others, and then, all of a sudden, instead of fighting he just took off running. (Rocks back laughing)
Popo: That was awesome.
Partijama: I just knew that plan would go bad.
Popo: Didn’t it? And in spectacular fashion. That people-thief skipping across the roof-tops with Deu…wow. I tell you, that thief would’ve been raking it in as a delivery person.
Partijama: Very talented. And it turned out to be a woman.
Lazlo (smug face): I called that one.
Popo: Had a moment of doubt when she was zipping across the roof-tops with Deu over her shoulders though, didn’t you?
Lazlo (crosses legs, and pops a corn): Called it nonetheless.
Partijama: And she also turned out to be the leader of Jaguar gang.
Popo: And what a leader she was.
Lazlo: I really liked her…you know, apart from the villainy and all that; the way she just sat there watching the fight between her gang and the rescuers, so composed and calm, almost bored, as if it had nothing to do with her.
Popo: Yeah, she was cool….aarrckk! I mean…
Partijama: And what a fighter she was.
Lazlo (wistful look): Splendid.
Partijama: All of the fights at the end there were spectacular.
Popo: And that’s putting it lightly. If you put it any lighter, the thought would just drift away…
Lazlo: An occurrence with which no-one can be more acquainted than you, Popo.
Popo (punches the air): Yes!!
Partijama (chuckles): They were even using dance moves to fight.
Popo: Woohoo, yessss!
Lazlo: I like when that one was squirming and, sort of, waving on the floor on his tummy.
Partijama: “The Worm” I believe that dance is called.
Popo: I prefer squiggly-wiggly.
Partijama: The fight was tremendous all throughout, the type of skills displayed, but when Jaguar gang’s leader, London, joined the fray…(gasps)
Popo: Oh-boy-o-boy-o, that was what Bombastykans affectionately call “next level stuff.”
Lazlo: Especially when they were in that enormous well.
Partijama: On the rope bridges, oh yes.
Lazlo: Yes, what mind-blowing skills and manoeuvers.
Popo: Hahaa, so you admit that your mind was blown then.
Lazlo (folds arms): Bah!
Popo: That boss lady, London, was so incredible I was half-wishing she wasn’t a baddie.
Partijama: And so resilient.
Popo: After a while I was saying “Deu, use the secret Popo-mega-infinity-smasher technique.”
Lazlo: I suspect that technique infinity-smashed your brain.
Partijama: That scene on the bridge when Deu was holding Sanim and his long-lost love, one with each hand, above the chasm, was so heart-wrenching. I was just thinking – oh no, please no!
Popo (smacks lips): Yeah, I don’t even want to think about that.
Lazlo: Sanim’s bravery was remarkable; as was Deu’s.
Partijama: Love; it was the truest love…all around. The way Deu was holding on…and Sanim’s sacrifice…(voice falters) oh, just thinking about it is a task.
Popo: (big sigh, shoulders rise and fall) Well, it sure did light a fire under Deu.
Partijama: Oh yes, just when it seemed that London and her Jaguar gang had won, the hero rises to the occasion.
Lazlo (beaming, leaping up): What a final battle! Deu versus the whole gang…stupendous!
Popo: And Deu needed to be stupendous, because that London just kept coming, she just refused to go down, exchanging scintillating blow after scintillating blow with our girl…and where were they fighting anyway? It was like their hideout was way down in the middle of the planet.
Partijama: It was quite a location. And how wonderful to see the right gang walk away from it.
Popo: Or limp away as the case may be.
Partijama: A bitter-sweet end.
Popo: Hey, would it help if I did the squiggly-wiggly? (flops onto stomach and does a crazy break-dance Worm across his cloud) Look, look, I’m doing it, I’m…whoooaa, (bounces and cartwheels off cloud) yeehahaaa…(crashes among pile of earth-toys) ooohhhhh…
Lazlo (grinning, leans back, flicks a pop-corn into his mouth): I love happy endings.