A talking cat leads Dredd to rescue a guinea pig. That is seriously what happens.
Ol’ Stoney Face
Dredd gets his own law named after him, The Dredd Act – forbidding the use of animals in experimentation. Somehow I just can’t imagine Dredd alongside the animal rights movement.
Friends of Dredd
Walter ends up with a pet here, a wise and long-suffering hamster called Monty who has been subjected experiments for years.
The Big Meg (and Beyond)
As we’ve seen before, Mega-City One has been known to give animals intelligence and the ability to speak. The unnamed cat that directs Dredd to Doctor Galt’s lab suggests that this may have been a bit more widespread.
Some of this experimentation took place at Mega-Labs, but apparently stopped a few years back.
The common cold was wiped out almost a hundred years ago.
Current law allows for animal experimentation, even cruel projects on intelligent creatures, but this is changed soon after this little escapade.
Mack returns to give Dredd a little help with Dr Galt.
Dr Galt is trying to bring back the cold virus and hold the city to ransom. For reasons best known to himself, he published a novel under the pseudonym Rex Leaper that details that exact plan. He’s using animals for experimentation, but is brought down by his own virus when Dredd goes for a bust.
Dr Galt falls victim to his own re-created virus.
I suppose you have to admire the bold-faced bravado of having the first line of the episode be delivered by a talking cat. If you switch off your brain, this is relatively enjoyable but otherwise a bit of a misfire for me. Why on Earth would Galt write a novel about his plan? Why is the cat the only one that talks? Not one for the ages.